The Needle Drop's Top 50 Albums of 2017

The Needle Drop's Top 50 Albums of 2017

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50. Sinjin Hawke - First Opus

May 10, 2017
Critic Score
80
2 reviews

Jersey producer Sinjin Hawke makes his full-length debut with a beautiful set of nuanced bangers.

49. Death From Above - Outrage! Is Now

September 8, 2017
Critic Score
65
15 reviews

Death From Above slay with a hard rock-inspired direction on their latest album, Outrage! Is Now.

48. Dying Fetus - Wrong One to Fuck With

Dying Fetus - Wrong One to Fuck With
June 23, 2017
Critic Score
78
4 reviews

Maryland trio Dying Fetus comes through with one of the best brutal death metal albums I've heard since their last album back in 2012.

47. Pallbearer - Heartless

March 24, 2017
Critic Score
83
11 reviews

Little Rock doom outfit Pallbearer returns with more bite and an even greater prog influence on their third album Heartless, their most varied and epic effort yet.

46. Sampha - Process

February 3, 2017
Critic Score
83
31 reviews

Sampha's debut album was worth the wait.

45. Kendrick Lamar - DAMN.

April 14, 2017
Critic Score
91
34 reviews

DAMN. is one of Kendrick's most intriguing releases yet, delivering a series of tracks that are chaotic, layered, and deeply conflicted.

44. Converge - The Dusk In Us

November 3, 2017
Critic Score
83
16 reviews
Metalcore legends Converge return with their 9th installment of blisteringly detailed rage.

43. Elder - Reflections of a Floating World

June 2, 2017
Critic Score
87
4 reviews

MA stoner rock/doom metal outfit Elder impressively reinvents itself with a more progressive sound on Reflections of a Floating World.

42. Run the Jewels - Run the Jewels 3

December 25, 2016
Critic Score
86
31 reviews

Run the Jewels returns with their most politically charged effort yet.

41. Kelela - Take Me Apart

October 6, 2017
Critic Score
80
23 reviews
Kelela's debut album is a great representation of how cutting edge the alternative R&B genre can be.

40. Rapsody - Laila's Wisdom

September 22, 2017
Critic Score
84
6 reviews

Rapsody releases her most solid project to date with the smart, classy, and catchy Laila's Wisdom.

39. Feist - Pleasure

April 28, 2017
Critic Score
79
30 reviews

2017 keeps the strong singer/songwriter releases coming with Feist's Pleasure.

38. Code Orange - Forever

January 13, 2017
Critic Score
82
8 reviews

Code Orange successfully pushes the metalcore envelope on their first album for Roadrunner Records.

37. Joey Bada$$ - ALL-AMERIKKKAN BADA$$

April 7, 2017
Critic Score
77
16 reviews
Joey Bada$$ comes through with his most mature album yet, passionately dissecting the state of black people in present day America.

36. Fleet Foxes - Crack-Up

June 16, 2017
Critic Score
80
32 reviews

Fleet Foxes triumphantly emerge from hiatus with their most progressive effort yet.

35. Alvvays - Antisocialites

September 8, 2017
Critic Score
76
26 reviews
Alvvays' sophomore album offers some of the best dream and jangle pop I've heard in years.

34. Wiley - Godfather

January 13, 2017
Critic Score
79
9 reviews

Godfather is a grime album with a potency level only a vet such as Wiley could provide.

33. Protomartyr - Relatives in Descent

September 29, 2017
Critic Score
83
23 reviews

Loaded with poetic post-punk dirges, Protomartyr's Relatives In Descent is the Detroit band's most dynamic and well-written release yet.

32. Ariel Pink - Dedicated to Bobby Jameson

September 15, 2017
Critic Score
76
19 reviews

The retrospective Dedicated to Bobby Jameson finds Ariel Pink going back to his old musical stomping grounds and crafting some of his best songs yet.

31. Idles - Brutalism

March 10, 2017
Critic Score
84
8 reviews

Brutalism, the debut album by UK five piece IDLES, may not reinvent the punk rock wheel but is loaded with some of the most fiery performances and brutally honest lyrics I've heard in years.

30. Princess Nokia - 1992 Deluxe

September 8, 2017
Critic Score
78
7 reviews

New York rapper and underground fashion icon Princess Nokia expands her 2016 EP into a 16-track monster via Rough Trade Records. One of the most eclectic rappers out right now.

29. Ibibio Sound Machine - Uyai

March 3, 2017
Critic Score
79
10 reviews

Ibibio Sound Machine's Uyai is the grand and adventurous Afro-Funk album I wanted their self-titled debut to be.

28. King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard - Flying Microtonal Banana

February 24, 2017
Critic Score
73
17 reviews

The new King Gizzard album, while not a thorough experiment in microtonal tuning, is a fun and intense psych rock experience.

27. Guerilla Toss - GT ULTRA

May 19, 2017
Critic Score
74
4 reviews

Thanks to some clearer production, more up-front performances, and a zany new wave influence, GT ULTRA is the most I've ever enjoyed a Guerilla Toss album.

26. Quelle Chris - Being You Is Great, I Wish I Could Be You More Often

February 10, 2017
Critic Score
71
6 reviews

Though Being You Is Great... contains some of Quelle Chris' most obtuse material, it is also the Detroit MC's most ambitious and cohesive album yet.

25. Primitive Man - Caustic

October 6, 2017
Critic Score
82
3 reviews

Doom metal trio Primitive Man returns with one of the most nihilistic albums in the genre. For anyone who enjoys some pain with their pleasure.

24. Uncommon Nasa - Written at Night

Uncommon Nasa - Written at Night
August 4, 2017
Critic Score
75
2 reviews

New York rapper/producer Uncommon Nasa explores potently nocturnal and political themes on his 4th studio album, Written At Night.

23. Billy Woods - Known Unknowns

Billy Woods - Known Unknowns
June 9, 2017
Critic Score
85
2 reviews

Known Unknowns is NY hip hop artist Billy Woods' punchiest effort since History Will Absolve Me.

22. Jay-Z - 4:44

June 30, 2017
Critic Score
80
27 reviews

Mr. Carter kills his ego and spills the beans on his most intimate album yet.

21. The Mountain Goats - Goths

May 19, 2017
Critic Score
77
23 reviews

The Mountain Goats' latest is a gothic-themed concept album, a foray into the world of guitar-less music, and one of the greatest testaments to John Darnielle's chops as a storyteller.

20. Oh Sees - Orc

August 25, 2017
Critic Score
75
16 reviews

(Thee) Oh Sees is a well-oiled psych rock machine on Orc.

19. Richard Dawson - Peasant

June 2, 2017
Critic Score
85
11 reviews
Richard Dawson's sprawling and rustic tunes bring back a sense of olde English folklore and mysticism that isn't often heard in contemporary music.

18. Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings - Soul of a Woman

November 17, 2017
Critic Score
82
17 reviews

Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings' final record is a celebration of everything that made the soul revivalists great since their inception in the early '00s.

17. Open Mike Eagle - Brick Body Kids Still Daydream

September 15, 2017
Critic Score
79
12 reviews

Brick Body Kids is Open Mike Eagle at his most low-key, but it's also his most cohesive and emotionally potent work so far.

16. SZA - Ctrl

June 9, 2017
Critic Score
82
17 reviews

SZA delivers a strong full-length debut that explores the emotional complexities of being the other woman.

15. Iglooghost - Neō Wax Bloom

September 29, 2017
Critic Score
80
10 reviews

Iglooghost makes his full-length Brainfeeder debut with the impressive and fantastical Neō Wax Bloom.

14. Tyler, the Creator - Flower Boy

July 21, 2017
Critic Score
80
19 reviews

Tyler, the Creator blossoms as a rapper, producer, and lyricist on Flower Boy, his most beautiful and well-crafted album to date.

13. Xiu Xiu - FORGET

Xiu Xiu - FORGET
February 24, 2017
Critic Score
73
12 reviews
Xiu Xiu returns after a seriously prolific streak with a new collection of original material via Polyvinyl Records.

12. Alex Cameron - Forced Witness

September 8, 2017
Critic Score
76
10 reviews
On his sophomore album, Sydney singer/songwriter Alex Cameron consistently delivers catchy hooks and hilarious lyrics while channeling a soft rock aesthetic.

11. Oxbow - Thin Black Duke

May 19, 2017
Critic Score
86
6 reviews

Thanks to Thin Black Duke's lavish orchestration and tour-de-force vocal performances from frontman Eugene Robinson, eminent underground rock outfit Oxbow has delivered a comeback album that leaves me lost for words for all the right reasons.

10. Perfume Genius - No Shape

May 5, 2017
Critic Score
83
28 reviews

No Shape is Perfume Genius' grandest and most eclectic musical statement to date.

9. Algiers - The Underside of Power

June 23, 2017
Critic Score
84
23 reviews

Algiers blow the sophomore slump out of the water with The Underside of Power, a more intense and versatile album than the band's self-titled debut.

8. Rosalía - Los Ángeles

Rosalía - Los Ángeles
February 10, 2017
Critic Score
85
2 reviews

Contemporary flamenco artist Rosalía makes her stunning full-length debut.

7. Kirin J Callinan - Bravado

June 9, 2017
Critic Score
74
5 reviews

Australia's Kirin J Callinan delivers one of this year's most colorfully eccentric pop records with Bravado.

6. Neil Cicierega - Mouth Moods

Neil Cicierega - Mouth Moods
January 23, 2017
Critic Score
90
1 review

Mouth Moods is Neil Cicierega's most masterful mashup of meme music yet.

5. Sun Kil Moon - Common As Light and Love Are Red Valleys of Blood

February 17, 2017
Critic Score
64
15 reviews

When Mark Kozelek arrives, baby, he arrives.

4. Big K.R.I.T. - 4eva Is a Mighty Long Time

October 27, 2017
Critic Score
79
7 reviews

The Mississippi quadruple threat is back with an epic double album that puts him at a new level.

3. Mount Eerie - A Crow Looked at Me

March 24, 2017
Critic Score
90
17 reviews
This album is about death.

2. Brockhampton - Saturation

June 9, 2017
Critic Score
76
4 reviews

On Saturation, Brockhampton jells in a way no other group their size has in quite some time. Definitely my frontrunner for hip hop project of the year at the moment.

2. Brockhampton - Saturation II

August 25, 2017
Critic Score
80
8 reviews

Brockhampton offers more of the same with the second installment of their Saturation trilogy, which is fine because the group's sound is still so refreshing and cutting edge.

2. Brockhampton - Saturation III

December 15, 2017
Critic Score
80
10 reviews

West Coast boy band Brockhampton round out their Saturation trilogy with their most versatile and melodic album yet.

1. Father John Misty - Pure Comedy

April 7, 2017
Critic Score
81
36 reviews

Father John Misty delivers an ambitious and grand statement on the human condition with Pure Comedy, one of 2017's most necessary albums.

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