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Title: Your Albums Of The Year - 2017
Post by: Analog RH on December 30, 2017, 10:52:18 AM
Go on then, give me your lists. I'll give everyone's album of the year a listen, mainly because I've spent much of 2017 in far heavier waters than most TNMSers live in and fancy something a bit lighter to clean the palate.

My ten:


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1. Wo Fat - Live JuJu: Freak Valley & Beyond (Ripple Music)

2. Mastiff - BORK (APF Records)
3. BongCauldron - Binge (APF Records)
4. Battalions - Moonburn (Hull Noize Collective)
5. Widows - Oh Deer God (UMC Recordings)
6. Tuskar - Arianrhod (Riff Rock Records)
7. Elder - Reflections On A Floating World (Stickman)
8. Ex People - Bird (New Heavy Sounds)
9. Ba'al - In Gallows By Mass (APF Records)
10. Morass of Molasses - These Paths We Tread (Hevisike)
Title: Re: Your Albums Of The Year - 2017
Post by: Nïckslïkk2112 on December 30, 2017, 12:26:10 PM
Quite surprised to fins I bought 10 new releases this year - remember kiddies, the past was better - but it appears I did. More than 10, so even some editing was needed. ARH's list reminds me, I need to Bong a Cauldron...

1. Wobbler - From Silence to Somewhere

2. White Willow - Future Hopes
3. Von Hertzen Brothers - War is Over
4. Motorpsycho - The Tower
5. Lunatic Soul - Fractured
6. Elder - Reflections of a Floating World
7. All Them Witches - Sleeping Through the War
8. Pain of Salvation - In the Passing Light of Day
9. Pallbearer - Heartless
10. Hawkwind - Into the Woods
Title: Re: Your Albums Of The Year - 2017
Post by: Thenop on December 30, 2017, 12:57:09 PM
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1. Dool - Here Now, There Then. Fantastic dark rock from Holland.
2. Motorpsycho - the Tower. Magnificent album from the Norwegians.
3. Mastodon -Emperor of Sand. A big step up from the previous 2 albums.
4. Wolves in the Throne Room - Thrice Woven. They're Back!
5. Les Discrets - Predateurs. They're French…
6. Death Alley - Live at Roadburn. The only band I make an exception for when it comes to year lists and live albums. A true rawk fest here.
7. Simo - Rise & Shine. Psychofunkadelicrocking…when did the 70's end?
8. Pallbearer - Heartless. Metaaallll. Doomy & brilliant.
9. Prong - Zero Days. Dunno, just really digging the ELO vibe in "Divide and Conquer". 
10. QOTSA - Villains. This needs the honourable mention despite Homme's antics these days…

Must mention: Mastodon's Cold Dark Place EP. Not an album but oh so sweet.

Again, 4 band camp purchases included here. Not bad at all.
Title: Re: Your Albums Of The Year - 2017
Post by: zoony on December 30, 2017, 15:28:13 PM
VON HERTZEN BROTHERS - WAR IS OVER. It was the only one I bought though.
Title: Re: Your Albums Of The Year - 2017
Post by: Matt2112 on December 30, 2017, 17:59:16 PM
U2 - Songs Of Experience

If you’re going to buy only one album in the year it might as well be by the biggest band in the world. :)
Title: Re: Your Albums Of The Year - 2017
Post by: Bez on January 03, 2018, 15:21:54 PM
Had to check my Amazon orders, only 10 new releases in there...

The Magpie Salute. Really rather good
Anathema - The Optimist. They think that they're better than they are and this took a while to click, but now its there i really like it.
Foo Fighters - Concrete & Gold. Standard Foos fare, but not bad for that....
Walter Trout - We're All in This Together. Joyous colaborations. Fine playing
Lunatic Soul - Fractured. Dark and could do with some editting, but pretty good.
David Gilmour - Live at Pompeii. All very familiar and a nice reminder of the gigs at the Albert Hall
The Pineapple Thief - Where We Stood. Disappointing "triumphant" gig....best left to studio output
Lonely Robot - Please Come Home. Up its own arse
Snakecharmer - Second Skin. None of the fun of the debut
Neil Finn - Out of Silence. Bland, which being a big fan of Mr Finn was the biggest disappointment of the year...

I've got a stack of new releases to work my way through post Christmas, Looking forward to the U2, Kepler Ten, BCC and enjoyed the first couple of plays of Percy Plant.....
Title: Re: Your Albums Of The Year - 2017
Post by: Bisto on January 05, 2018, 14:18:19 PM
Had to check my Amazon orders, only 10 new releases in there...

The Magpie Salute. Really rather good

Neil Finn - Out of Silence. Bland, which being a big fan of Mr Finn was the biggest disappointment of the year...



Must check out the Magpie Salute ...totally agree with you on the Neil Finn effort...i was quite stunned tbh... think the experimental, working/living in that fish bowl organic recording process didnt help tbh....sometimes....most times.....great musical ideas need time and space to settle... they have to be worked on, demoed, rehearsed, reworked, modified, nurtured, crafted and polished before becoming a finished product worth putting out there
Title: Re: Your Albums Of The Year - 2017
Post by: Bez on January 05, 2018, 17:31:34 PM

Must check out the Magpie Salute ...totally agree with you on the Neil Finn effort...i was quite stunned tbh... think the experimental, working/living in that fish bowl organic recording process didnt help tbh....sometimes....most times.....great musical ideas need time and space to settle... they have to be worked on, demoed, rehearsed, reworked, modified, nurtured, crafted and polished before becoming a finished product worth putting out there

Coming along to the pub next weekend, mate? I'll try to remember to sort out a copy...
Title: Re: Your Albums Of The Year - 2017
Post by: Bisto on January 05, 2018, 19:32:36 PM
Coming along to the pub next weekend, mate? I'll try to remember to sort out a copy...


Cheers Bez..much appreciate the offer and the invite but unfortunately Im rostered to work late shifts all next week and weekend. Im meeting Beardy for beer soon Ill see if hes up for it.

Title: Re: Your Albums Of The Year - 2017
Post by: captainkurtz on January 05, 2018, 23:25:36 PM
Neil Finn record takes some listening to,  but I absolutely love it.  Just gorgeous.  Gagging for a UK tour..
Title: Re: Your Albums Of The Year - 2017
Post by: Bez on January 07, 2018, 23:29:19 PM
Neil Finn record takes some listening to,  but I absolutely love it.  Just gorgeous.  Gagging for a UK tour..

May have to re-visit....too much other stuff to listen to at the moment though, so I'll put it on the "try again later" pile...
Title: Re: Your Albums Of The Year - 2017
Post by: Bisto on January 09, 2018, 05:59:25 AM
Neil Finn record takes some listening to,  but I absolutely love it.  Just gorgeous.  Gagging for a UK tour..


Hmmm....maybe I'll dig it out and give it another go...but I'm not expecting to change my opinion.
Would love to see him play live again though...the London date on the last tour was incredibly good.
Title: Re: Your Albums Of The Year - 2017
Post by: captainkurtz on January 09, 2018, 09:24:14 AM

Hmmm....maybe I'll dig it out and give it another go...but I'm not expecting to change my opinion.
Would love to see him play live again though...the London date on the last tour was incredibly good.
It not for everyone, I guess.  You're right though - the show I saw on the last tour was just superb - and he comes across as a proper good bloke too.
Title: Re: Your Albums Of The Year - 2017
Post by: Bez on January 09, 2018, 10:47:41 AM
It not for everyone, I guess.  You're right though - the show I saw on the last tour was just superb - and he comes across as a proper good bloke too.

Indeed, one of my favourite artits to see live. Always a good show.

A couple of times I've seen him solo or with CH and he's gone over curfew and calmed down over-enthisiastic secuirty. Would be good company at the pub for a few hours...
Title: Re: Your Albums Of The Year - 2017
Post by: captainkurtz on January 09, 2018, 11:28:35 AM
Indeed, one of my favourite artits to see live. Always a good show.

A couple of times I've seen him solo or with CH and he's gone over curfew and calmed down over-enthisiastic secuirty. Would be good company at the pub for a few hours...
He played over curfew in 2014 at Gateshead.


I remember waiting to meet him at stage door after one of his shows on his first solo tour - he came out at exactly the same time as 3 obnoxious pissed up twats were walking by with pizza...they started taking the piss...quite remarkably, within a few minutes he got them 'on side' and they were laughing and sharing pizza and everyone got their stuff signed - including their Pizza box.  Top man.
Title: Re: Your Albums Of The Year - 2017
Post by: Slim on January 09, 2018, 12:16:18 PM
British Sea Power's Let The Dancers Inherit The Party and QOTSA's Villains. I think those are the only new albums of 2017 that I've particularly liked. Possibly the only two I've listened to. But I'll have a listen to the Neil Finn one.
 
Title: Re: Your Albums Of The Year - 2017
Post by: Jonners on January 09, 2018, 14:43:59 PM
Enslaved -E
 Really getting on with this album a lot now
Title: Re: Your Albums Of The Year - 2017
Post by: Neillwith2Ls on January 12, 2018, 15:32:16 PM
Like Bez I went to my Amazon order history, as well as the "Bought a CD Recently" thread on here, to inform this:

1. Neil Young - Hitchhiker (wonderful, NY at his solo acoustic best. My favourite album of 2017... recorded in 1976)
2. Tom McRae - Ah, The World! Oh, The World! (wonderfully bleak musings from Tom, a great deluxe book edition)
3. Paul Draper - Spooky Action (great solo debut, features prog, SW, Mansun-esque hooks. Seeing him live soon)

Lee Martin - Worry No More (one of my mates album's, very good singer/songwriter-esque stuff, with added weirdness)
Thea Gilmore - The Counterweight (have to confess I've not listened to it yet!)
The Amazons - The Amazons (saw them live on the Glasto BBC coverage, but the album was disappointing)
Foo Fighters - Concrete & Gold (thought it was boring at first, but really grew on me. Quite adventurous for FF)
Neil Young - The Visitor (needs another listen, but not too bad. His 2nd with Willie Nelson's kids)
Weezer - Pacific Daydream (a bit too pop, and not enough 'heavy metal beach boys' for me, but still catchy as hell)
Pearl Jam - Lets Play Two (nice live set, but too many tracks cut. I'd like another 'Live At The Gorge' set)
Lift To Experience - The Texas Jerusalem Crossroads (reissue, so doesn't really count)
Aimee Mann - Mental Illness (back on form after too long away, collaborating. Love Aimee)
TiLT - Hinterland (great stuff from Fish's solo band, bought off a recommendation from here)
Neil Young - Peace Trail (largely forgettable stuff, think this was released tale end of 2016?)
Title: Re: Your Albums Of The Year - 2017
Post by: Thailand Express on January 17, 2018, 12:45:13 PM
Public Service Broadcasting - Every Valley
The Replacements - Live At Maxwell's 1986
Neil Young - Hitchhiker (as Neill mentioned above, recorded in 1976)

As you can see I've not got into much new stuff recently :D
 
Title: Re: Your Albums Of The Year - 2017
Post by: Slim on February 04, 2018, 11:30:57 AM
But I'll have a listen to the Neil Finn one.

And I did - sounds really fresh and creative. A few filler tunes on there though I think.
Title: Re: Your Albums Of The Year - 2017
Post by: andyhaines on February 04, 2018, 14:06:07 PM
Like Bez I went to my Amazon order history, as well as the "Bought a CD Recently" thread on here, to inform this:

1. Neil Young - Hitchhiker (wonderful, NY at his solo acoustic best. My favourite album of 2017... recorded in 1976)
2. Tom McRae - Ah, The World! Oh, The World! (wonderfully bleak musings from Tom, a great deluxe book edition)
3. Paul Draper - Spooky Action (great solo debut, features prog, SW, Mansun-esque hooks. Seeing him live soon)

Lee Martin - Worry No More (one of my mates album's, very good singer/songwriter-esque stuff, with added weirdness)
Thea Gilmore - The Counterweight (have to confess I've not listened to it yet!)
The Amazons - The Amazons (saw them live on the Glasto BBC coverage, but the album was disappointing)
Foo Fighters - Concrete & Gold (thought it was boring at first, but really grew on me. Quite adventurous for FF)
Neil Young - The Visitor (needs another listen, but not too bad. His 2nd with Willie Nelson's kids)
Weezer - Pacific Daydream (a bit too pop, and not enough 'heavy metal beach boys' for me, but still catchy as hell)
Pearl Jam - Lets Play Two (nice live set, but too many tracks cut. I'd like another 'Live At The Gorge' set)
Lift To Experience - The Texas Jerusalem Crossroads (reissue, so doesn't really count)
Aimee Mann - Mental Illness (back on form after too long away, collaborating. Love Aimee)
TiLT - Hinterland (great stuff from Fish's solo band, bought off a recommendation from here)
Neil Young - Peace Trail (largely forgettable stuff, think this was released tale end of 2016?)

Hi Neill.

I've kinda lost track with Mr Young after Chrome Dreams II (which I liked). Could you give me your best to worst releases since then?
Title: Re: Your Albums Of The Year - 2017
Post by: andyhaines on February 04, 2018, 14:50:18 PM
Walter Trout's "We're All In This Together" was probably my favourite album of last year....maybe tied with Jason Isbell's "The Nashville Sound," which rightly won a Grammy for best Americana album. 8)
Title: Re: Your Albums Of The Year - 2017
Post by: Neillwith2Ls on February 08, 2018, 15:55:53 PM
Hi Neill.

I've kinda lost track with Mr Young after Chrome Dreams II (which I liked). Could you give me your best to worst releases since then?

Hey mate, OK here goes (best to worst):

Hitchhiker (2017) - an absolute gem, solo & acoustic in the studio, NY at the peak of his powers
Live At The Cellar Door (2013) - 1970 solo gigs comp, fantastic as you can imagine (features Cinnamon Girl on piano!)
Sugar Mountain, Live at Canterbury House 1968 (2008) - 23 y/o solo NY killing it, with some early classics and some Buffalo Springfield stuff too.
Le Noise (2010) - really liked this, NY solo & electric, and Daniel Lanois producing. Recorded only during full moons(!)
Bluenote Café (2015) - 80's live album from the This Note's For You tour. Really good; zero classics, great band, amazing playing
The Visitor (2017) - second PotR studio collaboration, a bit better than the first too.
The Monsanto Years (2015) - decent effort, first collaboration with Promise of the Real (PotR)
Storytone (2014) - get the deluxe edition, with the solo acoustic version of the album; better than the big band arrangements
Road Rock Vol.1 (2010) - live at Red Rocks, lots of classics; not bad but the DVD is miles better.
Dreaming Man Live '92 (2011) - basically the Harvest Moon album, live. Good, but Unplugged does it better
Earth (2016) - live album (with animal & nature overdubs?!), with PotR. OK-ish, but worth it for a live 'Vampire Blues'
Psychedelic Pill (2012) - bloated Crazy Horse double album (track 1: half an hour!), a few brilliant tracks though if I remember
A Treasure (2011) - mid 80's live album with The International Harvesters, very country!
Peace Trail (2016) - political, acoustic effort; largely lifeless & overpowered a little by Jim Keltner's percussion in places
Americana (2012) - pretty poor Crazy Horse collaboration, playing and re-arranging old standards - dull!
A Letter Home (2014) - barely listenable set of covers recorded in Jack White's vintage 'Voice-O-Graph' booth, a real oddity *
Fork in the Road (2009) - awful, throwaway stuff *

* I've listened to these maybe once or twice - probably need to re-listen (if only to re-affirm my original damning review!)

16 releases in 10 years is a hell of a lot of material to digest, mostly live or archive stuff though. The new studio material is patchy at best, but like most NY albums; each contain some wonderful moments. His strongest recent material is probably the PotR stuff to be honest, and that comes across better live. Seeing him in 2013 with Crazy Horse, then again in 2015 with PotR; he was way more engaged with Willie's kids! Interesting to see however, that it's the archive stuff which floats to the top...

My tuppence worth :)
Title: Re: Your Albums Of The Year - 2017
Post by: andyhaines on February 11, 2018, 17:24:19 PM
Hey mate, OK here goes (best to worst):

Hitchhiker (2017) - an absolute gem, solo & acoustic in the studio, NY at the peak of his powers
Live At The Cellar Door (2013) - 1970 solo gigs comp, fantastic as you can imagine (features Cinnamon Girl on piano!)
Sugar Mountain, Live at Canterbury House 1968 (2008) - 23 y/o solo NY killing it, with some early classics and some Buffalo Springfield stuff too.
Le Noise (2010) - really liked this, NY solo & electric, and Daniel Lanois producing. Recorded only during full moons(!)
Bluenote Café (2015) - 80's live album from the This Note's For You tour. Really good; zero classics, great band, amazing playing
The Visitor (2017) - second PotR studio collaboration, a bit better than the first too.
The Monsanto Years (2015) - decent effort, first collaboration with Promise of the Real (PotR)
Storytone (2014) - get the deluxe edition, with the solo acoustic version of the album; better than the big band arrangements
Road Rock Vol.1 (2010) - live at Red Rocks, lots of classics; not bad but the DVD is miles better.
Dreaming Man Live '92 (2011) - basically the Harvest Moon album, live. Good, but Unplugged does it better
Earth (2016) - live album (with animal & nature overdubs?!), with PotR. OK-ish, but worth it for a live 'Vampire Blues'
Psychedelic Pill (2012) - bloated Crazy Horse double album (track 1: half an hour!), a few brilliant tracks though if I remember
A Treasure (2011) - mid 80's live album with The International Harvesters, very country!
Peace Trail (2016) - political, acoustic effort; largely lifeless & overpowered a little by Jim Keltner's percussion in places
Americana (2012) - pretty poor Crazy Horse collaboration, playing and re-arranging old standards - dull!
A Letter Home (2014) - barely listenable set of covers recorded in Jack White's vintage 'Voice-O-Graph' booth, a real oddity *
Fork in the Road (2009) - awful, throwaway stuff *

* I've listened to these maybe once or twice - probably need to re-listen (if only to re-affirm my original damning review!)

16 releases in 10 years is a hell of a lot of material to digest, mostly live or archive stuff though. The new studio material is patchy at best, but like most NY albums; each contain some wonderful moments. His strongest recent material is probably the PotR stuff to be honest, and that comes across better live. Seeing him in 2013 with Crazy Horse, then again in 2015 with PotR; he was way more engaged with Willie's kids! Interesting to see however, that it's the archive stuff which floats to the top...

My tuppence worth :)

Thanks Neill. I clearly have some catching up to do!

I think I heard a bit of "Fork in the Road" when it came out....probably why I didn't bother again for a bit! :P
Title: Re: Your Albums Of The Year - 2017
Post by: Slim on February 19, 2018, 00:48:30 AM
Andy's contribution to the thread reminded me that I quite liked the last Dylan covers album, but I was surprised to find that it was not only not released in 2017 (2016 apparently), but it's not actually the last one, either. Not sure I can commit to listening to a 3CD covers extravaganza but I've just downloaded it anyway.
Title: Re: Your Albums Of The Year - 2017
Post by: captainkurtz on February 19, 2018, 17:16:34 PM
Slim - try the new Field Music record - 'Open Here'.  I think you'll like it a lot.
Title: Re: Your Albums Of The Year - 2017
Post by: Slim on February 19, 2018, 17:55:18 PM
Funny you should say that mate, I heard a tune from it on 6 Music on Friday and I did rather like it. Downloaded it.
Title: Re: Your Albums Of The Year - 2017
Post by: captainkurtz on February 19, 2018, 22:09:04 PM
Great stuff.  Do let us know what you think when you’ve had a chance to listen.