Favorite Albums Heard in 2017

The following albums truly stunned me this year. They’re not all from 2017, of course, but I heard them, listened to them, and was in awe of them, throughout this year.

Bolded items below are those that were released this year.

Marian Hill’s ACT ONE

Sun Ra’s Other Voices, Other Blues

Bill Laurence’s Flint

Future Islands’s The Far Field

Jlin’s Black Origami

Sevdaliza’s Ison

Nick Hakim’s Green Twins

Kettenkaurssell’s Insecurity Guard

Joni Void’s Selfless

Songs: Ohia’s Didn’t It Rain

Benjamin Booker’s Witness

SZA’s Ctrl

Vince Staples’s Big Fish Theory

Kevin Morby’s City Music

Tyler, the Creator’s Scum Suck Flower Boy

Japanese Breakfast’s Soft Sounds from Another Planet

Pat Metheny and Ornette Coleman’s Song X

Com Truise’s Iteration

Lana Del Ray’s Lust for Life

Eric Dolphy’s Iron Man

Nine Inch Nails’s Add Violence

Ben Frost’s Threshold of Faith EP

Pat Metheny’s Kin

Yeah Yeah Yeah’s It’s Blitz!

YACHT’s See Mystery Lights

Vampire Weekend’s Modern Vampires of the City

Utah Phillips’s We Have Fed You All For 1,000 Years

Urban Legends’s Of Old Lost Days

Jana Rush’s Pariah

Sote’s Sacred Horror in Design

Oneohtrix Point Never’s Good Time Soundtrack

Everything, Now!’s Police, Police!

Eagle Seagull’s Eagle*Seagull

Sun Ra’s Unity

Ani DiFranco’s Self Titled

LCD Soundsystem’s American Dream

Sun Ra’s Visits Planet Earth – Interstellar Low Ways

Sun Ra’s We Travel the Spaceways – Bad and Beautiful

Editors’s In Dream

LCD Soundsystem’s Sound of Silver

LCD Soundsystem’s Self-Titled

Buddy Rich’s The Solos

The National’s Sleep Well Beast

Tears for Fears’s Songs from the Big Chair

Einsturzende Neubauten’s Silence is Sexy

Grizzly Bear’s Yellow House

Wycliffe Gordon’s The Intimate Ellington – Ballads and Blues

Wycliffe Gordon’s Bone Structure

Wycliffe Gordon’s The Joyride

Wycliffe Gordon’s We

Nina Simone’s My Baby Just Cares for Me

Superchunk’s Here’s Where the Strings Come In

Godspeed You! Black Emperor’s Luciferian Towers

Mount Kimbie’s Love What Survives

Vijar Iyer Sextet’s Far from Over

Geinoh Yamashirogumi’s Symphonic Suite Akira

Chad VanGaalen’s Light Information

D’Angelo’s Brown Sugar

Wycliffe Gordon’s The Search

Eric Reed’s Pure Imagination

Ariel Pink’s Dedicated to Bobby Jameson

Eric Reed’s Musicale

EMA’s Exile in the Outer Ring

Link Wray’s Self-Titled

Wycliffe Gordon and Martin Erickson’s You and I

Chelsea Wolfe’s Hiss Spun

Ben Frost’s The Centre Cannot Hold

Paul Simon’s There Goes Rhymin’ Simon

Wiki’s No Mountains in Manhattan

Nina Simone’s Nina Simone in Concert

Ibeyi’s Ash

Tech N9ne’s The Gates Mixed Plate

Courtney Varnett and Kurt Vile’s Lotta Sea Lice

Eric Reed’s The Baddest Monk

Sannhet’s So Numb

The World is a Beautiful Place and I am No Longer Afraid to Die’s Always Foreign

Chelsea Wolfe’s Abyss


Fever Ray’s Plunge

AFI’s Black Sails in the Sunset

Odonis Odonis’s No Pop

Bell Witch’s Mirror Reaper

John Maus’s Screen Memories

AFI’s The Art of Drowning

Bjork’s Utopia

Jackie Shane’s Any Other Way

Standing on the Corner’s Red Burns

Zazou, Bikaye, and CY1’s Noir et Blanc

King Gizzard and the Wizard Lizard’s Polygondwand

Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith’s The Kid

Christian Scott’s Christian aTunde Adjuah

Baths’s Romaplasm

Bitchin Bajas’s Bajas Fresh

Bitchin Bajas’s Self Titled

Bitchin Bajas’s Epic Jammers and Fortunate Little Ditties

Expander’s Endless Computer

Yves Tumor’s Serpent Music

Yves Tumor’s Deposit of Faith

Taylor Swift’s Reputation

Equiknoxx’s Colon Man

Einsturzende Neubauten’s Halber Mensch

Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings’s Soul of a Woman

Jamila Woods’s HEAVN

Arcade Fire’s Reflektor