The Best Albums of 2017 (So far…)

This highly tumultuous year isn’t even halfway over, ugh, but at least there has already been a surprising amount of great new music that promises to keep us happily distracted for months to come. In the sea of negative news covfefe, it is fitting that the best music to emerge is a Trump-inspired drab doomsday dance party album that is impossible not to love. But regardless of genre, the best albums released from this year reflect our current range of emotions. So without our further ado, here are my 17 best albums of 2017 so far.


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17. ROADHOUSE 01 
Allan Rayman

Best tracks:
Faust Road, Wolf, 13,
2522, December

 


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16. BELONG 
San Fermin

Best tracks:
August, No Promises,
Bride, Belong, Open

 

 


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15. THE CHIEF
Jidenna

Best tracks:

Bambi, Helicopters/Beware, Chief Don’t Run,
Long Live the Chief, Safari

 


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14. RENNEN
SOHN

Best tracks:
Rennen, Conrad, Proof,
Signal, Hard Liquor

 


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13. ISON

Sevdaliza

Best tracks:
Human, Hero, Shahmaran,
Marilyn Monroe, Hubris

 


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12. THE FAR FIELD
Future Islands

Best tracks:
Cave, Ran, Time On Her Side,
Beauty of the Road, Shadows

 


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11. VOLCANO 
Temples

Best tracks:
Mystery of Pop, I Wanna Be Your Mirror, Certainty,
Strange or Be Forgotten, Oh the Saviour

 

 


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10. A CROW LOOKED AT ME
Mount Eerie

Best tracks:
Emptiness Pt. 2, Real Death, Swims, Crow,
When I Take out the Garbage at Night

 


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9. CULTURE
Migos

Best tracks:
T-Shirt, Bad and Boujee, Big on Big,
Kelly Price, Deadz

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8. NO SHAPE
Perfume Genius

Best tracks:
Slip Away, Just Like Love, Go Ahead,
Otherside, Die 4 You

 


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7. LIFE & LIVIN’ IT
Sinkane

Best tracks:
Fire, Deadweight, Telephone,
U’Huh, Passenger

 


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6. WHAT NOW
Sylvan Esso

Best tracks:
Die Young, Song, The Glow,
Kick Jump Twist, Radio

 


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5. DAMN
Kendrick Lamar

Best tracks:
HUMBLE, DNA, LOYALTY,
DUCKWORTH, LOVE

 


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4. LAST PLACE
Grandaddy

Best tracks:
A Lost Machine, This is the Part, Jed the 4th,
Brush with the Wild, Way We Won’t

 


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3. RUN THE JEWELS 3
Run the Jewels

Best tracks:
Legend Has It, Call Ticketron, Hey Kids,
Thursday in the Danger Room, 2100

 


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2. RELAXER
alt-J

Best tracks:
Deadcrush, House of the Rising Sun,
3WWW, In Cold Blood, Adeline

 


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1. HUMANZ
Gorillaz

Best tracks:
Hallelujah Money, Saturnz Barz, Ascension,
Let Me Out, Andromeda

 


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