LineUp’s 2017 albums of the year
It’s been a cracking year in music.
Here’s our pick for the 10 best albums of 2017...
10. Colors - Beck
A surprisingly upbeat offering from the American musician. Beck rose to fame for his more sombre rock anthems like ‘Loser’ and ‘Devil’s Haircut’ - but this album is fun as hell.
9. Villains - Queens of the Stone Age
Awful incident with that photographer aside, 2017 was a decent year for QOTSA as they began a world tour that’ll spill well into 2018 (including a return to the UK for a one-off show in Finsbury Park) as well as the release of this killer new album. Hopefully, lead singer Josh Homme will have sorted out his anger issues in time for their next live performances...
8. The Thrill Of It All - Sam Smith
Hit track ‘Too Good At Goodbyes’ sets the tone for another stellar album from Sam Smith. That’s two number one albums for the ‘Writing’s On The Wall’ singer - who will head out on tour in 2018 to promote the new record.
7. American Dream - LCD Soundsystem
LCD Soundsystem have always been good value, but ‘American Dream’ caught the public's attention like no other - becoming the dance-rock outfit’s first US number one. The topical album is a great listen and a great introduction to the band for newcomers.
6. Wonderful Wonderful - The Killers
The Las Vegas rockers have done it again, another great album from start to finish. ‘Wonderful Wonderful’ was The Killers’ fifth consecutive number-one studio album in the UK and the first in their native US.
5. Harry Styles - Harry Styles
The second One Directioner to release a solo album took a large step away from his boy band roots with ‘Harry Styles’. Harry’s debut album proves the star - who toured extensively in 2017 and has more shows planned for 2018 - has got what it takes to go it alone with a fresh sound that calls to mind classic American rock more than teen pop.
4. As You Were - Liam Gallagher
With two Gallaghers launching albums in 2017, the smart money was on older brother Noel coming out on top due to his solo career with High Flying Birds having already taken off. But it was Liam’s Oasis-esque solo effort that got fans going in 2017. Standout tracks include ‘Chinatown’ and ‘For What It’s Worth’.
3. Reputation - Taylor Swift
‘Look What You Made Me Do’ is probably the most divisive pop tune of 2017, but there’s no denying Tay’s latest album is a great listen. Even if you don’t like the lead single, there’s plenty to get excited about in this mixed bag: from the heavier sound of ‘...Ready For It’ to the more cutesy ‘Gorgeous’.
2. DAMN - Kendrick Lamar
Hit single ‘Humble’ even made former president Barack Obama’s list of favourite tunes of 2017 - but there’s plenty more to love about the album, which sees Kendrick really embrace his inimitable style for a hip-hop record like nothing you’ve ever heard before.
1. Concrete and Gold - Foo Fighters
Lead singer Dave Grohl set out to make a “Motorhead’s Sgt. Pepper’s” - and it’s hard to argue that he didn’t accomplish it. Concrete and Gold is what happens when a band famous for recording studio albums in Grohl’s basement meet Greg Kurstin - one of the hottest pop producers around. It's our favourite album of 2017 and possibly the best Foo Fighters album yet.
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