AllMusic 2017 Year In Review

Favorite Rock Albums -

 We say goodbye to our Best of 2017 coverage with the year's best rock albums, featuring the latest from Ty Segall, Sheer Mag, the War on Drugs, both of the Gallagher brothers, and many others.
Sleeping Through the War

All Them Witches

Sleeping Through the War

A sprawling yet focused effort that takes the band's exploratory, often spliced-together work ethic in a more stridently song-oriented direction.

Anything Could Happen

Bash & Pop

Anything Could Happen

Tommy Stinson is the only holdover in this new edition of his short-lived '90s band, but the feel and the fun are all there.

Volume 1

BNQT

Volume 1

Indie rock meeting of the minds called to order by Midlake's Eric Pulido, featuring members of Franz Ferdinand, Band of Horses, and Travis.

We're All Alright!

Cheap Trick

We're All Alright!

The veteran rockers sound tight, rowdy, and energetic on this set that's as fun as anything they've cut in a decade.

Waiting on a Song

Dan Auerbach

Waiting on a Song

A cheerful, bright salute to Jeff Lynne pop and '70s songcraft.

Spirit

Depeche Mode

Spirit

Intense, visceral, and relevant, the synth rock vets take aim at global affairs and demand action over fear and panic on a stellar 14th set.

Invitation

Filthy Friends

Invitation

Alt-rock supergroup delivers a retro-minded protest record that's as galvanizing as it is fun.

Fantastic Plastic

Flamin' Groovies

Fantastic Plastic

Fabled retro-rock combo returns to the studio after a 24-year layoff and delivers a solid LP full of trademark melodies and jangle.

Another Summer of Love

GospelbeacH

Another Summer of Love

Chiming slice of warm West Coast guitar pop with some serious Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers influence.

Revolution Come... Revolution Go

Gov't Mule

Revolution Come... Revolution Go

On their first record in four years, the quartet delivers their signature brand of heavy blues-rock tempered by soul, psych, and jazz.

Southern Blood

Gregg Allman

Southern Blood

This final recording is as intimate, mysterious, and complex as the man himself. These ten songs offer an enduring, inimitable portrait of the artist.

Undivided Heart & Soul

JD McPherson

Undivided Heart & Soul

The third album from the Oklahoma-born rocker finds him digging into a gritty, '60s R&B sound.

Telephone

Jessica Hernandez / Jessica Hernandez & the Deltas

Telephone

On their sophomore album, these rocking Detroiters up the ante with craftier songwriting, better production, and the addition of tough Latin rhythms.

Flying Microtonal Banana

King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard

Flying Microtonal Banana

Using microtuned instruments and Turkish horns, the psychedelic explorers stake out new territory in an exciting, inspiring fashion.

As You Were

Liam Gallagher

As You Were

A modern, mature, colorful, and fiery solo debut from the Oasis singer.

Death Express

Little Barrie

Death Express

By turns thunderous and moody, the London power trio's fifth album is their toughest and most immediate-sounding to date.

Dirty Pictures, Pt. 1

Low Cut Connie

Dirty Pictures, Pt. 1

Low Cut Connie explore their dark side while still rocking up a storm.

Who Built the Moon?

Noel Gallagher / Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds

Who Built the Moon?

Gallagher revives his noisy, psychedelic glam side.

How the West Was Won

Peter Perrett

How the West Was Won

The first solo album by the former Only One spins tales of drugs, love, and politics shot through with hard-won wisdom and slashing guitars.

Villains

Queens of the Stone Age

Villains

A masterly menacing, darkly joyful neo-glam record.

How Did We Get So Dark?

Royal Blood

How Did We Get So Dark?

The heavy drums-and-bass duo take some risks on their second album.

Prisoner

Ryan Adams

Prisoner

Ryan Adams explores heartbreak through an '80s AOR prism.

Need to Feel Your Love

Sheer Mag

Need to Feel Your Love

Strong debut album of hard-rocking AOR sounds from a tough Philly quintet led by the monitor-shredding vocals of Tina Halladay.

Hot Thoughts

Spoon

Hot Thoughts

The band's second collaboration with producer David Fridmann is a danceable, exciting reinvention that still sounds unmistakably like Spoon.

Barefoot in the Head

The Chris Robinson Brotherhood / Chris Robinson

Barefoot in the Head

The second full-length in a year from the Chris Robinson Brotherhood is a testament to the benefits of a working band.

Wonderful Wonderful

The Killers

Wonderful Wonderful

The Killers' fifth album feels like a sequel to Brandon Flowers' solo albums.

Feel Your Feelings Fool!

The Regrettes

Feel Your Feelings Fool!

Brash, breathless modern punk-pop with a strong classic pop sensibility.

Spitting Image

The Strypes

Spitting Image

The best new wave album of the 21st century.

A Deeper Understanding

The War on Drugs

A Deeper Understanding

An uncompromising major-label debut that reconstitutes the '70s rock touchstones and meticulous soundscaping of 2014's Lost in the Dream.

Ty Segall [Drag City]

Ty Segall

Ty Segall [Drag City]

With Cairo Gang's Emmett Kelly on board and a live studio band, the album is a thunderous noise-fest balanced with sweet folk-rock tunes.