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Top 10 albums of 2017

It’s my 10 favorite albums released in 2017!

10

Flying Microtonal Banana

King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard

Rad microtonal rock album. Killer grooves.

9

Mountain Moves

Deerhoof

Deerhoof gets political on this album with some interesting guest vocalists and a good variety of styles.

8

Villains

Queens of the Stone Age

A step down from 2013's Like Clockwork, but a solid rock album with a great opening track.

7

Masseduction

St. Vincent

A surprisingly personal pop/rock/electronic album that is like listening to a roller-coaster that can barely stay on the tracks.

6

This is Steve

Delicate Steve

Fun folk and prog influenced guitar rock. Simple.

5

Plunge

Fever Ray

While not at all like the first Fever Ray album, Plunge has it’s own strange appeal in it’s unexpectedly upbeat sound.

4

Poppy.Computer

Poppy

The Poppy project is not only a hilarious dark satire of internet culture, it’s a genuinely great self-aware pop album.

3

What Now

Sylvan Esso

The quiet power of this album really blew me away. The seemingly simple production on this thing has incredible depth.

2

Relaxer

Alt-J

I wasn’t a fan of the last Alt-J record. Thankfully, Relaxer feels like a return to the more bold and unconventional sound of their debut album, and I love it.

1

Mouth Moods

Neil Cicierega

I’m tempted to call Neil Cicerega’s third mashup album a masterpiece. The way it chops and weaves overplayed radio tracks, 90’s TV themes, and familiar sound clips is truly impressive. Unlike most mashup albums, Mouth Moods not only holds up to repeated listens, but is well paced and feels like a complete album. You can stream or download the entire thing here.

 

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