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Best Albums of 2017 so far

Quick recap of what I've been digging this year. I haven't listened to a whole lot this year, but there has definitely been some fantastic releases so far. Any recommendations would be much appreciated!
1Sorrow (UK)
The Twelve

Sorrow is just about the most consistent artist in the garage/dubstep genre and he delivers another powerful release with The Twelve. The highlight track "Reverie" serves up some powerful and atmospheric garage beats and goes down as one of his best tunes:

Progressive instrumentalists CHON released a nice summer album with Homey, a good addition to the solid discography that shows the band adopting electronic and hip-hop elements to add some distinction to their already impressive sound. Homey is a great album to relax to on a sunny day:
3Fleet Foxes

After a six year wait, the greatest folk band of the decade treats us to a swirling and diverse plethora of musical goodness. Crack-Up was certainly worth the wait, showcasing a mature band that has found a deep love for progressive song structures and powerful lyrics. Reverb soaked vocals soar over a landscape of subtle percussion, plucked strings and swirling keyboards. Serious AOTY contender. "Who stole the life from you? Who turned you so against you?"
4Cigarettes After Sex
Cigarettes After Sex

CAS deliver one of the best shoegaze albums of the year, rich with all the hazy atmosphere and seductive lyrics you'd come to expect from the genre. The music stays fairly minimal with crisp acoustic guitars, groovy bass lines, simple drums and beautiful guitar swells. The album doesn't quite offer enough diversity to make it an excellent release, but the band has a fantastic sound that is worth a listen.
5 Elder (USA-PA)
Reflections of a Floating World

Stoner/Prog rock titans unleash an absolute beast of an album full of fantastic guitar riffs, volcanic drums and soaring vocals. The long, epic songs offer plenty of headbanging moments as well as atmospheric slow-builds.
6Brand New
Science Fiction

After what was in my opinion a lackluster performance with Daisly, Brand new are back at the top of their game with an album that rivals The Devil and God are Raging Inside Me with its sheer attention to detail and powerful songwriting. Waste and Same Logic/Teeth stand as some of the best songs the band has ever released. The record feels like a nice balance between the pop-structured and catchy moments of Deja Entandu and the dark brooding vibe of TDAGARIM, making for a fantastic listen. Sadly probably the last album from the band but they sure leave on a high note.
Good Nature

Turnover release a fairly disappointing album after 2015's incredible Peripheral Vision, but that's not to say there aren't a few stand out tracks. What Got in the Way, Sunshine Type and Pure Devotion are all beautiful and catchy tunes. Overall the album bleeds together into one monotone bore of an album. The production is flat and unobtrusive. Still, a few great tunes make it a worthy end of summer album.
8He Is Legend

After three boring albums, He Is Legend return to form and release their best album since their superb debut, I Am Hollywood. The band finally nails the southern metal sound they've been striving for, mixed with some great vocal performances and guitar lines.
9Stevens / Dessner / Muhly / McAlister

At times a little too ambitious for it's own good, Planetarium is still a fascinating listen and an accumulation of 4 great composers ideas and passions poured into one project. There are some truly moving and beautiful moments in this album and Stevens continues to prove he is one of the best songwriters of our generation.
10Kendrick Lamar

DAMN. Kendrick ditches the jazz odyssey and goes full banger on his new record. Probably the definitive album of 2017, Damn is in my opinion a step down from the masterpieces Good Kid, Mad City and To Pimp a Butterfly, but it's still a great record with some deep lyricism and banging beats.
Emperor of Sand

Mastodon continue their consistent run of quality metal albums with Emperor of Sand, a cohesive and entertaining album that showcases the best use of the three-part vocal composing that the band is close to perfecting. Each vocalist shines in their own distinct parts of the album, making for an engaging listen. The album shows that Bran Dailor is still one of the best drummers around and it's awesome to hear his frantic drumming coupled with his relatively smooth voice.
Static Bloom

Stumbleine continues to make some of the most beautiful music through a sound that is uniquely his own. With Static Bloom we are again treated to all the elements that make Stumbleine's sound including dense, percussive beats, ambient guitar swells, plucked synths and chopped vocal samples. Jools & Jops might just be his prettiest song yet, beautifully simplistic yet extremely moving.
13Mount Eerie
A Crow Looked At Me

Not necessarily an album that you WANT to listen to, but it can't be ignored that this is an extremely powerful and crushing piece of work. The subject matter is anything but accessible as it deals with the loss of his wife while continuing to try to be there for their young daughter as he finds no hope in life. The recounts of him remembering his lost love and specific times they spent together is a gut wrenching and unforgettable listen.
14Fit for an Autopsy
The Great Collapse

Deathcore is one of the most divisive genres, but every once and while there is a very solid release that stands above the rest that most people can agree is a good album. The Great Collapse is certainly one of those records and showcases a band at the peak of their abilities. It's hard to find a more powerful vocalist in deathcore and some of the riffs and breakdowns destroy. A great album to throw on when you want some straight-to-the-point brutality.
15Alfa Mist

Antiphon is very unique hip-hop/jazz record that mixes brilliant instrumentals with spoken word. The album is a joint effort between the British producer and his brother, who recites the spoken word. The album covers themes such as mental health and the struggle in relationships, all backed but some fantastic jazz playing and hip hop beats. Alfa Mist is definitely an artist to watch in the future.
French Kiwi Juice

Certainly the funnest album of the year, French Kiwi juice is a mix of jazz, fuck and electro soul that can be thrown on at any time. The production is top-notch, some of the best sounding around today, and is given flavor from the excellent group of musicians and vocalists that are brought in on different songs. Whether in the mood to dance or chill out, French Kiwi Juice offers a little bit of everything.
17Super Snake
Leap of Love

Somewhat of an underground super group, Super Snake brings in Trophy Scars vocalist Jerry Jones with a mix of eccentric musicians to to serve up some whisky and cigarette soaked rock n roll. Recorded in a haunted barn, Leap of Love oozes darkness with eerie guitar riffs and macabre vocals. More stoner rock and psychedelic than Trophy Scars, it is definitely another solid release from one of the best vocalists and songwriters around.
18The Menzingers
After the Party

The Menzingers tackle themes of growing up and burning out with After the Party, a brilliant album with some of the best pop-punk hooks of the decade. Every song is good, and the lyrics are powerful, funny and effective. Another AOTY contender and a must listen for 2017 .
For Posterity

A nice little emo/math rock album that doesn't quite reach the heights of excellence but shows a very talented group of musicians that have a bright future. Certain tracks stand out as being amazing and the album is worth a listen.
20Sufjan Stevens
Carrie and Lowell Live

Carrie and Lowell Live somehow manages to be even better than the studio recording. It is one of the best live albums I've ever heard as Stevens gives us new takes and versions of the songs. More electronics and instrumentation is used and the band doesn't miss a note. It's a live album that feels essential to the overall experience of Carrie and Lowell and an unexpected yet welcomed surprise.
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