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. 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.


3. 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.


4. 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.


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. Soen - Lykaia

Some albums will turn your mind into someone else's, or take you to a new world. Progressive metal band Soen don't do that; instead, they take your mind and put it into something else. You become a wolf in their new album Lykaia, learning the rage, desire, and somberness of the animal as you get taken through epic riffs and beautifully minimal solos.


7. Peter Silberman - Impermanence

Better known as the frontman of acclaimed indie rock band The Antlers, the debut solo album from Peter Silberman proves to go deeper and more aesthetic than anything you may have heard before. From incredible atmospheres to Silberman's chilling vibratos, every track embodies a very personal memory for him. He uses the absolute bare minimum to paint the most vivid and beautiful images your mind can grasp, then looks deep within himself to focus on the black and white memories associated with the colorful images. There is stark beauty in this record, and will not fail to move you.


8. Mount Eerie - A Crow Looked At Me

Love is one of the strongest emotion we can feel as humans. The other is sadness. When the two collide, it's as if your entire world falls apart. That's the essence of Mount Eerie's heartbreaking record A Crow Looked At Me. In this record, singer Phil Elverum immortalizes his undying love he has for his late wife and mother to his one-and-a-half year old daughter. He tragically recalls his fondest moments and how the lingering thoughts of her slowly eat away at his heart and world. A Crow Looked At Me might as well be the sonic representation of depression, as you will feel it in one way another, for someone or something, while you listen through this sobering record.


9. MastodonEmperor Of Sand

Be prepared to stare to hell of war dead in the eye. That's what Mastodon's new album Emperor Of Sand is all about. With thrilling riffs to pounding, extreme drums and breakdowns, this album takes you through the whole experience of war and back. You'll fight battles and see the conflicts from afar, all the time building up to one epic final climax to end the war in one big bang. This is an album you won't be sitting down and listening to. This is an album that will have you fighting its battles.


10. Kendrick Lamar - DAMN.

The world is full of problems and corruption, and more times than not it feels like instead of finding solutions to them, our leaders just hide them under a cover and forget about them. There are those rebels that stand up against that and fight for change. One of those soldiers is Kendrick Lamar. He delivered a damning look of our status on racism in America in 2015 with To Pimp A Butterfly, but the crowned savior of hip-hop is back on a new grind. His new record DAMN. not only ponders morality and life and death, but also challenges society and its values in a very eye-opening way. Something of this measure is something only Kendrick can make possible.



 

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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  1. Linkin Park - One More Light: 98
  2. Starset - Vessels: 97
  3. Ed Sheeran - ÷: 94
  4. Harry Styles - Harry Styles: 94
  5. Paramore - After Laughter: 93
  6. Soen - Lykaia: 92
  7. Peter Silberman - Impermanence: 92
  8. Mount Eerie - A Crow Looked At Me: 91
  9. Mastodon - Emperor Of Sand: 90
  10. Kendrick Lamar - DAMN.: 89
  11. Depeche Mode - Spirit: 89
  12. Zola Blood - Infinite Games: 88
  13. Nadia Reid - Preservation: 88
  14. Royal Blood - How Did We Get So Dark?: 87
  15. Ryan Adams - Prisoner: 87
  16. Sorority Noise - You're Not As _____ As You Think: 87
  17. Frances - Things I've Never Said: 87
  18. David Bowie - No Plan: 87
  19. Lorde - Melodrama: 86
  20. Son Lux - Remedy: 86
  21. Brian Eno - Reflection: 86
  22. You Me At Six - Night People: 86
  23. Sufjan Stevens, Nico Muhly, Bryce Dessner, & James McAlister - Planetarium: 85
  24. All Time Low - Last Young Renegades: 85
     
  25. Tigers Jaw - Spin: 84
  26. The Chainsmokers - Memories...Do Not Open: 84
  27. Spoon - Hot Thoughts: 84
  28. Perfume Genius - No Shape: 83
  29. alt-J - Relaxer: 83
  30. Joey Bada$$ - All-Amerikkkan Bada$$: 83
  31. San Fermin - Belong: 83
  32. Kashiwa Daisuke - Re:RED: 82
  33. Oddisee - The Iceberg: 82
  34. Halsey - Hopeless Fountain Kingdom: 81
  35. Incubus - 8: 81
  36. Father John Misty - Pure Comedy: 81
  37. Circa Waves - Different Creatures: 81
  38. Bonobo - Migration: 80
  39. Do Make Say Think - Stubborn Persistent Illusions: 80
  40. Duke Garwood - Garden Of Ashes: 80
  41. Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes - Modern Ruin: 79
  42. Dangerkids - blacklist_: 79
  43. The Black Angels - Death Song: 79
  44. Dia Frampton - Bruises: 79
  45. Anathema - The Optimist: 78
  46. Grandaddy - Last Place: 78
  47. Kehlani - SweetSexySavage: 77
  48. Gorillaz - Humanz: 77
  49. Elbow - Little Fictions: 77
  50. Cigarettes After Sex - Cigarettes After Sex: 77
  51. Portugal. The Man - Woodstock: 77
  52. Cloud Nothings - Life Without Sound: 76
  53. Murs - Captain California: 76
  54. Jamiroquai - Automaton: 76
  55. Seether - Poison The Parish: 76
  56. Day Wave - The Days We Had: 76
  57. Logic - Everybody: 76
  58. At The Drive-In - in•ter a•li•a: 76
  59. Syd - Fin: 76
  60. The xx - I See You: 76
  61. Rise Against - Wolves: 75
  62. Shy Girls - Salt: 75
  63. Stormzy - Gang Signs & Prayer: 75
  64. The Afghan Whigs - In Spades: 75
  65. Katy Perry - Witness: 75
  66. Sampha - Process: 75
  67. Feist - Pleasure: 75
  68. Mac DeMarco - This Old Dog: 75
  69. Northlane - Mesmer: 75
  70. Steps - Tears On The Dancefloor: 75
  71. Blanck Mass - World Eater: 75
  72. SOHN - Rennen: 74
  73. Future - FUTURE: 74
  74. Sylvan Esso - What Now: 74
  75. London Grammar - Truth Is A Beautiful Thing: 74
  76. Paul Weller - A Kind Revolution: 74
  77. Raekwon - The Wild: 74
  78. Valgeir Sigurðsson - Dissonance: 74
  79. Amy Macdonald - Under Stars: 74
  80. Dua Lipa - Dua Lipa: 74
  81. Julie Byrne - Not Even Happiness: 74
  82. Migos - Culture: 73
  83. Hisato Higuchi - Kietsuzukeru Echo: 73
  84. Hurray For The Riff Raff - The Navigator: 73
  85. Juana Molina - Halo: 73
  86. Prince - Deliverance: 73
  87. Teen Daze - Themes For Dying Earth: 73
  88. Bebe Rexha - All Your Fault: Pt. 1: 72
  89. Freddie Gibbs - You Only Live 2wice: 72
  90. Silja Sol - Ni Liv: 72
  91. Lilac Lungs - Eventide: 72
  92. Gone Is Gone - Echolocation: 72
  93. Amber Coffman - City Of No Reply: 72
  94. Blackfield - Blackfield V: 72
  95. Mew - Visuals: 72
  96. Big Sean - I Decided.: 72
  97. Little Hurricane - Same Sun Same Moon: 72
  98. Minus The Bear - VOIDS: 71
  99. Tall Ships - Impressions: 71
  100. Jacques Greene - Feel Infinite: 71
  101. Jennifer Paige - Starflower: 71
  102. AFI - AFI (The Blood Album): 70
  103. Temples - Volcano: 70
  104. Little Cub - Still Life: 70
  105. DragonForce - Reaching Into Infinity: 70
  106. Cold War Kids - LA Divine: 70
  107. Zara Larsson - So Good: 70
  108. Sepultura - Machine Messiah: 70
  109. Baz Francis - Face That Launched A Thousand Shipwrecks: 70
  110. All Them Witches - Sleeping Through The War: 69
  111. Papa Roach - Crooked Teeth: 69
  112. James Blunt - The Afterlove: 69
  113. Little Dragon - Season High: 69
  114. SZA - CTRL: 69
  115. Valeria June - The Order Of Time: 69
  116. Code Orange - Forever: 68
  117. Toby Driver - Madonnawhore: 68
  118. Young Thug - Beautiful Thugger Girls: 68
  119. Shakira - El Dorado: 68
  120. Lydia Ainsworth - Darling Of The Afterglow: 68
  121. The Menzingers - After The Party: 67
  122. Austra - Future Politics: 67
  123. JMSN - Whatever Makes U Happy: 67
  124. Machine Gun Kelly - Bloom: 67
  125. Pallbearer - Heartless: 67
  126. Snoop Dogg - Neva Left: 67
  127. John Mayer - The Search For Everything: 66
  128. Jlin - Black Origami: 66
  129. Drake - More Life: 66
  130. Crescent - Resin Pockets: 66
  131. OikosThe Great Upheaval: 65
  132. Lupe Fiasco - DROGAS Light: 65
  133. Less Foss - Alchemy: 65
  134. Half Waif - form/a: 65
  135. Juliana Hatfield - Pussycat: 65
  136. Paul White & Danny Brown - Accelerator EP: 65
  137. Vermont - II: 65
  138. Max Cooper - Chromos: 65
  139. Chromadrift - Temporary Escape: 65
     
  140. The Flaming LipsOczy Mlody: 64
  141. The Orwells - Terrible Human Beings: 63
  142. Foxygen - Hang: 60
  143. Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness - Zombies On Broadway: 60
  144. Kasabian - For Crying Out Loud: 60
  145. Trey Songz - Tremaine: The Album: 60
  146. Tim Darcy - Saturday Night: 60
  147. Splashh - Waiting A Lifetime: 60
  148. PARTYNEXTDOOR - Colours 2: 55
  149. Lawrence English - Cruel Optimism: 55
  150. Roger Waters - Is This The Life We Really Want?: 52
  151. Ty Segall - Sentimental Goblins: 50
  152. Gucci Mane - Dropwoptop: 50
  153. Charli XCX - Number 1 Angel: 45
  154. Steel Panther - Lower The Bar: 45
     
  155. Tinie Tempah - Youth: 42
  156. Future - HNDRXX: 40
  157. Bush - Black and White Rainbows: 40
  158. Dropkick Murphys - 11 Short Stories Of Glory & Pain: 39
  159. Disperse - Foreword: 35
  160. Kodak Black - Painting Pictures: 30
  161. Emptyset - Borders:  25
     
  162. Lil Yachty - Teenage Emotions: 24
  163. Jacob Sartorius - The Last Text EP: 24