2017 Top Ten Albums Of The Year
2017 Top Ten Albums Of The Year
- Genre : More Music
- Type: News
- Author : Super Admin
- Date : Mon, 19 Feb 2018
It is a commonly-repeated theory that the worst of times create the best of music. 2017 has seen division, disaster and darkness range at times across the land, but also empowerment, progress and fellowship bringing rays of light and hope. The heights of the musical world in 2017 mix the past and present with the future, with both utopia and dystopia seemingly beckoning. If we do sit on the edge of the precipice, at least we have some truly engaging art and some truly great music to keep us company.
Across rock, pop, hip hop, country and electronic music alike, artists both emerging and established have released quality albums seeking to bring insight of both a personal and political nature to the ears of the listener, and we the audience are grateful for their vision, perception and creations and their ability to illuminate and brighten the world.
Welcome to ARTISTdirect's Top Ten Albums of 2017.
10. Foo Fighters — Concrete & Gold
After a couple of more conceptual efforts — not to mention the huge undertaking that was Sound City and Sonic Highways — Dave Grohl and the Foo Fighters get back to what they do best: their own new take on good old fashioned rock and roll. The more that the group's confidence has grown, the more variety there is in their rock, and on Concrete & Gold, their gravity and pull is strong enough to get guest appearances from Boyz II Men's Shawn Stockman and Justin Timberlake (as a backing vocalists!) and Sir Paul McCartney (on drums!) alongside more traditional help from old friends like Alison Mosshart (of The Kills and The Dead Weather) and Inara George (The Bird & The Bee). From the short opening blast that is "T-Shirt" onwards through "Run", "Make It Right" and beyond, this is what Grohl described as "Motorhead's version of Sgt. Pepper". That he is right is no exaggeration and perhaps the highest praise of all.
9. U2 — Songs of Experience
2017 has been a rather good vintage for Ireland's stadium rock connoisseurs U2. After the incredible success of the tour celebrating the 30th anniversary of their landmark album The Joshua Tree, could have kicked back, counted their millions (all 300-plus of them) and called it a year. Instead they have produced a welcome set of new material, one that echoes strong parts of their past while also welcoming aspects of the present and looking ahead to the future. From collaborations with Kendrick Lamar to word pictures of the destruction in Syria to heartfelt love songs for spouses, Songs of Experience provides enough memorable new material for emotional shows in arenas, clubs and stadiums for years to come.
8. The National — Sleep Well Beast
The National's seventh studio album is one that often wallows in melancholy and resignation. That might have been expected in some quarters, but that it's range of moods and feelings stretches from that baseline across sweetness and charm (via harshness and anger) might be more of a surprise. On Sleep Well Beast, the flag-bearers of US indie rock deliver a cohesive album of quality, and a welcome expansion of what was already a well-rounded sound via electronic flourishes. In some ways it could be a career path marker like Radiohead's OK Computer, and the fact that comparisons like that can be made and meant tells something of the power contained here within.
7. Taylor Swift — Reputation
Part musical venture, part pop culture artifact, to enter into the world of Taylor Swift is to embrace a full-formed environment. There are no elements presented in the abstract, songs are intertwined with videos, instagram posts, news items and (as of a couple of weeks ago) a