Exclaim!'s Top 10 Underrated Records 2017 in Lists

Exclaim!'s Top 10 Underrated Records 2017 in Lists

Exclaim!'s Top 10 Underrated Records 2017 in Lists

Look, we all know democracy is flawed. And so, in our annual voting for Exclaim!’s Top 20 Pop & Rock Albums, Top 10 Soul and R&B Albums, Top 10 Metal and Hardcore Albums, Top 10 Folk and Country Albums, Top 10 Hip-Hop Albums and Top 10 Dance and Electronic Albums 2017, there are always going to be those beloved, incredible albums that just missed the cut. It feels unfair.
 
Thus, today we’re taking a break from our ficial Best Albums 2017 to shine a light on those records that made us feel a way — even when the rest the world didn’t quite agree. The list is arranged alphabetically below.
 
 
Top 10 Underrated Records 2017:
 
Archspire
Relentless Mutation
(Season Mist)
 
Exclaim!'s Top 10 Underrated Records 2017 in Lists
With Relentless Mutation, Vancouver, BC’s Archspire present a modern, experimental take on technical death metal. The band’s third full-length is fast and complex, featuring layers jazz-infused guitar work and dense, staccato riffage all counterbalanced with melody, atmosphere and dystopian sci-fi themes — and delivered in a succinct 30 minutes.
Denise Falzon
 
 
Phoebe Bridgers
Stranger in the Alps
(Dead Oceans)
 
Exclaim!'s Top 10 Underrated Records 2017 in Lists
Though she’s just 23, the poignant lyrics and classic songwriting on Phoebe Bridgers’ Stranger in the Alps suggest the work a veteran. “Motion Sickness” is Fleetwood Mac-esque brilliance, but it’s “Funeral,” on which Bridgers has the emotional wisdom to check her own sadness by remembering “someone’s kid is dead,” that shows her talent’s true depth.
Stephen Carlick
 
 
Charly Bliss
Guppy
(Barsuk)
 
Exclaim!'s Top 10 Underrated Records 2017 in Lists
Charly Bliss pick up where the 1990s’ brief infatuation with sugary-sweet alt-rock left f. On this unabashed throwback, the Brooklyn four-piece lean into their influences without sounding beholden, marrying crunchy and catchy riffs to Eva Hendricks’ biting, ex-excoriating lyrics. Bursting with earworms, Guppy is an unrelenting joy.
Ian Gormely
 
 
Com Truise
Iteration
(Ghostly International)
 
Exclaim!'s Top 10 Underrated Records 2017 in Lists
When it was released in June, Iteration sounded warm and familiar, geared more towards refinement than development Com Truise’s distinct sci-fi sound. And it’s more assured than ever here — the restlessly yearning synth line at the end “Propagation” is alone worth the price admission.
Luke Pearson
 
 
Fiver
Audible Songs From Rockwood
(Ideé Fixe)
 
Exclaim!'s Top 10 Underrated Records 2017 in Lists
Part Smithsonian Folkways homage, part literary non-fiction, Audible Songs From Rockwood finds Toronto songwriter Simone Schmidt (aka Fiver) delivering a deeply researched collection crackly, austere folk songs written from the perspective women incarcerated in Kingston’s Rockwood Asylum for the Criminally Insane. Culled from the mid-late 1800s, it sheds light on issues still painfully relevant today. 
Sarah Greene
 

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