Noise Narcs Most Anticipated Albums of 2017

Rank Artist Album Release Date / Release Certainty Comment
1 The War on Drugs TBA Recording Could not be more stoked.
2 Phosphorescent TBA Recording Although, I’m pretty stoked about this.
3 LCD Soundsystem TBA TBA Fingers crossed for a non-Michael Jackson-like unretirement.
4 Run the Jewels Run the Jewels 3 1/13/2017 I ranked this where I would have put it not having listened to it.
5 Spoon TBA March 2017 Although that “dance” track lead single gives me a lot of pause.
6 The xx I See You 1/13/2017 Jaime XX spillover hype.
7 St. Vincent St. Vincent TBA A real “sea change” album. Hmm.
8 Arcade Fire TBA TBA Really hoping for an improved bloat/excellence ratio.
9 Flaming Lips Oczy Mlody 1/13/2017 Woof. Having now heard this, man, has it been a while since they’ve strung together more than one good album.
10 Vampire Weekend Vampire Weekend TBA The first post-Rostam Batmanglij album.
11 Strand Of Oaks Hard Love 2/17/2017 If there is one album that could unseat War on Drugs for Philly album of the year…
12 Beck TBA Wishful Thinking There were rumors that this “party time” Beck album was going to come out in 2015.
13 Fleet Foxes TBA TBA How uncool is it to like them now? Don’t care.
14 Grandaddy Last Place 3/3/2017 Oh, nostalgia. You make my rankings so poor.
15 Bjork TBA Recording Tell that French DJ, Tricky, to move out!
16 Jens Lekman Life Will See You Now 2/17/2017 Not worried at all about there being good songs here. Somewhat worried about their being some clunkers.
17 Father John Misty TBA Rumors No amount of social media nonsense will stop my music crush.
18 Spiritualized TBA TBA Claimed as his last album.
19 The National TBA TBA A weirdly conflicting band for me. Shrug.
20 MGMT TBA Rumors Hope springs eternal.
21 Sheer Mag TBA TBA Philly rawk at its finest.
22 Grizzly Bear TBA TBA 2009, please?
23 Broken Social Scene TBA TBA Maybe this should be higher?
24 Jay Z TBA Rumors Wouldn’t it be amazing, just fucking AMAZING, if Jay dropped a Beyonce diss album? Imagine the Tumblr metldown! Imagine if it weren’t a Samsung commercial again! That’s to say: if Jay-Z’s new album is a Beyonce diss, put this at #1.
25 Mac Demarco TBA TBA
26 Dirty Projectors TBA TBA 2009, please?
27 Gorillaz TBA TBA
28 Bruce Springsteen TBA TBA
29 Real Estate TBA TBA
30 Midlake + Jason Liddle +Ben Bridwell + Alex Kapranos Project Vol. 1. TBA
31 The Shins Heartworms 3/10/2017 “Dead Alive” was good!
32 Steve Gunn TBA Rumors
33 Magnetic Fields 50 Song Memoir 3/3/2017 It’s 1999, right?
34 Jessie Ware TBA Wishful Thinking
35 Phoenix TBA TBA
36 Sigur Ros TBA Rumors
37 Allison Crutchfield Tourist In This Town 1/27/2017
38 Earl Sweatshirt TBA TBA
39 School Boy Q TBA TBA
40 HAIM TBA TBA Wouldn’t it be great if this were their Tusk?
41 Laura Marling Semper Femina 3/10/2017
42 LIV TBA TBA Swedish supergroup comparing their album to Tusk? GIVE IT TO ME NOW. (If it doesn’t suck.)
43 Sun Airway Heraldic Black Cherry TBA Hey, another Philly album!
44 Pissed Jeans Why Love Now 2/24/2107
45 Chromatics Dear Tommy Detox Sure, this could exist.
46 Sun Kil Moon Common As Light and Love Are Red Valleys of Blood 2/28/2017 I saw exactly one concert in 2016: 30 minutes of Mark Kozelok playing two songs and rambling. It was not great.
47 Foxygen Hang 1/20/2017 Hope springs eternal. And so do suckers.
48 Japandroids Near to the Wild Heart of Life 1/27/2017 Revival hype for a band I never listened to that much.
49 At the Drive-In TBA TBA I am excited for a band I haven’t listened to in five plus years.
50 My Morning Jacket TBA Recording
51 King Krule TBA TBA
52 Ty Segall Ty Segall 1/27/2017
53 The Jesus And Mary Chain Damage And Joy 3/25/2017
54 Sky Ferreira Masochism TBA
55 Drake More Life TBA
56 Neutral Milk Hotel TBA Wishful Thinking This would obviously be much, much higher if the rumor of new music wasn’t based on a goddamn cryptic painting.
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