Sputnikmusic's Top 50 Albums of 2017

Sputnikmusic's Top 50 Albums of 2017

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49. Benjamin Clementine - I Tell A Fly

September 29, 2017
Critic Score
74
17 reviews

46. death's dynamic shroud.wmv - Heavy Black Heart

death's dynamic shroud.wmv - Heavy Black Heart
August 15, 2017
Critic Score
80
1 review

40. King Krule - The OOZ

October 13, 2017
Critic Score
78
24 reviews

35. Brockhampton - Saturation II

August 25, 2017
Critic Score
80
8 reviews

BROCKHAMPTON re-tread the same ideas, but with more proficiency and more urgency than before.

34. Krallice - Go Be Forgotten

Krallice - Go Be Forgotten
November 21, 2017
Critic Score
84
2 reviews

33. Wolves in the Throne Room - Thrice Woven

September 22, 2017
Critic Score
76
11 reviews
I can easily see it lacking the longevity of their other albums, but for now it’s damn good to see the Weavers doing what they do best...screaming about natural nonsense and making some excellent black metal.

31. Steven Wilson - To The Bone

August 18, 2017
Critic Score
73
9 reviews

He displays that it’s just as impressive to make an effective pop song, as it is to create a progressive rock epic. Steven Wilson proves that an artist can venture into uncharted musical waters, even 30 years into their career, for ambitious and vibrant results like these.

30. Propagandhi - Victory Lap

September 29, 2017
Critic Score
77
2 reviews

29. Slowdive - Slowdive

May 5, 2017
Critic Score
82
29 reviews

Slowdive is a triumphant return for the shoegaze veterans, being a victorious blueprint for how a band should return after a long hiatus. It introduces new possibilities for their sound while still sounding familiar enough to fit in comfortably with the rest of their discography.

28. Iglooghost - Neō Wax Bloom

September 29, 2017
Critic Score
80
10 reviews

27. Disperse - Foreword

Disperse - Foreword
February 24, 2017
Critic Score
84
1 review

25. Fen - Winter

Fen - Winter
March 17, 2017
Critic Score
93
2 reviews

24. Fever Ray - Plunge

October 27, 2017
Critic Score
82
19 reviews

22. Fleet Foxes - Crack-Up

June 16, 2017
Critic Score
80
32 reviews

The band has proven that neither their self-titled debut nor Helplessness Blues represent their ceiling.

21. Falls of Rauros - Vigilance Perennial

Falls of Rauros - Vigilance Perennial
March 31, 2017
Critic Score
86
1 review

20. St. Vincent - MASSEDUCTION

October 13, 2017
Critic Score
85
35 reviews

It takes some time to get past the initial discomfort that comes with MASSEDUCATION’s brazen and divergent antics, but at the end of the road there’s quite a good record worth delving into. You might end up being surprised by how much of yourself you see in St. Vincent’s “weirdest” effort to date.

19. Sampha - Process

February 3, 2017
Critic Score
83
31 reviews

18. Arca - Arca

April 7, 2017
Critic Score
83
18 reviews

17. Glassjaw - Material Control

December 1, 2017
Critic Score
71
7 reviews

Material Control doesn't cater to anything except the next rush of adrenaline, the next high; it thrives on the left turn, the bait-and-switch, that wonderful tingling moment when your blood is up and you wonder "what the fuck am I listening to"" with teeth bared.

16. The War on Drugs - A Deeper Understanding

August 25, 2017
Critic Score
76
35 reviews

When the songs are this satisfying, when each guitar solo tears through cynicism like a wet paper bag, sometimes good old fashioned honesty is more than fine. It’s downright beautiful.

15. Paramore - After Laughter

May 12, 2017
Critic Score
83
17 reviews

They definitely haven’t perfected this new sound yet, but for the first time since their debut we can look at Paramore and truly say they are doing something different.

14. Mount Eerie - A Crow Looked at Me

March 24, 2017
Critic Score
90
17 reviews

A Crow Looked At Me is as pure an elegy as you might ever hear, and you’re better off not listening.

13. Phoebe Bridgers - Stranger in the Alps

September 22, 2017
Critic Score
81
15 reviews

Whether she’s touching on the impact of losing a legend like Bowie or battling her own demons, Strangers in the Alps is a vibrant and rare debut that’s not afraid to tell it how it is.

11. Brand New - Science Fiction

August 17, 2017
Critic Score
85
12 reviews

Regardless of the odds, Science Fiction is a bold, legend-making statement well worth the eight year wait. If it ends up being their swan song, then we can rest assured that Brand New is going out on their own terms: in peak form, bearing no regrets.

10. Vince Staples - Big Fish Theory

June 23, 2017
Critic Score
86
26 reviews

So, let it be said succinctly: Big Fish Theory is the best hip-hop album of 2017.

8. Gang of Youths - Go Farther in Lightness

August 18, 2017
Critic Score
85
2 reviews
It's an emotional experience because it insists on providing a response to moments of uncertainty; it draws up blueprints for the future instead of pacing around the waiting room. The planning, the purpose, the urgency -- it's all immediately obvious in the music, which is a concept often understated in its importance.

7. Lorde - Melodrama

June 16, 2017
Critic Score
90
36 reviews
A bold and colorful magnum opus that marks an almost unbeatable personal milestone for Lorde.

6. Blood Cultures - Happy Birthday

Blood Cultures - Happy Birthday
July 21, 2017
Critic Score
90
1 review

5. The Menzingers - After the Party

February 3, 2017
Critic Score
79
15 reviews

Going from lyrics of “this is how I feel and it sucks,” to “this is how I felt, and I got through it,” coupled with the band’s most bright and catchy music to date, After The Party is not only the band’s strongest album lyrically, but their most upbeat, fun, and catchy record yet.

4. Manchester Orchestra - A Black Mile to the Surface

July 28, 2017
Critic Score
77
17 reviews

A Black Mile to the Surface digs down into the mineshaft and finds that its deepest veins of gold and diamond were always just the most mundane, simple things.

3. Kendrick Lamar - DAMN.

April 14, 2017
Critic Score
92
35 reviews

More accurate to say that, in an era where hip-hop feels defined by absurdly long durations and scores of filler, songs on DAMN. arrive, say what needs be said, and rarely ever let the beat ride out

2. Ulver - The Assassination Of Julius Caesar

April 7, 2017
Critic Score
77
6 reviews

They are masters of atmosphere and intrigue, and flirting with pop music has only further aided their chameleonic nature, with this being their most satisfying and diverse effort in many years.

1. The National - Sleep Well Beast

September 8, 2017
Critic Score
82
35 reviews

Sleep Well Beast sees The National flourish with candid lyrics and diverse song craft, embodying the band’s continuing evolution and life’s constant change.

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