Monday, January 9, 2017

Ken's Most Anticipated Albums of 2017

Photo by Emily Ulmer
that dog.
Title and release date TBD
I've been a die hard That Dog. fan for over 20 years, to the point that I went to see them open up for the Foo Fighters way back in 1996. The band broke up in 1997, and reunited for a handful of reunion shows in 2011. Now, thanks to a Kickstarter that raised double what they were looking for, that dog. is set to release their first album in 19 years. Reunion albums, particularly ones where the band has taken almost two decades off, can be pretty iffy, but I'm staying hopeful on this one.

Ryan Adams
Prisoner, February 17
A new Ryan Adams album is always something we get excited for, but this one has a little more buzz for than usual. If you've ever been through a divorce, you start getting obsessed with other peoples' divorce stories. Prisoner is Ryan Adams' divorce album, recorded written as least partly during Adams' very high profile divorce from Mandy Moore. With song titles like "Do You Still Love Me?" and "Anything I Say to You Now," it could skew a little bit on the emo side of things, but I have faith in what Adams' can pull off here.

Sallie Ford
Soul Sick, February 10
Sallie Ford's newest album, and first with her new band, promises to be a great one. Part of me hates to say this, but I'm drawn to songs about personal struggles and difficulties. She has said that Soul Sick is about "... insecurity, anxiety, and depression." Ford's blend of modern, indie rock soul is already filled with her vulnerability. Soul Sick promises to be one of the best albums of 2017, and possibly Ford's career.

Crystal Fairy
Self-Titled, February 24
I love supergroups. There's just something so exciting about some of your favorite artists all coming together to make music together. Buzz Osborne of The Melvins is in more than his share of supergroups, but this time he's joining with Melvins' bandmate Dale Crover, Omar Rodriguez-Lopez of At the Drive In and The Mars Volta, and Teri Gender Bender of Le Butcherettes. Judging by their song "Drugs on the Bus," Crystal Fairy will be just as heavy, groovy, and trippy as you want them to be.

Salem Wolves
Tooth & Nail, release date TBD
We've been following Salem Wolves' for a while here at If It's Too Loud..., and every one of their singles has been something we've celebrated. This year they're finally going to release a full album, Tooth & Nail. An entire album filled with their trademark garage punk mixed with surf sounds like a dream. We're looking forward to anything Salem Wolves' put out this year.

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