Top 5 albums of 2017

There were a lot of good albums released this year. What's your top 5 of 2017? In no real order mine are

Beck-Colors  

The Magpie Salute-The Magpie Salute

Dead Heavens-Whatever Witch You Are

Chris Stapleton-From A Room:Volume 1 & 2  I like them both so I'll count as 1

Tyler Childers-Purgatory

 

Only 5 is real easy this year  I could go on but then that would be more than top 5

 

 

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Beck's "Colors" is the only album on your list I've heard and I own it. While good, I find it trendy, pop-oriented, and less exploratory or creative than I'd have expected from Beck. Beyond that Robert Plant's "Carry Fire" and Neil Young's "The Hitchhiker" (recorded 40-years-ago) are the only other two albums from 2017 I've found worthy of buying. Sorry, I can't come up with five, but a good reminder I need to grab the Sgt Pepper re-issue on vinyl (recorded 50-years-ago).

My top five albums of 2017 are:

1. Aldous Harding - Party

2. Courtney Marie Andrews - Honest Life 

3. Cara Dillon - Wanderer

4. Nadia Reid - Preservation 

5. Martha Tilston - Nomad 

There were other good albums from artists that didn’t quite make the list they include:

Robert Plant, Iron & Wine, Chris Stapleton, Margo Price, Joan Shelley, St Vincent, Jesca Hoop, Samantha Crain, London Grammar and Wolf Alice. I think 2017 as been a pretty good year for new music.

joerand posted:

Beck's "Colors" is the only album on your list I've heard and I own it. While good, I find it trendy, pop-oriented, and less exploratory or creative than I'd have expected from Beck. Beyond that Robert Plant's "Carry Fire" and Neil Young's "The Hitchhiker" (recorded 40-years-ago) are the only other two albums from 2017 I've found worthy of buying. Sorry, I can't come up with five, but a good reminder I need to grab the Sgt Pepper re-issue on vinyl (recorded 50-years-ago).

I agree about Colors but find myself listening to it a lot. Very addictive. This year I found myself listening to say more stuff out of my comfort zone. Kind of funny to me. 

Three for sure

Sparks - Hippopotamus

Gregg Allman -Southern Blood

Robert Finley - Goin' Platinum

and two I haven't quite made my mind up about

Jo Harman - People We Become

Samantha Fish - Chills & Fever

Some older, new (for me) discoveries trump these last two

Jason Isbell - Southeastern

Don Henley - Cass County

 

......at the moment but could change on a different day and the mood was right while listening to another album.

Lucinda Williams - Sweet Old World

Kandace Springs - Soul Eyes

Jan Balke - Siwan - Nahnou Hou

Bill Frisell - Small Town

Sean Rowe - New Lore

Others that crossed my mind: Chris Stapleton From A Room, Robert Plant - Carry Fire, Imelda May - Life Love Flesh Blood, Lizz Wight - Grace, Avishai Cohen - Cross My Palm With Silver, Django Bates - The Study of Touch, Lee Ann Womack - The Lonely, The Lonesome, and The Gone, Van Morrison - Roll With The Punches, Ferenc Snetberger - Titok, Van Morrison - Roll With The Punches, Anouar Brahem - Blue Maqams, Stephan Micus - Inland Sea, and David Crosby - Sky Trails

For me the 2 favourites were

The National - Sleep Well Beast and 

The War on Drugs  - A Deeper Understanding 

with very honourable mentions to

Robert Plant  - Carry Fire 

Gregg Allman  - Southern Blood and 

Steven Wilson - To the Bone ( the title track of which is co-written by Andy Partridge of XTC)

i tried to like Father John Misty's Pure Comedy but didn't think it was as strong as his previous effort "I love you honey-bear".  I think I've been reading too many music magazines !

cheers

j.

 

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