Saturday, January 20, 2018

This was the year that was ... my new music from 2017 #2017Music #2017inReview

 A very musical year with some big winners (see the top 5) and more .... some last works by big names (David Bowie, No Plan [EP], Glen Campbell, Adios, Chuck Berry, Chuck, Gregg Allman, Southern Blood ); dueling albums by the Battling Brothers (old school: Dave Davies & Russ Davies, Open Road  vs Ray Davies, Americana; and new school: Liam Gallagher, As You Were  vs Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds, Who Built the Moon?).  Some were inescapable (Ed Sheeran, ÷ ) while others should have been more widely heard (Tinariwen, Elwan).

There were also a couple of great singles, the best were probably Mick Jagger's "Gotta Get a Grip" / "England Lost" and Gary Clarke, Jr's, "Come Together". I also enjoyed Taylor Swift and Zayn, "I Don't Want to Live Forever" & Katy Perry, "Chained to the Rhythm"

If I had to narrow it to five albums, my winners were (in release order):
  1. Lorde, Melodrama (16 June 2017)
  2. Tori Amos, Native Invader (8 September 2017)
  3. Roger Waters, Is This the Life We Really Want? (2 June 2017)
  4. Rhiannon Giddens, Freedom Highway (24 February 2017)
  5. St. Vincent, Masseduction (13 October 2017)

Favorites from 2017 (Best of the Rest)

(in order of release)
  1. Ed Sheeran ÷ (3 March 2017)
  2. Aimee Mann, Mental Illness (31 March 2017)
  3. John Mellencamp and Carlene Carter, Sad Clowns and Hillbillies (28 April 2017)
  4. Roger Waters, Is This the Life We Really Want? (2 June 2017)
  5. Lindsey Buckingham Christine McVie, Lindsey Buckingham Christine McVie (9 June 2017)
  6. Lana del Rey, Lust for Life (21 July 2017)
  7. Alice Cooper, Paranormal (28 July 2017)
  8. Robert Plant, Carry Fire (13 October 2017)
  9. Lee Ann Womack, The Lonely, the Lonesome, and the Gone (27 October 2017)
  10. Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, Soul of a Woman (17 November 2017)

Live and Reissues

  1. Gary Clarke, Jr, Live North America 2016 (17 March 2017)
  2. Neil Young, Hitchiker (8 September 2017)
  3. Bob Dylan, Trouble No More: The Bootleg Series, Vol. 13 / 1979-1981 (3 November 2017)
  4. David Gilmour, Live at Pompei (29 September 2017)
  5. Black Sabbath, The End (17 November 2017)

Some others of note

  • The Regrettes, Feel Your Feelings, Fool! (13 January 2017)
  • David Bowie, No Plan (EP) (17 January 2017)
  • Sacred Paws, Strike a Match (27 January 2017)
  • Beth Hart, Fire on the Floor (3 February 2017)
  • Julian Cope, Drunken Songs (3 February 2017)
  • Tinariwen, Elwan (10 February 2017)
  • Alison Krauss, Windy City (17 February 2017)
  • Dave Davies & Russ Davies, Open Road (31 March 2017)
  • Kendrick Lamar, DAMN. (14 April 2017)
  • Ray Davies, Americana (21 April 2017)
  • Robyn Hitchcock, Robyn Hitchcock (21 April 2017)
  • Angaleena Presley, Wrangled (21 April 2017)
  • The Claypool Lennon Delirium, Lime and Limpid Green (22 April 2017)
  • Shugo Tokumaru, Toss (28 April 2017)
  • Little Steven, Soulfire (19 May 2017)
  • Sufjan Stevens et al., Planetarium (9 June 2017)
  • Glen Campbell, Adios (9 June 2017)
  • Chuck Berry, Chuck (9 June 2017)
  • Fleet Foxes, Crack-Up (16 June 2017)
  • Guided By Voices, How Do You Spell Heaven? (11 August 2017)
  • Grizzly Bear, Painted Ruins (18 August 2017)
  • Gregg Allman, Southern Blood (8 September 2017)
  • Susanne Sundfør, Music For People In Trouble (8 September 2017)
  • Foo Fighters, Concrete and Gold (15 September 2017)
  • The Horrors, V (22 September 2017)
  • Van Morrison, Roll with the Punches (22 September 2017)
  • Demi Lovato, Tell Me You Love Me (29 September 2017)
  • Dhani Harrison, In // Parallel (6 October 2017)
  • Liam Gallagher, As You Were (6 October 2017)
  • Marilyn Manson, Heaven Upside Down (6 October 2017)
  • Beck, Colors (13 October 2017)
  • Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile, Lotta Sea Lice (13 October 2017)
  • Niall Horan, Flicker (20 October 2017)
  • Mickey Hart, Ramu (10 November 2017)
  • Taylor Swift, reputation (10 November 2017)
  • Bob Seger, I Knew You When (17 November 2017)
  • Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds, Who Built the Moon? (24 November 2017)
  • U2, Songs of Experience (1 December 2017)

Losses in 2017

SINGLES
  • Taylor Swift and Zayn, "I Don't Want to Live Forever" (13 January 2017)
  • Katy Perry, "Chained to the Rhythm" (10 February 2017)
  • Kendrick Lamar, "The Heart Part 4" (24 March 2017)
  • Carly Rae Jepson, "Cut to the Feeling" (26 May 2017)
  • Mick Jagger, "Gotta Get a Grip" / "England Lost" (28 July 2017)
  • Gary Clarke, Jr, "Come Together" (10 November 2017)

ALBUMS of 2017: The Complete List

JANUARY
  • The Regrettes, Feel Your Feelings, Fool! (13 January 2017)
  • David Bowie, No Plan (EP) (17 January 2017)
  • Sacred Paws, Strike a Match (27 January 2017)
FEBRUARY
  • Beth Hart, Fire on the Floor (3 February 2017)
  • Julian Cope, Drunken Songs (3 February 2017)
  • Tinariwen, Elwan (10 February 2017)
  • Alison Krauss, Windy City (17 February 2017)
  • Rhiannon Giddens, Freedom Highway (24 February 2017)
MARCH
  • Ed Sheeran ÷ (3 March 2017)
  • Gary Clarke, Jr, Live North America 2016 (17 March 2017)
  • Aimee Mann, Mental Illness (31 March 2017)
  • Dave Davies & Russ Davies, Open Road (31 March 2017)
APRIL
  • Kendrick Lamar, DAMN. (14 April 2017)
  • Ray Davies, Americana (21 April 2017)
  • Robyn Hitchcock, Robyn Hitchcock (21 April 2017)
  • Angaleena Presley, Wrangled (21 April 2017)
  • The Claypool Lennon Delirium, Lime and Limpid Green (22 April 2017)
  • Shugo Tokumaru, Toss (28 April 2017)
  • John Mellencamp and Carlene Carter, Sad Clowns and Hillbillies (28 April 2017)
  • Willie Nelson, God's Problem Child (28 April 2017)
MAY 
  • Bonnie Prince Billie, Best Troubadour (5 May 2017)
  • Todd Rundgren, White Knight (12 May 2017)
  • Little Steven, Soulfire (19 May 2017)
  • Randy Newman, Dark Matter (19 May 2017)
JUNE
  • Roger Waters, Is This the Life We Really Want? (2 June 2017)
  • Sufjan Stevens et al., Planetarium (9 June 2017)
  • Glen Campbell, Adios (9 June 2017)
  • Chuck Berry, Chuck (9 June 2017)
  • Lindsey Buckingham Christine McVie, Lindsey Buckingham Christine McVie (9 June 2017)
  • Fleet Foxes, Crack-Up (16 June 2017)
  • Lorde, Melodrama (16June 2017)
  • Cheap Trick, We're All Alright! (16 June 2017)
  • Styx, The Mission (16 June 2017)
JULY
  • Lana del Rey, Lust for Life (21 July 2017)
  • Alice Cooper, Paranormal (28 July 2017)
AUGUST
  • Santana and the Isley Brothers, Power of Peace (4 August 2017)
  • Guided By Voices, How Do You Spell Heaven? (11 August 2017)
  • Grizzly Bear, Painted Ruins (18 August 2017)
SEPTEMBER
  • Neil Young, Hitchiker (8 September 2017)
  • Gregg Allman, Southern Blood (8 September 2017)
  • Susanne Sundfør, Music For People In Trouble (8 September 2017)
  • Tori Amos, Native Invader (8 September 2017)
  • Ringo Starr, Give More Love (15 September 2017)
  • Foo Fighters, Concrete and Gold (15 September 2017)
  • The Horrors, V (22 September 2017)
  • Van Morrison, Roll with the Punches (22 September 2017)
  • Stills & Collins, Everybody Knows (22 September 2017)
  • David Crosby, Sky Trails (29 September 2017)
  • Demi Lovato, Tell Me You Love Me (29 September 2017)
  • David Gilmour, Live at Pompei (29 September 2017)
OCTOBER
  • Dhani Harrison, In // Parallel (6 October 2017)
  • Liam Gallagher, As You Were (6 October 2017)
  • Marilyn Manson, Heaven Upside Down (6 October 2017)
  • Robert Plant, Carry Fire (13 October 2017)
  • Beck, Colors (13 October 2017)
  • St. Vincent, Masseduction (13 October 2017)
  • Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile, Lotta Sea Lice (13 October 2017)
  • Niall Horan, Flicker (20 October 2017)
  • Lee Ann Womack, The Lonely, the Lonesome, and the Gone (27 October 2017)
NOVEMBER
  • Bob Dylan, Trouble No More: The Bootleg Series, Vol. 13 / 1979-1981 (3 November 2017)
  • Mickey Hart, Ramu (10 November 2017)
  • Taylor Swift, reputation (10 November 2017)
  • Black Sabbath, The End (17 November 2017)
  • Bob Seger, I Knew You When (17 November 2017)
  • Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, Soul of a Woman (17 November 2017)
  • Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds, Who Built the Moon? (24 November 2017)
DECEMBER
  • U2, Songs of Experience (1 December 2017)
  • Neil Young + The Promise of the Real, The Visitor (1 December 2017)

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