Clash's Albums of the Year 2017

Clash's Albums of the Year 2017

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50.

February 3, 2017
Critic Score
80
16 reviews
Neither an ode to hedonism nor a bitter retrospective, it’s an accurate reflection of where exactly the band, and their audience, are at in their lives.

49.

Throwing Snow - Embers
January 20, 2017
Critic Score
79
6 reviews

The record plots a gorgeous curve from open to close, with earthy drum rolls rubbing up against rusty industrial buzzsaw synths and field recordings serving as segues.

48.

October 27, 2017
Critic Score
83
23 reviews

46.

March 10, 2017
Critic Score
78
11 reviews

45.

Amber Coffman - City of No Reply
June 2, 2017
Critic Score
78
9 reviews

43.

Big Sean - I Decided.
February 3, 2017
Critic Score
68
16 reviews

While it's undoubtedly a solid addition to Sean's catalogue, at the end of 'I Decided.' it's the flows and instrumentals that are left with the listener, having upstaged what Sean is actually trying to say.

42.

June 16, 2017
Critic Score
78
10 reviews
While it doesn’t quite have the same urgency as ‘Based on a T.R.U. Story’ or ’T.R.U. REALigion', ‘Pretty Girls Like Trap Music’ is perfectly positioned to be a 2017 favourite catering to both fans of this generation’s trap music and those that were knee deep in trap during its late ‘90s/early ‘00s inception.

41.

May 19, 2017
Critic Score
76
24 reviews
It may be tongue-in-cheek, but the self-made Bandcamp veteran has indeed grown to be somewhat of a big fish in the small pond of indie rock, and ‘Rocket’ is beyond doubt the new crown jewel of his already sizable catalogue.

40.

dvsn - Morning After
October 13, 2017
Critic Score
65
5 reviews

39.

January 27, 2017
Critic Score
80
19 reviews

38.

February 3, 2017
Critic Score
79
14 reviews
‘Fin’ is one record in conversation with the others — a new model of creativity and one that has produced, at the very least, an excellent piece of work.

36.

June 9, 2017
Critic Score
83
22 reviews

34.

September 22, 2017
Critic Score
85
7 reviews

33.

April 7, 2017
Critic Score
78
13 reviews

There’s a human thread throughout, with vocals used in some form or other on every track on the album. For the most part, they’re entirely disembodied: spun into the mix to function as another instrument or atmospheric element.

32.

June 9, 2017
Critic Score
74
15 reviews

This eponymous debut has an almost ethereal quality, bringing love songs and ambience together in one dreamy swoop — the perfect backdrop to intimacy, whether post-sex or otherwise.

31.

March 18, 2017
Critic Score
76
25 reviews

29.

September 1, 2017
Critic Score
77
14 reviews

Written using a mix of intuitive jamming and later over-dubbing with a range of hardware and electronics, ‘Bicep’ was created as a fluid effort of revision and refinement. From a first listen it is immediately apparent that Bicep have honed their studio craft.

28.

April 7, 2017
Critic Score
82
38 reviews

Misty keeps this album pretty genuine. There are jaunts and horns and dancing mixed with sorrow and piano and heartache; his lyrics cutting through any joy with wicked humour and his comic persona still second place to his incredible songwriting.

27.

January 27, 2017
Critic Score
71
19 reviews
‘SweetSexySavage’ will most definitely sate the hunger of her fervent followers. It’s a glossy record that reincarnates the harmonies and textures of Brandy’s ‘Afrodisiac' and Aaliyah’s self-titled, two records in the pantheon of R&B that fused nuanced, progressive production with biting feminine confessionals.

26.

September 29, 2017
Critic Score
83
26 reviews
It’s a record that appears to document visions of a life filled with loss, uncertainty and the anxieties that follow.

25.

Ikonika - Distractions
June 2, 2017
Critic Score
71
5 reviews

24.

March 24, 2017
Critic Score
80
11 reviews

Owens’ attraction to the emotive potential of sound is a theme that perhaps runs up against the Daniel Avery influences on the record, yet she has still produced a debut that is full of depth and one that exposes the scope of electronic music beyond just the club.

23.

February 17, 2017
Critic Score
66
13 reviews

22.

October 27, 2017
Critic Score
76
20 reviews

Throughout his latest work, Maus rarely delves into anything resembling uncharted waters, instead opting for a repurposing of familiar sounds on what is an album that’s as playful and political as it is mockingly profound.

21.

September 29, 2017
Critic Score
78
10 reviews

20.

September 29, 2017
Critic Score
76
15 reviews
More overtly political than the twin sisters’ debut ... ‘Ash’ serves as a stirring, reflective statement in uncertain times.

19.

September 8, 2017
Critic Score
84
39 reviews
As with all of the band’s works, ‘Sleep Well Beast’ is an album that rewards repeat listens and unfurls its beauty slowly over time: The National have yet again made an album that’s as brilliant as it is ambitious.

18.

October 13, 2017
Critic Score
86
41 reviews
For all its merits, much of the chaos on ‘MASSEDUCTION’ tends to move rapidly in one ear and out the other, making it a pleasant but somewhat faceless affair.

17.

September 29, 2017
Critic Score
79
17 reviews
While ‘Harmony Of Difference’ will delight jazz fans, it is a truly incredible record irrespective of genre. If you are capable of feeling, you will find much to love here.

16.

February 24, 2017
Critic Score
81
18 reviews

Occasionally it feels like it veers too suddenly from braggadocio to piety, and it’s questionable whether Stormzy has a sufficiently versatile delivery (he’s no Durrty Goodz) to support this. But by casting his net so wide, the MC is unlikely to disappoint his diverse audience.

15.

January 27, 2017
Critic Score
74
22 reviews

Migos are undoubtedly at the forefront of their niche; simultaneously defining their genre and pushing it forward to such an extent that it’s become impossible for mainstream pop culture to ignore.

14.

June 23, 2017
Critic Score
86
26 reviews

‘Big Fish Theory’ is a record that not only sees Vince taking risks and progressing forward as an artist, but also another astounding example of what hip-hop should and can be in 2017.

13.

June 30, 2017
Critic Score
82
31 reviews

‘4:44’ is a deceptively multi-layered listen, revealing more and more to the listener upon multiple listens.

12.

October 6, 2017
Critic Score
81
25 reviews
Much of ‘Take Me Apart’ takes the listener through familiar tropes - female autonomy, sexual awakening and despondent love - yet it strikes a different chord, the LP whizzing by with a breathless urgency mapped out by the stellar production of premier collaborators Arca and Jam City, who understand the delicate contours of Kelela’s voice.

11.

June 9, 2017
Critic Score
76
4 reviews

10.

April 7, 2017
Critic Score
84
19 reviews

Through ‘Arca’, Ghersi guides the listener to contort and cry their way through otherworldly, synthetic dimensions.

9.

September 22, 2017
Critic Score
80
22 reviews
‘V’ is The Horrors’ most cohesive record to date. Even though it doesn’t carry the same stylistic impact as ‘Primary Colours’ did in 2009 (c’mon, that was a massive leap), ‘V’ is the record that has finally given The Horrors a set identity.

8.

October 13, 2017
Critic Score
77
27 reviews
‘The OOZ’ is undoubtedly another thought-provoking entry into the discography one of Britain’s most exciting and challenging young artists. An intense, yet rewarding listen.

7.

July 21, 2017
Critic Score
80
21 reviews
Lyrically, this feels like Tyler’s most accomplished album yet.

6.

September 1, 2017
Critic Score
85
41 reviews
It’s still imperfect, but even its flaws are worthy of note. The long goodbye is now followed by quite a lengthy return. Long may it last.

5.

September 22, 2017
Critic Score
81
16 reviews
Some may argue that ‘Aromanticism’ is style over substance, certainly his sentiments run the risk of evading the listening, such is the beauty of the dreamscape he weaves. Yet as you revisit the record, the case for being ‘aromantic’, has never sounded so fully realised, so complete and so utterly inviting.

4.

June 9, 2017
Critic Score
82
20 reviews
Featuring savage and often heartfelt, diary-like ruminations, ‘CTRL’ pushes against the borders of convention lyrically and sonically, placing it on the upper echelons of potential ‘Best Of ’17’ lists.

3.

February 3, 2017
Critic Score
83
35 reviews

With ‘Process’, Sampha lays bare his soul through warm, tinted vignettes that are achingly humane.

2.

April 14, 2017
Critic Score
93
39 reviews

’DAMN.’ does at times feel contradictory and the ideas he’s transmitting at times don’t feel fully formed, but this is where its genius lies. Kendrick offers a true snapshot of the eternal debates that we host inside our heads, and there is immense bravery and artistry in his depiction.

1.

May 12, 2017
Critic Score
80
9 reviews
Indeed, pretty much all of this is brand new material. That seems like a gutsy move in 2017, when most albums are trailed by multiple stream-only singles and videos, but here it figures more as a reminder that there’s still a place for bold new artists in the world.
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