Immortal Reviews' Favorite Records Of 2017
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.
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.
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.
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.
Most bands tend to get poppier as they go through their lives, but You Me At Six took a a heavier, darker turn with their latest record Night People. Filled with powerful, rocking tracks and some signature ballads, You Me At Six prove that no one has to conform to any standard.
When the world is in times of strife, art is what captures all of the pain and suffering and anger. Depeche Mode's fourteenth album Spirit embodies all the anger in America towards the new administration and the blindness of the people following it. The entire album is full of angry tracks, mixing Depeche Mode's classic synthpop with a dark industrial sound to make something both powerful but also effective. The revolution is being incited, it's up to the people to carry it out.
There's something about living in an isolated country that really makes the music and art of it burst with a unique introspectiveness. New Zealand's pop scene may be where all the notable music lies that people consume thanks to Lorde, but there are true gems hidden in the rough, such as Nadia Reid's Preservation. Her sophomore album provides a deep look into herself and the quietness of her life, going through both the dark times and the happy times. At times its bittersweet and at others it's joyous, but regardless of the mood at any given time, you'll be feeling her emotions as she retells her tales.
Everyone has both fond and dark memories of love. It's hard to comes to terms with them sometimes, and even harder to put those experiences to words. Ryan Adams' sixteenth album Prisoner draws from his most personal experiences, delivering them in their rawest forms with a country flair to them.
Normally, indie punk is nothing but raw, angry emotions speaking of anything that comes to the artist's mind that makes them angry. Sorority Noise takes the same principles of anger and turns them into something much more powerful, though. You're Not As _____ As You Think isn't just an album about anger and rage; it's about growth, despair, and living life. There are sad moments and more intense ones all the same, leading up into a beautiful culmination of different emotions that somehow all feel related. It's as confusing as it is beautiful.
Honesty is a virtue. It can be hard to tell the truth, especially when the message is something personal. Frances' second album is one large group of confessions, as she bares her deepest secrets, thoughts, and desires out in front of her into music. As incredibly individualistic as that idea may seem, it's relatable from every point. From the beautiful look at the purest sentiments of relationships and friendships of opening track 'Don't Worry About Me' to the innocence of 'Sublime,' there's a lot of ground and emotion this album covers, and it will certainly make your heart beat to the rhythm, too.
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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- Starset - Vessels: 97
- Ed Sheeran - ÷: 94
- Soen - Lykaia: 92
- Peter Silberman - Impermanence: 92
- You Me At Six - Night People: 90
- Depeche Mode - Spirit: 89
- Nadia Reid - Preservation: 88
- Ryan Adams - Prisoner: 87
- Sorority Noise - You're Not As _____ As You Think: 87
- Frances - Things I've Never Said: 87
- David Bowie - No Plan: 87
- Brian Eno - Reflection: 86
- Spoon - Hot Thoughts: 84
- Oddisee - The Iceberg: 82
- Circa Waves - Different Creatures: 81
- Bonobo - Migration: 80
- Duke Garwood - Garden Of Ashes: 80
- Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes - Modern Ruin: 79
- Dangerkids - blacklist_: 79
- Dia Frampton - Bruises: 79
- Grandaddy - Last Place: 78
- Kehlani - SweetSexySavage: 77
- Elbow - Little Fictions: 77
- Cloud Nothings - Life Without Sound: 76
- Murs - Captain California: 76
- Syd - Fin: 76
- The xx - I See You: 76
- Shy Girls - Salt: 75
- Stormzy - Gang Signs & Prayer: 75
- Sampha - Process: 75
- Blanck Mass - World Eater: 75
- SOHN - Rennen: 74
- Future - FUTURE: 74
- Amy Macdonald - Under Stars: 74
- Julie Byrne - Not Even Happiness: 74
- Migos - Culture: 73
- Hurray For The Riff Raff - The Navigator: 73
- Teen Daze - Themes For Dying Earth: 73
- Bebe Rexha - All Your Fault: Pt. 1: 72
- Silja Sol - Ni Liv: 72
- Gone Is Gone - Echolocation: 72
- Blackfield - Blackfield V: 72
- Big Sean - I Decided.: 72
- Minus The Bear - VOIDS: 71
- Jacques Greene - Feel Infinite: 71
- AFI - AFI (The Blood Album): 70
- Temples - Volcano: 70
- Zara Larsson - So Good: 70
- Sepultura - Machine Messiah: 70
- All Them Witches - Sleeping Through The War: 69
- Valeria June - The Order Of Time: 69
- Code Orange - Forever: 68
- The Menzingers - After The Party: 67
- Austra - Future Politics: 67
- Drake - More Life: 66
- Oikos - The Great Upheaval: 65
- Lupe Fiasco - DROGAS Light: 65
- Half Waif - form/a: 65
- Paul White & Danny Brown - Accelerator EP: 65
- Vermont - II: 65
- Chromadrift - Temporary Escape: 65
- The Flaming Lips - Oczy Mlody: 64
- The Orwells - Terrible Human Beings: 63
- Foxygen - Hang: 60
- Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness - Zombies On Broadway: 60
- Tim Darcy - Saturday Night: 60
- Lawrence English - Cruel Optimism: 55
- Charli XCX - Number 1 Angel: 45
- Future - HNDRXX: 40
- Bush - Black and White Rainbows: 40
- Dropkick Murphys - 11 Short Stories Of Glory & Pain: 39
- Disperse - Foreword: 35
- Emptyset - Borders: 25
- Jacob Sartorius - The Last Text EP: 24