Late last year, I consciously made the decision to not write a “top 5 albums” list until I had heard all the album I wanted to hear. With the Jen Cloher album, I have finally accomplished that (Top Five 2017 Remnants forthcoming). Anyway, these were the five albums I enjoyed the most that had a 2017 release date.
5. Roger Waters: Is This the Life We Really Want?
Just WOW! Leave it to the former Pink Floyd member to write an album completely relevant to our current world. “Picture a leader with no fucking brains” indeed.
4. Father John Misty: Pure Comedy
A truly original and weird album. Bonus points for having Macaulay Culkin play “Kurt Cobain” in the screed against virtual reality.
3. Run the Jewels: Run the Jewels 3
Though Killer Mike has since said some stupid things, I gotta give it to RTJ for bringing their “A” game for the third consecutive time. Plus, the inevitable return of de la Rocha on the mike…
2. Mount Eerie: A Crow Looked at Me
Musician Phil Everlum unexpectedly lost his wife to cancer in mid-2016 and he took his grief to an incredibly beautiful place. He recorded his next album, detailing his experiences raising their child, in the their room with her musical instruments. It’s a deeply personal album with astoundingly resonant results.
- The Mountain Goats: Goths
There’s a reason John Darnielle has taken The Mountain Goats from him recording on a boombox to a full band touring experience. The reason is because he is amazingly effective at telling stories. Goths is a love letter to his youth, when he listened to heavy metal, not because he was depressed but because it made him feel better.
Let me just say…there’s a reason there’s a podcast called I Only Listen to The Mountain Goats