Slowdive Running Away With Best Album by a Veteran Artist, Who They Are Plus Eight More Year-End Surveys

by VVN Music

There's just a week or so left until the last of the Best of 2017 lists will be in and it looks like Slowdive has an insurmountable lead.

The top ten albums of 2017 by veteran artists based on the lists from 66 different sources:
  1. Slowdive - Slowdive (930.5 points, 32 lists) 
  2. 4:44 - Jay-Z (663.5 points, 27 lists) 
  3. Utopia - Bjork (508.5 points, 21 lists) 
  4. Villains - Queens of the Stone Age (353.5 points, 18 lists) 
  5. Hot Thoughts - Spoon (267.5 points, 15 lists) 
  6. Prisoner - Ryan Adams (227 points, 10 lists) 
  7. Mental Illness - Aimee Mann (191.5 points, 10 lists) 
  8. Humanz - Gorillaz (180.5 points, 9 lists) 
  9. Carry Fire - Robert Plant (170 points, 7 lists) 
  10. 50 Song Memoir - The Magnetic Fields (164.5 points, 7 lists) 
But, who are Slowdive?

Slowdive was formed in Reading, Berkshire, England in 1989 by Neil Halstead and Rachel Goswell who initially sang as a duo. They eventually became part of a band called Pumpkin Fairies which transitioned into Slowdive.

The following year, they signed with Creation Records, a subsidiary of EMI and released their self-titled debut EP. In 1991, their first full length album, Just For a Day, was released and peaked at number 32. They followed with Souvlaki (1993 / #51 Britain) and Pygmalion (1995), along with a series of EPs, but Creation dropped them in 1995 and, even though they tried to go in a country direction as Mojave 3, they soon went their separate ways.

Then, in 2014, they reunited and, this past year, released Slowdive, their first album in 22 years. It was not only embraced by the critics (obviously) but also the public as it became their best charting, going to 16 in the U.K. and 50 in the U.S. where it was their first chart entry.

New surveys:

Blare's Top 50 Albums of 2017
  • 01. After the Party - The Menzingers
  • 02. DAMN. - Kendrick Lamar
  • 03. CTRL - SZA
  • 04. Yours Conditionally - Tennis
  • 05. Melodrama - Lorde
  • 22. The Dusk in Us - Converge
  • 35. Care - David Bazan
  • 39. Material Control - Glassjaw
  • 40. You Tried - Hater
  • 01. Melodrama - Lorde
  • 02. DAMN. - Kendrick Lamar
  • 03. Sleep Well Beast - The National
  • 04. MASSEDUCATION - St. Vincent
  • 05. American Dream - LCD Soundsystem
  • 09. Slowdive - Slowdive
  • 31. Hot Thoughts - Spoon
  • 39. Last Place - Grandaddy
  • 40. The Assassination of Julius Caesar - Ulver
  • 48. Goths - The Mountain Goats
  • 49. Hey, Mr. Ferryman - Mark Eitzel
  • AFI (The Blood Album) - AFI
  • in-ter a-li-a - At the Drive-In
  • The Dusk in Us - Converge
  • Material Control - Glassjaw
  • 01. American Dream - LCD Soundsystem
  • 02. Sleep Well Beast - The National
  • 03. MASSEDUCATION - St. Vincent
  • 04. Hot Thoughts - Spoon
  • 05. Villains - Queens of the Stone Age
  • 08. Mental Illness - Aimee Mann
  • 11. A Walk With Love and Death - The Melvins
  • 14. Utopia - Bjork
  • 15. Humanz - Gorillaz
  • 16. Last Place - Grandaddy
  • 17. 50 Song Memoir - The Magnetic Fields
  • 18. Slowdive - Slowdive
  • 23. A Kind of Revolution - Paul Weller
  • 24. Oczy Mlody - Flaming Lips
  • 25. As You Were - Liam Gallagher
  • 01. Big Fish Theory - Vince Staples
  • 02. DAMN. - Kendrick Lamar
  • 03. Melodrama - Lorde
  • 04. CTRL - SZA
  • 05. Flower Boy - Tyler, the Creator
  • 07. 4:44 - Jay-Z
  • 4:44 - Jay-Z
  • 01. Capacity - Big Thief
  • 02. Guppy - Charly Bliss
  • 03. Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1 - Calvin Harris
  • 04. Everybody Works - Jay Som
  • 05. 4:44 - Jay-Z
  • 12. Slowdive - Slowdive
  • Villains - Queens of the Stone Age

Sources used: Rough Trade, NME, Q, Drowned in Sound, Mojo, Uncut, Rolling Stone, Consequences of Sound, Glide, The Independent, Paste, Quietus, New York Daily News, Time, BBC Radio 6, Sunday Times, Digital Trends, American Songwriter, Exclaim!, Vulture, Uproxx, Fopp, Double-J, Noisey, Stereogum, Complex, The Vinyl Factory, Entertainment Weekly, Slant, PopCrush, The Ringer, Earbuddy, AllMusic, PopMatters, Esquire, Treble, Baebel Music, Fuse, Louder Than War, PopMatter, Gigwise, Billboard, NPR, Pitchfork, The Wire, Loud & Quiet, Time Out, 405, Dazed, OOR, Atlantic, KCRW, People, Northern Transmission, NOW, Dummy, Bleep, Mashable, Blare, No Ripcord, Alternative Press, Diffuser, Highsnobiety, Newsweek, Variety, AXS


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