2017 best albums: The rest of the top 40

Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile

Here are the rest of the top 40 albums of 2017 listed in alphabetical order by artist.

Click here to see this year’s top 10.

John Andrews & the Yawns

Julien Baker – Turn Out the Lights

Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile – Lotta Sea Lice

Mac Blackout Band – Burning Alive

Blanck Mass – World Eater

The Courtneys – The Courtneys II

EMA – Exile in the Outer Ring

The Feelies – In Between

Fresh & Onlys – Wolf Lie Down

Kendrick Lamar – Damn

Land of Talk – Life After Youth

LCD Soundsystem – American Dream

The National – Sleep Well Beast

Oh Sees – Orc

The Pains of Being Pure at Heart – The Echo of Pleasure

Pile – A Hairshirt of Purpose

Priests – Nothing Feels Natural

Rays – Rays

Run the Jewels – RTJ3

Ty Segall – Ty Segall

Sheer Mag – Compilation

Splashh – Waiting a Lifetime

Vince Staples – Big Fish Theory

Colin Stetson – All This I do for Glory

Torres – Three Futures

Uniform – Wake in Fright

The War on Drugs – A Deeper Understanding

Kamasi Washington – Harmony of Difference

Woods – Love is Love

The xx – I See You

Best albums of 2017 (so far)

It’s been a good six months … for new music.

Here are some of my favorite albums released in the first half of 2017.

Big Thief – Capacity

Mac Blackout Band – Burning Alive

Blanck Mass – World Eater

Father John Misty – Pure Comedy

The Feelies – In Between

Land of Talk – Life After Youth

Obituary – Obituary

Palehound – A Place I’ll Always Go

Priests – Nothing Feels Natural

Rays – Rays

Run the Jewels – RTJ3

Ty Segall – Ty Segall

Splashh – Waiting a Lifetime

Uniform – Wake in Fright

White Reaper – The World’s Best American Band

Woods – Love Is Love

The xx – I See You

Blanck Mass, Uniform, Pissed Jeans: Best new releases

While stylistically different, new albums by Blanck Mass (electronic), Pissed Jeans (punk) and Uniform (industrial) share an intensity that make each a worthwhile listen.

Blanck Mass’ World Eater is a beast of an album. The solo project of Fuck Buttons’ Benjamin John Power (pictured above), World Eater, at points, is reminescent of Dan Deacon, the Knife and Nine Inch Nails.

Though it’s a range of those different approaches, the album still manages to be cohesive.

Pissed Jeans has been making loud, abrasive punk for more than a dozen years. On the band’s fifth album, Why Love Now, Pissed Jeans takes aim at creepy guys, which frontman Matt Korvette describes as most guys.

“There’s no guy that isn’t a total creep,” Korvette says in a statement.

The creepiest of creepy guy references appears midway through the album during the spoken word I’m a Man, written and performed by Chicago author Lindsay Hunter. It’s an extremely disturbing monologue depicting the (mostly) secret thoughts of that guy in the office that already makes everyone cringe.

Elsewhere on the album, Why Love Now, is a typical Pissed Jeans assault on your senses with punk guitar that sometimes morphs into metal.

Uniform, a two-man crew, sounds like classic industrial outfit with a modern feel on Wake in Fright.

It’s a relentless assault for about 37 minutes.

Focused, powerful and fierce, Uniform will remind you of vintage Ministry, the legendary Chicago noisemakers.