No one can make a list of the “best” albums of 2017 but everyone can make lists of favorites and this is the first list of a batch of mine. They’re in batches because there are a lot and so doing them by genre seems reasonable, but musical genre is an impossible rat’s nest which leads to endless disputes so I’m just using a “Mohsical scale” which goes from 2-9 (because there’s always something harder/faster/whatever or softer/slower/whatever). So this is a list of some alternative-esque albums that impressed me, arranged alphabetically by artist (no idea why there’s nothing after “M”) with my very favorite in bold. Each is represented by a sample track from the album and the total time of these nine tracks is 43:34.
I only have a few specific comments. All are “auto-generated” clips except “I’d Kill for Her” because I couldn’t find one for that. Don’t Get Lost has three tracks or so with the mesmerizing Tess Parks, including the one I selected. While “How Did I Find Myself Here” may seem like an instrumental for awhile, it isn’t, but Chalice Hymnal is all-instrumental. A Walk with Love and Death is basically a double album of two completely different albums and I don’t care for “Love” (noise rock soundtrack) but “Death” is good. Occult Architecture is two separate and slightly different releases (Vol. 2 being more ambient while I prefer Vol. 1).
The Black Angels – Death Song: “I’d Kill for Her” (3:50)
The Brian Jonestown Massacre – Don’t Get Lost: “Dropping Bombs on the Sun” (6:32)
Cherry Glazerr – Apocalipstick: “Humble Pro” (2:43)
The Dream Syndicate – How Did I Find Myself Here?: “How Did I Find Myself Here” (11:13)
Grails – Chalice Hymnal: “New Prague” (4:51)
The Jesus and Mary Chain – Damage and Joy: “Get on Home” (3:31)
Madonnatron – Madonnatron: “Be My Bitch” (4:04)
Melvins – A Walk with Love and Death: “What’s Wrong with You?” (2:36)
Moon Duo – Occult Architecture Vols. 1 & 2: “Creepin'” (4:14)