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Best in music in first quarter of 2017

Editor shares his favorite albums of the year so far

"You're Not As _____ As You Think," by Sorority Noise," "After The Party," by The Menzingers, and "Life Without Sound," by Cloud Nothings are the top three albums of the year so far, according to SVM's Lucas Pauley.
"You're Not As _____ As You Think," by Sorority Noise," "After The Party," by The Menzingers, and "Life Without Sound," by Cloud Nothings are the top three albums of the year so far, according to SVM's Lucas Pauley.

The first 3 months of 2017 haven’t exactly provided an overwhelming amount of high-quality music, but there have been a few great releases and some other very good albums.

Here’s what’s been dominating my headphones in the first quarter of 2017:

THE BEST

Sorority Noise is this year’s leader of the pack. The band’s third studio album, “You’re Not As _____ As You Think,” was released March 17 and it completely knocked me off my feet. The album is full of raw lyrics, great hooks, and it masterfully blends all of the different shades of emo and punk music. Top tracks: “No Halo,” “Where Are You?” and “Second Letter from St. Julien.”

• If you’re looking for a little more straight-up punk rock, “After The Party,” released Feb. 3 by The Menzingers, is a gold mine. Every song connects, and the album flows flawlessly. The hooks are flawless, too – “Midwestern States” and “Bad Catholics” both shining examples. It’s one of my favorite punk rock albums in years. The album’s strength is that it manages to remain fun while packing some songs with purposeful lyrics.

Cloud Nothings is such a unique American rock band. “Life Without Sound,” released Jan. 27, just travels on a different wavelength than a lot of other alternative rock these days. The songs are unique, as is Dylan Baldi’s voice. Two of the album’s better songs, “Modern Act” and “Realize My Fate,” showcase a versatile, young band that’s likely got a lot more where that came from.

THE BEST
OF THE REST

The really good:

• Los Campesinos – “Sick Scenes”

• IDLES – “Brutalism”

• Hippo Campus – “Landmark”

• Dude York – “Sincerely”

• Circa Waves – “Different Creatures”

• Eisley – “I’m Only Dreaming”

The good:

• Dryjacket – “For
Posterity”

• P.O.S. – “Chill, dummy”

• Colony House – “Only The Lonely”

• WSTR – “Red, Green or Inbetween”

• Spoon – “Hot Thoughts”

Had their moments:

• The Regrettes – “Feel Your Feelings Fool!”

• Susto – “& I’m Fine Today”

• Active Bird Community – “Stick Around”

• The Shins – “Heartworms”

• Japandroids – “Near To The Wild Heart Of Life”

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