What a year for music! If you still need to catch up on 2017's great albums from the world's biggest artists, Music Lovers has compiled a list of what we believe to be 2017's greatest musical accomplishments. All items available in our library catalogue.
Mercurial musician Bob Dylan certainly isn't becoming predictable in his old age. Renowned as one of the greatest songwriters of the past century, this year saw the singer release his first ever triple album, and it's an album entirely made up of cover versions. Rather than reworking old folk and blues songs as he has done in the past, the songs Dylan covers on Triplicate are from the Great American Songbook, and mostly associated with singers such as Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby and Nat King Cole. The surprising thing is that Dylan's interpretations of these classic songs work well. His ragged voice and loose musicianship bring freshness, atmosphere and soul to songs that have been recorded many times before. “Triplicate” shows that Dylan&apsos;s music continues to develop in interesting new directions.
Father John Misty
‘Pure Comedy’ is Father John Misty's most prolific record to date, with haunting piano and melodic, tongue-in-cheek lyrics that craft its unique and intriguing sound. Standout tracks include ‘Pure Comedy’, ‘Two Wildly Different Perspectives’ and ‘So I'm Growing Old on Magic Mountain’.
Fleet Foxes made their long awaited re-emergence to the folk scene after six years with their universally acclaimed third album ‘Crack Up’, which sees the Seattle five-piece bring to life their impressive harmonies and beautiful storytelling. Standout tracks include ‘Third of May/ Odaigahara’, ‘If You Need To, Keep Time on Me’, and ‘I Should See Memphis’.
Everyone's favourite cartoon band arrived back onto the music scene with their first studio album in seven years. Packed with a star studded line-up of collaborations which included De La Soul, Pusha T and Oasis’ Noel Gallagher. ‘Humanz’ reaffirmed Gorillaz's standing as one of the most celebrated electronic/ hip hop acts in the world. Standout tracks include ‘Andromeda’, ‘Strobelite’ and ‘We Got the Power’.
For Crying Out Loud
Kasabian's sixth studio album ‘For Crying Out Loud’ sees Kasabian return to a more guitar driven sound, yet still incorporating their electronic influences from their previous effort ’48:13’. Chief songwriter Sergio Pizzorno's musical ambitions are fully encapsulated within this latest Kasabian effort, with standout tracks including ‘God Bless this Acid House’, ‘You're In Love with a Psycho’, and ‘Are You Looking For Action?’.
Flying Microtonal Banana
King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard
King Gizzard returned with their ninth studio album in early February, expanding their already impressive music range by incorporating Middle Eastern microtonal guitar sounds within their psychedelic, prog-rock influences. Standout tracks include ‘Rattlesnake’, ‘Melting’ and ‘Nuclear Fusion’.
Lorde returned to the world stage in 2017 to rediscover the universal success of her 2013 debut Pure Heroine. While many doubted her ability to capture her previous success after remaining absent for nearly four years, the New Zealander proved them wrong, with Melodrama topped the charts around the world, including Australia and the United States. Standout tracks include ‘Green Light’, ‘Homemade Dynamite’ and ‘The Louvre’
More Scared of You Than You Are of Me
Smith Street Band
This album has made it onto many “Best Albums” lists this year, and it's easy to hear why. As their name indicates, The Smith Street Band are the quintessential inner-city Melbourne band – raucous pop punk played by a bunch of guys that seem like everybody's best mate. With catchy pop melodies mixed in with loud, punk rock guitars, the popular single “Birthdays” is a good example of what this album offers up. This release shows that The Smith Street Band just keep getting better.
You Don't Know Lonely
Tex, Don and Charlie
“You Don't Know Lonely” is the third album from this renowned super-group, comprised of local rock legends Tex Perkins (best known as the singer of The Cruel Sea), Don Walker (keyboardist and key songwriter with Cold Chisel) and in-demand session man Charlie Owen. Although the group's three releases have been spread out over a period of more than 20 years, their style hasn't really changed in that time. This album offers up more of the late-night, country blues and boozy moods explored on their earlier releases, “Sad But True” and All Is Forgiven,” along with 12 great new songs from three of the best songwriters in the country.
Is This the Life We Really Want?
For his first studio album since "Amused To Death", Roger Waters has created an album describing a dystopic world view of conflicted global politics, a decaying environment and social disorder. But it's far from business as usual or a case of accepting our fate and going quietly into oblivion. Though his subject matter is drenched by despondency and gloom, Water's anger and resentment at the seemingly inescapable fate of the world and society shouts back angrily, and at times with even a rare degree of humour. The music is a combination of psychedelia and various archival radio recordings produced by Nigel Godrich. Standout tracks include ‘Deja Vu’ and ‘Is This the Life We Really Want?’