It's days before Christmas, and that means we won't be getting much in the way of new albums until the new year, save for any potential high-profile surprise releases (which are not out of the ordinary during the gift-giving season). As we prepare to say goodbye to 2017, we published a list of 20 2017 albums by indie and underground legends, and our staff-wide top 50 is coming very, very soon HERE.
Even with all the music we write about all year and a list of 50 favorite albums (with even more honorable mentions), it's still impossible to hear all of the great music that comes out each year. In an attempt to catch up on some of that, and because there are hardly any new albums to write about anyway, Notable Releases of the Week is going into hibernation until January, and I'm replacing it this week with five overlooked albums of 2017.
You can define "overlooked" in various ways -- in some places, the albums on this list were far from overlooked -- but I'm just using it to mean great 2017 albums that we haven't gotten a chance to talk about on BrooklynVegan yet. None of them were reviewed for Notable Releases, and only one of them has been discussed on BV at all. They might not be the most overlooked albums of 2017 (whatever that means), but they're all albums that passed me by during this very busy year and that I'm strongly recommending now.
Check out my picks below, and let us know in the comments what albums you thought were overlooked this year. Happy holidays and see you next year!