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Best of 2017

Our Top 10 Albums

Oh 2017. Much like a Taco Bell fart, you hung around way too long. While humanity can collectively agree that 2017 was a generally weird year, it wasn't all Russian hackers and celebrity diddlers; in fact, one aspect of 2017 was downright great: the music!

With a plethora of rad albums dropping throughout 2017, listeners were practically drowning in new releases. Whether it was from brand new albums, or tried and true talents, we certainly weren't hurting for new tracks.

But to simply enjoy an album is not enough; no, as any music snob worth their salt will tell you, you have to rank these albums. Because what's the point of enjoying something if you can't assign an arbitrary number to that thing and compile it in a list?

As UniqueSquared is filled to bursting with music lovers, there was plenty of water cool discussion about what albums were better than what albums. But if the U2 office had a yearbook, there would be two individuals fighting for the titles of "Most Opinionated" and "Loudest About Said Opinions": Myself and our graphic designer, Nick.

And so, for your judging pleasure, we present the respective top 10 albums of Nick and myself in a little feature we call:


10. Stranger- Yung Lean
9. Reborn Again and Always Starting New- Mondo Grosso
8. Abominable- Telekinetic Yeti
7. Outrage! Is Now- Death From Above 1979
6. Soft Sounds From Another Planet- Japanese Breakfast
5. DAMN- Kendrick Lamar
4. Crack-Up- Fleet Foxes
3. III- Great Good Fine Ok
2. The Dank- Dr. Colossus
1. American Dream- LCD Soundsystem

10) Freudian - Daniel Caesar
9) Heartless - Pallbearer
8) Howling, For the Nightmare Shall Consume - Integrity
7) Caustic - Primitive Man
6) Lords of Death - Temple of Void
5) About Time - Sabrina Claudio
4) Hiss Spun - Chelsea Wolfe
3) Forever - Code Orange
2) Nightmare Logic - Power Trip
1) Trumpeting Ecstasy - Full of Hell

But it wasn't all indie Japanese bands and grindcore deathmetal being blasted in the office. We also managed to get top 10s from noted curmudgeon Matt and generally weird guy Keith

Matt hates everything.

10) Live Wires Sparking in the Street
9) Linkin Park - One More Light
8) Every Hatebreed Album
7) The Sound a Plunger Makes Set to a Trap Drum
6) Silently Judging Others
5) Homeward Bound - The Sountrack
4) 1990's Modem Sounds
3) Some Math Rock Band
2) Man Yells Over Atonal Guitar
1) Man Farts on Glass

And then there is Sheena. Sheena said she's too good for this list.

With any luck, 2018 will have even more awesome music! And hopefully less celebrity diddling.

Like our lists? Hate our lists? Let us know in the comments below!

December 29, 2017 by Matt Graff

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Top 5 Albums of 2016

Ah, 2016. Like a wayward puck at a hockey game, you caught us totally unaware and left us feeling battered, bruised, and more than a little violated. While 2016 might have been the year we collectively decided that mourning a gorilla was the height of comedy, it wasn’t all bad. Case in point: The music! The radical, game changing, awe inspiring, joy inducing music. And what is a year of music without a smarmy look back at the year that was, formatted for your reading pleasure in an easy to understand top 10 list? I’m Evan with Unique Squared! Join me as I make totally unqualified judgements against a year of albums and use a lifetime of musical snobbery to compile my top 5 albums of 2016.
June 29, 2017 by Evan Hopkins

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