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The Best Albums of 2017

The Best Albums of 2017

theartsdesk's music critics pick their favourites of the year

Laura Marling's 'Semper Femina': makes you think and feel

Disc of the Day reviews new albums, week in, week out, all year. Below are the albums that our writers gave four or five stars, the ones they think are a cut above the rest. Click on any one of them to find out why.

Brian Eno: Reflection
★★★★★ Slow-motion cascades of morphing tone

Brian Jonestown Massacre: Don’t Get Lost ★★★★ Anton Newcombe’s psychedelic rockers try a range of flavours and come up trumps

Camilla George Quartet: Isang ★★★★ Alto saxist's debut offers a striking voyage of discovery

Courtney Marie Andrews: Honest Life ★★★★ Arizona country singer breaks through with collection of spare, poetic originals

Depeche Mode: Spirit ★★★★ Essex synth lords on better form than any mega-band on their 14th album should be

Dreadzone: Dread Times ★★★★ A rousing Dionysiac journey of liberation

Ed Sheeran: Divide ★★★★ A new grown-up edge to the familiar sound

Elbow: Little Fictions ★★★★ Garvey and co serve up some winter warmth

Eliza Carthy & The Wayward Band: Big Machine ★★★★ Ballads, broadsides and brass from Brit-folk doyenne

Fujiya & Miyagi: Fujiya & Miyagi ★★★★ Easy to get lost in the electro-pop trio's sixth album

John Mayall: Talk About That ★★★★★ The godfather of British blues: still cutting it at 83

King Ayisoba: 1000 Can Die ★★★★ A punchy, confrontational and insistent wake up call from the Ghanaian musician

Laura Marling: Semper Femina ★★★★ The album of the singer's tattoo motto is designed to make you think, but also makes you feel

Mary Ocher: The West Against the People ★★★★ Berlin-based avant-pop songwriter has enough pop to balance the avant

Mike Oldfield: Return to Ommadawn ★★★★ Uplifting retro-reboot revisits landmark 1975 album

Nick Cave and Warren Ellis: Mars ★★★★ The soundtrack at the root of 'Skeleton Tree'

The Jesus and Mary Chain: Damage and Joy ★★★★ East Kilbride’s finest return with their first album in almost 20 years - and it’s a cracker

The xx: I See You ★★★★ Southwest London trio return energised - but is that what they needed?


I nominate "So much to defend" by folk musician Chris Wood. Hoping you will review it soon.

Seaford Mods English Tapas has been on repeat in my house, car and iPod since its release.

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