Favourite Albums Of 2017

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As we wrap another year chapter on planet Earth, scenestr contributors have gathered their albums from the past 12 months to select their favourite records of 2017. Enjoy.

Bree Smith

1. Paramore – ‘After Laughter’

‘After Laughter’ left long-term Paramore fans divided, but still stands alone as an incredible album. Upbeat yet cynical, hopeful but haunted; it’s hard to look past such an emotionally intricate album.

2. Father John Misty – ‘Pure Comedy’
3. The Smith Street Band – ‘More Scared Of You Than You Are Of Me’
4. The Jungle Giants – ‘Quiet Ferocity’
5. Middle Kids – ‘Middle Kids’
6. Winston Surfshirt – ‘Sponge Cake’

7. Charly Bliss – ‘Guppy’
8. Gang Of Youths – ‘Go Farther In Lightness’
9. Holy Holy – ‘Paint’
10. Wavves – ‘You’re Welcome’

Claire Fitzpatrick

1. The Underground Youth – ‘What Kind Of Dystopian Hellhole Is This?’

‘What Kind Of Dystopian Hellhole Is This?’ from The Underground Youth is a stellar post-punk/ shoegaze album, mashing hypno-rock with a more ambient focused and textured sound that alters with every track. If you’re a fan of English post-punk/ goth, you’ll love TUY.

2. Depeche Mode – ‘Spirit’
3. Evanescence – ‘Synthesis’
4. Lana Del Rey – ‘Lust For Life’
5. All Them Witches – ‘Sleeping Through The War’

6. Sleaford Mods – ‘English Tapas’
7. Jesus And Mary Chain – ‘Damage And Joy’
8. The Cure – ‘Acoustic Hits’
9. Makthaverskan – ‘Ill’
10. Priests – ‘Appropriate’

Jackie Lymn

1. Alt-J - 'Relaxer'

Alt-J's 'Relaxer' is just beautiful. Every track is amazing, but '3WW' is a piece of genius. Such a mellow and truly relaxing record; these guys just keep getting better each and every year.

2. The Jungle Giants - 'Quiet Ferocity'
3. Angus and Julia Stone - 'Snow'
4. Gang of Youths - 'Go Farther In Lightness'
5. Everything Everything - 'A Fever Dream'
6. The Killers - 'Wonderful Wonderful'

7. Foo Fighters - 'Concrete And Gold'
8. Kendrick Lamar - 'DAMN.'
9. The xx - 'I See You'
10. Arcade Fire - 'Everything Now'

James Murphy

1. Lorde - ‘Melodrama’

It isn’t a hipster choice, but I simply cannot forget the extent of the impact that ‘Liability’ had on me on my first listen and still has despite innumerable subsequent listens. This album was zeitgeist altering.

2. LCD Soundsystem - ‘American Dream’
3. The War On Drugs - ‘A Deeper Understanding’
4. The National - ‘Sleep Well Beast’
5. Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit - ‘The Nashville Sound’
6. Laura Marling - ‘Semper Femina’
7. Father John Misty - ‘Pure Comedy’

8. Bad//Dreems - ‘Gutful’
9. Timberwolf - ‘Íkaros’
10. Ali Barter - ‘A Suitable Girl’

Kristanna Sutton

1. Holy Holy – ‘Paint’

Holy Holy’s sophomore album has an edgy impeccability to it. It’s busy, but without a single element misplaced. Oscar Dawson’s guitar work may be some of the best in Australia currently, as anyone who’s witnessed Holy Holy live will concur.

2. Alex Lahey – ‘I Love You Like A Brother’
3. The Jungle Giants – ‘Quiet Ferocity’
4. Bleachers – ‘Gone Now’
5. Jeremy Neale – ‘Getting the Team Back Together’
6. Gang Of Youths – ‘Go Farther in Lightness’
7. Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds – ‘Who Built the Moon?’

8. The Shins – ‘Heartworms’
9. San Cisco – ‘The Water’
10. The Creases – ‘Tremolow’

Mark Liebelt

1. Paul Kelly – ‘Life Is Fine’

Even before winning Best Adult Contemporary Album, Best Male Artist and Best Engineer at this years ARIA’s, 'Life Is Fine' was a winner and on almost constant repeat. Buy it. You deserve it.

2. Dan Sultan – ‘Killer’
3. Robert Plant – ‘Carry Fire’
4. Neil Finn – ‘Out Of Silence’
5. Margo Price – ‘All American Made’
6. Dan Auerbach – ‘Waiting On A Song’

7. King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard – ‘Flying Microtonal Banana’
8. Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile - 'Lotta Sea Lice'
9. Nikka Costa – ‘Nikka & Strings, Underneath And In Between’
10. The Weather Station – ‘The Weather Station’

Sasha Louise

1. Chronixx - ‘Chronology’

Receiving a Grammy nomination for his debut album ‘Chronology’ this year, Chronixx has connected with people worldwide. The release of his mindful and soulful collection of intricately-crafted tracks has been followed by an epic world tour that will continue into 2018.

2. Damien Marley - ‘Stony Hill’
3. Morgan Heritage - ‘Avrakedabra’
4. Christopher Martin - ‘Big Deal’
5. The Black Seeds - ‘Fabric’

6. Nattali Rize – ‘Rebel Frequency’
7. Dexta Daps – ‘Intro’
8. Thievery Corporation – ‘The Temple of I & I’
9. Gappy Ranks – ‘Pure Badness’
10. Mista Savona – ‘Havana Meets Kingston’

Steven Morgan

1. IDLES - 'Brutalism'

'Brutalism' is a ferocious combination of untamed aggression and sloganeering lyrics with more sass than a crate of sarsaparilla. A feisty call-to-arms that combines the essence of British punk with modern progressive lyrics and an untempered rage.

2. Mount Eerie - 'A Crow Looked At Me'
3. Kendrick Lamar - 'DAMN.'
4. Pissed Jeans - 'Why Love Now'
5. Blanck Mass - 'World Eater'
6. Forest Swords - 'Compassion'
7. James Holden & The Animal Spirits - 'The Animal Spirits'
8. Perfume Genius - 'No Shape'

9. Laura Marling - 'Semper Femina'
10. Liars - 'TFCF'

Thomas Jackson

1. Clowns - ‘Lucid Again’

Clocking in at a chunky 42 minutes over 9 songs ‘Lucid Again’ builds on 2015’s ‘Bad Blood’ combining all the familiar hard and fast punk-rock elements with progressive and extended rock-based anthems.

2. Queens Of The Stone Age - ‘Villains’
3. Anti-Flag - ‘American Fall’
4. Alex Lahey - ‘I Love You Like A Brother’
5. Battlehounds - ‘Damn Demons’

6. Grenadiers – ‘Find Something You Love And Let It Kill You’
7. Saskwatch - ‘Manual Override’
8. Comeback Kid - ‘Outsider’
9. Royal Blood - ‘How Did We Get So Dark?’
10. Dune Rats - ‘The Kids Will Know It’s Bullshit’

Tim Byrnes

1. Thundercat – ‘Drunk’

The Los Angeles bass virtuoso concocts a daring psychedelic soft-rock album full of breezy hooks, dorky lyrics and funky bass. Guests include Kendrick Lamar, Michael McDonald and Kenny Loggins.

2. Juana Molina – ‘Halo’
3. Jen Cloher – ‘Jen Cloher’
4. LCD Soundsystem – ‘American Dream’
5. Kendrick Lamar – ‘DAMN.’

6. Cable Ties – ‘Cable Ties’
7. Ariel Pink – ‘Dedicated To Bobby Jameson’
8. Jens Lekman – ‘Life Will See You Now’
9. Electric Wizard – ‘Wizard Bloody Wizard’
10. Deafcult – ‘Auras’


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