2018 is here, and it’s time to reflect back and see what music we were gifted with this past year. I’ve created a list of my top 10 albums released in 2017, from least to most favourite. There are many possibilities for this list, but here are some of the most monuments releases for me this year. But before we get into it, first some honourable mentions:
- Enter Shikari – The Spark
- Movements – Feel Something
- Creeper – Eternity, In Your Arms
- Pvris – All We Know Of Heaven, All We Need Of Hell
- Poppy – Poppy.Computer
- Neck Deep – The Peace And The Panic
- The Maine – Lovely Little Lonely
10. Being As An Ocean – Waiting For Morning To Come
Standout Track: Dissolve
This was an album I was very eager to be released this year, and was eventually released independently after BAAO decided to go solo. The artwork is very beautiful, and as a whole the album sounds very cohesive. I preordered it on vinyl well in advance after falling for early released songs Dissolve and Black & Blue, and I’m very glad I did. I typically like to choose vinyls that are calmer and more relaxing in sound to what I typically listen to, and this is a perfect example of that. The record combines a very calming, almost midnight-drive feel with Being As An Ocean’s typical heavy, poetry sound. With a lot more instrumental elements, the result is a beautiful piece of work, and although not my favourite album by the band, still a wonderful release.
9. Courage My Love – Synesthesia
Standout Track: Need Someone
Somehow I hadn’t discovered Courage My Love until this year when they traveled over and played an incredible set at a local show. They have some awesome previous releases but I feel that this is a big one for the band. It’s upbeat, fun, and great to hear live. Compared to a lot of other bands this blog typically features, the sound could almost be described as cheesy, but it’s a type of sound that everyone needs in their life for those uplifting moments, or when getting ready to party. It also fits with bands such as PVRIS and Tonight Alive, which seems to be a direction that is growing more in popularity. It’s actually pretty hard for me to determine a standout track for this album because of it’s cohesiveness and I typically listen to the album as a whole.
8. While She Sleeps – You Are We
Standout Track: Hurricane
While She Sleeps has been a band that I’ve overlooked for quite some time. I appreciated their sound but only really checked them out in earlier days when I wasn’t too into the heavier side of music. As my taste has grown and they’ve released more stuff, I’ve grown to become a fan and can’t wait to see them for the second time in 2018. I will say that Silence Speaks ft Oliver Sykes did kick me into the direction of this album more, but that doesn’t take away from it being a killer album. It has incredible energy, with some amazing tracks and the cleaner vocals really appeal to me. The screams are still incredibly heavy and I love the direction this album has gone in.
7. Halflives – Empty Rooms
Standout Track: Burn
I discovered Halflives when they were supporting Courage My Love this year and what a treat they were to find. Listening to them in the lead up to the show certainly made me excited to see them. They had super upbeat, catchy vibes that I couldn’t get out of my head. Sometimes you just want to sing and dance and this is one of the albums/bands to do it to. This is their debut album, which features an incredible set of tracks that each stand strong on their own. They’re a band to watch and one that I’d definitely like to see live again.
6. Papa Roach – Crooked Teeth
Standout Track: Help
Papa Roach’s latest released Crooked Teeth took a little longer to kick off with me. I adored Help and Born For Greatness but took a while to check out the rest. However, once I did I was pleased to hear that the rest of the album is just as cohesive and still carries that Papa Roach sound I fell in love with in my teens. Shaddix has a badass ora on stage and I love that these songs still carry that punch to assist him in carrying it on. There is something raw about Papa Roach’s sound that I never get tired of. In fact, when I haven’t listened to them in a while and I go back to it, I fall for them all over again. Sadly I missed seeing them live on the album tour this year, but I would love to see them again. I’m glad to see that this band has grown but without any doubt of ‘selling out’ or mixing it up from the originality I love. They will always be known for their classics, but they will never cease to impress me.
5. You Me At Six – Night People
Standout Track: Give
I will admit that when creating this list I almost forgot this album was released in 2017, but how could you forget an album that kicked off the year? While it’s not my favourite sound/direction the band has gone in, I still wasn’t disappointed in it’s release. I don’t think You Me At Six could release anything that would stop me and my sister from listening. The sound of Josh’s voice brings me a lot of nostalgia and their songs always end up being so damn catchy. Give must have been one of my most played songs this year as I continuously had it on repeat and I still think it’s a great track.
4. Motionless In White – Graveyard Shift
Standout Track: LOUD (Fuck It)
I never properly checked out Motionless In White before this year. I own two of their older albums, and had seen them live, but when seeing them at Download festival this year something finally clicked. I was super impressed by their sound and couldn’t help but check them out properly. This was probably one of the hardest albums on the list to pick a standout track for. It’s great from start to finish, literally, Rats & Eternally Yours are amazing songs. I really love Chris’ vocals and the combination of upbeat yet heavy sound. I’ve finally converted into a MIW fan and this album certainly gave me the boost I needed. They will also be the first band I see in 2018 and I can’t wait to see them perform these songs now that I have woken up and paid attention.
3. Paramore – After Laughter
Standout Track: Fake Happy
I will admit that I was very slow jumping on this train. The change in sound when hearing Hard times wasn’t an instant hit for me. Part of my didn’t want to like, but hearing it now makes me question why. I slowly grew into listening to Fake Happy and Rose-Coloured Boy until I played through the whole album. It instantly became stuck in my head and I couldn’t resist playing it on repeat. Its a perfect chill-out/motivational album for me, and ended up getting lots of endless plays. I work best to upbeat music such as this, and would definitely recommend it for a good vibes album.
2. Our Hollow Our Home – Hartsick
Standout Track: Worms Wood
If you’re a regular reader here then Our Hollow Our Home/Hartsick will probably be no stranger to you. This is the band’s first album release and it went down like a storm. The album is full of incredible tracks including Worms Wood, Karmadillo and Web Weaver, and each track is its own hit. I saw the band three times this year and I still can’t get enough of listening to these songs and seeing them perform. (I even got so passionate about the songs I ended up with a black eye haha). I’m grateful to pick up a copy on vinyl at Turbulence Festival, as it’s such a beautiful pressing. This album was less than inches away from claiming the number one spot, but I’m looking forward to seeing what the guys release next and see if they can top it. It’s going to be a challenge for sure.
1. Stray From The Path – Only Death Is Real
Standout Track: Goodnight Alt-Right
Last year was the first time I saw SFTP live, and they blew me away with the passion in their performance. I saw them again at Slam Dunk this year but still didn’t actively follow the band and would just listened to First World Problem Child on repeat. I finally noticed that they had released Only Death Is Real around November time, and instantly fell in love. I had been missing out on a lot. Although I haven’t been listening to it for a long time, it definitely had one of the biggest impacts on me this year. From the first play the entire album caught my attention. I didn’t have to wait for it to grow on me, or zone out during a track. I became addicted and I can’t recommend it enough. I recently got a copy of the vinyl for Christmas and I couldn’t be happier. I know that Goodnight Alt-Right has a lot of dislikes on YouTube, but singly focusing on the music and not the political discussion, for me it’s a great track and I cannot wait to see them again and watch them perform tracks from this album.
And on that note, we leave 2017 with some great music releases. I’m looking forward to seeing what 2018 has to offer, although I’ll still be listening to some of these albums for a long time. What was your favourite released in 2017? Leave a comment below, and let me know if there’s any great albums you feel I missed out on! April.