AllMusic 2017 Year In Review

Favorite Singer/Songwriter Albums -

 Albums from Aimee Mann, Iron & Wine, Laura Marling and Valerie June were among our editors' favorite singer/songwriter recordings of the year. They also celebrated the returns of Feist, Bruce Cockburn, and Cindy Lee Berryhill.
Dark Eyed Messenger

Adrian Crowley

Dark Eyed Messenger

On his eighth album, Galway's favorite songwriter teams with producer Doveman to deliver his most intimate and tender album yet.

Mental Illness

Aimee Mann

Mental Illness

Aimee Mann delivers the slowest, saddest album she could imagine with this strangely comforting collection.

City of No Reply

Amber Coffman

City of No Reply

The former Dirty Projectors member goes solo with a beguiling post-breakup set full of sunny self-motivation and lush melancholia.

I Tell a Fly

Benjamin Clementine

I Tell a Fly

Britain's theatrical pop eccentric follows up his Mercury Prize-winning debut with a wildly ambitious and deeply challenging second effort.

Capacity

Big Thief

Capacity

A quietly powerful sequel to 2016's Masterpiece showcasing the raw lyrics and delivery of leader Adrianne Lenker.

Bone on Bone

Bruce Cockburn

Bone on Bone

On his first recording in six years, the veteran songwriter delivers an album rooted in the grist and grit of life, spiritual, political, and material.

Bobby Fuller Died for Your Sins

Chuck Prophet

Bobby Fuller Died for Your Sins

The veteran songwriter and guitarist tells tales both witty and heartbreaking on his 12th solo album.

The Adventurist

Cindy Lee Berryhill

The Adventurist

The first album in ten years from the anti-folk heroine is a meditation on life, written in the wake of her husband's passing.

Fool's Paradise

Cold Specks

Fool's Paradise

Inspired by her Somali roots, these songs about loss and hope comprise some of Ladan Hussein's richest work yet.

Some Things Just Take Time

Colorama

Some Things Just Take Time

Carwyn Ellis' seventh Colorama LP is a spare singer/songwriter gem that pays tribute to classic American influences.

Across the Multiverse

Dent May

Across the Multiverse

Based in California, the singer/songwriter's fourth album is sunny, emotionally rich, and packed with memorable tunes.

The Gold String

Devon Sproule

The Gold String

Another charming expansion of Sproule's unique folk-pop microcosm.

Keepsake

Elizabeth & the Catapult

Keepsake

A varied songwriting showcase on themes of overcoming from Elizabeth Ziman and friends including Richard Swift and former bandmate Dan Molad.

Pleasure

Feist

Pleasure

Feist returns after a six-year hiatus with a bold work of raw production and disarming honesty.

The Navigator

Hurray for the Riff Raff

The Navigator

A bold, risky concept album that carves out a new, progressive definition of Americana.

Beast Epic

Iron & Wine

Beast Epic

Absent some of the gloss from previous albums, the band's sixth album is relatively stripped down and reliably autumnal.

Hearts That Strain

Jake Bugg

Hearts That Strain

The British singer/songwriter teams with Dan Auerbach for a lyrical Nashville production steeped in '60s Americana and AM pop.

Memories Are Now

Jesca Hoop

Memories Are Now

Featuring production by Blake Mills, the songwriter's solo debut for Sub Pop is a sparse and captivating expression of empowerment.

Double Roses

Karen Elson

Double Roses

The singer/songwriter's second album delivers portraits of sorrow and strength that evoke confessional British folk and Laurel Canyon artists.

Out Her Space

Karl Blau

Out Her Space

The wily singer, songwriter, and producer delivers his second album for Bella Union backed by Matthew E. White's Spacebomb House Band.

City Music

Kevin Morby

City Music

The L.A.-based singer/songwriter returns to his New York muse, this time evoking a darker, rawer tone.

The Ooz

King Krule

The Ooz

Archy Marshall's second album under his regal alias is a rumbling and eerie work of physical and emotional isolation.

Semper Femina

Laura Marling

Semper Femina

The British expat delivers a finely-honed career highlight with her smart sixth album.

Hey Mr. Ferryman

Mark Eitzel

Hey Mr. Ferryman

The outstanding singer and songwriter teams in the studio with Suede guitarist Bernard Butler, and the results are impressive.

Adiós Señor Pussycat

Michael Head / Michael Head & the Red Elastic Band

Adiós Señor Pussycat

Back from a spell in the wilderness, the legendary singer/songwriter returns with a richly autumnal work that's on par with his best.

Out of Silence

Neil Finn

Out of Silence

An austere and sweet collection of songs recorded live in the studio.

In an Open Field

Nicholas Krgovich

In an Open Field

Predictably lush and pretty set of R&B-hued ballads that add some surprise touches of cosmic country and '70s soft rock to the mix.

Goodnight Rhonda Lee

Nicole Atkins

Goodnight Rhonda Lee

Vocal performances shine on an unapologetically retro fourth LP, her first with producers Niles City Sound (Leon Bridges).

Dark Matter

Randy Newman

Dark Matter

The master singer and songwriter creates a rich, ambitious collection of stories that rest comfortably with his best work.

Americana

Ray Davies

Americana

Ray Davies adapts his autobiography Americana into a rich, rewarding song cycle recorded with the Jayhawks.

The Last Rider

Ron Sexsmith

The Last Rider

Co-producing with drummer Don Kerr, Sexsmith employs his touring band for a warm and inspired outing.

Music for People in Trouble

Susanne Sundfør

Music for People in Trouble

This inward-looking sixth LP from the Norwegian singer/songwriter is rooted in empathy; even at its most cynical, the warmth of its core radiates outward.

Stitch of the World [Limited Deluxe Edition] [Bonus Tracks]

Tift Merritt

Stitch of the World [Limited Deluxe Edition] [Bonus Tracks]

The gifted singer/songwriter delivers another album of great songs and singing, this time produced by Iron and Wine's Sam Beam.

Native Invader

Tori Amos

Native Invader

Conjuring the powers of nature, Tori Amos tackles political and relationship drama on this vital 15th LP.

The Order of Time

Valerie June

The Order of Time

An ethereal dream sequence of poetic Americana, soul, and pop that exudes the languid pace of the South.