Mandy’s Top 5 Albums Of 2017

Featured Images via Sundara KarmaNothing But ThievesCoastsKnox Hamilton and Foster The People 

With 2017 coming to a close, I wanted to take a look back at some of the incredible music that has been released this year. It wasn’t easy to pick only five best albums, but here are the ones that stand out from the rest of the pack to me: 

5. Sacred Hearts Club by Foster The People

Foster The People did not disappoint with their third studio album. They dabbled in a lot of new sounds (check out “Loyal Like Sid & Nancy”) that took me by surprise at first, but quickly grew on me. And of course the album comes complete with brilliant lyrical work from the genius that is Mark Foster.

Top 5 Tracks

  • “Pay The Man”
  • “Sit Next To Me”
  • “Lotus Eater”
  • “I Love My Friends”
  • “Static Space Lover”

4. The Heights by Knox Hamilton

Knox Hamilton didn’t disappoint with their debut album. The Heights is track after track of pop-rock goodness. Each track has its own unique sound, from the bright pop of “Rightfully So” to the grungy rock vibes of “Call Me Up.” 

Top 5 Tracks:

  • “Rightfully So”
  • “Sight For Sore Eyes”
  • “Washed Up Together”
  • “The Heights”
  • “Call Me Up”

3. This Life, Vol. 1 by Coasts

The Bristol boys’ second album was anything but a sophomore slump. Coasts explore more complex themes and display a sense of musical maturity throughout this album. From the feel-good “Take Me Back Home” to the heartwrenching “Born To Die,” Coasts deliver an album full of single-worthy tracks.

Top 5 Tracks:

  • “Heart Starts Beating”
  • “Let Me Love You”
  • “Born To Die”
  • “Chase The Night”
  • “White Noise”

2. Broken Machine by Nothing But Thieves

Nothing But Thieves’ sophomore album is nothing short of a masterpiece. The topics that they touch on are so incredibly deep and relatable. It’s hard to find words to describe the feeling of belting out these lyrics along with frontman Conor Mason, but the closest I can come is to say that it’s a cathartic experience. From start to finish, this album is truly a work of art.

Top 5 Tracks:

  • “Amsterdam”
  • “Broken Machine”
  • “Sorry”
  • “Particles”
  • “Live Like Animals”

1. Youth Is Only Ever Fun In Retrospect by Sundara Karma

Sundara Karma quickly became one of my favorite bands with their debut album. Their music has so much packed into it. The raw emotion of “Happy Family” that never fails to bring me to tears. The beautiful lyrics of “Loveblood.” The deep meaning paired with the funky beat in “Explore.” Youth Is Only Ever Fun In Retrospect has everything you could ever hope for in a debut album and more. This is easily the best debut I’ve ever heard, and certainly the best album of the year.

Top 5 Tracks:

  • “Happy Family”
  • “Flame”
  • “Explore”
  • “She Said”
  • “A Young Understanding”
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Album Review: Sacred Hearts Club by Foster The People

Featured Image via Foster The People

Foster The People released their third album, Sacred Hearts Club, last week. I had heard a few tracks ahead of its release, leaving me uncertain of how I would feel about the album. “Loyal Like Sid & Nancy” completely shocked me. This wasn’t the FTP I was used to. When the album dropped in full, I listened to it apprehensively.

Sometimes things just don’t click on the first listen. If you’re in a bad mood or sleepy or just not in the right headspace, it can be hard to truly appreciate something. I found this was the case with the tracks I had previously heard. And within the full album, everything fell perfectly into place. The bright chorus of “Pay The Man,” the happy pop feel of “Static Space Lover,” the driving rock beat of “Lotus Eater.” There are too many amazing musical moments on this album to mention. Then you have the lyrical genius that is Mark Foster. His lyrics are moving, introspective, catchy and clever. He can move you to tears on one track only to have you smiling at the next.

This album has taught me to always be willing to give things a second chance. If I had judged it solely off of the brief snippet of “Loyal Like Sid & Nancy” (which I now find to be a total bop) I had heard and not given the whole album a chance, I would have missed out on something truly incredible.

My top 5 tracks (in no particular order):

  1. “Pay The Man”
  2. “Sit Next To Me”
  3. “I Love My Friends”
  4. “Static Space Lover”
  5. “Lotus Eater”

Check out Sacred Hearts Club below!