These dozen albums from 2012 were the ones that I enjoyed listening to the most over the course of the year. Again the list is arranged broadly in ascending order of likeability.
Swing Lo Magellan by Dirty Projectors
There is no way that I would have listened to this album (or an album like this) all the way through a couple of years ago. I mean where are the hooks, the conventional melodies, the verse-chorus-verse song structures?
A couple of years of blogging have if nothing else taught be the virtue of patience and sticking with music that may not be conventional but is fascinating nonetheless (I still don’t get Animal Collective though!)
Light Up Gold by Parquet Courts
Witty, intelligent and sonically pleasing punk/post punk from a New York band to watch out for
Other People’s Problems by Breton
I’m a sucker for any half decent coming together of rock and electronic music and Breton to their credit did an excellent job on their full length debut.
In 2012 I finally got into Cat Power as well, thanks to her most accessible and ‘pop’ oriented effort yet.
Sweet indie pop that even at its saddest still comes across as sunny and positive
Good old rock n roll, tastefully executed by an up and coming Tennessee trio. One of my favourite rock records of the year
Grimes third and most accomplished album to date is an experimental pop sonic leisure cruise
Remember When by The Orwells
Brilliant raucous garage rock by a young Illinois band that sound so seasoned and accomplished that it’s scary
Grizzly Bear like Cat Power had to ‘dumb’ down and make their most accessible record to date for me to like it and like it I did
This album was the rock equivalent of being given free reign in a candy store as a child. Every song is as good as the preceding one and the intensity rarely lets up.
This remains the most fun pop record to listen to of 2012 for me. There’s so much happening on each song -half the excitement is just trying to wrap your brain around that
Dylan Baldi’s first album with a full fledged band was released in Jan 2012….and it’s never really left my record player since then.
Songs like No Sentinent, Wasted Days, No Future No Past all captured an angst and disappointment that seemed more a sign of our times than relevant just to a certain phase of life.
So there you have it, my favourite albums of 2012. What about you? What were some of your favourite albums of 2012? Do let me know in the comments.