Each year, avid musicphiles wait patiently for artists from all genres to release distinctive and more pulse-pumping albums. Listeners received an earful of colorful music in 2017, from the avant-garde to the southern country. Here is a list of the 4 best albums of 2017 that hit the mark for everyone.
1. Soul of a Woman: Nothing beats southern soul, and when Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings let loose their latest album, fans got a taste from the joy of upbeat tempos and funk along with wistfulness in knowing that Sharon Jones was dying. The juice in the music projects a rawness that begins with “Matter of Time” and keeps going to Girl (You-Got to Forgive-Him). The music on this album is all heart, fun, and feeling.
2. Colors: The versatility continually demonstrated by Beck makes every new release an adventure in sound. These time Colors treats listeners to songs that push and pull with mixed tempos that might seem contrived with any other band. Beck channels his inner 80s to create something akin to pop but with far more complexity as heard in “I’m So Free” and its underlying grunge-ness.
3. Southern Blood: Music lovers respect the richness and moving sounds of Gregg Allman’s last album before his death. He presents fans with laid-back blues that, instead of bringing people down, take listeners home to enjoy campfire comfortable storytelling in songs like “Willin’” and “My Only True-Friend.” Only Allman could belt out Black Muddy-River and make it sound more majestic than simple.
4. Painted Ruins: The Brooklyn boys of Grizzly-Bear produced another knock-out album that sounds more like an experiment than a choice. The action suits their electronic soul and flashes rock. They have taken a giant step above Indie rock. Painted Ruins is like a drop of black ink in a glass bowl of water – unfurling, smooth, and distinctive.
These diverse artists have earned their place in this list of the 4 Best Albums of 2017. What makes each album so enjoyable is that occasionally the style in a song is unexpected. That always hits the mark.
Written by: Howard28
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