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Ferris O'Brien's Top 17 Albums of 2017

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The Spy's Ferris O'Brien combs through hundreds of albums every year. Below are his 17 favorite albums of 2017:

17. Erasure - World Be Gone

Vince Clarke has always had a knack for writing catchy tunes. Andy Bell is as flamboyant as ever. Game. Set. Match.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-qf8LoHugjk

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16. The Amazons - The Amazons

Who said guitar music was dead? Crank It Up LOUD!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WnFzK4PVvm8

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15. Charly Bliss - Guppy

This may be one of those rarest of rare birds. A flawless debut record. Think Juliana Hatfield fronting Weezer era Blue record.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r9DEK9mNVRU

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14. Are We Static - Embers

The second coming of Oasis. Guitars. Anthems. Attitude.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5kIFXde0XqM

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13. St. Vincent - Masseduction

Ms. Clark keeps raising her bar of perfection. Her best record. Buy it NOW!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h9TlaYxoOO8

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12. Cigarettes After Sex - Cigarettes After Sex

If I had one wish, it would be for this record to be stuffed in everyone's stocking this year. This band should be HUGE.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sElE_BfQ67s

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11. O.M.D. - Punishment of Luxury

Andy McCluskey and Paul Humphreys are back with album number 13. It leans more on their industrial roots than pop anthems but their unmistakable signature sound is still in full force.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gp_Du6uO9V4

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10. Beach Fossils - Somersault

I've never been a huge fan, but WOW this record has that rare ability to create new fans left and right. Count me as one! Warm summer night jams. Yes, please.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zdfjCivNxGY

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9. LCD Soundsystem - American Dream

If this is what retirement sounds like, everyone should retire. Is there anything James Murphy touches that doesn’t turn to gold?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lqq3BtGrpU8

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8. Depeche Mode - Spirit

It was first billed as Violator, part two ,but this record will go down as simply great all on its own. Gahan sounds better than ever and Gore still knows exactly how to dissect emotions.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jsCR05oKROA

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7. U2 - Songs of Experience

Bono, Edge, Larry & Adam may never repeat the sheer brilliance of Joshua Tree, Unforgettable Fire or Achtung Baby, but with every release they continue to solidify why they are one of icons of my generation.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nd_EYo96lmo

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6. Slowdive - Slowdive

If you think you know what shoegaze is and have never heard of Slowdive, disregard everything and simply listen to this masterpiece start to finish... and try not to stare at your shoes.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BxwAPBxc0lU

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5. Ride - Weather Diaries

See above^^^ (interchange 'Ride' for 'Slowdive.')

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zzSDDrtYpGY

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4. Beck - Colors

This record is exactly what we needed. Groovy. Dancy. Tasty.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8I1B4n_8Cto

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3. The War on Drugs - A Deeper Understanding

Possibly the 2017 jack-of-all-emotions record.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6-oHBkikDBg

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2. Spoon - Hot Thoughts

One of Spoon's best. Hard not to love every song.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xt0QFoqNlBk

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1. Morrissey - Low in High School

Truly a gem for Moz fans. Will go down as one of his best. Sharp. Witty. Political. Divisive. Satirical – in other words, it’s a new Morrissey album. This record won’t create new fans but if you love him, you will love Low. If you hate him, well...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1rmAi9XmlIo

Ferris O'Brien and The Spy joined KOSU in a content partnership in August 2012.
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