TOP 20 ALBUMS OF 2012: better late than neverPosted: January 4, 2013
Being that it’s already January and I’m about to start another semester at grad school, I had better pump this list out now. It was originally intended as a two-part deal with full reviews for each record…but now it’s going to be a list with some random words thrown in here and there.
Honorable mentions: Jessie Ware, St. Gregory Orange, Tigercats, Clock Opera, Sinkane, Shrag, The Maccabees, Maribel, Exlovers, Egyptian Hip Hop
And the top 20…
20. Lone Wolf / The Lovers
19. The Megaphonic Thrift / The Megaphonic Thrift
18. Django Django / Django Django
17. Cheers Elephant/ Like Wind Blows Fire
16. The Evens / The Odds
15. The Cribs / In The Belly Of The Brazen Bull
14. Ellen & the Escapades / All The Crooked Scenes
13. Mi Mye / The Time & The Lonelyness
12. Allo Darlin’ / Europe
11. My Tiger My Timing / Celeste
10. Bloc Party / Four
09. This Many Boyfriends / This Many Boyfriends
08. Nike & the Dove / Instinct
07. Alt-J / An Awesome Wave
06. Honour Before Glory / This Is Broken Lines
Whiskas, formerly of Forward, Russia!, continues to be awesome, albeit with a little less volume and energy.
05. Pulled Apart By Horses / Tough Love
Screamy post-hardcore with top-notch songwriting. They’ve perfected the blueprint they established on their first album.
04. The Crookes / Hold Fast
These guys are real working class heroes. I never imagined that they had this kind of record in them. Music is full of surprises.
03. Saint Etienne / Words & Music By Saint Etienne
A return to form for this veteran band. Their best album since 2001’s Finisterre and almost as good as the seminal Tiger Bay.
02. FOE / Bad Dream Hotline
Ask me tomorrow and this could be my favorite record of the year – #1 and #2 are that close. While Hannah Clark (Arthur, Hannah Shark) is a talent in her own right, the Entrepreneurs (Adam Crisp) production work on this record really sealed the deal.
01. Blood Red Shoes / In Time To Voices
One of the best bands on the planet right now. And they keep getting better with every album.