These are my favs from everything I've heard, not ranked except for top 3.
After checking all the year end lists, I've got about 100 albums I wanna dig in to. Bless you Sput.
Thanks for repping this Calc
|22||Iron and Wine|
His best since Shepherd's Dog
|20||portrayal of guilt|
Portrayal of Guilt
|18||Cigarettes After Sex|
Cigarettes After Sex
When I was just a little worm on the scene
Two Parts Viper
S / T
Somewhat derivative, but exceptionally performed.
|11||Godspeed You! Black Emperor|
Stranger In The Alps
Killing Tingled Lifting Retreats
The Omar Rodriguez-Lopez solo train continued in 2017, and was inconsistent as ever. A few gems though: Killing Tingled Lifting Retreats, Zen Thrills, Roman Lips, and Gorilla Preacher Cartel were all solid. I'll give him props for Birth of a Ghost too, just for the balls it took to compose and release an orchestral album.
|7||At the Drive-In|
I'm lumping in both Diamanté & Interalia. What can I say, I love this band so much I'm digging the new stuff a lot, flaws and all. It's great to see Cedric back in his alternate universe schizoid propaganda mode, something I'll always be into.
The Dusk in Us
Queen of the garbage, prince of the weeds
Did you see that selfie what Francis Bacon did?
Don’t look nothing like him, what a fucking div
Turn Out The Lights
Demons mistaken for saints
Prayer for Terrene is a hell of a record to follow up, and while I don't think they topped it, The Barn is an incredible record on its own merits. Probably my favorite drum performance of the year, and the title track is a contender for my SOTY.
This would be #1 for me, but it hasn't had as much replay value.
Hiss Spun is a nice amalgamation of all the styles she's explored in past albums, with an extra focus on heavy tones. It feels more cohesive than Abyss did IMO. Still an incredible live show too.
I never thought Circa would claim my AOTY in 2017, but here we are.
This is their most consistent record in over a decade. It sounds immaculately crafted, yet simultaneously effortless. Gave this more spins than anything this year. Really impressed with this one.