Favorite Album(s) of 2017 (so far)

What are your favorite albums of 2017 thus far?  Here's mine:

1. Aimee Mann - Mental Illness

2. Ron Sexsmith - The Last Rider

3. Ray Davies - Americana

4. San Fermin - Belong

5. Colin Hay - Fierce Mercy

6. Real Estate - In Mind

7. Ryan Adams - Prisoner

8. Hurray For The Riff Raff - The Navigator

9. Laura Marling - Semper Femina

10. Valerie June - The Order of Time

 

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Ah I really love best albums lists! I don't have a lot of favourites yet. Need a lot of time with albums before I really like them. And there were some really nice 2016 albums that needed urgent attention :-) 

2017 albums I love:

  1. Moss - Strike
  2. Various artists - Resistance radio

 

Albums that are sinking in:

  1. Kendrick Lamar - Damn
  2. Hippo Campus - landmark
  3. Alexander F - Alexander F
  4. Spoon - Hot thoughts

Well I can't think of a single album actually.

However I did pre-order Echobellys new record on Pledge Music, and Liam Gallaghers new record is sure to be what has been missing from Oasis over more recent years.

So, apart from that, not much else.

 

Herbalife posted:

Well I can't think of a single album actually.

Wow, so it's not just me!

For the first time in my life, I am struggling trying to find any new music at all that knocks me out.  I've listened to a bunch of new stuff recently, but nothing that has had any staying power at all with me, either by new or established artists.

I did listen to the recent Real Estate album, and although I think it's the best stuff I've heard from them, they still don't knock me out.  The new album by the Feelies, who are in some ways Real Estate's New Jersey ancestors, is well worth hearing, so I guess that is the sole item on my list at the moment.  Although I wouldn't say it's knocking me out, more like if you liked the Feelies 30 years ago, you'll like this one too.  A bit pastoral for them though.

Well I would not remember The Feelies because 30 years ago was 1987 and I was just being born then.

My earlier music memories would probably be Crowded House's Weather with you actually funnily enough around when I was 4, so that was 1991, on the radio and Icehouse who put the writing on the wall.

That is the earliest songs I remember.

And about music not knocking you out? What do you mean by that exactly? It knocks me out all the time, because its so bad.

The Killers and that new zealand band Pluto (great name - after the dog from 100 dalmations and the planet?) were on the radio here 10 years ago or just over and it was the most dull dreary depressing nonsense ever.

So bad memories those.

Its to bad Neil hasn't made a rock album with 12 Locked Outs on it, to squash it all.

That is what was needed back in 2005. 

I don't know about music, but I feel its been so stifled and commercial for so long something will change with radio and the music industry very soon!

Because it needs to start making profitable money again, otherwise no one is gonna want to be involved in it and music will die. And no new bands will ever come along.

The last somewhat interesting band to come out was Stereophonics 1997 or Black rebel motorcycle club which was 2000, as in a band that is in the style of a more classic type of rocknroll type band....

Nothing after captures my imagination in anyway whatsoever.

Nobody writes proper songs anymore they just write laid back wish washy stuff.

No proper chorus, or versus and rhyming is the devil as far as most songwriters are concerned today.

 

I would say its a generational one as from what I can see music has become gradually worse and worse over the years (if you do an overview of it...)

Of course there is the odd song from different releases that if it made up more of the radio playlist then the world would be a much more optimistic place.

Neil Finns last album comes to mind which I did not hear on the radio at all, but New Zealand has had all its radio stations taken over by corporations now and big network giants with sharp claws.

So I hope now with the luxury of the internet (which you didn't need so much years ago) perhaps a movement with that might grab peoples attention.

I think of 1995 as the last real great year for music mainly because of the following reasons Oasis and Crowded House, but Oasis messed up their 3rd album and Crowded House ended a year later so.....to me that was the last great year for SONGS.

 

The only album from this year that has "knocked me out" is the new Aimee Mann album.  It may not reach the God-like heights on her peak albums (Bachleor #2 and Whatever) but it has freaking brilliant songs that only elite songwriters like her and Neil Finn can write.  Here's the video to the song "Patient Zero".

Actually because I am really rocknroll........and love alternative rock, Bush's new album Black and white rainbows has been released. I became suspicious about Gavin Rossdale, but I assume he is an alright kind of person.

Maybe he just gets bad press and makes him look bad.

Still anyone successful in the music industry can be exposed to the darkside, and I don't mean, orgies and drugs....(....) I mean black magic and eating children.

I agree with Sugar Mouse, the new Sufjan Stevens live album is excellent. (Thanks for posting the video link.)

Also, I thought the cover artwork is a little similar to the first 7 Worlds Collide live album...  Maybe Sufjan is a Finn fan?? :-) That would be a very interesting collaboration!

Neil Finn - Out of Silence

The National - Sleep Well Beast

Sufjan Stevens - Carrie & Lowell Live

Fleet Foxes - Crack-up

Mount Eerie – A Crow Looked at Me

Colin Hay - Fierce Mercy

Aimee Mann - Mental Illness

Alison Moyet - Other

Squeeze - The Knowledge

Offa Rex (The Decemberists & Olivia Chaney) - The Queen of Hearts

Justin Townes Earle - Kids In The Street

Tori Amos - Native Invader

 

Fans of all things Finn should check out the brand new album by 22 year old Julien Baker.  It's a big wow.  Similar in style to Out of Silence with powerful emotions, strings, simple instrumentation etc.  Sort of Lisa Germano meets Radiohead. I could absolutely see her performing/recording with Neil Finn.  Enjoy! 

 

Sugar Mouse posted:

Fans of all things Finn should check out the brand new album by 22 year old Julien Baker.  It's a big wow.  Similar in style to Out of Silence with powerful emotions, strings, simple instrumentation etc.  Sort of Lisa Germano meets Radiohead. 

I just watched the 3 songs from the CBS Saturday Sessions and was blown away.  Her voice is very powerful yet sweet and reminds me of Bjork.  Musically, I can't think of anyone she reminds me of.  Thanks for posting!

brownie posted:
Sugar Mouse posted:

Fans of all things Finn should check out the brand new album by 22 year old Julien Baker.  It's a big wow.  Similar in style to Out of Silence with powerful emotions, strings, simple instrumentation etc.  Sort of Lisa Germano meets Radiohead. 

I just watched the 3 songs from the CBS Saturday Sessions and was blown away.  Her voice is very powerful yet sweet and reminds me of Bjork.  Musically, I can't think of anyone she reminds me of.  Thanks for posting!

I thought Tori Amos when I first heard her due to her quiet intensity where she sounds like the music is about the explode at any moment.  But I agree that she has an original sound which is nice to see in 2017 where most music blends together. 

I can't believe the year is winding down.
 
Here are my current top 25 albums of 2017 ... and I adore all twenty-five of these extraordinary albums.  YouTube clips for each album are below.
 
1.  Neil Finn - Out of Silence
2.  Fleet Foxes - Crack-up
3.  Sufjan Stevens - Carrie & Lowell Live
4.  Julien Baker - Turn Out The Lights
5.  The National - Sleep Well Beast
6.  Mount Eerie - A Crow Looked At Me
7.  Colin Hay - Fierce Mercy
8.  Alison Moyet - Other
9.  Squeeze - The Knowledge
10.  Father John Misty - Pure Comedy
11.  Aimee Mann - Mental Illness
12.  Lost Horizons - Ojala
13.  Neil Young - Hitchhiker
14.  Ron Sexsmith - The Last Rider
15.  War on Drugs - A Deeper Understanding
16.  Justin Currie - This Is My Kingdom Now
17.  Hardpan - Hardpan 2017
18.  Paul Kelly - Life Is Fine
19.  The Unthanks - Diversions: Volume 4
20.  Jason Isbell - The Nashville Sound
21.  Wesley Stace - Wesley Stace's John Wesley Harding
22.  Alvvays - Antisocialites
23.  Stu Larsen - Resolute
24.  Guided By Voices - How Do You Spell Heaven
25.  The Clientele - Music For The Age of Miracles
 
YouTube Videos
 
1.  Neil Finn - Out of Silence
 
2.  Fleet Foxes - Crack-up
 
3.  Sufjan Stevens - Carrie & Lowell Live
 
4.  Julien Baker - Turn Out The Lights
 
5.  The National - Sleep Well Beast
 
6.  Mount Eerie - A Crow Looked At Me
 
7.  Colin Hay - Fierce Mercy
 
8.  Alison Moyet - Other
 
9.  Squeeze - The Knowledge
 
10.  Father John Misty - Pure Comedy
 
11.  Aimee Mann - Mental Illness
 
12.  Lost Horizons - Ojala
 
13.  Neil Young - Hitchhiker
 
14.  Ron Sexsmith - The Last Rider
 
15.  War on Drugs - A Deeper Understanding
 
16.  Justin Currie - This Is My Kingdom Now
 
17.  Hardpan - Hardpan 2017
 
18.  Paul Kelly - Life Is Fine
 
19.  The Unthanks - Diversions: Volume 4
 
20.  Jason Isbell - The Nashville Sound
 
21.  Wesley Stace - Wesley Stace's John Wesley Harding
 
22.  Alvvays - Antisocialites
 
23.  Stu Larsen - Resolute
 
24.  Guided By Voices - How Do You Spell Heaven
 
25.  The Clientele - Music For The Age of Miracles

As of this morning, these are my 30 favorite albums of 2017 ... love all of these albums.  The rankings change by the minute ...

1.  Neil Finn - Out of Silence
2.  Fleet Foxes - Crack-up
3.  Sufjan Stevens - Carrie & Lowell Live
4.  Julien Baker - Turn Out The Lights
5.  Gang of Youths - Go Farther in Lightness
6.  Mount Eerie - A Crow Looked At Me
7.  Colin Hay - Fierce Mercy
8.  Alison Moyet - Other
9.  War on Drugs - A Deeper Understanding
10.  Aimee Mann - Mental Illness
11.   Lost Horizons - Ojalá
12.   Ron Sexsmith - The Last Rider
13.   Manchester Orchestra – A Black Mile To The Surface
14.   Jason Isbell - The Nashville Sound
15.  The National - Sleep Well Beast
16.  Matt Pond - Still Summer
17.  Paul Kelly - Life Is Fine
18.  Bjork - Utopia
19.  Lorde - Melodrama
20.  Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile - Lotta Sea Lice
21.  Natalie Hemby - Puxico
22.  Chris Stapleton - From A Room (Volumes 1 & 2)
23.  Father John Misty - Pure Comedy
24.  Squeeze - The Knowledge
25.  The Menzigers - After The Party
26.  Alvvays - Antisocialites   
27.  Noel Gallagher - Who Built The Moon
28.  Justin Currie - This Is My Kingdom
29.  Offa Rex - The Queen of Hearts
30.  LCD Soundsystem - American Dream
 
 
 

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