Even in a digital age where streaming singles rule all, here at YEW!, we believe albums still matter — and, represent a significant period in any legitimate artists’ career. As you know, music critics take their end-of-the-year lists very seriously. That’s not the case here. Not only are we not music critics, this site should never be taken seriously — except when it comes to debating the best California Burrito in San Diego.
That being said, here are the Best Albums Of 2017 according to a dude who worked in alternative radio for 20 years (and thinks Lolita’s makes the best California Burrito in town.)
Perfume Genius – No Shape
More accessible than his three previous releases, Mike Hadreas’ (AKA Perfume Genius) critically acclaimed No Shape is a wide-eyed love-inspired pop masterpiece.
The War on Drugs – A Deeper Understanding
With crisp, but lush, production, this record feels right at home in the 80s sandwiched between Bruce Springsteen, Don Henley, and Tom Petty. To quote Miguel, “so good it feels criminal.”
Radiohead, OK Computer OKNOTOK 1997 2017
The 20th anniversary reissue (OKNOTOK) of OK Computer pairs the original album with eight B-sides and rarities that were recorded during the same era — some previously released, others being released for the first time. Performed live in the past, the previously unreleased songs include “I Promise,” “Man of War,” and “Lift.” Of the three, “Man of War” is the best track, but “Lift” made this grown man cry. Simply, this is Radiohead at their best.
Miguel, War & Leisure
The LA-based R&B sensation returns with his fourth, and best, album to date — and, that’s saying A LOT. Already grabbing rave reviews, War & Leisure catapults Miguel into Michael Jackson-status. Next level shit. Indulge.
Hundred Waters, Communicating
Self-recorded and produced by the band, this third full-length from the Florida trio is psychedelic electronica at its best. Intensely introspective, and packed with remarkably crafted ballads.
Jeremy Enigk, Ghosts
Former Sunny Day Real Estate frontman Jeremy Enigk drops a crowdfunded solo album heavily layered with acoustic guitar and soaring vocals — reminiscent of early Sunny Day.
These New South Whales, You Work For Us
Australian punkers These New South Whales’ debut album You Work For Us is punchy, crass, and a barrel of raw energy reminiscent of (dare I say) The Ramones. Fuck, I did.
St. Vincent, Masseduction
About her fifth, pop-forward, release, St Vincent’s ‘MASSEDUCTION,‘ Annie Clark told Guitar World: “I think it’ll be the deepest, boldest work I’ve ever done.” Agreed.
Kendrick Lamar, DAMN.
Rap’s most powerful voice at the absolute top of his game. Period.
Glassjaw, Material Control
On their first album in 15 years, the Long Island post-hardcore band picks up right where they left off — ferocious, chaotic, and channeling early Faith No More.
A 23-track epic journey into the hilariously dark mind of the Grammy-winning singer/bassist with friends including Kendrick Lamar, Pharrell, AND Michael McDonald.