Sarah's Albums of the Year 2017


This may be too personal to reveal, but there are only TWO key elements that I look for in a song when compiling my 'current favs' playlist. Those two elements are as follows: 1) a song that is HEAVY on the beat/drums, and 2) a song that builds. That's it! I'm a simple music-lover, really. If you have those two things - chances are you probably have me hooked. When it comes to HAIM's latest release, a good majority of their songs fit my criteria. Also, their entire album has a hint of the same twang found in Shania Twain's 1997 release 'Come On Over', making it an instant hit in my book. Some of my favorites from the album include Right Now, Nothing's Wrong, and Little of Your Love.

2. Cold War Kids - LA Divine

The lyrics to Can We Hang On? left me speechless, and had me putting the song on repeat for a good month.

3. The War on Drugs - A Deeper Understanding

Holding On immediately teleports me into a car on the highway with the windows down on a beautiful sunny day + Up All Night is the soundtrack to my feelings when I am walking around New York at night.

4. The Lone Bellow - Walk Into a Storm

I have been following The Lone Bellow since the beginning, and I can't believe this is their third album. Some of my favs from their third album include Can't Be Happy for Long, Is It Ever Gonna Be Easy + Time's Always Leaving (and if you really want a treat, listen to their covers of Slip Slidin' Away and When Will I Be Loved)

5. SZA - Ctrl

Prom - gets me dancing every time

6. Ryan Adams - Prisoner

Achey/Thunderous power ballad Do You Still Love Me? + To Be Without You

7. Hiss Golden Messenger - Hallelujah Anyhow

Jenny of the Roses + I Am the Song

8. EERA - Reflection of Youth

I Wanna Dance + Living

9. Zola Jesus - Okovi

Soak + Exhumed

10. Perfume Genius - No Shape

Slip Away - Recorded at Spotify Studios NYC is GOLD.

Honorable Mentions: Brand New - Science Fiction., Lorde - Melodrama, Stereophonics - Scream Above the Sounds, Khalid - American Teen, Miley Cyrus - Younger Now, + Bleachers - Gone Now