Hey, folks. Regrettably, it's been a while. Due to time limitations, this year I've changed the format a bit. Primarily photos, lists, and links for the foreseeable future instead of reviews and analysis.
These are my top ten albums of 2017. Subjective favorites, of course. Albums that made the most impact and were in heaviest rotation during the year. Suffice it to say, Chris Stapleton's pair of earnest and emotive From A Room albums (an eclectic two-volume set of originals and choice covers recorded at the legendary "Studio A" in Nashville, TN - released seven months apart) dominated my earbuds and hi-fi in 2017.
Click the hyperlinks below each album image for audio/video and check out my 2017 Runners Up and Honorable Mention list. Thanks for reading and listening, and have a Happy New Year! See you in 2018.
1. Chris Stapleton: From A Room Vol. 1 & 2 (Mercury Nashville - 5/5/17 & 12/1/17)
2. Queens of The Stone Age: Villains (Matador - 8/25/17)
3. Beck: Colors (Capitol - 10/13/17)
4. Mastodon: Emperor of Sand (Reprise - 3/31/17)
5. Royal Blood: How Did We Get So Dark? (Warner Bros - 6/16/17)
6. Power Trip: Nightmare Logic (Southern Lord - 2/24/17)
7. Kairon; IRSE!: Ruination (Svart - 2/3/17)
8. Wolf Alice: Visions of a Life (Dirty Hit - 9/29/17)
9. Spoon: Hot Thoughts (Matador - 3/17/17)
10. Havok: Conformicide (Century Media - 3/10/17)