Tuesday, December 26, 2017

The Best Albums of 2017


After all of the countless hours of listening, we've finally arrived at our annual Best Albums of the Year list. We've been at it for several years now, but this is our biggest feature yet - with 13 contributors from across the globe. Each person selected & ranked their 10 favorite albums, and then we've compiled a track from each in a HUGE Spotify playlist (it's all the way at the bottom of this post). As always, we look forward to hearing your thoughts and opinions. Let us know whose list you relate to the most and please share your own Top Ten with us. We have some good discussions going on at the Life On This Planet Facebook Page so head on over there too! Okay here we go - The Best Albums of 2017 - Bret & sarahQ

Bret Helm
Life on this Planet | Audra

10. The Church - Man Woman Life Death Infinity
09. Margo Price - All American Made
08. Mark Lanegan Band - Gargoyle
07. Ryan Adams - Prisoner
06. Slowdive - s/t
05. Gary Numan - Savage (Songs from a Broken World)
04. Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark - The Punishment of Luxury
03. U2 - Songs of Experience
02. Zola Jesus - Okovi
01. Waxahatchee - Out in the Storm

Sarah Quarrie
Life on this Planet

10. Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark - The Punishment of Luxury
09. Perfume Genius - No Shape
08. Wolf Parade - Cry Cry Cry
07. Chelsea Wolfe - Hiss Spun
06. The Horrors - V
05. Gary Numan - Savage (Songs from a Broken World)
04. Zola Jesus - Okovi
03. Mark Lanegan Band - Gargoyle
02. Waxahatchee - Out in the Storm
01. Alvvays - Antisocialites

Mike Keddy
Western Massachusetts

10. LCD Soundsystem - American Dream
09. The National - Sleep Well Beast
08. Blameful Isles - This Heart of Our Heart
07. Joshua Abrams & Natural Information Society - Simultonality
06. King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard - Flying Microtonal Banana
05. Colin Stetson - All This I Do for Glory
04. Mako Sica - Mako Sica Plays 'Invocation'
03. Zola Jesus - Okovi
02. Slowdive - s/t
01. Drab Majesty - The Demonstration

Rob Clark
Rockford, Illinois

10. Columbia Mills - A Safe Distance to Watch
09. Ride - Weather Diaries
08. Pronto Mama - Any Joy
07. Desperate Journalist - Grow Up
06. St. Vincent - Masseduction
05. The National - Sleep Well Beast
04. The Clientele - Music for the Age of Miracles
03. Fever Ray - Plunge
02. Gary Numan - Savage (Songs from a Broken World)
01. Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit - The Nashville Sound

Jason Jones
Okinawa, Japan

10. Ariel Pink - Dedicated to Bobby Jameson
09. Molly Burch - Please Be Mine
08. Hoops - Routines
07. Drab Majesty - The Demonstration
06. Depeche Mode - Spirit
05. Lana Del Rey - Lust for Life
04. Lorde - Melodrama
03. Japanese Breakfast - Soft Sounds from Another Planet
02. Alvvays - Antisocialites
01. Slowdive - s/t

Sierra Anna Jones
Okinawa, Japan

10. Lana Del Rey - Lust for Life
09. TOPS - Sugar at the Gate
08. Beach Fossils - Somersault
07. Jay Som - Everybody Works
06. Ariel Pink - Dedicated to Bobby Jameson
05. Drab Majesty - The Demonstration
04. Hoops - Routines
03. Japanese Breakfast - Soft Sounds from Another Planet
02. Alvvays - Antisocialites
01. Slowdive - s/t

Ron Marrs
New Orleans, Louisiana

10. EMA - Exile in the Outer Ring
09. Arcade Fire - Everything Now
08. LCD Soundsystem - American Dream
07. Sleep Party People - Lingering
06. Boy Harsher - Country Girl EP
05. L.A. Witch - s/t
04. Tori Amos - Native Invader
03. Zola Jesus - Okovi
02. Shannon Wright - Division
01. The Discussion - The European Tour EP

Jason DeWolfe Barton

10. Laetitia Sadier Source Ensemble - Find Me Finding You
09. Fen - Winter
08. Morbid Angel - Kingdoms Disdained
07. Willie Nelson - God's Problem Child
06. Godflesh - Post Self
05. Grave Pleasures - Motherblood
04. Godspeed You! Black Emperor - Luciferian Towers
03. Ryuichi Sakamoto - Async
02. Richard H. Kirk - Dasein
01. Enslaved - E

Jesse Deitermann
Saturday Night Music Club

10. Jay Som - Everybody Works
09. Japanese Breakfast - Soft Sounds from Another Planet
08. Mew - Visuals
07. Froth - Outside (Briefly)
06. Ride - Weather Diaries
05. U2 - Songs of Experience
04. Alvvays - Antisocialites
03. Slowdive - s/t
02. The Pains of Being Pure at Heart - The Echo of Pleasure
01. The Charlatans - Different Days

Thalia Williams
Saturday Night Music Club

05. The Pains of Being Pure at Heart - The Echo of Pleasure
04. The Charlatans - Different Days
03. Alvvays - Antisocialites
02. Ride - Weather Diaries
01. Mew - Visuals

John Magness
Uttoxeter, England

10. Steve Hackett - The Night Siren
09. St. Vincent - Masseduction
08. Morrissey - Low in High School
07. Lindsey Buckingham / Christine McVie - s/t
06. The War on Drugs - A Deeper Understanding
05. U2 - Songs of Experience
04. The xx - I See You
03. Future Islands - The Far Field
02. Mark Lanegan Band - Gargoyle
01. Weezer - Pacific Daydream

Todd "Opie" Kelley
Englewood, Colorado

10. Khalid - American Teen
09. Steven Wilson - To the Bone
08. Daniel Romano - Modern Pressure
07. Broken Social Scene - Hug of Thunder
06. Harry Styles - s/t
05. Manchester Orchestra - A Black Mile to the Surface
04. Ryan Adams - Prisoner
03. The War on Drugs - A Deeper Understanding
02. Kendrick Lamar - DAMN.
01. Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit - The Nashville Sound

Jaymz Todd
Saturday Night Music Club

10. UNKLE - The Road Part 1
09. Kendrick Lamar - DAMN.
08. Tei Shi - Crawl Space
07. Sextile - Albeit Living
06. Miguel - War & Leisure
05. Grizzly Bear - Painted Ruins
04. Sinkane - Life & Livin' It
03. Mura Masa - s/t
02. The Afghan Whigs - In Spades
01. The Prids - Do I Look Like I'm in Love

STATS
86 different albums appeared in this feature
Which ones made it onto the most lists?
Alvvays (5) Slowdive (5), Zola Jesus (4)



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