Sunday, January 28, 2018

Best Albums of 2017: Who Didn't Make the Cut


#1-25#26-50#100-51

I listened to 249 albums (an average of almost 3 times each) in 2017 to arrive at my top 100 albums for 2017. As anyone with math skills will see, that leaves 149 albums that didn't make the cut. These are (mostly) very good records in and of themselves, but they just lacked the creativity, melodicism, and/or feel of those that made my top 100. For those who read the top 100 and say "Where's INSERT ARTIST NAME?", here they are in alphabetical order by artist:
  • The Accidentals, Odyssey
  • Aimee Mann, Mental Illness 
  • Alexandra Savior, Belladona of Sadness
  • All That Remains, Madness
  • Allison Crutchfield, Tourist in This Town
  • Amy O, Elastic
  • Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness, Zombies on Broadway
  • Ani Difranco, Binary
  • Anna of the North, Lovers
  • Barenaked Ladies, Fake Nudes
  • Becca Mancari, Good Woman
  • Bedouine, self-titled
  • Ben Sollee and Kentucky Native, self-titled
  • Benjamin Booker, Witness
  • Bibio, Phantom Brickworks
  • The Big Moon, Love in the 4th Dimension
  • Big Thief, Capacity
  • A Blaze of Feather, self-titled
  • Blis., No One Loves You
  • Blitzen Trapper, Wild and Reckless
  • Bonny Doon, self-titled
  • Boris, Dear
  • Brand New, Science Fiction
  • Briana Marela, Call It Love
  • Bully, Losing
  • The Cadillac Three, Legacy
  • Charly Bliss, Guppy
  • Chastity Belt, I Used to Spend So Much Time Alone
  • Cigarettes After Sex, self-titled
  • Close Talker, Lens
  • Cornelius, Mellow Waves
  • Cory Branan, Adios
  • Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile, Lotta Sea Lice
  • The Courtneys, The Courtneys II
  • Cults, Offerings
  • Cut Copy, Haiku From Zero
  • Daddy Issues, Deep Dream
  • Deer Tick, Vol. 2
  • Dustbowl Revival, self-titled
  • dvsn, Morning After
  • EMA, Exile in the Outer Ring
  • Emily Haines and the Soft Skeleton, Choir of the Mind
  • The Feelies, In Between
  • Fionn Ragan, The Meetings of the Waters
  • Foster the People, Sacred Hearts Club
  • Girlpool, Powerplant
  • Gorillaz, Humanz
  • Grace VanderWaal, Just the Beginning
  • Greta Van Fleet, From the Fires
  • Grizzly Bear, Painted Ruins
  • Guided by Voices, How Do You Spell Heaven?
  • Haim, Something to Tell You
  • Halsey, hopeless fountain kingdom
  • Happyness, Write In
  • Hard Working Americans, We're All In This Together
  • Hercules and Love Affair, Omnion
  • House and Land, self-titled
  • Ibeyi, Ash
  • Imagine Dragons, Evolve
  • Iron & Wine, Epic Beast
  • Jack Johnson, All the Light Above It Too
  • James Elkington, Wintres Woma
  • James Vincent McMurrow, The Cure
  • Jay Som, Everybody Works
  • Jeff Tweedy, Together At Last
  • Jessie Ware, Glasshouse
  • Jim Lauderdale, London Southern
  • Joan Shelley, self-titled
  • Josh Ritter, The Gathering
  • Joywave, Content
  • Juliana Hatfield, Pussycat
  • Julie Byrne, Not Even Happiness
  • Karima Walker, Hands in Our Names
  • Kasabian, For Crying Out Loud
  • Keeno, All the Shimmering Things
  • Kelly Lee Owens, self-titled
  • Kyle Craft, Girl Crazy
  • Laura Marling, Semper Femina
  • Little Dragon, Season High
  • London Grammar, Truth Is a Beautiful Thing
  • The Lone Bellow, Walk Into a Storm
  • Loney Dear, self-titled
  • Lorde, Melodrama
  • Los Campesinos!, Sick Scenes
  • Luke Combs, This One's For You
  • Mary J. Blige, Strength of a Woman
  • Matt Pond PA, Still Summer
  • Maylee Todd, Acts of Love
  • Methyl Ethyl, Everything Is Forgotten
  • Metz, Strange Peace
  • Morissey, Low in High School
  • Mount Eerie, A Crow Looked At Me
  • The Mountain Goats, Goths
  • Nadia Reid, Preservation
  • Naps, Pochon Bleu
  • Natalie Hemby, Puxico
  • Nelly Furtado, The Ride
  • Offa Rex, The Queen of Hearts
  • Omar Souleyman, To Syria, With Love
  • The Orwells, Terrible Human Beings
  • The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, The Echo of Pleasure
  • Pale Honey, Devotion
  • Palehound, A Place I'll Always Go
  • Paramore, After Laughter
  • Passenger, The Boy Who Cried Wolf
  • Perfume Genius, No Shape
  • Peter Silberman, Impermanence
  • Phoebe Bridgers, Strangers in the Alps
  • Phoenix, Ti Amo
  • Poolside, Heat
  • Priests, Nothing Feels Natural
  • Queens of the Stone Age, Villains
  • Real Estate, In Mind
  • Rhiannon Giddens, Freedom Highway
  • The Rural Alberta Advantage, The Wild
  • Ryan Adams, Prisoner
  • Sheer Mag, Need to Feel Your Love
  • The Shins, Heartworms
  • Son Volt, Notes of Blue
  • Songhoy Blues, Resistance
  • Stars, There Is No Love In Fluorescent Light
  • Stereophonics, Scream Above the Sounds
  • Steve Moakler, Steel Town
  • Strands of Oak, Hard Love
  • STRFKR, Vault Vol. 2
  • The Sweeplings, Rise & Fall
  • Tara Jane O'Neill, self-titled
  • Temples, Volcano
  • Thievery Corporation, The Temples of I & I
  • Thunder Dreamer, Dancer
  • Thurston Moore, Rock N Roll Consciousness
  • Toro y Moi, Boo Boo
  • Torres, Three Futures
  • Ty Segall, self-titled
  • Tyler Childers, Purgatory
  • Tyminski, Southern Gothic
  • Vagabon, Infinite Worlds
  • The War on Drugs, A Deeper Understanding
  • Washed Out, Mister Mellow
  • Wavves, You're Welcome
  • The Weather Station, self-titled
  • Weezer, Pacific Daydream
  • The White Buffalo, Darkest Darks, Lightest Lights
  • Whitehorse, Panther in the Doll House
  • William Patrick Corgan, Ogilala
  • Wolf Alice, Visions of a Life
  • Wolf Parade, Cry Cry Cry
  • Zara Larsson, So Good
  • ZZ Ward, The Storm

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