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Old 09-10-2017, 08:57 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Trollheart Listens to Every Album on Wiki's List for 2017

Or tries to, anyway!

Being someone who generally tends to be lost when people start compiling AOTY lists at the end of the year, not often listening to albums from the current year, I thought maybe I'd try this. If I listen to every album released (as per Wiki) then I'll get a good flavour of, not what's cool or popular, about which I do not give a curse, but what good albums I might come across that I would otherwise have missed.

Huge undertaking? Of course. Typical Trollheart attempt to kill himself by Review? You know it! However, as I'm sure you expect and understand, these albums won't be reviewed. At best I'll scribble a few lines about each, unless something really impresses me. I've nothing to prove with regard to writing reviews - those who have read my various journals, and some threads, know how good, or bad, I am at that, so this is more an attempt just to listen to the albums and quickly say what I think of each.

I am, however, providing myself with three "get-out clauses": one is the "Oh Hell No!" clause, which will be implemented if I start an album and hate it right away. I'll try not to use that too often though; want to give everything a fair chance if I can. To that end, the "Three Strikes clause" is exactly what you would think it is: if, after three tracks, I'm not feeling it on a particular album, I retain the option to drop it and move on. After all, this is going to be a LOT of albums I have to listen to! Finally, if I get more than three tracks in to an album but it just isn't happening, I'm going to use the "Bailing Out!" clause. This is the most generous of the three, as it gives a higher allowance/tolerance for the album before I decide against it.

If I use one of my clauses on an album you think I should give more of a chance, by all means let me know, but I'll retain the final say as to whether I go back and complete it or not. I'll be doing the albums chronologically and in alphabetical order, as per this list. Comments, advice, Nazi gifs etc all welcome.

Note: I should make it clear I'm not going to bothering with any compilations such as the Now series, Ibiza Party or whatever the ****. No Best Of, Greatest Hits, boxsets or anthologies. No retrospectives, no special editions, no collector's editions. No re-releases of older albums. Only proper albums. Yo.

Further note: With so much to get through, it's either on Spotify or it's on YouTube in its entireity or it can **** off. I'm not going to be spending my time running around getting individual videos for each track off some album I may hate or not care about. One chance, then I move on. That's it. Tom Waits for no man.

Update: I'm now going to include the initial Fear Factor in the comments on the album when I do it, and I'm also adding an Expectation Index, which is basically how accurate, or not, was the Fear Factor I assigned to the album. The lower the index, the more it tallied up with what I had expected, the higher, how much different (good or bad) it turned out to be. The Expectation Index will run from 0 (exactly what I had expected) to 10 (totally way off, a serious surprise, good or bad).

Some more notes: it should be understood that, naturally, every album only gets one chance to impress, so while some may be growers, if they don't speak to me first time they're done. I don't have the time to listen to albums more than once. This has even impacted on my participation in the two album clubs. So please don't tell me "Oh you should listen to it a few more times" or "Don't write it off after one listen." I've a lot to get through, and no time for passengers. This is an express service.

Also, in an effort to stop people whining about my not using RYM (though I really don't care) I'll be adding, from now on (and hopefully retrospectively for the albums I've already looked at) the general RYM score, if it exists, for each album. Just for the comparison I guess. It will be interesting to see how many of the ones I feature here will actually turn up on RYM.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_2017_albums

Wish me luck!

Index
As there's no way the entire index for the year would fit here in one post, what I've decided to do is put January's list here (and even at that, I've had to split it up), then as each month begins I'll leave a blank post for the index for that month, and link to it here.

January
(Continues here) Part Two

Brian Eno – Reflection
Chief Keef – Two Zero One Seven
Angels of Ace (AOA) – Angel's Knock
SES – Remember
Akdong Musician – Winter
April – Prelude
Pink Guy - Pink Season
Nothing But You - Meant To Be
Chasing Safety – Nomad
Dropkick Murphys – 11 Short Stories of Pain and Glory
Gone is Gone – Echolocation
Halestorm – ReAniMate 3.o – The CoVers eP
Jipsta – Ban2oozle
NCT127 – Limitless
Sundara Karma – Youth is Only Fun in Retrospect
You Me At Six – Night People
David Bowie – No Plan
Band-Maid – Just Bring It
Hello venus – Mystery of Venus
One OK Rock – Ambitions
Baustelle – L'Amore e le Violenza
Blood Feast – The Future State of Wicked
Bonobo – Migration
Colony House – Only the Lonely
Danny Gokey – Rise
The Flaming Lips – Oczy Mlody
Flo Morrissey and Matthew E. White – Gentlewoman, Ruby Man
Gotthard – Silver
Grave Digger – Healed by Metal
Grayson/Reed – Walk
Julie Byrne – Not Even Happiness
The McClaymonts – Endless
Nguyên Lê & Ngô Hong Quang featuring Paolo Fresu - Hai Noi Duo
Omar Rodriguez-Lopez – Roman Lips
Pain of Salvation – In the Passing Light of Day
PnBRock – GTTM: Goin Thru the Motions
The Regrettes – Feel Your Feelings Fool!
Rick Wakeman – Piano Portraits
Sean Danielsen – Product of Isolation
Sepultura – Machine Messiah
SOHN – Rennen
USS (Ubiquitous Synergy System) – New World Alphabet
Wiley – Godfather
The XX – I See You
CLC – Crystyle
Jessie James Decker – Gold
Seohyun – Don't Say No
Dashboard Confessional – Covered and Taped
E-Girls – E.G Crazy
AFI – AFI/The Blood Album
As It Is – Okay
Austra – Future Politics
Cherry Glazerr – Apocalipstick
Dot Hacker – No. 3
Firewind – Immortals
Foxygen – Hang

February February Index, Part One

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Note: if you see an album listed here, and no review, that means I was unable to find it on either Spotify or YouTube and just moved on.

FEAR FACTOR*: HIGH

* Fear Factor is the degree of certainty or expectation I have that I will hate, be bored by or just not make it through the album.
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You should do this but go through the top RYM albums of the year instead of the wiki page.
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just a recommendation. but i think using RYM will give you a higher quality of releases vs wiki that will give you a lot of grade A garbage that quite frankly isn't worth reviewing.
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I wonder just how many grindcore and harsh noise albums came out this year?
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How do I get the official list though? I'm not interested in what one particular person thinks are the best releases; I want an unbiased opinion.
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January Index (continued)

Frank Carter and the Rattlesnakes – Modern Ruin
J-Ax and Fedez – Comunisti col Rolex
Jacob Sartorius – The Last Text
John Mayer – The Search For Everything: Wave One
Kasey Chambers – Dragonfly
Lights and Motion – Dear Avalanche
Loyle Carner – Yesterday's Gone[/]
Menace Beach – Lemon Memory
Mick Harvey – Intoxicated Women
Mike Oldfield – Return to Ommadawn
Nicky Jam – Fenix
Palisades – Palisades
Starset – Vessels
Steve Ashley – Another Day
William Basinski – A Shadow in Time
Neil Cicierega – Mouth Moods
Suzy – Yes? No?
Matt Martians – Drum Chord Theory
Allison Crutchfield – Tourist in This Town
Aquilo – Silhouettes
No Secrets

Brantley Gilbert – The Devil Don't Sleep
Brian and jenn Johnson – After All These Years
Cloud Nothings – Life Without Sound
Deaf Havana – All These Countless Nights
Ellie Holcomb – Red Sea Road
Infected Mushroom – Back to the Sauce
Japandroids – Near to the Wild Heart of Life
John Craigei – No Rain, No Rose
Kehlani – SweetSexySavage
Kellermensch – Goliath
Kreator – Gods of Violence
Laura Alaina – Road Less Traveled
Lucy Spraggan – I Hope You Don't Mind Me Writing
Migos – Culture
Morten Schantz – Godspeed
P.O.S – Chill, Dummy
Priests – Nothing Feels Natural
Shinee – Five
Stephen Pearcy – Smash
Train – A Girl, a Bottle, a Boat
Twiztid – The Continuous Evilution of Life's ?'s
Ty Segall – Ty Segall
Whitney Rose – South Texas Suite
Xandria – Theater of Dimensions
Riff Raff – Aquaberry Aquarius
Emika – Melanfonie
Life On Planet 9 – Higher

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Michael Chapman – 50
Bedwetter – Volume 1: Flick Your Tongue Against Your Teeth and Describe the Present
Led Bib – Umbrella Weatehr
Dumal – The Lesser God
Pig Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs - Feed the Rats
Code Orange - Forever
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How do I get the official list though? I'm not interested in what one particular person thinks are the best releases; I want an unbiased opinion.
Use their top albums of 2017 list based on user votes. Great resource for new music, since you can narrow it down by genre and stuff.
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Thanks but I'm gonna stick with Wiki. No matter what you think of them, it's an unbiased list, whereas RYM's is, one way or the other, the albums everyone seems to like, and so will be slanted in a certain direction, which as I said, I'm really not interested in. I'd rather wade through a pile of garbage and come across a few gems than be force-fed someone else's opinion. Thanks anyway.
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That wiki list is very incomplete though.
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