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RARB Picks of 2017

Welcome to RARB Picks of the Year, 2017 Edition!

Reviewers who published at least seven reviews in 2017 were asked to select one Pick of the Year and one Honorable Mention from albums that they personally reviewed for RARB. Reviewers with fewer published reviews could choose only a Pick of the Year. (Albums chosen in both categories are listed as Picks only; the full listing may be found under individual reviewers.) Reviewers could submit descriptions of their picks, but were not required to.

Reviewers were also asked to select Tracks of the Year on a similar principle, again restricted to the tracks that they personally reviewed for RARB. Reviewers could also abstain from making selections in any or all categories.

Finally, our singles reviewers and editorial staff jointly chose one Single of the Year.

Albums of the Year

Honorable Mentions

Tracks of the Year

Single of the Year

Clef Hangers (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill) – Castle on the Hill

Carolina's oldest a cappella group has a crisp new award — RARB's Single of the Year for 2017. We love the sonic drama on display here: the Clef Hangers visit more highs and lows than Ed Sheeran does in his original, and we're pumped for every measure. 2017 was a pretty big year for the Clefs; in addition to releasing Castle on the Hill, the group put out an anniversary album (Fixate) to celebrate its 40th anniversary. That release also received high praise from RARB, and now we're positively buzzing about the legacy of this special group.

Rebecca Christie

Jonathan Minkoff

Elie Landau


Kimberly Raschka Sailor

John Colton

Catherine Lewis

Malcolm Piper

Brian Alexander

Sean P. Gorecki

Daniel G. Westbrook

Kyle Yampiro

Andrew Adams

Stephen Lanza

Dom Otto Asís

Thomas Dec

Louis Jack Ades


How To Get Your Work Reviewed

To have your album (2 or more tracks) reviewed by RARB, please fill out our online album registration form.

To have your digital single reviewed by RARB, please fill out our online singles registration form.

Feel free to email us if you have any questions.