Staff Picks: Best Albums 2017
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It’s that time again, when we collectively pour over our spotify playlists and dig into Metacritic, trying to remember what we were listening to in the spring. Based on our advanced deduction skills, Collide’s top three albums are Kendrick Lamar’s Damn., with the War on Drugs’ A Deeper Understanding coming in at a close second followed by Slowdive’s Slowdive coming in third. Below, each COLLiDE crew member breaks down their top ten favorite albums in 2017. P.S. Intern Robben wins for most obscure picks!


Alan Miller – Founder + “Portland Pickles #1 fan”
The National – Sleep well Beast
The War on Drugs – A deeper Understanding
Morrissey – Low in High School
Daughter – Music from Before the Storm
Elbow – Little Fictions

Gigie Hall – Editorial Director + “resident outdoor dirtbag”
Moses Sumney – Aromanticism
Bjork – Utopia
Slowdive – Slowdive
Fever Ray – Plunge
Kamasi Washington – Harmony of Difference
Big Thief – Capacity
Kendrick Lamar – DAMN.
Amadou & Mariam – La Confusion
Timber Timbre – Sincerely, Future Pollution
Kevin Morby – City Music

Gillian Driscoll – Editorial Assistant + “Resident pop culture maven and Harry Styles fan”
Harry Styles – Harry Styles
Alvvays – Antisocialites
St. Vincent – Masseduction
Kendrick Lamar – DAMN.
Tennis – Yours Conditionally
Amber Mark – 3:33am
The War On Drugs – A Deeper Understanding
Slowdive – Slowdive
Niia – I
Okey Dokey – Love You, Mean It

Leah Hobbs – Artist Relations + “plays soccer on Tuesdays”
War on Drugs – A Deeper Understanding
Haim – Something To Tell You
Alex Cameron – Forced Witness
Stand of Oaks – Hard Love
Future Islands – The Far Field
Cigarettes After Sex – Cigarettes After Sex
Lea Porcelain – HYMNS TO THE NIGHT
Ten Fe – Hit The Light
White Reaper – Worlds Best American Band
Chimney – Chimney

Maria Sauer – Business Development/Project Manager + “Tuna Queen”
The War On Drugs – A Deeper Understanding
Kendrick Lamar – DAMN.
Japandroids – Near to the Wild Heart of Life
Action Bronson – Blue Chips 7000
Spoon – Hot Thoughts
Matthew Logan Vasquez – Does What He Wants
Run The Jewels – RTJ3
Oh Sees – Orc
Sylvan Esso – What Now
*Honorable Mention*
Donnie + Joe Emerson – Dreamin’ Wild (1979)

Megan “What it Doooo” McCredie – Project Manager
Mr. Jukes – God First
Yellow Days – Is Everything in your World OK?
Rostam – Half-Light
Methyl Ethel – Everything is Forgotten
Kendrick Lamar – DAMN.
Beth Ditto – Fake Sugar
Hippo Campus – Warm Glow
Dan Auerbach – Waiting on a Song
Beck – Colors

Molly Kodros – Project Manager + “resident bowler and karaoke extraordinaire”
Harry Styles – Harry Styles
Kendrick Lamar – DAMN.
Vince Staples – Big Fish Theory
Slowdive – Slowdive
Tyler, The Creator – Flower Boy
Kehlani – SweetSexySavage
Hurray for the Riff Raff – The Navigator
Kelela – Take Me Apart
Kesha – Rainbow

Monique Gilbert – Business Development/Marketing + “constantly depriving herself of mac and cheese”
Run The Jewels – RTJ3 (technically out in 2016 – but last week of year, so counting for 2017)
TORRES – Three Futures
Spoon – Hot Thoughts
Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile – Lotta Sea Lice
The National – Sleep Well Beast
The War On Drugs – A Deeper Understanding
Melkbelly – Nothing Valley
The Black Angels – Death Song
Kendrick Lamar – DAMN.
The Jesus and Mary Chain – Damage and Joy

Richard Pace – Business Development Director + “Seeker of Anything Fun”
Chris Stapleton – From A Room
Jay-Z – 4:44
Zac Brown Band – Welcome Home
LCD Soundsystem – American Dream
Kendrick Lamar – DAMN.
LCD Soundsystem – American Dream
Ed Sheeran – Divide
Run The Jewels – RTJ3
The War On Drugs  – A Deeper Understanding
Gregg Allman – Southern Blood

Robben Barquist – Intern +  “Resident Dungeon Delver”
Malokarpatan – Nordkarpatenland
Various Artists – Warfaring Strangers: Acid Nightmares
Evil – Rites of Evil
Weregoat – Pestilential Rites of Infernal Fornication
Ascended Dead – Abhorrent Manifestation
Ensnared – Dysangelium
Spectral Voice – Eroded Corridors of Unbeing
Tomb Mold – Primordial Malignity
Rope Sect – Personae Ingratae
Obskuritatem – Vampirska Kakofonija

Wes Martin – Marketing + “is not watching Pawn Stars right now, he promises”
Priests – Nothing Feels Natural
Kendrick Lamar – DAMN.
Fever Ray – Plunge
Big Thief – Capacity
Kevin Morby – City Lights
Protomartyr – Relatives In Descent
Broken Social Scene – Hug Of Thunder
Spoon – Hot Thoughts
TORRES – Three Futures
Makthaverskan – III

Gabrielle Costa, Social Media/Marketing + “Resident Vibe Manager”
Drab Majesty – The Demonstration
Slowdive – Slowdive

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