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Editor Ken’s Top 10 of 2017

Editor Ken’s Top Ten Albums of 2017

Rock and roll has made a wondrously epic return in 2017, with bands such as L.A. Guns, Junkyard, and Autograph unveiling absolutely amazing comeback albums.  The same could also be said for alternative, with Animotion releasing an all-new collection of modern day songs that soared above and beyond even their classic material.  Pop punk is very much alive and well, with collectives such as As It Is and Grayscale presenting career defining endeavors upon the world at large.  And the merging of Nancy Wilson from Heart and Liv Warfield of Prince’s New Power Generation resulted in the the compelling Roadcase Royale – a staggering prologue from an exciting meeting of the minds.

As usual, The Highwire Daze Top 10 EP list is jammed packed up and coming bands ready to take the nation by storm.  Led by a dynamic covers recording by the critically acclaimed Halestorm, the listing features many local talents as well – including JennaSyde and the Watcher, Divided Heaven, Vigil Of War, Next Door To The Moon, and Neon Coven.  All this, and a thrilling work of pop rock artistry from the vastly underrated The Color Wild, whose anthems should be all over the radio airwaves!

And so here are Editor Ken’s selections for The Highwire Daze Top 10 Albums and EP’s of 2017.  Read on…

Raise Your Expectations by Animotion (Invisible Hands Records)

Animotion, the iconic new wave band who unveiled the notorious Obsession single back in the 80’s, has returned with Raise Your Expectations, their first studio album in over 27 years! Newly reformed, with the line-up including both original front-people, Bill Wadhams and Astrid Plane, Animotion crashes into 2017 with 10 stunning new songs as well an updated version of their hit single Let Him Go. So what exactly does Animotion sound like in the year of 2017? Pretty much like they did back in their heyday, and then some! Raise Your Expectations is definitely well worth the wait, containing a good amount of tunes that would fit in well with the classic Animotion repertoire such as Last Time, Not Your Lover, Everything, You Love It, and Bad Review.

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okay. by As It Is (Fearless Records)

As It Is possesses imaginative insights and a cool sense of irony – just one look at the cover photo on their sophomore release okay. and you very well know you are in for something truly remarkable.  Presenting sparkling pop punk reveries combined with deeply personal lyrics, okay. is the perfect follow up to their Fearless Records debut Never Happy, Ever After – the next exhilarating chapter for a band ready to take on the New Found Glory/Yellowcard mantle and totally bring their own unique depth and perception into the rollicking scheme of things.  Incessant touring all across the country has gained As It Is a solid fan base, and with the unveiling of okay., the UK based collective delivers the goods in an epic way!  Rainy days and heartbreak has before never sounded this joyously vibrant!

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