My Top 20 Albums of 2017

Hey everybody! It’s December 2017! And you know what that means – every music critic in the world and their moms (whose basements said critics generally live in, obviously) are publishing lists of their favorite albums of the year! Well, who am I to stifle this masturbatory tradition. So here’s a list of my top 20 albums of the year (plus a few honorable mentions for good measure). You can read my blurbs about a few of them in Slant Magazine’s year-end feature. Plus, another post about my favorite songs of 2017 is coming shortly. Happy listening! Better start now before we all die in a nuclear holocaust that destroys every LCD Soundsystem album in the world.

  1. Sheer Mag, Need to Feel Your Love
  2. Father John Misty, Pure Comedy
  3. St. Vincent, MASSEDUCTION
  4. Mount Eerie, A Crow Looked At Me
  5. Robyn Hitchcock, Robyn Hitchcock
  6. Sarah Shook & the Disarmers, Sidelong
  7. Ted Leo, The Hanged Man
  8. Tyler Childers, Purgatory
  9. Hurray for the Riff Raff, The Navigator
  10. John Moreland, Big Bad Luv
  11. LCD Soundsystem, American Dream
  12. Destroyer, ken
  13. The New Pornographers, Whiteout Conditions
  14. Lee Bains III & the Glory Fires, Youth Detention
  15. Ryan Adams, Prisoner
  16. The Mountain Goats, Goths
  17. The Dream Syndicate, How Did I Find Myself Here?
  18. Craig Finn, We All Want the Same Things
  19. Colter Wall, Colter Wall
  20. Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit, The Nashville Sound

Honorable mentions:

  • Lilly Hiatt, Trinity Lane
  • Chuck Prophet, Bobby Fuller Died for Your Sins
  • Bob Dylan, Triplicate
  • Arcade Fire, Everything Now
  • Dan Auerbach, Waiting on a Song
  • Son Volt, Notes of Blue
  • Valerie June, The Order of Time
  • The War on Drugs, A Deeper Understanding
  • Bash & Pop, Anything Could Happen
  • Hiss Golden Messenger, Hallelujah Anyhow
  • Phoebe Bridgers, Stranger in the Alps


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