Top 89 of 2017: Albums

Top 89 of 2017
Top albums of 2017 (MPR Graphic)

We asked, you voted! All December long, you — the music lover — voted for your favorite albums released in 2017, and the results are in.

Be sure to tune in to The Current's listener-curated Top 89 of 2017 countdown on Dec. 31, starting at 5 p.m. CT with a rebroadcast on New Year's Day starting at 10 a.m. CT.

10. Queens of the Stone Age, Villains

(Matador)

9. Father John Misty, Pure Comedy

(Sub Pop)

8. The War on Drugs, A Deeper Understanding

(Atlantic Records)

7. The National, Sleep Well Beast

(4AD)

6. Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, The Nashville Sound

(Southeastern)

5. St. Vincent, MASSEDUCTION

(Loma Vista)

4. Hippo Campus, Landmark

(Grand Jury)

3. LCD Soundsystem, American Dream

(Columbia Records)

LCD Soundsystem broke up in 2011, reunited in 2015 and, two years later, released their first album in seven years, American Dream. The time off served the band well; American Dream became LCD Soundsystem's first No. 1 album in the U.S. In his review of American Dream, The Current's David Safar wrote:


The album stays true to the influences that built the foundation of James Murphy's idea for the band. You can imagine each song corresponding to something in his record collection. Whether it's his deep knowledge of the still underappreciated art rock pioneers, Suicide, or his personal relationship with Bowie, American Dream is a gateway for those who have yet to discover LCD Soundsystem and all the influences they carry with them.

2. Kendrick Lamar, DAMN.

(Aftermath)

How does a person respond when Time magazine names you one of the most influential people in the world? If you're Kendrick Lamar, you release an album like DAMN.. Here's what Sean McPherson had to say in his review:


DAMN. is the sound of Kendrick having his cake and eating it, too. He wants the room to make his rivals Drake and Big Sean wet the bed in a matter of bars on his inter-album single, "The Heart Part IV." He wants the room to create the novelistic 9th Wonder-produced closing track "DUCKWORTH." and to create a hypnotic club jam like "LOYALTY.", which would slide in nicely between Migos and Fetty Wap at Magic City. The most beautiful part of the sonic breadth of DAMN. is that Kendrick doesn't sound like a natural on every one of these beats. DAMN. is not the sound of a victory lap; it's the sound of a world-class athlete suiting up for a workout schedule not even he's sure he can survive.

1. Spoon, Hot Thoughts

(Matador)

When Spoon visited The Current studio in September of this year, Britt Daniel was asked about Hot Thoughts being categorized as dance rock. "I always thought we used dance beats," Daniel said. "When the first reviews or even mentions of the album came out, I started hearing 'dance rock' and I thought, 'Oh, that's cool.' I just thought 'Hot Thoughts' was a hit. I didn't know whether or not people would dance to it."

The Current's Mary Lucia — an admittedly unabashed Spoon fan — describes the album this way:


For the die-hard Spoon fan, you can safely store Hot Thoughts in your collection knowing that the band from Texas delivered a dang good record.
It's virtually impossible for me to hear and see Britt Daniel and not imagine if Buddy Holly had been born in the 1970s, this might be exactly the kind of music he would've made.


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