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My best of 2017
|14||City of Caterpillar|
Driving Spain Up A Wall
Not an LP, but definitely deserves a mention. I still prefer the live version of the title track, but I love the fact these guys recorded this at all. Skramz legends.
|13||Do Make Say Think|
Stubborn Persistent Illusions
A blissful listening experience that, while it can drag on at times, is a mostly cohesive post rock album.
Favorite tracks: War on Torpor, Horripilation, Bound and Boundless
Intense electronic music with excellent production.
Favorite tracks: Rhesus Negative, The Rat, Silent Treatment, Hive Mind
Reflections of a Floating World
Very well written compositions of prog stoner rock.
Favorite tracks: Sanctuary, The Falling Veil, Blind, Thousand Hands
Rap Album Two
There wasn't much hip hop I liked this year, so I guess this is my hip hop aoty. Jonwayne still deserves credit where it's due though because this is a fantastic and underrated album. I really love Jonwayne's lyricism and his lo-fi beats, most of which are self-produced.
Favorite tracks: These Words are Everything, Paper, City Lights, Live from the Fuck You, Blue Green
Fun and catchy pop punk. Great debut album from these guys.
Favorite tracks: I'm My Own Doctor, Name Brand, Art School, Yer Killin Me, Eat Shit
Miami Garden Club
I found out about this album after it creeped towards the top of the 2017 charts for a few days, and I am glad I did not miss this. Kitty's voice perfectly compliments the wide variety of vibey tracks on this album.
Favorite tracks: Song For Sunset Ave (Running Away), Miami Garden Club, 2 Minutes, 509 Seabreeze, Asari Love Song
An album to get lost in all of your loneliness and depression. Archy Marshall gets personal and combines jazz, punk and trip hop into an atmospheric and melancholic listening experience. Songwriter of the year.
Favorite tracks: Dum Surfer, The OOZ, Logos, Emergency Blimp, Slush Puppy
A very noteworthy debut album with an appropriate title. Brutus's sound is a unique blend of post hardcore and shoegaze, and they are definitely a band to watch out for.
Favorite tracks: All Along, Drive, Child
|5||The Physics House Band|
A short but sweet burst of three guys going hard as hell on their instruments to create a half hour of visceral, spacey prog rock with an edge of math.
Favorite tracks: Calypso, Surrogate Head, Obidant, The Astral Wave
The Contortionist goes full atmospheric prog rock which turns out to be a pleasant surprise. Longtime The Contortionist fans might be turned off by it, but this album is full of catchy songwriting and intricate but subtle musicianship.
Favorite tracks: Clairvoyant, Return to Earth, Monochrome (Passive), Godspeed, The Center
I'm not a big listener of folk music as it's a fairly untouched genre by me, but I never knew there was a such thing as progressive folk until I heard this album. Crack Up is so dynamically moving and flows brilliantly.
Favorite tracks: Third of May, Cassius, I am all that I need, Crack Up
It's hard for me to pick a favorite Circa album, but this one easily makes top 3. The Amulet is another great addition to Circa's relatively consistent discography, and the title track is a contender for track of the year.
Favorite tracks: The Amulet, Flesh and Bone, Tunnel Vision, Lustration, Rites of Investiture
2017 marked a year for mediocre releases from a lot of established bands. At the Drive-In came back with a collection of watered down post hardcore tracks, Queens of the Stone Age villainized stoner rock into dance rock, and Mastodon went full dad rock. Even Converge, a band who has released some of my favorite metalcore albums of all time, came out with what I thought was an underwhelming album. Then comes Glassjaw almost out of nowhere (we knew they had something in the works last year) with probably their heaviest album yet. Material Control recalls the abrasiveness from Our Color Green (The Singles) while grooving like Coloring Book, but Material Control is its own monster. There weren't many 2017 albums I really loved, but it only took 11 months into the year for Material Control to change that.
Favorite tracks: Closer, My Conscience Weighs a Ton, Shira, Pompeii, New White Extremity, Golgotha, Citizen
|It kind of bothers me that I don't have a number 15.|
|Brutuuuuuussss, it's also in my top 10, good picks Prancer!|
|No lil pump 3/10|
|Happy people are repping Brutus. Didn't make my top 10, but it's a damn fine album.|