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Favorite 2017 albums

It was hard to make this list. There are so many good/great albums released this year, but few that blew my mind. So, the top 25 are the ones that I listened to most (I tried at least for the top 5 to be more accurate) , 25-50 are casual listens, whereas the final 30 were listened to only when they were released/think that they are nice or I haven't managed to get into yet. Even if some wore off fast, it doesn't mean they are bad LPs. I know I missed a lot of albums, so feel free to recommend anything that's worth the time. Thanks!
80Triptides
Afterglow
79Bastos
Second Favorite Person
78Chuck Berry
Chuck
77The Re-Stoned
Chronoclasm
76The Flaming Lips
Oczy Mlody
75Mangoo
The Heat
74Buckethead
Out Orbit
73Hey Colossus
The Guillotine
72Five Horse Johnson
Jake Leg Boogie
71Steve Roach
Nostalgia for the Future
70Chihei Hatakeyama
Mirage
69Buckethead
Space Viking
68Buckethead
Rivers in the Seas
67Buckethead
Waterfall Cove
66John 5
Season of the Witch
65Greg Graffin
Millport
64King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard
Flying Microtonal Banana
63King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard
Polygondwanaland
62Alio Die
They Grow Layers of Life Within
61Snoop Dogg
Neva Left
60Mutoid Man
War Moans
59Poseidon (UK)
Prologue
58Gas
Narkopop
57Primus
The Desaturating Seven
56William Basinski
A Shadow in Time
55Chihei Hatakeyama
Void X
54Ben Frost
The Centre Cannot Hold
53Mother Engine
Hangar
52CHON
Homey
51Hammock
Mysterium
50The Black Angels
Death Song
49Incubus
8
48Gorillaz
Humanz
47Kasabian
For Crying Out Loud
46Siena Root
A Dream of Lasting Peace
45With the Dead
Love from With the Dead
44Lo!
Vestigial
43The Brian Jonestown Massacre
Don't Get Lost
42Father John Misty
Pure Comedy
41Wordclock
Heralds
40Chrysta Bell
We Dissolve
39Wyatt E.
Exile to Beyn Neharot
38Boris
Dear
37Steven Wilson
To the Bone
36Colour Haze
In Her Garden
35Dot Hacker
N°3
34Kauan
Kaiho
33Pallbearer
Heartless
32The Flying Eyes
Burning the Season
31Samsara Blues Experiment
One with the Universe
30Mark Lanegan
Gargoyle


Not as good as Blues Funeral or Phantom Radio and there are a couple of krautrock inspired tracks that don’t go that well with Lanegan’s voice. The darker material fits him like a glove though. Hopefully, he’ll make another brooding rocker after this lighter venture.
29Foo Fighters
Concrete and Gold


Catchy rock record. Nothing groundbreaking, but it’s considerably better than Sonic Highways.
28Marilyn Manson
Heaven Upside Down


Saw him live on the first gig of the tour, I was surprised Manson was on spot for most of the show. The first half sounds great (live too), even though there are some average moments on the latter half of HUD.
27Chihei Hatakeyama
Void XI


Soothing ambient, lovely for a lazy day.
26Bell Witch
Mirror Reaper


Epic tune. It’s amazing how easy I can listen to this as a whole.
25Moby
More Fast Songs About the Apocalypse


Moby playing punk and spitting vitriol? Yes, please.
24Telepathy
Tempest


A strong post metal record. They slay live.
23Monolord
Rust


They chose a cleaner production that doesn’t always help the vocals. Still, the grooves are there to cover this minor issue.
22Tuber
Out of the Blue


‘80s synths and psychedelic rock. They are probably the most interesting act in the Greek stoner/psychedelic scene at the moment. Really fun live as well.
21Tim Bowness
Lost in the Ghost Light


A melancholic listen. This is again a moody record that needs time to unfold.
20Thomas Dybdahl
The Great Plains


I love his voice and the intimate songs he creates. The atmosphere is half of the record’s appeal.
19Ufomammut
8


Crushingly heavy, can’t wait to see them live this spring and melt my face off.
18Laibach
Also Sprach Zarathustra


An occasionally abstract industrial record that requires a certain mood to get into it. Saw them performing it live in its entirety, it was amazing to watch them reproduce the variety of sounds live.
17Mastodon
Emperor of Sand


I really get into it when I listen, but somehow it doesn’t make me come back to it as often as it should. It’s a weird feeling, but I forget about it a month or so, then I’m having a blast singing along and this cycle repeats ever since it was released.
16Sasquatch
Maneuvers


Sasquatch can do no wrong and damn, Maneuvers delivers.
15Egypt
Cracks and Lines


That really cool, fun, under 40 minutes record you find every once in a while and listen to it 100 times. These guys are underrated.
14Carbon Based Lifeforms
Derelicts


Entrancing record. It leans a bit too much on the ambient side, but I really like it.
13Mogwai
Every Country's Sun


A step back into the right direction. There are many tracks to enjoy here and some awesome ones (the last 4 songs are some of their best moments in a long long time). It doesn’t surpass Hardcore Will Never Die (which is my favorite Mogwai album) and I hope they release a heavier record sometimes soon.
12Motorpsycho
The Tower


Great, amazingly consistent band. They’ve been on a prolific creative peak for a decade now and who can complain about it? Everything these seasoned musicians release is cool, epic and fun.
11Queens of the Stone Age
Villains


Another grower. It’s a fun album, even if there are fewer essential tracks on it. Homme went full swag and even if I liked him more when he was less cocky (or kept it for himself), it works for this batch of songs.
10Jamiroquai
Automaton


After 7 long years of waiting, Jay Kay finally returned with a new Jamiroquai affair. Yes, he became that sleazy, rich, middle aged man, yet the grooves are sometimes too good not to get into them.
9Elder (USA-MA)
Reflections of a Floating World


Can’t decide if I like Lore or this one more, both are immersive journeys. The better production quality of Reflections of a Floating World helps clearing the layers for an even more enhanced listen. It will be very hard for them to top these two records.
8Amplifier
Trippin' with Dr. Faustus


An eclectic, fun listen, albeit not the best in their discography. Still, they are one damn consistent group and I can’t wait to hear what’s next.
7Depeche Mode
Spirit


Saw the album didn’t get a lot of love overall, yet I think the band talking about politics brought something fresh to the table. Plus, the airy compositions allows them to easily sink in. I must admit seeing them live also kept this on heavy rotation for a good while.
6Paradise Lost
Medusa


Never thought I’d have a Paradise Lost album in my top ten. I always enjoyed random tracks, but this album really got me into them. The bonus tracks should’ve been included on the main track list.
5Kendrick Lamar
DAMN.


One of the best rappers out there at the moment IMO. Maybe not as complex and layered as To Pimp a Butterfly, however, DAMN. is cool as fuck!
4Cairo Knife Fight
Seven


Infectious hooks, punchy tracks, meaningful lyrics, plus some QOTSA and NIN influences make this short album both a guilty pleasure and a serious listen.
3Papir
V


This LP blew my mind. It’s the perfect soundtrack to a warm, sunny summer.
2The National
Sleep Well Beast


Took a while to truly grow on me (I think I still prefer Trouble Will Find Me over this one), but most of the tracks are really touching and/or fun.
1Ulver
The Assassination of Julius Caesar


I love it. Finally, Ulver went pop and Garm sings on each track. He has such a beautiful voice. The whole record is so catchy and there’s a lot to discover on it. I hate myself for missing a show on the European tour this Fall, they'll probably never do a second leg and play the whole record and Sic Transit Gloria Mundi.
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