IT’S OFFICIALLY LIST SEASON AND WE AT PLUGGED IN ROUNDED UP OUR TEN FAVOURITE ALBUMS OF 2017. TAKE A LOOK AT THE LIST BELOW.
2017 has been a glorious year for music, beautiful debuts, stunning sophomore’s and some special surprise releases all meant that creating a list of our 10 favourite albums was all the more difficult.
However, after a lot of thought and intense listening, Plugged In presents it’s list of 2017’s best albums.
10. Princess Nokia – 1992 Deluxe
Destiny Frasqueri or as she’s known musically, Princess Nokia re-worked her 2016 mixtape into this stunning debut album. ‘1992 Deluxe’ is a statement about Frasqueri, her city, her influences and everything in-between. Tracks like ‘Tomboy’ and ‘ABCs of New York’ are sublime and there was no way this album could go without some form of recognition.
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9. Los Campensinos! – Sick Scenes
Los Campensions! released ‘Sick Scenes’ at the very beginning of the year, yet it’s still fresh as we come to the end. After five albums, one wonders where a band can go, Los Campensions! managed to capture both old and new sound on their sixth outing. It captures that indie sound that was rife in the 00’s and gives it an impressive 2017 rework. To really understand, delve into tracks like ‘5 Flucloxacilin’ and ‘I Broke Up In Amarante’ and feel that indie nostalgia.
8. Sampha – Process
Sampha was awarded this years Mercury Prize and that was rightly so. His debut album ‘Process’ is a beautiful blend of R&B, electronica and emotional pop. A man who can create such power ballads alongside modern electronic pop should not go unnoticed. The fact that the powerful and emotive ‘Blood on Me’ can sit next to the electronic beats of ‘Kora Sings’ just showcases how good Sampha really is. ‘(No One Knows Me) Like The Piano’ will be a timeless classic.
7. Courtney Barnett/Kurt Vile – Lotta Sea Lice
A match-up made in heaven. Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile collectively create a stunning guitar lead album. Their laid back, hazy vibes come together and craft this stunning unique album. The duo bring the best out in one another. The dark low tones of ‘Fear Is Like a Forest’ could dance in the fire light, whereas ‘Continental Breakfast’ is a folky american rock track that captures that hippy style both artists bask in.
6. Alvvays – Antisocialites
Second albums aren’t always that easy and for Alvvays, it was always going to be hard to step up from their debut. However, ‘Antisocialites’ is absolutely outstanding. From the get go you are taken into Alvvays’ world once again. The band sound more refined, they still have that sound that made them so addictive on their first record. Yet they have refined themselves, created individual tracks that each have their own attraction. It’s hard to even pinpoint standout tracks on this album but ‘Plimsoll Punks’, ‘Not My Baby’ and ‘Saved By a Waif’ will instantly whisk you away. Well done Alvvays, you’ve done it again.
5. King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard – Polygondwanaland
King Gizzard released our favourite album last year and this year they were in contention to win yet again. Releasing four albums (they said they would release five, a Christmas album maybe?) is always a bold statement yet King Gizzard actually managed to produced albums of equal quality and keep them interesting. We chose ‘Polygondwanaland’ as the one to feature in our top 10 for two main reasons. First, it’s unity, it flows just like 2016’s ‘Nonagon Infinity’ and has some fantastic stand out moments. Including opening with ‘Crumbling Castles’ and ending with a mass musical breakout on ‘The Fourth Colour’. Secondly, we chose this one because of how it was released. A free download that encouraged fans to press vinyls for themselves. It was King Gizzard’s gift to us. What a gift it was.
4. Wolf Alice – Visions of Life
Just like Alvvays, Wolf Alice had no problem following up their debut album. ‘Visions of Life’ was actually fairly different to ‘My Love Is Cool’. The album saw some new genres influence its tracks. Genres like shoegaze and dream pop appear all over it. The band have come a long way since their early EP’s. 90’s alt-rock is still a huge part of Wolf Alice’s sound, but that’s not a bad thing and tracks like ‘Yuk Foo’ and ‘Sky Musings’ capture the raw side this four-piece. ‘Beautifully Unconventional’ and ‘Don’t Delete the Kisses’ are two very well produced tracks, they glimmer and shine and prove that Wolf Alice are hear to stay.
3. Blaenavon – That’s Your Lot
Blaenavon’s debut was a long time coming. After touring rigorously and working hard to build a loyal and dedicated fan base, the Hampshire trio finally dropped ‘That’s Your Lot’ this year. The album was an instant hit among fans, but also brought in a range of new fans who missed the early ‘Into the Night’ and ‘Koso – EP’ stage. However, that doesn’t matter, in fact it made this debut all the more special. A reworking of an early classic ‘Swans’ and the revamped and impressive ‘Prague 99’ both feature on the album and allow old and new fans a way into Blaenavon’s music. Each track on the album sounds incredible live (as it does on the album) and Blaenavon deserve all the exposure and success in the world. Lets hope ‘That’s You Lot’ isn’t actually our lot.
2. WHITE – One Night Stand Forever
This is probably one of 2017’s most underrated albums. Scottish based WHITE have toured and toured, crafted their sound and grown so much as a band over the last few years. So saying that, it’s no surprise their debut album is a true gem. It fuses rock (Be The Unknown) with indie pop (One Night Stand Forever), catchy up-beat electronica (Living Fiction) with club-floor-fillers (Sweat). It’s an album that can get you up and dancing, throwing your hands in the air (Hit Hit Hit) and then feeling raw hearty emotion (This Ain’t a Love Song). WHITE are only just beginning and it’s inevitable that this debut will stay in circulation for a long time.
1. Arcade Fire – Everything Now
This decision wasn’t one to be taken lightly, but after careful consideration, Plugged In’s top album of 2017 is Arcade Fire’s ‘Everything Now’. There is a saying, about in time of great uncertainty or great sadness, there is always great music. ‘Everything Now’ feels like an album that helps to define the time we live in. Tackling problems that people face day-to-day, worrying about their image, struggling with who they are (Creature Comfort). Tackling a world obsessed with nostalgia, searching for the past (Signs of Life) and making a valid point that maybe ‘We Don’t Deserve Love’ on the track with the same name. The fact that this album steers away from what Arcade Fire usually strive for and takes a disco, bright pop shape just captures 2017 in a nutshell.
And that’s that, obviously over the last 12 months there has been a range of fantastic albums released and it’s sadly impossible to name them all. However, we whittled it down to our favourite 10 and we hope you enjoyed the read.