AllMusic 2017 Year In Review

Favorite Country Albums -

 The year's best country music included two albums from Chris Stapleton, the second album from Margo Price, one of Willie Nelson's better recent records, and Midland's time-traveling On the Rocks.
Vaquero

Aaron Watson

Vaquero

The Texas singer/songwriter reckons with the present through the prism of the past.

Better Than Myself

Alex Williams

Better Than Myself

A well-crafted collection of throwback outlaw country from the Indiana native.

Wrangled

Angaleena Presley

Wrangled

On her second album, Angaleena Presley is determined to expand country tradition.

The Devil Don't Sleep

Brantley Gilbert

The Devil Don't Sleep

On his sequel to Just as I Am, Brantley Gilbert further separates himself from the bro country pack.

Brett Eldredge

Brett Eldredge

Brett Eldredge

On his third album, Brett Eldredge concentrates on his softer side.

Beginning of Things

Charlie Worsham

Beginning of Things

A cool, soulful, and funny breakthrough from the country singer/songwriter.

From A Room: Volume 2

Chris Stapleton

From A Room: Volume 2

Another modest, winning collection of straight-ahead, old-fashioned country.

From A Room: Volume 1

Chris Stapleton

From A Room: Volume 1

Chris Stapleton keeps things modest and soulful on the sequel to his unexpected smash Traveller.

Losing Sleep

Chris Young

Losing Sleep

A decade into his career, Chris Young emphasizes his skills as a balladeer.

Current Mood

Dustin Lynch

Current Mood

On his third album, Dustin Lynch rides the R&B bandwagon.

This Ride

Jerrod Niemann

This Ride

The country-pop singer is revitalized by a label change.

Southern Girl City Lights

Jessie James Decker

Southern Girl City Lights

A finely crafted contemporary country album with a new wave sheen.

Never Gets Old

Joe Nichols

Never Gets Old

Joe Nichols slides into laid-back middle age that feels familiar yet fresh.

Unapologetically

Kelsea Ballerini

Unapologetically

Kelsea Ballerini gets bolder and more vulnerable on her second album.

Slowheart

Kip Moore

Slowheart

Kip Moore comes into his own on his big-sounding, big-hearted third album.

The Lonely, the Lonesome & the Gone

Lee Ann Womack

The Lonely, the Lonesome & the Gone

Three years after her comeback, the singer/songwriter delivers an album saturated with the influence of East Texas country, blues, and soul.

The Breaker

Little Big Town

The Breaker

Little Big Town doubles down on Southern Californian soft rock on The Breaker.

This One's for You

Luke Combs

This One's for You

A modern spin on traditional country anchored by smoky ballads.

All American Made

Margo Price

All American Made

On her second album, Margo Price broadens her musical and lyrical horizons.

Way Out West

Marty Stuart / Marty Stuart & His Fabulous Superlatives

Way Out West

A wonderful, imaginative salute to all the country and Americana sounds from the West Coast.

On the Rocks

Midland

On the Rocks

A warm, rich love letter to the smooth styles of '80s country music.

Happy Endings

Old Dominion

Happy Endings

An excellent soft rock set from the contemporary country-pop collective.

Legacy

The Cadillac Three

Legacy

Cadillac Three strip their sound back to basics and lean into full-tilt boogie.

Life Changes

Thomas Rhett

Life Changes

A thoroughly modern country-pop album, filled with stylish sounds and sensitive soul-baring.

The Bus Songs

Toby Keith

The Bus Songs

Toby Keith revives his ribald party tunes and adds two new songs to the mix.

God's Problem Child

Willie Nelson

God's Problem Child

An uncommonly strong latter-day record from Willie Nelson filled with wry, moving reflections on mortality.