Well, 2017 has been… a year. I would call it disappointing, but I still spell disappointing with two S’s when I start writing it. It wouldn’t be worth the embarrassment for me, and besides, you don’t need reminding of this year’s bad bits.
Nevertheless, here we are; playing the game of online music journalism by writing a best of 2017 list. In case you’ve never seen a list like this before, Elizabeth and I have each spotlighted our top 5 albums from 2017(AD). You will also find a list of special mentions that we think you should check out too.
There is no particular order to either of these lists, just as there is no order to our lives, as we plunge ever deeper into a world of despair and confusion. Please continue reading though, it’s the least you could do.
Kendrick Lamar – Damn.
Ford: “The guy released a collector’s edition of this album which was just the original tracklist backwards. Delete all of the motivational quotes you’ve posted on your social media accounts; they will never inspire you to do something like this.”
Brockhampton – Saturation
Ford: “HOW ARE YOU GONNA GO AND RELEASE 3 FULL-LENGTH ALBUMS IN THE SPACE OF 6 MONTHS AND MAKE EACH ONE BETTER THAN THE LAST?!”
Brockhampton – Saturation II
Ford: “HOW ARE YOU GONNA GO AND INDEPENDENTLY PRODUCE, MIX AND RELEASE EACH ALBUM AND DO THE SAME FOR THE VIDEOS?!”
Brockhampton – Saturation III
Ford: “HOW ARE YOU GONNA GO AND MAKE ME LAUGH AND CRY AT THE SAME GODDAMN TIME?!”
Tyler, The Creator – Flower Boy
Ford: “This one’s like seeing your son, who’s older than you, achieve everything he’s ever wanted. If my future son ever follows in my footsteps and wins an egg and spoon race at his primary school’s sports day, I won’t care about it as much as I care about this guy releasing this.”
QOTSA – Villains
Elizabeth: “First on my list is the long-awaited seventh record from your favourite road trip desert kings. It’s a visceral blend of raw new material, but the familiar snarling vocals, battling guitar lines and delirious textures are all still there.”
Slowdive – Slowdive
Elizabeth: “Expect psychedelia and ambient dream pop from the forgotten shoegaze maestros of the nineties. As comeback albums go, this little gem is a pleasant surprise, with your new-found admiration for the band sure to please your parents.”
Valerie June – The Order of Time
Elizabeth: “Stumbling across decent jazz/soul crossover artists is a feat in itself, the payoff of which is made all the more spectacular in the case of Valerie June. Her vocals are breathtaking and the songs on this record are beautifully constructed. Get your hairdresser to give you a beehive and then pretend you’re in New Orleans in the sixties whilst listening to it.”
St. Vincent – Masseduction
Elizabeth: “I’m a little biased, as I know Annie can do no wrong, but that doesn’t matter, because her latest offering is truly noteworthy. We are lowly peasants and she is king of everything. Listen to this album and sleep comfortably knowing she will always be better than you.”
The National – Sleep Well Beast
Elizabeth: “I’m taken aback by this surprisingly experimental contribution from the best thing to come out of Cincinnati. If the most silent and colourful dawn, or something equally meditative and arresting, had a voice, it would be that of Matt Berninger’s.”