I’m curious what everyone’s been listening to so far this year. I haven’t listened to Drew and Ellie Holcomb’s new albums enough for me to put them on my list but I’m gonna have to change that soon. Also, that Sun Kite album didn’t technically come out this year, but it’s taken up a good portion of 2017 for me and more people need to know about him. 🙂 These are my personal favorite albums so far this year:
1. After Laughter – Paramore
2. No Fire – The Sun Kite
3. Two Parts Viper – ’68
4. Visuals – Mew
5. Only the Lonely – Colony House
6. Canopy – nobigdyl.
7. All Is Not Lost – The Brilliance
Really surprised by how much I love the new Paramore album. I’ve always been a casual fan, but their new stuff is next level. There’s a huge 80’s vibe that they absolutely nail on the record.
Not sure if anyone here is into Beautiful Eulogy, but assuming Andrew Peterson has nothing up his sleeve, that’s far and away my most anticipated record of the year. Been waiting so long for that one!
I’ve sadly had a weird year where I haven’t kept up with new music as usual. This makes me sad. But yessssss to The Brilliance. So good. Loved Colony House as well, and everybody should get to the RR store and discover The Orchardist if folkiness is your jam. 🙂
Give Ellie’s some more spins. It was a grower for me, but those songs are so warm and gentle.
I have found some bands I really like this year but some of the albums are older but they are newer to me. Here’s some I have become a fan of.
The Lone Bellow – Then Came the Morning
Kaleo – A/B
The Head and the Heart
Bethany Barnard – A Better Word (previously Bethany Dillon. This album is fabulous!)
The Classic Crime – How to be Human
Ellie Holcomb – Red Sea Road
Future of Forestry – Awakened to the Sound (The instrumental album is great for writing music)
My Epic – Viscera (though I found it late last year … they are one of my top favorite bands)
Rachel Wilhelm – Songs of Lament
The Orchardist is so good! I need to check out that full-length on their Bandcamp, but that video Andrew Peterson posted gave me chills. Reminded me of all the best parts of The Oh Hellos and they’re one of my favorite bands.
I have found some bands I really like this year but some of the albums are older but they are newer to me. Here’s some I have become a fan of. The Lone Bellow – Then Came the Morning Kaleo – A/B The Head and the Heart Bethany Barnard – A Better Word (previously Bethany Dillon. This album is fabulous!) The Classic Crime – How to be Human Ellie Holcomb – Red Sea Road Future of Forestry – Awakened to the Sound (The instrumental album is great for writing music) My Epic – Viscera (though I found it late last year … they are one of my top favorite bands) Rachel Wilhelm – Songs of Lament
I really need to get on the Then Came the Morning train. I’ve heard so much about that record and The Lone Bellow in general. And The Classic Crime’s newest record is excellent! Totally forgot about it when I wrote up my list. Favorite thing they’ve put out since their Silver Cord album.
Also, I love the My Epic mention. They’re my favorite band period. Very few bands hit me the way they do on a musical level and I don’t think any band hits me the way they do on a lyrical level (which just adds to the music). I always mention them first along with Andrew Peterson when someone asks me for music suggestions.
I have to add, Manchester Orchestra just released their new album A Black Mile to the Surface and it’s unbelievably good.
So far, Propaganda’s Crooked.
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I’m pretty stoked about Manchester Orchestra’s new record. Also, Jeff Tweedy’s new live album is fantastic.
I recently stumbled upon Works Songs by The Porter’s Gate Worship Project. It’s a collaborative album by a lot of great artists (Audrey Assad, Josh Garrels, David Gungor, and Latifah Alattas from Page CXVI to name a few). All the songs touch upon the theme of vocation and work in one way or another. I’ve found them encouraging and they challenge me to think about how all of life is service to the Lord. Plus, the music is just gorgeous!
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Lots of good music came out in 2017, but I think I finally have a list of my Top 30.
30. All Is Not Lost – The Brilliance
29. Digging Up the Earth – Wind Words
28. From a Room: Volume 1 – Chris Stapleton
27. Crooked – Propaganda
26. Sleep Well Beast – The National
25. Mercury & Lightning – John Mark McMillian
24. Stranger in the Alps – Phoebe Bridgers
23. Red Sea Road – Ellie Holcomb
22. How to Be Human – The Classic Crime
21. Real Life – Aaron Sprinkle
20. Songs of Experience – U2
19. Only the Lonely – Colony House
18. Musings – Little Image
17. Canopy – nobigdyl.
16. Wonderful Wonderful – The Killers
15. No Story is Over – Son of Laughter
14. Process – Sampha
13. Wendigo – Penny and Sparrow
12. Visuals – Mew
11. Melodrama – Lorde
10. Cora – Cool Hand Luke
9. Play Dead – MuteMath
8. A Thousand Cathedrals – John Lucas
7. Turn Out the Lights – Julien Baker
6. After Laughter – Paramore
5. Two Parts Viper – ’68
4. Ghosts – Jeremy Enigk
3. A Deeper Understanding – The War on Drugs
2. A Black Mile to the Surface – Manchester Orchestra
1. Worthy – Beautiful Eulogy
What stuck out to you guys this year?
I like many of the albums on your 2017 list! I would probably change a couple of them on there and move them up, but then again I havn’t listened to much on your top 10 🙂 So maybe I need to do some music listening the next few weeks.
However, I was really looking forward to Cora by Cool Hand Luke and unfortunately I was left a little disappointed because I love his previous stuff! Of Man is simply magnificent, but unfortunately, I wanted more piano led rather than electronic. But that was just me.
I really enjoyed Scott Mulvahills Top of the Stairs EP and Madison Cunningham’s Love, Lose, Remember EP. Tell Me Again by Skye Peterson is a fantastic introduction to her and her music. Looking forward to much more from her!
I would have to include these in my top albums of 2017 but don’t have an order just yet:
A Home & A Hunger by Caroline Cobb
Crooked by Propaganda
Hebrews by Psallos
Tell Me Again by Skye Peterson
Top of the Stairs by Scott Mulvahill
Love, Lose, Remember by Madison Cunningham
How to Be Human by The Classic Crime
Songs of Lament by Rachel Wilhelm
Red Sea Road by Ellie Holcomb
Hope Where There Was None by Loud Harp
A Better Word by Bethany Barnard
Every King and Commoner EP
Awakened to the Sound by Future of Forestry
The Arcadian Wild
Those are the ones I can think of currently at least. I am sure there are more! Thanks for your list. I will definitely have to check them out!
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