January 13, 2018

Best of: Top 20 of 2017: My favourite albums of 2017

wolf alice, waxahatchee, the national, bully, charly bliss, japandroids, k.flay, st. vincent, kasabian, the war on drugs, royal blood, diet cig, the districts, kendrick lamar, the xx, partner, casper skulls, noel gallagher's high flying birds, sumo cyco, weaves,
I just have to have music in my life, especially live music. It makes my heart right and gives me balance, and helps me feel like a complete being.

Here are the albums that meant the most to me in a year when I have been sadly more absent from the care and feeding of this web site, and from music appreciation, than I’ve been in years.

There’s a melody that reaches into your soul, a voice that speaks to your values and your very humanity, a beat that makes you smile uncontrollably, and a hook that brings a tear to your eye; a joy that makes you feel whole. It’s love that comes through your ears from the unstoppable passion of another, through their music.

I can’t listen to everything; especially not in a crazy busy year like 2017. A year when work left me mentally exhausted most days meant I couldn’t get all the concert-going and photo-editing in that I wanted and much of my commute-listening was while otherwise mentally occupied with little things like driving. But undaunted I go into the yearly tradition of listing out the albums that made the biggest impression on me in 2017, in order, my absolute favourites at the top.

Take a look at my other Best of 2017 lists: My 25 Favourite Concert Photos of 2017 and My 50 Favourite Songs of 2017.

Wolf Alice Visions of a Life

Waxahatchee Out in the Storm

The National Sleep Well Beast

Bully Losing

Japandroids Near To The Wild Heart Of Life

K.Flay Every Where Is Some Where


The Districts Popular Manipulations

Kasabian For Crying Out Loud

Royal Blood How Did We Get So Dark?

The War on Drugs A Deeper Understanding

Charly Bliss Guppy

Diet Cig Swear I'm Good At This

Kendrick Lamar DAMN

Partner In Search of Lost Time

The xx I See You

Casper Skulls Mercy Works

Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds Who Built The Moon?

Sumo Cyco Opus Mar

Weaves Wide Open

And if you want to check out my 2017 concert photos of the bands from by best of list, please click the following links:

And older shots of these awesome bands:
The National at Field Trip and at Riot Fest
Bully at Field Trip
The Districts at Lee's PalaceThe Horseshoe and again at The Horseshoe
Kasabian at Sound Academy
Royal Blood at Lee's Palace
Diet Cig at The Drake Underground
Casper Skulls at Lee's Palace, again at Lee's Palace and The Garrison
Sumo Cyco at Cherry Cola's
Weaves at Lee's Palace