The 2017 Album of the Year

                      1. Zola Jesus, Okovi (Sacred Bones) Nika Rosa Danilova has been flirting with greatness for the past decade, her unique blend of darkwave and Kate Bush-derived art pop establishing her as a burgeoning talent over the course of five albums. She’s come close, from […]

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The Best Albums of 2017, #2

                    2. Charlotte Gainsbourg, Rest (Because Music) The story behind the creation of Charlotte Gainsbourg’s first studio album in seven years was total critic-bait: following the tragic death of her sister, photographer Kate Barry in 2013 Gainsbourg relocated from Paris to New York and started collaborating […]

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                      3. Pallbearer, Heartless (Profound Lore) I’m tempted to just come out and grandiosely declare Pallbearer the best American metal band of the 2010s. And five years ago I never thought I’d ever say that about this band. Contrary to the curmudgeons who grumble pathetically, […]

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                    4. Partner, In Search of Lost Time (You’ve Changed) Rock music needed an album like this so badly: something with volume, power, gigantic hooks, humour, and poignancy, if only to reassure me that the music is in the capable hands of a new generation of […]

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                    5. Paramore, After Laughter (Fueled By Ramen) If there’s one album that perfectly reflect the cultural angst that has permeated 2017, especially in America as seen by a concerned but crisis-fatigued outsider, it’s Paramore’s superb, surprisingly mature and world-weary fifth album. The story behind After […]

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                    6. Spirit Adrift, Curse of Conception (20 Buck Spin) A strong sense of history informs Spirit Adrift’s revelatory second album, whose sublime melodies echo King Crimson’s Red, the classic doom of Trouble, the more melancholy side of Metallica, and Judas Priest’s masterpiece Stained Class. Where […]

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                    7. Queens of the Stone Age, Villains (Matador) I was skeptical upon learning that Mark Ronson was going to produce the seventh Queens of the Stone Age album. Not that the idea had zero chance of working, but so often have these big name cross-genre […]

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                    8. Biblical, The City That Always Sleeps (New Damage) The best way I can describe the mind-bending, abstract psychedelic progressive stoner metal that comprises Biblical’s triumphant second album is that it is the album Mastodon and Between the Buried and Me were born to make […]

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                    9. Goldfrapp, Silver Eye (Mute) One thing I’ve always enjoyed about Goldfrapp is how they never like to repeat themselves, instead preferring to shift gears, no matter how commercially successful the previous album was. Not only does it speak volumes about the integrity Alison Goldfrapp […]

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                    10. Haim, Something to Tell You (Sony) My fondness for Haim coincided with my own unprecedented interest in classic album oriented rock from the ‘70s and early-‘80s. For some crazy reason, stuff like Fleetwood Mac, Steely Dan, and Toto have clicked in my head in […]

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                    11. Lana Del Rey, Lust For Life (Interscope) I still marvel at how Lana Del Rey shook off some seriously threatening jitters early in her career and has steadily metamorphosed into one of the biggest pop stars on the planet. As strong as her early […]

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                    12. Tove Lo, BLUE LIPS (lady wood phase II) (Universal) At first it felt as though Tove Lo was rushing a little too quickly to follow up her excellent 2016 album Lady Wood. After all, with so many potentially great singles on that record, why […]

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                    13. Bell Witch, Mirror Reaper (Profound Lore) Back when I was a regular visitor to the Roadburn festival, a favourite thing of mine to do was to take a break from all the endless standing, take in a doom performance in the afternoon, and sit. […]

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                    14. Shooting Guns, Flavour Country (Riding Easy) It’s been so much fun seeing Shooting Guns evolve into one of the finest psychedelic doom bands on the planet. There’s no one else like them, frankly: the music is jam-driven, but the jams they create are of […]

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The Best Albums of 2017, #16

                        16. Danko Jones, Wild Cat (eOne) It often feels as though rock music is dying, but that’s only because cooler-than-thou music publications, radio stations, “influencers”, “tastemakers”, et al couldn’t be bothered to give good new rock music any attention. It’s gotten to the […]

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