Under the Radar's Top 100 Albums of 2017

Under the Radar's Top 100 Albums of 2017

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99.

August 25, 2017
Critic Score
80
19 reviews

Exile in the Outer Ring is a cry of pain and a lament that filters in just enough hope.

98.

May 5, 2017
Critic Score
73
10 reviews

97.

Sondre Lerche - Pleasure
March 3, 2017
Critic Score
81
4 reviews

96.

Cut Copy - Haiku From Zero
September 22, 2017
Critic Score
65
15 reviews

Haiku From Zero is fine filler for a late-night dance party, but we can't fathom reaching for this album as often as those prior-too much of it borders on forgettable.

95.

May 5, 2017
Critic Score
78
33 reviews

With This Old Dog, his distinctly DeMarco brand of baroque-infused folk is still built for the pauses in life but it feels a little steadier, and a little more self-aware.

93.

April 14, 2017
Critic Score
68
20 reviews

With an evolved new collection of tracks that are both hot and smart, Little Dragon has set themselves further apart.

92.

May 5, 2017
Critic Score
78
18 reviews

The Weather still ends up being a satisfying psych-rock listen, mostly because the band successfully plays with so many different flavors.

90.

December 25, 2016
Critic Score
86
33 reviews

Such complexities not only make RTJ3 the most accomplished chapter in the duo's trilogy of LPs, but will also leave fans eagerly awaiting the next installment in what's proving to be one of hip-hop's most boldly distinctive discographies.

89.

January 13, 2017
Critic Score
69
36 reviews
This time, the music took clear precedence over the concept, and that's worthy of rejoicing.

88.

June 2, 2017
Critic Score
75
16 reviews
Beach Fossils are best when they stick with what they know, which is why tracks such as "May 1st" and "Be Nothing," with their spangly guitar lines and easygoing lilt, remain high-points on this laid-back summer record.

87.

September 1, 2017
Critic Score
78
31 reviews
A bite has returned to the legends of post-rock who still rule at mercilessly bludgeoning you with relentless instrumentalism, then directly soothing you with ambient teas.

86.

January 27, 2017
Critic Score
76
13 reviews
It's almost impossible to not want to see what the future holds for them and to not keep playing this record.

84.

May 19, 2017
Critic Score
78
24 reviews

Goths is vivid and light on its toes, as it runs the gamut of various "goth" personalities both historical and fictional, showcasing one of Darnielle's greatest carnal sins—his ability to glean color from unexpected places.

83.

January 20, 2017
Critic Score
73
22 reviews
Mostly captivating, the limitations of this mood space start to emerge when the feel of the music stagnates.

82.

June 2, 2017
Critic Score
76
20 reviews

Home Counties has much to offer in the way their greatest records always have-infectious hits, interesting soundscapes, nods to musical history, all under the sprawling umbrella of pop.

81.

May 12, 2017
Critic Score
76
22 reviews

Girlpool base their songwriting around tenderness, vulnerability, and a complete disinterest in pretending not to embrace those things, and Powerplant finds them at their most transparent.

80.

March 31, 2017
Critic Score
77
13 reviews
Saturated with the emotive mope-rock influences of bands like Travis, South, and James, the tracks play out like a veritable smorgasbord of U.K. alternative pop/rock. It's like elements of each were mixed in a blender, resulting in a potent and entertaining Britpop cocktail.

79.

October 6, 2017
Critic Score
83
11 reviews

The Weather Station inhabits the intersection of personal and polished like few albums can.

78.

September 22, 2017
Critic Score
63
10 reviews

Ununiform finds Tricky blending his Guyanese influences together with R&B, reggae, house, and Russian hip-hop, creating an experience that transcends most contemporary listening experiences.

76.

September 8, 2017
Critic Score
77
14 reviews

It's a good sign when the opening seconds of an album sound cool enough to just loop and repeat, and Deerhoof pull that off on Mountain Moves, their fourteenth album. 

75.

October 20, 2017
Critic Score
76
24 reviews
There's a strong '80s vibe across the usual selection of soaring synths, proggish guitar work, and obscure lyrics. This isn't so much a Destroyer reinvention, something Bejar has done countless times before, as it is a gradual shift into the highlights of a decade he's always had a thing for.

72.

January 27, 2017
Critic Score
80
19 reviews

Beyond the hushed sounds of the record, Byrne, for the most part, is not timid but in possession of a rich confidence.

71.

October 20, 2017
Critic Score
71
16 reviews
This is one for the moms, and that's not an insult. Jessie Ware should be every Adele fan's new favorite artist, and that's not an insult either. In fact, it's a blessing that such pure, no-frills, sentimental pop should come from someone with the indie clout Ware still carries around.

69.

June 9, 2017
Critic Score
71
29 reviews
There's an interchangeability to most of the tracks that is a weakness in some ways and a strength in others. The record might end up sounding similar, but that's kind of the point.

68.

March 3, 2017
Critic Score
77
23 reviews
Grandaddy is no longer a detached soundtrack hovering over life, it's articulating within it, and we are getting it in a whole new way.

67.

May 19, 2017
Critic Score
74
7 reviews

The funneled, slow churning, sample drum-loop rhythms and translucent sheets of filtered guitar, horns, and keys deepen the dimensions where reflections can loiter.

66.

February 21, 2017
Critic Score
78
34 reviews

Complex layered production and funky beats jump off in different directions mixing autotune with tracked voices, everything zeroing back in on the trauma of love lost and love obliterated.

65.

September 8, 2017
Critic Score
75
11 reviews

64.

February 3, 2017
Critic Score
83
35 reviews

Expectations for Sampha's first full-length album proper have been sky high. Previous collaborative efforts have in fact been nigh-on flawless, so much so that it's hard to imagine one of modern soul music's most talented voices featuring on anything less than above average. It's unfortunate then that Process, bar some stand-out moments, proves to be somewhat underwhelming.

63.

September 8, 2017
Critic Score
78
23 reviews

Ultimately, Danilova uses Okovi to disclose the trauma and pain that has encircled her. At times it feels like confession, but whatever the purpose it's a deeply emotive and enthralling journey. It's one we are all the better for being part of.

62.

February 24, 2017
Critic Score
80
27 reviews

61.

June 2, 2017
Critic Score
66
33 reviews
Alt-J's fellow alt-rockers will have a tough time breaking into that conversation even as it comes time for everyone to draw up their "best of 2017" lists, seeing as this astoundingly eclectic album is sure to rank high.

60.

June 9, 2017
Critic Score
74
5 reviews

59.

June 16, 2017
Critic Score
73
29 reviews

In the scheme of things, Weather Diaries may only be the band's third best LP; however, when it's coming in behind Nowhere and Going Blank Again, two of the most worshiped discs of the shoegaze era, deserving mention within the same breath is no small feat.

58.

March 10, 2017
Critic Score
83
37 reviews

Semper Femina is powerful display of Marling's craft and, the album's driving force, love.

57.

September 22, 2017
Critic Score
77
22 reviews

Godspeed continue to prove they are masters of fashioning sonic atmospheres, no matter how quiet, no matter how huge.

56.

June 16, 2017
Critic Score
91
40 reviews

Melodrama's swirls of strings and bursts of glimmering synths show a pop star in her prime.  Between rage, elation, and all of the mistakes in-between, Lorde is more self-aware than she's ever been.

54.

July 14, 2017
Critic Score
80
30 reviews
With a record this good, it'll be hard for Waxahatchee to top, but one can't help but wonder what's coming next.

53.

March 3, 2017
Critic Score
69
20 reviews

Their latest, Volcano, practically sheds the skin of their earlier approach, with the band leaning on their melodic strengths to emerge with a largely new identity that also seems a surprisingly natural fit.

52.

June 16, 2017
Critic Score
78
20 reviews

If last year's Singing Saw had the pace and feel of going down river, City Music has that of heading down the avenue. Morby vacillates in both settings comfortably, claiming them as his element.

51.

June 9, 2017
Critic Score
82
20 reviews
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