2017 in Music: The Year That Was

More than any year in recent memory, it seemed like 2017 featured a release nearly every week (sometimes several times in a week!) that demanded a listen. A heap of my favourite artists, and those of many others, put out records in 2017: from the returning LCD Soundsystem to depresso-faves The National, King Kendrick to even U2 (spoilers: it’s good, not great, and won’t feature here).

The 10 Best Songs of 2017

The 10 Best Albums of 2017

The 5 Best Gigs of 2017

The 5 Most Disappointing Albums of 2017

So in a year stacked with stuff to listen to, what was the takeaway? Probably that trying to listen to everything isn’t sustainable (or even enjoyable). It felt hard to keep up at times, and still, I felt compelled to write thousands of words about all the great stuff. And there was plenty of it, so if you do read some of this, let me know your thoughts!

 

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The 5 Most Disappointing Albums of 2017

Five albums from artists that I have long adored that just weren’t quite up to scratch.

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The 10 Best Albums of 2017

The best that 2017 had to offer, with apologies to all the records I didn’t get around to or 2016 behemoths from A Tribe Called Quest or Frank Ocean that consumed a lot of listening hours.

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The 10 Best Songs of 2017

Some of the best songs of 2017, with apologies to the banging soundtrack found on the Lost Kingdom level of Super Mario Odyssey.

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The 5 Best Gigs of 2017

A handful of the best shows, ranked by goodness, not by how much money they cost me.

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The life-affirming joy of Gang of Youths might just change the world

It was an ‘I was there’ moment.

Gang of Youths going farther in lightness. Photo: Me.

For those there to see Gang of Youths in concert at Festival Hall in Melbourne on 6th Sept, they witnessed something truly special – a fully-formed rock band having their breakout gig.

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The best albums of 2016

My ten favourite albums of 2016.

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