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2017 "best albums" lists
#1
yup....
each year as you know, music publications bring out their lists of the so called "best albums" of the year...
most we disagree with, some we agree with, but either way, these lists are interesting to say the least...
so without further ado I bring you some of the lists for the year 2017 (feel free to add your own published lists
or even, your own personal favourites of 2017):

from NME:

1. Lorde – ‘Melodrama’

2. Wolf Alice – ‘Visions Of A Life’

3. Kendrick Lamar – ‘DAMN.'

4. Father John Misty – ‘Pure Comedy’

5. LCD Soundsystem – ‘American Dream’

6. J Hus – ‘Common Sense’

7. SZA – ‘CTRL’

8. Lana Del Rey – ‘Lust For Life’

9. Wiley – ‘Godfather’

10. Liam Gallagher – ‘As You Were’
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#2
damn!
see I forgot all about doing this
and I like the lists
I dropped the ball
glad you picked it up
sometimes I need to be nudged
i'll be posting some

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#3
I will check some of them out. Wolf Alice for sure !
 The ultimate connection is between a performer and its' audience!
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#4
grabbed the first one that came up on a search
some dupes from CH's
only familiar with 4 of them

Pitchfork

1. Kendrick Lamar - Damn
2. SZA - CTRL
3. King Krule - The Ooz
4. Kelela - Take Me Apart
5. Lorde - Melodrama
6. Moses Sumney - Aromanticism
7. Vince Staples - Big Fish Theory
8. Tyler, The Creator - Flower Boy
9. Fever Ray - Plunge
10. Jlin - Black Origami

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#5
from my go to music pub for years back in the day
along with Melody Maker, Spin, Crawdaddy, Creem, Spin, Trouser Press

Rolling Stone

1. Kendrick Lamar - Damn
2. Lorde - Melodrama
3. U2 - Songs Of Experience
4. Kesha - Rainbow
5. LCD Soundsystem - American Dream
6. Khalid - American Teen
7. Taylor Swift - Reputation
8. Queens Of The Stone Age - Villians
9. Migos - Culture
10. Sam Smith - The Thrill Of It All

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#6
AllMusic has fairly extensive and comprehensive lists of their favourites, which they categorise, plus they have a general ‘Best of 2017’ - https://www.allmusic.com/year-in-review/...st-of-2017.
 
I quite like the categorisation idea - I’ll put a couple of them up as I get to them, and rate my own favs from their lists as well (despite not having listened to everything on those lists - nowhere near!).  First category of my choice then … https://www.allmusic.com/year-in-review/...songwriter
 
Singer/Songwriter picks
  • Adrian Crowley – Dark Eyed Messenger
  • Aimee Mann – Mental Illness
  • Amber Coffman - City of No Reply
  • Benjamin Clementine - I Tell a Fly **
  • Big Thief – Capacity
  • Bruce Cockburn - Bone on Bone ***
  • Chuck Prophet - Bobby Fuller Died for Your Sins
  • Cindy Lee Berryhill - The Adventurist
  • Cold Specks - Fool's Paradise
  • Colorama - Some Things Just Take Time
  • Dent May - Across the Multiverse
  • Devon Sproule - The Gold String
  • Elizabeth & the Catapult – Keepsake
  • Feist – Pleasure +
  • Hurray for the Riff Raff - The Navigator
  • Iron & Wine - Beast Epic +
  • Jake Bugg – Hearts That Strain
  • Jesca Hoop - Memories Are Now
  • Karen Elson - Double Roses
  • Karl Blau - Out Her Space
  • Kevin Morby - City Music
  • King Krule - The Ooz
  • Laura Marling - Semper Femina
  • Mark Eitzel - Hey Mr. Ferryman **
  • Michael Head / Michael Head & the Red Elastic Band - Adiós Señor Pussycat **
  • Neil Finn - Out of Silence ***
  • Nick Krgovich - In an Open Field *
  • Nicole Atkins - Goodnight Rhonda Lee
  • Randy Newman - Dark Matter
  • Ray Davies – Americana **
  • Ron Sexsmith - The Last Rider
  • Susanne Sundfør - Music for People in Trouble +
  • Tift Merritt - Stitch of the World +
  • Tori Amos - Native Invader ***
  • Valerie June - The Order of Time
 
*     Listened to/or tried to – not for me
**   May listen to again
***  Listened to and liked a lot
+     Would like to hear sometime
 
My pick of the above: Neil Finn – Out of Silence - no question.
"The surest sign that intelligent life exists elsewhere in the universe is that it has never tried to contact us." ~ Bill Watterson
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#7
I was giving this one credibility until Bjork showed up

NY Times

1. St. Vincent - Masseducation
2. Residente - Residente
3. Moses Sumney - Aromanticism
4. Julien Baker - Turn Out The Lights
5. Bjork - Utopia
6. Kendrick Lamar - Damn
7. Lorde - Melodrama
8. SZA - CTRL
9. Valerie June - The Order Of Time
10. Vince Staples - Big Fish Theory

Ruby
looking at your list
doesn't it make you curious about all those you haven't heard?

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#8
^No, not much. I do listen to artists I’m not familiar with MH, but I'm selective. I know, firstly from the precis, and secondly after 30-60 seconds into a track whether or not it’s likely to be my thing, and if not, I just move on. Impossible to get to listen to every new release, and I don't want to, so I figure I may as well hear what I have a good chance of liking – makes life much more pleasant. Besides, I’m relying on you and CH to warn us about the rubbish!  Big Grin
 
These lists are the editors’ favourites and the tip of the iceberg – and actually, I’m beginning to think they are so subjective as to be completely pointless. Everyone’s going to have their own favourites, I understand that, but at least two of mine don’t even show up here despite higher ratings (AllMusic ratings, that is) than some of those listed below, so it would be interesting to know what criteria they are using. Anyway ... in the grand scheme of things, this is all of very little consequence!!  Rolleyes
 
Favourite Folk & Americana Albums - https://www.allmusic.com/year-in-review/...-americana
  
  • Bill MacKay / Ryley Walker – SpiderBeetleBee +
  • Buffy Sainte-Marie - Medicine Songs
  • Chris Hillman - Bidin' My Time **
  • Eliza Carthy / The Wayward Band - Big Machine
  • Jason Isbell / Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit - The Nashville Sound ***
  • Josh Ritter – Gathering ***
  • Kacy & Clayton - Siren's Song *
  • Kasey Chambers – Dragonfly
  • Lilly Hiatt - Trinity Lane
  • Los Straitjackets - What's So Funny About Peace Love and Los Straitjackets
  • Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real / Lukas Nelson - Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real
  • Mark Lanegan Band / Mark Lanegan – Gargoyle +
  • Nikki Lane - Highway Queen
  • Old 97's - Graveyard Whistling
  • Old Crow Medicine Show - 50 Years of Blonde on Blonde
  • Pokey LaFarge - Manic Revelations
  • Ray Wylie Hubbard - Tell the Devil I'm Gettin' There as Fast as I Can *
  • Rhiannon Giddens - Freedom Highway *
  • Robert Plant - Carry Fire ***
  • Rodney Crowell - Close Ties **
  • Shannon McNally - Black Irish
  • Steve Earle / Steve Earle & the Dukes - So You Wannabe an Outlaw
  • The 18 Wheelers / Zephaniah OHora - This Highway
  • The Dustbowl Revival - The Dustbowl Revival
  • The Mavericks - Brand New Day
  • The Secret Sisters - You Don't Own Me Anymore
  • Turnpike Troubadours - A Long Way from Your Heart
  • Tyler Childers – Purgatory
  • Whitney Rose - Rule 62
  • Whitney Rose - South Texas Suite
My first choice from this list would have to be Robert Plant - Carry Fire and the one album I'd like to hear in its entirety, having only heard a clip or two, is Spiderbeetlebee

*     Listened to/or tried to – not for me
**   May listen to again
***  Listened to and liked a lot
+     Would like to hear sometime
"The surest sign that intelligent life exists elsewhere in the universe is that it has never tried to contact us." ~ Bill Watterson
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#9
i haven't had chance to go online the last few days but here are my three favourite albums of 2017:

RAY DAVIES - Americana

NOEL GALLAGHER'S HIGH FLYING BIRDS - Who Built The Moon?

NEIL FINN - Out Of Science
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#10
Metacritic

1. Kendrick Lamar - Damn
2. Mount Erie - A Crow Looked At Me
3. Lorde - Melodrama
4. Converge - The Dusk In Us
5. Jlin - Black Origami
6. Vince Staples - Big Fish Theory
7. St. Vincent - Masseducation
8. Fever Ray - Plunge
9. Arca - Arca
10. Horrors - V

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