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The 10 Best Albums Of The First Half Of 2012

Since the end of June marks the end of the first half of the year, this is a list comprised of rwhat albums I believe to be the 10 best albums of the first half of 2012. Here I've gathered ralbums that I have found are all equally as exceptional in quality as each other to be above all rrthe rest. This isn't a personal favorite list, so I didn't select these albums according to which rrare my most favorites, I listed these in order according to what I believe to be the best rrregardless of personal preference, hence the wide variety of genres. The cutoff date for this rrlist was the 26th of June, since that was the last release date for music in the month. rrCompilations ralbums, and re-releases are not included on this list. This list goes in order from rr1 being the best, to 10 being the least best. Keep in mind that I can't listen to EVERY album rrthat comes out, so I'm sure I've missed a few gems that could have made it on this list.
10 Dion
Tank Full of Blues


With most blues artists being as old as they are, age sets in usually and makes their bluesy work especially blue, but it's really the same old (and I mean old as dirt) blues we've all heard from them. Dion is the only blues artist who feels really spry and still ambitious. He clearly loves his influences, presenting these historical sounds without feeling the need to retread through the same waters of his past work, and he manages to be cool and restless at heart in his attitude. The world needs more blues artists that have this flame that won't go out.
9Quakers
Quakers


With this many tracks that are this short, it kinda has this on the street freestyle beat vibe, this is a hip hop album that definitely has enough hip to it, and enough hop to the beats. Reflective of the coolness of the golden age, while still showing desire to be alternative, this has the best groove of any hip hop album this year.
8Earth
Angels of Darkness, Demons of Light II


Earth definitely aren't just churning out mind melting distortion with no purpose anymore like they did in the lower moments of their career. There's an apparent concept for your imagination to go wild with when projecting it upon these expansive sound plains of winding feedback. They have a point to their sound again, and it doesn't hit you in the head or change what they're known for, it betters it with a sense of direction.
7Bobby Womack
The Bravest Man in the Universe


Bobby and Damon Albarn are a match made in heaven. This album shows that with a little help from a producer as more of a friendship than a professional relationship, magic can truly conspire for everyone involved.
6Robert Glasper Experiment
Black Radio


Kind of set up like a radio. Which is a good idea for an album full of different guest artists. Even though each track is different from the other, there's an underlying intimacy that's consistent throughout the album, making it relaxing and broad as it unfolds.
5Anathema
Weather Systems


Anathema make a change to their sound that's similar to what Opeth did last year on their record "Heritage", they drop the doom and gloom of gothic death and go for some Neo-Prog. Like Opeth, they prove with this album that even if they drastically change their mood, the only thing that matters is how powerful the impact of that mood is. These guys adapt so well to any booming progressive atmosphere, painting vividly visceral portraits of authentic detail to fill the length of their compositions.
4THEESatisfaction
awE naturalE


How many hip hop duos nowadays have personalities this sly and cool, recalling a certain swing that beckons back to doo-woop? Now, how many FEMALE hip hop duos do that? This is unique and diverse in ideas and attitude, never letting the mood it sets die or get interrupted.
3Hot Chip
In Our Heads


Hot Chip have dropped the awkwardly shy indie innocence that was budding behind their dance beats in the past, and acquire honest emotion, a change that makes them successful in creating the album they've always envisioned.
2Torche
Harmonicraft


Isn't sludge metal supposed to be about long and drawn out, brutal, and thundering noises of doom that consume you like a black sea? Well, Torche manages to be that epic, but not anywhere near that dark. By adding harmonies as epic as the heavens and retaining the epicness of sludge metal, Torche creates both a soaring and harrowing album, making sludge metal catchy like pop rock in the process.
1 Fiona Apple
The Idler Wheel Is Wiser Than the Driver of the Screw and Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ro


Fiona is the most consistently human female pop singer, and this album further justifies that fact. Aside from how she once again deftly blends sexy jazz with brooding alt rock, her hands on connection to the listener here is unmatched.
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