J. ERIC SMITH

Best Albums of 2017 (First Half)

Today marks the six month anniversary of my 25th Annual Album of the Year Report, meaning that it’s now time for the mid-year report of 2017. As has been my June 1 practice in most recent years, I offer the following interim list of eleven new records that have most rocked my world since the preceding January, plus any late additions that came out last December after I closed out 2016. Some of these discs will very likely be contenders for “Album of the Year” honors come December 2017. The list is in alphabetical order by artist (more or less), with links to help you explore. Happy listening . . . and let me know in the comment section what you’re loving that’s not listed here so I can check it out myself before year end!

The Black Angels — Death Song

David Bowie — No Plan (EP)

Robyn Hitchcock — Robyn Hitchcock

Irontom — Partners

King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard — Flying Microtonal Banana

Meat Wave — The Incessant

Pile — A Hairshirt of Purpose

Awa Poulo — Poulo Warali

The Residents — The Ghost of Hope

Wire — Silver/Lead

Xiu Xiu — Forget