Sasha Frere-Jones: Favorite Albums of 2017

Alveare - Andrea Belfi

Sasha Frere-Jones: Favorite Albums of 2017. Albums are organized into two tiers and listed chronologically within each.

exceptional

  • Lawrence English – Cruel Optimism
  • Andrea Belfi – Alveare
  • Gerard Herman – Die paste, die wrong
  • Bargou 08 – Targ
  • Charli XCX – Number 1 Angel
  • Arca – Arca
  • Actress – AZD
  • Ellen Arkbro – For Organ and Brass
  • Jaap Vink – Jaap Vink
  • Kara-Lis Coverdale – Grafts
  • Ryuichi Sakamoto – async
  • Perfume Genius – No Shape
  • Road Hog – Haul Ass
  • Ex Continent – La Perspectiva Racional
  • Pancrace – Pancrace
  • Chuck Johnson – Balsams
  • Konrad Sprenger – Stack Music
  • SZA – Ctrl
  • Vince Staples – Big Fish Theory
  • Kassel Jaeger – Aster
  • Lee Gamble – Mnestic Pressure
  • Moses Sumney – Aromanticism
  • Bons – Gras H’utsi
  • Jay Glass Dubs – Dubs
  • Equiknoxx – Colón Man

also good

  • Anthony Pasquarosa with John Moloney – My Pharaoh, My King
  • Migos – Culture
  • The Caretaker – Everywhere At The End Of Time – Stage 3
  • Syd – Fin
  • Simon Fisher Turner – Giraffe
  • Stromboli – Volume Uno
  • No UFO’s – NU LP For RS
  • Blanck Mass – World Eater
  • D. Glare – 4 Oscillators & 130 Samples at 130 BPM
  • Sarah Davachi – All My Circles Run
  • The Inward Circles – And Right Lines Limit and Close All Bodies
  • Kelly Moran – Bloodroot
  • WaqWaq Kingdom – Shinsekai
  • Basic Rhythm – The Basics
  • Overlook – Smoke Signals
  • Vieux Farka Touré – Samba
  • Teleplasmiste – Frequency is the New Ecstasy
  • Cloudface – Variations
  • Kendrick Lamar – DAMN.
  • Joshua Abrams – Simultonality
  • Justin Walter – Unseen Forces
  • Harriet Brown – Contact
  • Colin Stetson – All This I Do For Glory
  • Sylvie Courvoisier & Mary Halvorson – Crop Circles
  • Japan Blues – Sells His Record Collection
  • Gosheven – Leaper
  • Ricardo Villalobos – Empirical House
  • Nicole Mitchell – Mandorla Awakening II: Emerging Worlds
  • Andrea Belfi – Ore
  • Gravetemple – Impassable Fears
  • Roscoe Mitchell – Bells For the South Side
  • Bill Converse – The Shape of Things to Come
  • Mike Cooper – Raft
  • Lana Del Rey – Lust for Life
  • Sote – Sacred Horror in Design
  • Pan Daijing – Lack
  • Jim O’Rourke – The Creeping Garden
  • NYZ – FLD RCDR
  • Maalem Mahmoud Gania – Colours of the Night
  • crys cole & Oren Ambarchi – Hotel Record
  • Áine O’Dwyer – Gallarais
  • Dj Python – Dulce Compañia
  • Philip Jeck – Live at Iklectik
  • Klein – Tommy
  • SAICOBAB – Sab Se Purani Bab
  • Sudan Archives – Sudan Archives
  • abu AMA – Naserii
  • Roland Kayn – A Little Electronic Milky Way of Sound
  • Nadah El Shazly – Ahwar
  • Tove Lo – BLUE LIPS (Lady Wood Phase II)
  • Black Zone Myth Chant – Feng Shen
  • Masaya Ozaki & Kaito Nakahori – Mythologies
  • Ceramic TL & Ipek Gorgun – Perfect Lung
  • Ahnnu – Special Forces
  • Lukid – Twisted Blood
  • Shinichi Atobe – From the Heart, It’s a Start, a Work of Art
  • N.E.R.D – NO ONE EVER REALLY DIES
  • Felicia Atkinson – Hand In Hand
  • Emily A. Sprague – Water Memory