The Fashionably Late Top 66 of 2017: The War on Drugs
I’ve put together my list of favorites from the year that was, a touch fashionably late as always. Once again, I’ve decided to eschew a ranking system and instead give you an alphabetical look at the records I fell for this year. There’s some names here that will come as no surprise to anyone, and perhaps a few that might surprise you. These are simply my favorites from 2017, the albums I went back to again and again, the albums that I swooned over. So, without further exposition, here’s my list. I think you’ll find you can get your kicks from any and all of the 66 records I’ve chosen, and I truly hope you’ll find some treasures to cherish, as I cherish each and every record here. Many, many thanks to the artists who put out this fantastic music, their sounds helped make 2017 bearable.
Who: The War on Drugs
What: A Deeper Understanding
When: August 2017
Where: Atlantic Records
Why: It's not often that I agree with the Grammy Awards, but in this case we're on the same page. A Deeper Understanding is nothing short of magnificent. Adam Granduciel's gift is in the way he creates songs that are both majestic in scale and incredibly personal, his swells of Americana-draped psychedelia full of magic and mystery. Hands down, this is one of 2017's most compelling records, and one of the most beautiful.