I rarely talk about music on this blog, despite being a music journalist and live music photographer. Music, in particular indie rock, is a major passion of mine and I could go on for hours and hours about it. 2017 has seen so many amazing albums and I’d just like to share my top 10 with you all.
Sundara Karma – Youth is Only Ever Fun in Retrospect – released January 6
Possibly on the list purely for Loveblood. It’s just one of those tracks that can make you happy in an instant. I can’t wait to hear more from them, and think 2018 will be a great year for the band. Gutted I missed them at Y Not; they’re on my list of bands to see.
Maximo Park – Risk to Exist – released April 21
I think this album is phenomenal. I’ve always been a massive fan of Maximo Park, but this album came to me when political matters started to really matter to me personally. The message of the album is in line with my own political views so it really resonates with me. Maximo Park are certainly one of my favourite bands, and I was lucky enough to have a press pass to photograph them I Manchester when on tour for this album and it was so, so special.
Kasabian – For Crying Out Loud – released May 5
When I was on holiday, mum burst into my room: ‘do you want Kasabian tickets?’ in a sleepy haze, I mumbled something along the lines of ‘yeah, whatever, get out me room’. I adored their previous work but hadn’t taken the time to listen to For Crying Out Loud, I’d just heard You’re In Love With A Psycho at indie nights. Buying tickets to see them in concert made me listen. I had it on in my car on repeat for about 4 weeks and it is an absolute BOP. I love it. Plus, Sergio Pizzorno is fit.
Paramore – After Laughter – released May 12
I’d never pre-ordered anything in my life until I saw this album announced. I remember seeing the video for That’s What You Get as a kid and just being mesmerised by Hayley Williams and I have watched her and the band grow through the years. After Laughter makes me so happy and proud of the band and the shift from grungy rock to electronic pop is incredible.
Linkin Park – One More Light – released May 19
I think this is such a beautiful album. After the heart breaking death of Chester Bennington, it’s so sad to listen to, and you can feel his pain. It’s so different to their previous, heavier works but it is such an incredible album. I think my favourite track has to be Heavy. There’s also a stunning live version on YouTube.
Royal Blood – How Did We Get So Dark? – released June 16
Ever hear the beginning of a track and just go ‘UGH, YES!’ Royal Blood evoke this reaction track after track. Absolute powerhouse duo.
Foo Fighters – Concrete and Gold – released September 15
There’s a reason Sky is the Neighbourhood and La Dee Da both received Radio X Track of the Week. ‘Nuff said.
Liam Gallagher – As You Were – released October 6
Do I even need to explain this one? Whilst I enjoyed Beady Eye, it was never very strong in my opinion. Liam’s solo album is a gift from god and he is absolutely smashing it. No words I could use to describe this album would do it justice.
Stereophonics – Scream above the Sounds – released October 27
We got a sneak peak of this at Y Not festival. Kelly Jones is one of the only vocalists I’ve seen live that sounds just like his records. Hearing the tracks live prior to hearing the recorded album was pretty sweet, it adds an element of nostalgia to the listening experience.
Noel Gallagher – Who Built The Moon? – released November 24
Finally, we can’t have one brother without the other, can we? I wasn’t a huge fan of Holy Mountain at first, especially when someone likened the chorus to ‘She Bangs’ by Ricky Martin… That being said, it’s definitely grown on me. I instantly loved Fort Knox, and there are other tracks that I immediately liked, but I think with the first single throwing me off, I was a little anxious to say I loved it from the off.
There we have it then; my top 10 albums of 2017. Were there any albums that you loved that you think deserve to be on the list? Or any already on the list you don’t thing deserve to be there? Let me know in the comments!