Top 5 Albums of 2017, So Far

5. From A Room – Chris Stapleton

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Alt Country Superstar, Chris Stapleton shocked the music world in 2015 with his debut album, “Traveller.” The record was truer to the country form than any record that had hit the mainstream in the past decade, and refreshed many old school country fans. Stapleton’s hotly anticipated follow up features much more original work and is arguably even better than his debut. Though the ending was a bit of a whimper, the record overall is one of the most enjoyable of the year so far.

4. Lemon Cotton Candy Sunset – Richard Edwards

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Full disclosure, I have a soft spot for subtle records, and with the first solo release of his decade and a half career, Richard Edwards of Margot and the Nuclear So and So’s comes through with a beautifully somber collection. When the record wants to whisper, it makes you lean in, when it wants to scream, it blows your hair back. Overall, the record explores the topics of sadness and melancholy with the care and softness the topics demand.

3. Nashville Sound – Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit

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One of the greatest songwriters of our time, Jason Isbell has been a part of enough classic country and Southern Rock projects in the past few years that this piece of excellence doesn’t even crack his top 3. Even still, with tracks like “White Man’s World,” and “The Last Of My Kind,” Isbell again blesses us with soft vocals and lyrics that will stand the test of many years.

2. Brutalism – IDLES

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2017 has so far been a year returning pop-infested genres to their roots. Country music started it’s pilgrimage with the likes of Stapleton and Simpson, rap with Lamar and Curry, and with IDLES March release, punk rock began this journey as well. The vocals of Joe Talbot would make Johnny Rotten proud, while leaving the likes of Billy Joe Armstrong shaking in their combat boots. Brutalism is one of the most vulgar, angry records of the year, but hell if it isn’t music to my ears.

****************************Honorable Mentions***********************

Wolves – Rise Against

“Awaken, My Love!” – Childish Gambino

Pure Comedy – Father John Misty

Is This The Life We Really Want? – Roger Waters

Graveyard Whistling – The Old 97’s

****************************Honorable Mentions***********************

  1. DAMN. – Kendrick Lamar

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More so than any artist creating today, when Kendrick drops a new record, the world stops spinning. “DAMN.” Was no exception. Throughout the record, Kendrick comes after Donald Trump, Fox News, gang culture, and materialism all with a hard hitting lyricism that places him, unquestionably in the discussion of the greater rappers of all time. Throw in an intriguing feature from none other than U2’s Bono, and listeners are in for one hell of a roller coaster ride.

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Author: brendonsbeats

I'm a Sophomore at Middle Tennessee State University, studying audio-production while writing and playing music in Nashville. I love music more than anything else in the world, and I run this blog with the hope of introducing people to some great music that I love!

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