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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

The 40 Best Albums of 2017



40. Tyler, the Creator: Flower Boy

39. Waxahatchee: Out in the Storm

38. Turnover: Good Nature

37. Toro y Moi: Boo Boo

36. Perfume Genius: No Shape

35. SZA: Ctrl

34. Kamasi Washington: Harmony of Difference EP

33. Immolation: Atonement

32. Hundred Waters: Currency

31. Kelly Lee Owens: Kelly Lee Owens

30. Lorde: Melodrama

29. Jay Som: Everybody Works

28. Big Thief: Capacity

27. Pharmakon: Contact

26. Jane Weaver: Modern Kosmology

25. Charlotte Gainsbourg: Rest

24: Mount Kimbie: Love What Survives

23. Vince Staples: Big Fish Theory

22. Kelela: Take Me Apart

21. Godspeed You! Black Emperor: Luciferian Towers

20. Planning For Burial: Below the House


















19. Converge: The Dusk in Us


















18. Intregrity: Howling, For the Nightmare Shall Consume


















17. The xx: I See You


















16. Bonobo: Migration


















15. Julia Byrne: Not Even Happiness


















14. King Woman: Created in the Image of Suffering


















13. Forest Swords: Compassion


















12. Future Islands: The Far Field


















11. Ariel Pink: Dedicated to Bobby Jameson


















10. King Krule: The OOZ


















9. Alvvays: Antisocialites


















8. Amenra: Mass VI


















7. Elder: Reflections of a Floating World


















6. LCD Soundsystem: American Dream


















5. Snail Mail: Habit - EP


















4. Arca: Arca


















3. Slowdive: Slowdive


















2. Kendrick Lamar: DAMN.


















1. The War on Drugs: A Deeper Understanding


Thursday, December 7, 2017

The 25 Best Metal Albums of 2017



25. Mastodon: Emperor of Sand

















24. Vokonis: The Sunken Djinn

















23. Pallbearer: Heartless

















22. Big Brave: Ardor

















21. Tombs: The Grand Annihilation

















20. Wolves in the Throne Room: Thrice Woven

















19. Bell Witch: Mirror Reaper

















18. Spirit Adrift: Curse of Conception

















17. Obituary: Obituary

















16. Chelsea Wolfe: Hiss Spun

















15. Sunrot: Sunnata

















14. Abrams: Morning

















13. The Ruins of Beverast: Exuvia

















12. Blut Aus Nord: Deus Salutis Meae

















11. Krallice: Prelapsarian

















10. Power Trip: Nightmare Logic

















9. Primitive Man: Caustic

















8. Fen: Winter

















7. Immolation: Atonement

















6. Planning For Burial: Below the House

















5. Converge: The Dusk in Us

















4. Integrity: Howling, For the Nightmare Shall Consume

















3. King Woman: Created in the Image of Suffering

















2. Amenra: Mass VI

















1. Elder: Reflections of a Floating World




Sunday, October 8, 2017

The 80 Best 80's Albums


Honorable Mention:

Tattoo You by The Rolling Stones

Bigger and Deffer by LL Cool J

Sign O' the Times by Prince

Screaming for Vengeance by Judas Priest

In the Darkness by Paul Chain Violet Theatre

The Adventures of Slick Rick by Slick Rick

Meat is Murder by The Smiths

Wild Planet by The B-52's

Labyrinth by David Bowie and Trevor Jones

Crazy Rhythms by The Feelies



80. Paradise Theatre by Styx

















79. Oh Mercy by Bob Dylan

















78. The Hurting by Tears for Fears

















77. EVOL by Sonic Youth


















76. Filth by Swans

















75. Damaged by Black Flag

















74. Swordfishtrombone by Tom Waits

















73. Rain Dogs by Tom Waits

















72. Long Live the Kane by Big Daddy Kane

















71. Freedom of Choice by DEVO

















70. Critical Breakdown by Ultramagnetic MC's

















69. She's So Unusual by Cyndi Lauper

















68. Make it Big by Wham!

















67. Raising Hell by Run-D.M.C.

















66. Beauty and the Beat by The Go-Go's

















65. Better Than Heaven by Stacey Q

















64. True Blue by Madonna

















63. Ready for the World by Ready for the World

















62. Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This) by Eurythmics


















61. Forever Young by Alphaville

















60. Broadcast by Cutting Crew

















59. Spirit of Eden by Talk Talk

















58. Nebraska by Bruce Springsteen

















57. Born in the U.S.A. by Bruce Springsteen

















56. Bella Donna by Stevie Nicks

















55. Scary Monsters by David Bowie

















54. Whitney Houston by Whitney Houston

















53. Bad by Michael Jackson

















52. Purple Rain by Prince

















51. Heartbeat City by The Cars

















50. Combat Rock by The Clash

















49. Let's Dance by David Bowie

















48. Computerwelt by Kraftwerk

















47. Straight Outta Compton by N.W.A.

















46. 13 Songs by Fugazi

















45. Isn't Anything by My Bloody Valentine

















44. Psychocandy by The Jesus & Mary Chain

















43. Misfits by Misfits

















42. Nightfall by Candlemass

















41. Master of Puppets by Metallica

















40. Let it Be by The Replacements

















39. Double Nickels on the Dime by Minutemen

















38. Sandinista! by The Clash

















37. This Nation's Saving Grace by The Fall

















36. Speaking in Tongues by Talking Heads

















35. Strangeways, Here We Come by The Smiths

















34. The Stone Roses by The Stone Roses

















33. Doolittle by Pixies

















32. Treasure by Cocteau Twins

















31. 1999 by Prince

















30. Paid in Full by Eric B. & Rakim

















29. Control by Janet Jackson

















28. Rio by Duran Duran

















27. Architecture and Morality by Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark

















26. Kiss Me Kiss Me Kiss Me by The Cure

















25. Music While You Work by 1,000 Mexicans

















24. Power, Corruption & Lies by New Order

















23. Avalon by Roxy Music

















22. Dare! by The Human League

















21. It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back by Public Enemy

















20. I'm Your Man by Leonard Cohen

















19. Judgment of the Dead by Pagan Altar

















18. Solo Piano by Philip Glass

















17. Deep Breakfast by Ray Lynch

















16. Digital-Dance by Software

















15. Graceland by Paul Simon

















14. The Queen is Dead by The Smiths

















13. Non Stop Erotic Cabaret by Soft Cell

















12. Tango in the Night by Fleetwood Mac

















11. L'Amour by Lewis Baloue

















10. Thriller by Michael Jackson

















9. Blue Bell Knoll by Cocteau Twins

















8. Closer by Joy Division

















7. Ocean Rain by Echo & the Bunnymen

















6. Disintegration by The Cure

















5. Songs from the Big Chair by Tears for Fears

















4. Remain in Light by Talking Heads

















3. Glassworks by Philip Glass

















2. Brotherhood by New Order

















1. Madonna by Madonna