2017 was full of album releases. There were so many long-awaited albums with one even bringing the re-invention of Paramore. These past 12 months have been packed with plenty of new music within the punk subgenres as well. To celebrate the end of another great year of music, each writer at All Punked Up shares which album led the way to the top of their favorite albums list of 2017.
You’re Not as ___ As You Think – Sorority Noise
“Not only was it the band’s most powerful and visceral album yet—lyrically and sonically—but also their most critically acclaimed—for a good reason. Cam Boucher exposes his heavy heart—laden with the suffering of losing many close friends to suicide over the years and the internal turmoil of dealing with mental illness. At the same time, the band has been able to simultaneously match the darkness with tinges of hope. It is about finding the strength to propel forward—even when life is throwing wrenches your way. The title of the album also alludes to that daily reminder that you are not your demons, you’re not whatever you think you are. The band has never actually filled in the gap, giving the listener the freedom to make it personal. Not only is this album gut-wrenching, but incredulously personal and relatable. Songs like ‘No Halo’ and ‘A Better Sun’ are must-listens. Catch Sorority Noise on tour this spring with the fantastic Remo Drive and Foxx Bodies.”
Honorable Mention(s): Remo Drive – Greatest Hits; Movements – Feel Something; Tigers Jaw – Spin”
Eternity, in Your Arms – Creeper
“I first heard about Creeper and this full-length album from a music critic’s review. While I’m usually not one to take the time to listen to critic recommendations, I’m glad I took a chance with this one. Eternity, in Your Arms immediately engages listeners with the musically theatrical, ‘Black Rain’. Overall, the band gives a horror punk vibe in both their aesthetic and sound, but also pulls off catchier songs like ‘Hiding with Boys’ and ‘Down Below’. Another highlight of the album for many would also be the slow and acoustic-based song, ‘Misery’, which is perhaps the band’s most known song to date.
Honorable Mention(s): Neck Deep – The Peace and the Panic; Silverstein –Dead Reflection; Can’t Swim – Fail You Again”
Wolves – Rise Against
“My favorite album of the year has to be Wolves by Rise Against. This album truly brought me back to their roots and felt like an album that was more original than the previous few they’ve released. Tracks like ‘Violence’ and ‘House On Fire’ really turned the tides of this band and reminded everyone of who they were again. Not only was the music good, but it held a nice touch of their typical controversial political topics. Come to think of it, what is Rise Against without a political track or two?
Honorable Mention(s): Blink 182 – California (Deluxe Edition)”
After Laughter – Paramore
“It’s been 10 years since Paramore’s breakthrough album Riot! came out, and during that time the band has been one of the most recognized acts in the punk-rock-pop scene. With After Laughter, Paramore breaks the mold to a bigger extent than many would have liked, producing their most differential and danceable album to date. Taylor York is the mastermind behind the new sounds, Zac Farro is back to his rightful place as a drummer and Hayley wrote some of the darkest and most real lyrics about depression, anxiety and overall pain. This is a record that puts the darkest thoughts into an 80s sound, a more ‘poppy’ one that is still lead by electric guitars, powerful drums and punk-ish vocals. After Laughter is the album that I didn’t know I needed, but that definitely marked my 2017 both musically and personally, giving me a bigger spectrum to different rhythms and honesty. Paramore once again delivers in a way that connects people and their humanity.
Honorable Mention(s): The Maine – Lovely, Little, Lonely; The Sherlocks – Live for the Moment; P!nk – Beautiful Trauma; Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds – Who Built The Moon?”
The Peace And The Panic – Neck Deep
“My favorite album released for this year is Neck Deep’s The Peace And The Panic. This album is full of pop-punk anthems that fuel the record’s upbeat energy in tracks such as ‘Motion Sickness’ and ‘Happy Judgement Day.’ Other songs including ‘Wish You Were Here,’ a tearful acoustic track with lyrics that relate back to losing a loved one and ‘19 Seventy Sumthin’’ lyrics form a story exploring the loss of a family member. The track will give you chills as you follow the words. Not to mention the gem ‘In Bloom’, one of the singles off the record that is left up to interpretation to the listener and catchy enough to make this album anyone’s favorite release of this year.
Honorable Mention(s): Knuckle Puck – Shapeshifter”
Adornment – Grayscale
“Let’s show some love to up-and-coming musicians like Grayscale, who released Adornment this year. This album proved, at least to me, that Midwest pop punk has nothing on classic Philadelphia bands who are truly able to capture a life stuffed full of emotions. The beauty of the album is that it joins the two polar sides of the pop punk scene. Fans of both All Time Low and Trophy Eyes can get behind this movement.
Honorable Mention(s): Portugal. The Man – Woodstock; The Front Bottoms – Going Grey; Have Mercy – Make The Best Of It”
Last Young Renegade – All Time Low
“There were a lot of great albums released in 2017, but overall my favorite has to be Last Young Renegade by All Time Low. The album is a reflection on their lives and carries the theme of growing up throughout every track. With a new label came a new sound; All Time Low have taken more of a pop-rock route with Last Young Renegade, different from their previous pop-punk sound. It’s very clear that All Time Low stepped out of their comfort zone and wrote a record that holds a deeper truth that may not be seen at a first glance. For example, one of the tracks on the album ‘Good Times’ reflects on the journey the band traveled while writing their very first album So Wrong It’s Right and shows that even after 10 years and a lot of growing up, they still haven’t forgotten where they started out.
Honorable Mention(s): Frank Turner – Songbook; Halsey – Hopeless Fountain Kingdom; PVRIS – All We Know Is Heaven, All We Need Is Hell; Sleeping With Sirens – Gossip; Foo Fighters – Concrete and Gold”
Sidewinder — Stand Atlantic
“So it’s not a full length album, but Stand Atlantic’s Sidwinder EP stands out so much to me. The melodies, the guitars, the production, the singing, everything is just so on point on this record. It’s by far my favorite pop punk album of 2017. I can’t wait to see what the band brings us next year.
Honorable Mention(s): HARBOUR – Heatwave”