musicOMH’s Top 50 Albums of 2017

musicOMH’s Top 50 Albums of 2017

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49.

September 8, 2017
Critic Score
84
14 reviews

Music For People In Trouble will perhaps be a surprise for those who came to Sundfør via her last album, but they won’t be disappointed. This is an album full of hidden depths, stark emotion, and most importantly, absolutely beautiful songs.

47.

February 17, 2017
Critic Score
77
23 reviews

This experimentation with styles and arrangements means that Life Will See You Now does feel a little jumbled, as though Lekman has failed to settle on a sound, but on the other hand it’s just about clear that this is sort of the point.

45.

June 16, 2017
Critic Score
86
6 reviews

44.

June 2, 2017
Critic Score
80
18 reviews

She may have lost the kooky melodrama and charm that she enveloped earlier on, but I’m Not Your Man feels strangely right, if quite startling in its shift in direction.

43.

January 20, 2017
Critic Score
80
9 reviews

Yesterday’s Gone is one of the finest debuts you’ll hear for quite some time.

42.

May 19, 2017
Critic Score
79
11 reviews

Transforming states and changing perspectives are once again the order of the day. Modern Kosmology marks another triumphant evolution.

41.

Grandbrothers - Open
October 20, 2017
Critic Score
74
6 reviews

The growth in popularity of the likes of Nils Frahm over recent years shows there’s a demand for this kind of music – Open is an album that deserves to elevate Grandbrothers to this level and to a much broader audience.

40.

October 13, 2017
Critic Score
79
36 reviews
Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile are brave to make something so gentle, natural and unguarded. They’ve managed to strive for an ideal informed by a real sense of pragmatism, and in the process, they’ve made one of the warmest, good-hearted records of the year.

38.

February 24, 2017
Critic Score
80
28 reviews
While its warm, buttery, lovingly produced sound suggests it will make the ideal accompaniment to a summer barbeque or beach party – and it most certainly will – Thundercat has, by skirting around the edges of darkness, created a moody, magnificent, endlessly replayable record that also makes sense in late February.

37.

April 7, 2017
Critic Score
82
38 reviews

It’s just a shame that this only partly inspired slog isn’t a little more, well, entertaining.

33.

May 19, 2017
Critic Score
76
24 reviews
This is perhaps the most diverse album of his career to date, which, considering his previous releases, is saying something.

29.

February 3, 2017
Critic Score
70
17 reviews

The arrival of Occult Architecture Vol 2 later this year will mark another moment of judgement, when Vol. 1 can be assessed in its full context. But for now, it’s a worthy instalment in the Moon Duo canon and a fine record on its own terms.

28.

October 13, 2017
Critic Score
78
9 reviews

27.

Hafdís Huld - Dare To Dream Small
July 28, 2017
Critic Score
80
1 review

26.

March 10, 2017
Critic Score
83
37 reviews

This album deals with femininity in a nuanced and honest manner, with Marling never hiding behind a façade of characters or dealing in over-familiar observations. Few songwriters, let alone any still in their mid-20s, are able to illuminate such complex material with this degree of insight and personal experience.

25.

April 7, 2017
Critic Score
75
7 reviews

This is not an exercise in parody ... but an appropriation of a sound closely aligned to cold-war politics, pop-excess, and cold, robotic emotions.

24.

April 28, 2017
Critic Score
76
20 reviews

22.

June 2, 2017
Critic Score
85
12 reviews

21.

October 27, 2017
Critic Score
83
24 reviews

This is a joyous artistic rebirth, its creator shaking her tail feathers, pushing her own boundaries and immersed in emotion and whim brought out from within.

20.

May 19, 2017
Critic Score
85
7 reviews

Such is the impressive scope, sound, and construction of this album, it’d take someone with genuine cloth ears and malfunctioning cloth ears at that, to find something to dislike about Thin Black Duke.

19.

June 16, 2017
Critic Score
82
36 reviews

It’s a bizarre sensation: listening to something that’s clearly had a lot of time, love and attention poured into it, something obviously impressive in scale and ambition, made by artists admirably trying to push their sound forward – and it leaving you completely unmoved.

18.

Camille - Ouï
June 2, 2017
Critic Score
72
4 reviews

17.

March 24, 2017
Critic Score
80
11 reviews

In a world where Ed Sheeran and Drake are pretty much sharing the entire Top 20 singles chart, an album as wildly experimental and as much damn fun as this one is should be required listening.

16.

November 10, 2017
Critic Score
68
29 reviews

It may not quite measure up to the heights of 1989, but whether she’s Old Taylor or New Taylor, there’s enough here to demonstrate why she’s still one of pop’s brightest pop stars.

15.

September 22, 2017
Critic Score
80
23 reviews

The Horrors have never been afraid to push their sound to new and interesting places. So it comes as no surprise to find that V continues that trend by matching their anthemic side with a desire to “get nasty” and make something “quite unsettling”.

14.

June 2, 2017
Critic Score
76
20 reviews
In these uncertain times, a blast of hot sunshine and a listen to this record certainly make the world a better place to be.

13.

June 23, 2017
Critic Score
84
23 reviews

The Underside Of Power is righteous, vicious and vital. If the world is a stage, then at the moment it’s hard to think of a better house band than Algiers.

12.

March 10, 2017
Critic Score
86
9 reviews

11.

September 29, 2017
Critic Score
83
25 reviews

10.

August 25, 2017
Critic Score
76
41 reviews

It’s The War On Drugs doing what they always do so well, only on a more dramatic scale than ever before. There’s nothing quite as urgent and propulsive as Lost In The Dream’s Under Pressure or Red Eyes here, but arguably there is even greater depth in terms of texture.

9.

April 14, 2017
Critic Score
93
40 reviews

8.

May 5, 2017
Critic Score
84
31 reviews

With his third record he edged slowly towards the mainstream, but with No Shape, he might just have snuck in. Now sober and settled down, it feels like this is his natural home; his previous records were part of a cathartic process, almost medicinal, to help him reach this point.

7.

September 29, 2017
Critic Score
83
27 reviews
There are no low points in this relentless record.

6.

September 22, 2017
Critic Score
81
15 reviews

Phoebe Bridgers is a 23 year old LA-based songwriter who early collaborator Ryan Adams has already compared to Bob Dylan and while that’s undoubtedly hyperbole at the moment, Stranger In The Alps is certainly one of those records that seem destined to herald a long-lasting career.

5.

September 8, 2017
Critic Score
84
42 reviews

Sleep Well Beast is as sad a record as The National have ever made, and yet it also feels like their most hopeful.

4.

May 5, 2017
Critic Score
82
34 reviews
This is an album comfortably on a par with the work of most of the younger artists they’ve influenced; compelling proof that the original shoegazers have stood the test of time remarkably well.

3.

September 1, 2017
Critic Score
85
43 reviews
Like any other LCD Soundsystem album it will doubtless encourage folk onto their feet, and whilst Murphy may rue a perceived failure to connect, this is where he will unite others.

2.

October 13, 2017
Critic Score
86
42 reviews

MASSEDUCTION is a remarkable record, a certain contender for album of the year and demonstrable proof that Clark is an artist working at the height of her powers.

1.

June 16, 2017
Critic Score
91
40 reviews

Melodrama delivers everything pop music should, but yet it manages to find more. As an album it is unlikely to be bettered in 2017.

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