Immortal Reviews' Favorite Records Of 2017

 
 

1. Linkin Park - One More Light

We are so caught up in what's going on in the world and other's life that we forget about ourselves. Our problems slowly build while we stay distracted, eventually swallowing us as we fall into an endless freefall. The best way to help stop that is to have a conversation, and Linkin Park will help you with that. Their new album One More Light is focussed on its lyrics, which were born from conversations. Before we lose it all, Linkin Park reminds us that we are all human.


2. PVRIS - All We Know Of Heaven, All We Need Of Hell

There are no other bands out there like PVRIS. There are so few artists willing to dig down so far within themselves and search the furthest corners of their mind for the things that bring them the most pain. That's what PVRIS does with each effort, and even though All We Know Of Heaven, All We Need Of Hell is only their sophomore effort, their songs have enough power in them to tell the story some artists wish they could make after years of creating music. There is heartbreak, anger, fear, and love in every word, chord, and moment of this album and it all builds into one brilliant and powerful album.


3. Arcane Roots - Melancholia Hymns

It seems impossible to make a sound that defies everything you think of music. It seems even more difficult to be able to hone that sound and continue to deliver powerful songs again and again without losing focus or quality. That's a feat that can perhaps only be achieved by Arcane Roots. The band's debut Blood & Chemistry showcased their technical prowess, and their follow-up EP Heaven & Earth showed their ability to create anthems of a new kind. Take both of those together, add flawless production, earth-shattering riffs, powerful messages, beautiful melodies, and a new electronic element, and you have what may be the most creative and challenging album of the year, their sophomore effort Melancholia Hymns


4. Julien Baker - Turn Out The Lights

Suffering from heartbreak is one of the basic parts of the human experience. It can be some regretful pain or it can be earth-shattering. Julien Baker beautifully illustrates both depression and heartbreak in her devastating album Turn Out The Lights. The record flows with beautifully minimal instrumentals typically consisting of no more than an acoustic guitar or a piano, with an orchestra thrown in on occasion. The record is driven by Baker's lyrics, as she tells the tales of her broken love life. Whether or not you suffered from addiction or been caught in a failing relationship like she has, her words will resonate in you an shake (and perhaps shatter) your core. For those who have like her, all you'll find is comfort in that pain you become aware of all over again, in the most tragically calming way possible.


5. Paramore - After Laughter

Paramore have undergone a drastic change to their sound, but for good reason. Their new album After Laughter is based around that feeling after you're done having a good laugh. The feeling of wanting to feel it again, and scrambling to find the right words to say or thing to do for it to come back. We live our lives searching for ways to make it better, sometimes forgetting all of the darkness that surrounds us at all times. Paramore's lighter sound provides vulnerability to its messages, which not only talk about themselves, but all of us.



6. 10 Years - (how to live) AS GHOSTS

10 Years has always just been hiding under the surface, not quite making it to arena-level but making the enormous sound feel worthy of it. The band's previous efforts saw them take different approaches to their deliveries, but in their sixth record (how to live) AS GHOSTS, the band draws upon everything they know. Powerful riffs, mathy guitar passages, poetic lyrics, dark melodies, crushingly anthemic choruses - 10 Years packs a mighty punch with this new album, standing up there as one of their best yet and by far one of the best alternative rock records you'll hear in awhile.


7. Harry Styles - Harry Styles

The members of One Direction have slowly been taking their own paths, but Harry Styles has truly made something special. His debut album is more than just an enjoyable 80s record - it tells the tale of his life. From its shaky beginnings to its sobering end, Harry Styles sings through the lessons he's learned about love and fun with a very diverse set of tracks, ranging everywhere from 80s pop rock to Elvis meets 80s rock. He's never sounded more free and in his element than he does here, and that's where he should be.


8. Brand NewScience Fiction

There are few bands that can really call themselves perfectionists. The mystery of Brand New and their haunting songs lets them claim that title. Their fifth and perhaps final album Science Fiction is one final nail in the coffin for that, as Jesse Lacey lets all his inner demons out in a series of haunting, chaotic, and emotional tracks. From the atmospheric, uneasy sounds of intro track 'Lit Me Up' to the chaotic and almost unrelenting anger of the southern-tinged '451,' Science Fiction keeps Brand New where they have always been their best: broken down and beaten. It's a masterpiece, where inner demons are brought out in a blinding and fiery light. 


9. Ed Sheeran - ÷

There's no one in pop music like Ed Sheeran. He does not shy away from the truth; rather, he embraces it and shares his best memories in song. In his third record ÷, Sheeran recalls some of his fondest memories of love. ÷ isn't about love, though: it's about being human. Sheeran covers everything from the nostalgic memories of his childhood home to the loss of his grandmother, with tales of love and passion in between. There's not a second on this record that isn't genuine, and it's packed with songs that'll both get you moving and move you to tears.


10. STARSET - VESSELS

The band's massive follow up to 2015's Transmissions explodes with even more space rock grandiose and cinematic explosions than ever before - the perfect and natural path for Starset to follow.



 

The following is a comprehensive list of all of the albums and EPs we have listened to in 2017 and how they rank with other records.

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Last Updated: December 7, 2017
  1. Linkin Park - One More Light: 98
  2. PVRIS - All We Know Of Heaven, All We Need Of Hell: 98
  3. Arcane Roots - Melancholia Hymns: 98
  4. Julien Baker - Turn Out The Lights: 97
  5. Paramore - After Laughter: 95
  6. 10 Years - (how to live) AS GHOSTS: 95
  7. Harry Styles - Harry Styles: 94
  8. Brand New - Science Fiction: 93
  9. Ed Sheeran - ÷: 93
  10. Starset - Vessels: 93
  11. Soen - Lykaia: 92
  12. Peter Silberman - Impermanence: 92
  13. Mount Eerie - A Crow Looked At Me: 91
  14. Mastodon - Emperor Of Sand: 90
  15. Kendrick Lamar - DAMN.: 90
  16. Coldplay - Kaleidoscope: 90
  17. Depeche Mode - Spirit: 89
  18. Meadowlark - Postcards: 89
  19. Evanescence - Synthesis: 88
  20. Nothing But Thieves - Broken Machine: 88
  21. Declan McKenna - What Do You Think About The Car?: 88
  22. Zola Blood - Infinite Games: 88
  23. Nadia Reid - Preservation: 88
  24. XXXTentacion - 17: 88
  25. Royal Blood - How Did We Get So Dark?: 87
  26. Brockhampton - Saturation II: 87
  27. Dillon - Kind: 87
  28. Death From Above - Outrage! Is Now: 87
  29. Ryan Adams - Prisoner: 87
  30. Sorority Noise - You're Not As _____ As You Think: 87
  31. Foo Fighters - Concrete and Gold: 87
  32. Frances - Things I've Never Said: 87
  33. David Bowie - No Plan: 87
  34. Lorde - Melodrama: 86
  35. Son Lux - Remedy: 86
  36. Sylvan Esso - Echo Mountains Sessions: 86
  37. Bebe Rexha - All Your Fault: Pt. 2: 86
  38. Brian Eno - Reflection: 86
  39. You Me At Six - Night People: 86
  40. Sufjan Stevens, Nico Muhly, Bryce Dessner, & James McAlister - Planetarium: 85
  41. All Time Low - Last Young Renegades: 85
     
  42. Björk - Utopia: 84
  43. Chelsea Wolfe - Hiss Spun: 84
  44. Tigers Jaw - Spin: 84
  45. The Chainsmokers - Memories...Do Not Open: 84
  46. Spoon - Hot Thoughts: 84
  47. Hurts - Desire: 83
  48. Kacy Hill - Like A Woman: 83
  49. dvsn - Morning After: 83
  50. Perfume Genius - No Shape: 83
  51. So Much Light - Oh, Yuck: 83
  52. alt-J - Relaxer: 83
  53. Joey Bada$$ - All-Amerikkkan Bada$$: 83
  54. San Fermin - Belong: 83
  55. Kashiwa Daisuke - Re:RED: 82
  56. Oddisee - The Iceberg: 82
  57. Gogol Bordello - Seekers and Finders: 82
  58. Jaden Smith - SYRE: 81
  59. LCD Soundsystem - American Dream: 81
  60. Trivium - The Sin and The Sentence: 81
  61. Halsey - Hopeless Fountain Kingdom: 81
  62. Incubus - 8: 81
  63. Father John Misty - Pure Comedy: 81
  64. Steven Wilson - To The Bone: 81
  65. Circa Waves - Different Creatures: 81
  66. Bonobo - Migration: 80
  67. LIGHTS - 'Skin&Earth': 80
  68. Manchester Orchestra - A Black Mile To The Surface: 80
  69. Public Service Broadcasting - Every Valley: 80
  70. Odesza - A Moment Apart: 80
  71. Nothing More - The Stories We Tell Ourselves: 80
  72. P!nk - Beautiful Trauma: 80
  73. Mermaidens - Perfect Body: 80
  74. Mogwai - Every Country's Sun: 80
  75. Vérité - Something In Between: 80
  76. Do Make Say Think - Stubborn Persistent Illusions: 80
  77. Duke Garwood - Garden Of Ashes: 80
  78. U2 - Songs Of Experience: 79
  79. Beck - Colors: 79
  80. Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes - Modern Ruin: 79
  81. Blackbear - cybersex: 79
  82. Milo - Who Told You To Think: 79
  83. The National - Sleep Well Beast: 79
  84. Dangerkids - blacklist_: 79
  85. Algiers - The Underside Of Power: 79
  86. The Dear Hunter - All Is As All Should Be: 79
  87. The Last Dinosaur - The Nothing: 79
  88. The Black Angels - Death Song: 79
  89. Dia Frampton - Bruises: 79
  90. Imagine Dragons - Evolve: 78
  91. Nine Inch Nails - Add Violence: 78
  92. St. Vincent - Masseduction: 78
  93. Marilyn Manson - Heaven Upside Down: 78
  94. The Flashbulb - Piety Of Ashes: 78
  95. Oh Wonder - Ultralife: 78
  96. Rationale - Rationale: 78
  97. Vic Mensa - The Autobiography: 78
  98. Anathema - The Optimist: 78
  99. Vince Staples - Big Fish Theory: 78
  100. Alder & Ash - Clutched In The Maw Of The World: 78
  101. Grandaddy - Last Place: 78
  102. The World Is A Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid To Die - Always Foreign: 77
  103. Kehlani - SweetSexySavage: 77
  104. Gorillaz - Humanz: 77
  105. Tyler, The Creator - Flower Boy: 77
  106. Waxahatchee - Out Of The Storm: 77
  107. Bugzy Malone - King Of The North: 77
  108. Margo Price - All-American Made: 77
  109. Elbow - Little Fictions: 77
  110. Kesha - Rainbow: 77
  111. Enter Shikari - The Spark: 77
  112. Wolf Alice - Visions Of A Life: 77
  113. Grizzly Bear - Painted Ruins: 77
  114. Portugal. The Man - Woodstock: 77
  115. Aminé - Good For You: 77
  116. Miguel - War & Leisure: 77
  117. The Killers - Wonderful Wonderful: 77
  118. Frank Iero & The Patience - Keep The Coffins Coming: 77
  119. Cigarettes After Sex - Cigarettes After Sex: 77
  120. Portugal. The Man - Woodstock: 77
  121. Cloud Nothings - Life Without Sound: 76
  122. Ella Vos - Words I Never Said: 76
  123. Murs - Captain California: 76
  124. Jamiroquai - Automaton: 76
  125. Thy Art Is Murder - Dear Desolation: 76
  126. Calvin Harris - Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1: 76
  127. Foster The People - Sacred Hearts Club: 76
  128. Niall Horan - Flicker: 76
  129. Jillette Johnson - All I Ever See In You Is Me: 76
  130. Prurient - Rainbow Mirror: 76
  131. Queens Of The Stone Age - Villains: 76
  132. Sam Smith - The Thrill Of It All: 76
  133. Seether - Poison The Parish: 76
  134. Day Wave - The Days We Had: 76
  135. Logic - Everybody: 76
  136. Toro y Moi - Boo Boo: 76
  137. At The Drive-In - in•ter a•li•a: 76
  138. Syd - Fin: 76
  139. Lil Uzi Vert - Luv Is Rage 2: 76
  140. The xx - I See You: 76
  141. Astrid S - Party's Over: 76
  142. Rise Against - Wolves: 75
  143. Citizen - As You Please: 75
  144. Daughter - Music From Before The Storm: 75
  145. Stone Sour - Hydrograd: 75
  146. Shy Girls - Salt: 75
  147. Four Tet - New Energy: 75
  148. Stormzy - Gang Signs & Prayer: 75
  149. HAIM - Something To Tell You: 75
  150. The Afghan Whigs - In Spades: 75
  151. The War On Drugs - A Deeper Understanding: 75
  152. Zola Jesus - Okovi: 75
  153. Weezer - Pacific Daydream: 75
  154. Odonis Odonis - No Pop: 75
  155. Katy Perry - Witness: 75
  156. Briana Marela - Call It Love: 75
  157. Sampha - Process: 75
  158. Everything Everything - A Fever Dream: 75
  159. Feist - Pleasure: 75
  160. Lana del Rey - Lust For Life: 75
  161. Mac DeMarco - This Old Dog: 75
  162. Northlane - Mesmer: 75
  163. Steps - Tears On The Dancefloor: 75
  164. Blanck Mass - World Eater: 75
  165. SOHN - Rennen: 74
  166. Future - FUTURE: 74
  167. Jay-Z - 4:44: 74
  168. Lucy Rose - Something's Changing: 74
  169. Sylvan Esso - What Now: 74
  170. Poppy - Poppy.Computer: 74
  171. Circuit Des Yeux - Reaching For Indigo: 74
  172. London Grammar - Truth Is A Beautiful Thing: 74
  173. Jen Cloher - Jen Cloher: 74
  174. Paul Weller - A Kind Revolution: 74
  175. Raekwon - The Wild: 74
  176. Valgeir Sigurðsson - Dissonance: 74
  177. Mereki - Beach: 74
  178. Amy Macdonald - Under Stars: 74
  179. James Holden & The Animal Spirits - The Animal Spirits: 74
  180. Dua Lipa - Dua Lipa: 74
  181. Julie Byrne - Not Even Happiness: 74
  182. Migos - Culture: 73
  183. Hisato Higuchi - Kietsuzukeru Echo: 73
  184. Miley Cyrus - Younger Now: 73
  185. Twice - Twicetagram: 73
  186. Hopsin - No Shame: 73
  187. Rosetta - Utopioid: 73
  188. Talib Kweli - Radio Silence: 73
  189. Liam Gallagher - As You Were: 73
  190. Alpha Male Tea Party - Health: 73
  191. Hurray For The Riff Raff - The Navigator: 73
  192. Juana Molina - Halo: 73
  193. Shredders - Dangerous Jumps: 73
  194. Lindstrøm - It's Alright Between Us As It Is: 73
  195. Prince - Deliverance: 73
  196. Teen Daze - Themes For Dying Earth: 73
  197. Bebe Rexha - All Your Fault: Pt. 1: 72
  198. Freddie Gibbs - You Only Live 2wice: 72
  199. Silja Sol - Ni Liv: 72
  200. Lilac Lungs - Eventide: 72
  201. Yung Lean - Stranger: 72
  202. Gone Is Gone - Echolocation: 72
  203. Amber Coffman - City Of No Reply: 72
  204. Blackfield - Blackfield V: 72
  205. Mew - Visuals: 72
  206. Hundredth - Rare: 72
  207. Taylor Swift - Reputation: 72
  208. Kelly Clarkson - Meaning Of Life: 72
  209. The Luxembourg Signal - Blue Field: 72
  210. Broken Social Scene - Hug Of Thunder: 72
  211. Big Sean - I Decided.: 72
  212. Cindy Wilson - Change: 72
  213. Little Hurricane - Same Sun Same Moon: 72
  214. Phinehas - Dark Flag: 71
  215. Minus The Bear - VOIDS: 71
  216. Tall Ships - Impressions: 71
  217. Jacques Greene - Feel Infinite: 71
  218. Jennifer Paige - Starflower: 71
  219. AFI - AFI (The Blood Album): 70
  220. Macklemore - GEMINI: 70
  221. Prophets Of Rage - Prophets Of Rage: 70
  222. Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds - Who Built The Moon?: 70
  223. Temples - Volcano: 70
  224. Little Cub - Still Life: 70
  225. Godspeed You! Black Emperor - Luciferian Towers: 70
  226. Mura Masa - Mura Masa: 70
  227. Echosmith - Inside A Dream: 70
  228. Baths - Romaplasm: 70
  229. Kauan - Kaiho: 70
  230. DragonForce - Reaching Into Infinity: 70
  231. Cold War Kids - LA Divine: 70
  232. Walk The Moon - What If Nothing: 70
  233. Joji - In Tongues: 70
  234. Zara Larsson - So Good: 70
  235. Maroon 5 - Red Pill Blues: 70
  236. Young Thug & Future - Super Slimey: 70
  237. Kodak Black - Project Baby 2: 70
  238. Dizzee Rascal - Raskit: 70
  239. Sepultura - Machine Messiah: 70
  240. Alvvays - Antisocialites: 70
  241. Baio - Man Of The World: 70
  242. Les Chants du Hasard - Les Chants du Hasard: 70
  243. The Staves & yMusic - The Way Is Read: 70
  244. Baz Francis - Face That Launched A Thousand Shipwrecks: 70
  245. All Them Witches - Sleeping Through The War: 69
  246. Papa Roach - Crooked Teeth: 69
  247. James Blunt - The Afterlove: 69
  248. Little Dragon - Season High: 69
  249. 21 Savage, Metro Boomin, & Offset - Without Warning: 69
  250. SZA - CTRL: 69
  251. Valeria June - The Order Of Time: 69
  252. Code Orange - Forever: 68
  253. Fifth Harmony - Fifth Harmony: 68
  254. Toby Driver - Madonnawhore: 68
  255. Gucci Mane - Mr. Davis: 68
  256. Young Thug - Beautiful Thugger Girls: 68
  257. Shakira - El Dorado: 68
  258. Lydia Ainsworth - Darling Of The Afterglow: 68
  259. Ariel Pink - Dedicated To Bobby Jameson: 68
  260. The Menzingers - After The Party: 67
  261. Sleigh Bells Kid Kruschev: 67
  262. Austra - Future Politics: 67
  263. JMSN - Whatever Makes U Happy: 67
  264. Machine Gun Kelly - Bloom: 67
  265. Pallbearer - Heartless: 67
  266. Snoop Dogg - Neva Left: 67
  267. John Mayer - The Search For Everything: 66
  268. Jlin - Black Origami: 66
  269. Demi Lovato - Tell Me You Love Me: 66
  270. Drake - More Life: 66
  271. Sia - Everyday Is Christmas: 66
  272. The Front Bottoms - Going Grey: 66
  273. Arcade Fire - Everything Now: 66
  274. Anti-Flag - American Fall: 66
  275. Crescent - Resin Pockets: 66
  276. OikosThe Great Upheaval: 65
  277. Lupe Fiasco - DROGAS Light: 65
  278. The Script - Freedom Child: 65
  279. Girl Ray - Earl Grey: 65
  280. Less Foss - Alchemy: 65
  281. Sound Of Ceres - The Twin: 65
  282. Half Waif - form/a: 65
  283. Juliana Hatfield - Pussycat: 65
  284. Paul White & Danny Brown - Accelerator EP: 65
  285. Vermont - II: 65
  286. Max Cooper - Chromos: 65
  287. Chromadrift - Temporary Escape: 65
     
  288. The Flaming LipsOczy Mlody: 64
  289. The Orwells - Terrible Human Beings: 63
  290. Foxygen - Hang: 60
  291. Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness - Zombies On Broadway: 60
  292. Kasabian - For Crying Out Loud: 60
  293. Trey Songz - Tremaine: The Album: 60
  294. The Lurking Fear - Out Of The Voiceless Grave: 60
  295. Tim Darcy - Saturday Night: 60
  296. Heinali & Matt Finney - How We Lived: 60
  297. Galantis - The Aviary: 60
  298. Kelela - Take Me Apart: 60
  299. The Deslondes - Hurry Home: 60
  300. Trapped Under Ice - Heatwave: 60
  301. A$AP Twelvyy - 12: 60
  302. Splashh - Waiting A Lifetime: 60
  303. Anna Of The North - Lovers: 59
  304. Uncommon Nasa - Written At Night: 59
  305. Chief Keef - Dedication: 58
  306. Ty Dolla $ign - Beach House 3: 57
  307. PARTYNEXTDOOR - Colours 2: 55
  308. Lawrence English - Cruel Optimism: 55
  309. The Vamps - Night & Day: 53
  310. Danielle Bradbery - I Don't Believe We've Met: 53
  311. A$AP Ferg - Still Striving: 52
  312. Com Truise - Iteration: 52
  313. Roger Waters - Is This The Life We Really Want?: 52
  314. Paradise Lost - Medusa: 50
  315. Ty Segall - Sentimental Goblins: 50
  316. Gucci Mane - Dropwoptop: 50
  317. Tyler Childers - Purgatory: 49
  318. 2 Chainz - Pretty Girls Like Trap Music: 48
  319. Silverstein - Dead Reflection: 47
  320. 21 Savage - Issa Album: 46
  321. Charli XCX - Number 1 Angel: 45
  322. Steel Panther - Lower The Bar: 45
     
  323. Tinie Tempah - Youth: 42
  324. Future - HNDRXX: 40
  325. Bush - Black and White Rainbows: 40
  326. Dropkick Murphys - 11 Short Stories Of Glory & Pain: 39
  327. DJ Khaled - Grateful: 35
  328. Disperse - Foreword: 35
  329. Kodak Black - Painting Pictures: 30
  330. Emptyset - Borders:  25
     
  331. Lil Yachty - Teenage Emotions: 24
  332. Jacob Sartorius - The Last Text EP: 24
  333. Ugly God - The Booty Tape: 20