Entertain Us (03-01-2018): The best albums of 2017

AS we ring in the new year, YP Country Times staff look back on their favourite albums of 2017. The challenge? To describe each record using only five words (hyphenated words count as one but must be used correctly).

Tallied, our collective album of the year is the rock epic Go Farther in Lightness by Gang of Youths followed closely by Lorde’s pop odyssey Melodrama. Rap king Kendrick Lamar is a distant third with his endlessly-quotable album Damn.

Salomae Haselgrove:
10. Royal Blood, How Did We Get So Dark? Sounds like: Muse/White Stripes love child.
9. Alex Lahey, I Love You Like a Brother. Sounds like: Every 20-something failing to adult.
8. Dune Rats, The Kids Will Know It’s Bullshit. Sounds like: As mature as its title.
7. Lorde, Melodrama. Sounds like: Another Kiwi Australia can claim.
6. The Jungle Giants, Quiet Ferocity. Sounds like: A modern day Bee Gees.
5. Foo Fighters, Concrete Gold. Sounds like: Do I have to explain?
4. Vera Blue, Perennial. Sounds like: A more elegant Taylor Swift.
3. The Smith Street Band, More Scared of You Than You Are of Me. Sounds like: Australian English in musical format.
2. Dear Seattle, self-titled EP. Sounds like: The rebirth of Seattle grunge.
1. Gang of Youths, Go Farther in Lightness. Sounds like: The album of the year.

Rhiannon Koch:
10. Julia Jacklin, Eastwick/Cold Caller. Sounds like: Strongly continuing last year’s debut.
9. Julien Baker, Turn Out The Lights. Sounds like: The lyrics touch my indie heart.
8. Dan Sultan, Killer. Sounds like: Stirring storytelling, listen to Cul-de-sac.
7. Stella Donnelly, Thrush Metal. Sounds like: The future is female dominated.
6. Paul Kelly, Life is Fine. Sounds like: The master’s still got it.
5. Kingswood, After Hours, Close to Dawn. Sounds like: New sound, not selling out.
4. All Our Exes Live In Texas, When We Fall. Sounds like: Four talented women telling tales.
3. Bleachers, Gone Now. Sounds like: A new New Jersey legend.
2. Lorde, Melodrama. Sounds like: Still in my CD player.
1. Gang of Youths, Go Farther in Lightness. Sounds like: It’s heaven on a stick.

Lucy Short:
10. Harry Styles, Harry Styles. Sounds like: rock pop deliciousness, Jagger vibes.
9. Vera Blue, Perennial. Sounds like: soaring, delicate and haunting vocals.
8. Tired Lion, Dumb Days. Sounds like: Violent Soho-infused Indie rock.
7. Kasey Chambers, Dragonfly. Sounds like: Kasey but more folk/blues.
6. The XX, I See You. Sounds like: feelings duetted to soft electronica.
5. Calvin Harris, Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1. Sounds like: Hottest artists on Funky beats.
4. Miley Cyrus, Younger Now. Sounds like: Miley’s country again, plus Dolly.
3. Gang of Youths, Go Farther in Lightness. Sounds like: rock meets poetry meets orchestra.
2. Kendrick Lamar, DAMN. Sounds like: Rap caviar with Rihanna, perfection.
1. Lorde, Melodrama. Sounds like: Cinematic, dramatic, emphatic, relatable, triumphant.

Nick Perry:
10. War on Drugs, A Deeper Understanding. Sounds like: Late-80s Dylan singing late-80s Springsteen.
9. The National, Sleep Well Beast. Sounds like: Your wise, depressed, drunk uncle.
8. Rise Against, Wolves: Sounds like: Bad Religion with bigger choruses.
7. Father John Misty, Pure Comedy. Sounds like: Elton John hallucinating LSD epiphanies.
6. Kendrick Lamar, Damn. Sounds like: Conscious rap but with bangers.
5. Manchester Orchestra, A Black Mile to the Surface. Sounds like: Heavenly layered southern emo sonics.
4. Lorde, Melodrama. Sounds like: Kate Bush meets Taylor Swift.
3. Gang of Youths, Go Farther in Lightness. Sounds like: Indie rock but stadium sized.
2. Brand New, Science Fiction. Sounds like: Messed up sad man music.
1. The Menzingers, After the Party. Sounds like: Green Day smothered in nostalgia.

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