musicOMH’s Top 50 Albums of 2017

musicOMH’s Top 50 Albums of 2017

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49. Susanne Sundfør - Music For People In Trouble

September 8, 2017
Critic Score
82
10 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. Jens Lekman - Life Will See You Now

February 17, 2017
Critic Score
76
22 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.

44. Marika Hackman - I'm Not Your Man

June 2, 2017
Critic Score
81
16 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. Loyle Carner - Yesterday's Gone

January 20, 2017
Critic Score
80
8 reviews

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

42. Jane Weaver - Modern Kosmology

May 19, 2017
Critic Score
82
8 reviews

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

41. Grandbrothers - Open

Grandbrothers - Open
October 20, 2017
Critic Score
76
5 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. Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile - Lotta Sea Lice

October 13, 2017
Critic Score
79
26 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. Thundercat - Drunk

February 24, 2017
Critic Score
81
23 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. Father John Misty - Pure Comedy

April 7, 2017
Critic Score
83
33 reviews

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

33. (Sandy) Alex G - Rocket

May 19, 2017
Critic Score
77
21 reviews
This is perhaps the most diverse album of his career to date, which, considering his previous releases, is saying something.

29. Moon Duo - Occult Architecture, Vol. 1

February 3, 2017
Critic Score
72
12 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.

27. Hafdís Huld - Dare To Dream Small

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

26. Laura Marling - Semper Femina

March 10, 2017
Critic Score
84
29 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. Ulver - The Assassination Of Julius Caesar

April 7, 2017
Critic Score
84
5 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.

21. Fever Ray - Plunge

October 27, 2017
Critic Score
82
18 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. Oxbow - Thin Black Duke

May 19, 2017
Critic Score
83
6 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. Fleet Foxes - Crack-Up

June 16, 2017
Critic Score
81
29 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

Camille - Ouï
June 2, 2017
Critic Score
76
3 reviews

17. The Moonlandingz - Interplanetary Class Classics

March 24, 2017
Critic Score
82
9 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. Taylor Swift - reputation

November 10, 2017
Critic Score
68
23 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. The Horrors - V

September 22, 2017
Critic Score
82
17 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. Saint Etienne - Home Counties

June 2, 2017
Critic Score
76
13 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. Algiers - The Underside of Power

June 23, 2017
Critic Score
85
21 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. Idles - Brutalism

March 10, 2017
Critic Score
84
8 reviews

10. The War on Drugs - A Deeper Understanding

August 25, 2017
Critic Score
76
32 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.

8. Perfume Genius - No Shape

May 5, 2017
Critic Score
83
26 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. Wolf Alice - Visions of a Life

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

6. Phoebe Bridgers - Stranger in the Alps

September 22, 2017
Critic Score
81
14 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. The National - Sleep Well Beast

September 8, 2017
Critic Score
83
32 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. Slowdive - Slowdive

May 5, 2017
Critic Score
82
27 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. LCD Soundsystem - American Dream

September 1, 2017
Critic Score
85
32 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. St. Vincent - MASSEDUCTION

October 13, 2017
Critic Score
85
33 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. Lorde - Melodrama

June 16, 2017
Critic Score
90
32 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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