Album: The Underside of Power
Release Date: June 23, 2017
Favorite Tracks: “Walk Like a Panther,” “Cry of the Martyrs,” “The Underside of Power,” “Death March,” and “Cleveland”
This may be the most important album of 2017, and one that will certainly be on my year end best of ’17 list. The politically-charged lyrics of the Atlanta-based band offer hope in times of chaos and despair. Algiers sound is remarkable as it is indescribable, kind of a mix of gospel, with psychedelic soul (such as late-60s Temptations or Funkadelic at their most political), and punk rock all echoed in a wall of sound. This is definitely an album you should put on your list to check out.