My Top 30 Albums of the Year 2017

As one of those supergeeks who loves a good list, I’m pretty sure I’ve been putting together album of the year lists for as long as I’ve been writing about music. Folk were nice on here about my ‘Top 50 UK Hip Hop Albums’ list, though, so this seems as good a place as any to post my favourites.

Before I get into it, it’s probably worth mentioning that my initial pick for number 1 was Brand New’s Science Fiction. But in light of the news about Jesse Lacey’s behaviour towards underage girls (which he has admitted), I felt it inappropriate to include them at this point. I also still need to hear new albums from Converge, Brockhampton (III just dropped and I only didn’t include I because I’ve listened to it, like, twice), Jam Baxter & Ed Scissor, Glassjaw and many more that I’ll probably like based on previous albums. I also count Run the Jewels III as last year or I’d include it. My list is entirely personal — thus the outrageous bias towards hip hop — and I’ve linked my reviews or interviews with selected artists where appropriate:

30. Mogwai — Every Country’s Sun (Post-Rock)

29. Ciaran Mac — Rainy Daze (Hip Hop)

28. Amenra — Mass IV (Metal)

27. Idles — Brutalism (Post-Hardcore)

26. Baths — Romaplasm (Pop)

25. Freddie Gibbs — You Only Live 2wice (Hip Hop)

24. Arcane Roots — Melancholia Hymns (Post-Hardcore)

23. Protomartyr — Relatives in Descent (Post-Punk)

22. Loyle Carner — Yesterday’s Gone (Hip Hop)

21. Tyler, the Creator — Flower Boy (Hip Hop)

20. Bicep — Bicep (House)

19. Jam Baxter — Mansion 38 (Hip Hop)

18. Vince Staples — Big Fish Theory (Hip Hop)

17. SZA — CTRL (R&B)

16. Tricot — 3 (Math Rock)

15. Binker & Moses — Journey to the Mountain of Forever (Jazz)

14. Siobhan Wilson — There Are No Saints (Chamber Folk)

13. Anathema — The Optimist (Progressive Rock)

12. Phaeleh — Lost Time (Electronic)

11. Damu the Fudgemunk — Vignettes (Instrumental Hip Hop)

10. Ocean Grove — The Rhapsody Tapes (Alternative Metal)

9. M9 — Old Pictures (Hip Hop)

8. Forest Swords — Compassion (Ambient Dub)

7. Jens Lekman — Life Will See You Now (Chamber Pop)

6. Kendrick Lamar — DAMN (Hip Hop)

5. Jamie Lenman — Devolver (Post-Hardcore)

4. Real Estate — In Mind (Indie Rock)

3. Jehst — Billy Green is Dead (Hip Hop)

2. And So I Watch You From Afar — The Endless Shimmering (Post Rock)

1. Brockhampton — II (Hip Hop)