1Rose Elinor Dougall
The Underside Of Power
Exile In The Outer Ring
Love What Survives
Music For the Age of Miracles
Cry, Cry, Cry
Sleep Well Beast
23Queens of the Stone Age
Music For People In Trouble
I delayed publication of my list this year because a number of albums that I wanted to consider were Christmas presents or bought in the sales and I needed some time to listen to them properly. It proved to be a good idea as four of those CDs made it into the list.
I think it’s a particularly strong top five this year as any of them could have been a number one in another year.
That Stellular stayed at the top of my list for the entire of 2017 (it was released in January) tells you how good of a record it is.
Track of the year for me was Child Among The Weeds by Lal & Mike Waterson from the extraordinary Bright Phoebus album. As re-release the album didn’t count for this list but it would have been a contender for album of the year if it had.
My favourite gig of 2017 was Queens of the Stone Age at the Usher Hall – a phenomenal musical experience even if some of the stage banter left a bit to be desired.