And another year around. Many different developments have emerged in society: finally, “marriage for all” was introduced (and did not take long), and debates about a “third gender” were finally started, highlighting the antiquity of gender-binaryism. #Metoo started a debate about the big problem of sexual assaults of all kinds. The two biggest troublemakers in recent years have once again shown their best side: populism and terror. While the AfD moves to the Bundestag with an astonishing 12.6%, a radical idiot blows up at an Ariana Grande concert – taking the lives of 22 music fans. So only a few topics from the past year, many of which one would like to hear never again. In contrast to the music of the last twelve months! Rarely have I been able to discover such great new artists and albums within a year. In particular, INVSN and Prada Meinhoff, who are among my personal top newcomers, were able to inspire me live. Other acts such as Madness or Alex Lahey, however, I got to know about new albums. Leaderboards are always a difficult thing, mine would probably look different every day, but here’s a try:
Top 10 albums:
1. Kettcar – I Vs. We
album of the year, just the right lyrics at the right time, plus a variety of music. (Review)
2. Fjort – Couleur
Second place goes to a German band that boasts strong lyrics. Impressive development, hard head-to-head race with Kettcar. (Review)
third Blood Command – Cult Drugs
Biggest musical surprise as I have not been able to do anything with this band so far. Absolutely outstanding songwriting gave me the album immediately.
4. Arcade Fire – Everything Now
Few albums have caused so many disagreements this year. I’m a big fan of this version of Arcade Fire, which is always reminiscent of ABBA. (Review)
. 5 Nothing But Thieves – Broken Machine
The Übersong “Amsterdam” raised the expectations – Nothing But Thieves filled them completely, entertaining from start to finish. (Review)
. 6 The XX – I See You
7. Enter Shikari – The Spark (Review)
8. Love A – Nothing is New
9. K. Flay – Every Where is Some Where (Review)
10. Wolf Alice – Visions of a Life (Review)
Top 10 Concerts:
Top 10 Songs:
With Fjort, Kettcar, Lady Gaga, Guns ‘n’ Roses, Alt-J and the Marmozets, the new year is already packed with concert highlights, including countless new albums have already been announced. On it, that it can keep up musically with 2017 and otherwise even gets better!
Rights to the album cover are at Grand Hotel van Cleef, Fysisk format, Sonovox Records and RCA Records.
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