So it's not what you expected - and so few have picked up on this great 2017 Album (save The Sunday Times to be fair).
Looking overall, U2 'Songs of Experience' deserves a 2017 mention and so too, Van 'Keep me Singing' ("Memory Lane" is a classic) - (both Van and Bono are Streamabout neighbours by the way. Impressed? knew you would) - as does Neil Young's 'The Visitor' (albeit these days if you've heard one Neil Young album, you've heard them all...)
But the Albums that everyone will have is Kendrick Lamar 'Damn' which is fine, but nowhere close to our previous Album of last year 'Butterfly': Lorde's Grammy tipped 'Melodrama' which just, well, washed over us: As did 'Masseduction' from St. Vincent.
Jay Z, Bruno Mars will also get a look in along the way and LCD Soundsystem 'American Dream' which we really, really, don't get. Really.
In Country, it's Jason Isbell 'The Nashville Sound'.
It hasn't been a stunning crop I'm afraid.
The general view is that the 2017 Album will be one of those three - Lorde, St. Vincent or Kendrick - they will be on everyone's lips and list.....('Rolling Stone' have 1 Kendrick, 2 Lorde and 3 U2).
But they're all missing a trick because they're going for the Big Albums not the Best. Artists that have huge followings no matter what they do.
'Push On' by The Allergies, a Bristol UK duo, is the most inventive Album of 2017 and definitely, the most fun.
It's based on Soul music samples but with a hippity-hop attitude. It's funk, disco and dancefloor.
It's really fresh and released in July it has got lots of airplay. But not only that, a huge underground following. That will follow into mainstream in 2018. Watch them go.
Streamabout have had it on all the time and without doubt, our 2017 record of the year is 'Push On'. Huge applause. Get it and enjoy it and you'll be dancing for the Season that's in it.
Happy Christmas folks - see ya all next year!