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|2012.5...a Look At The Year's Best, Halfway Through|
Since everyone else is doing it, here's 12 albums that have defined 2012 for me. In order sort of...
"All Circles" is the kind of song that has restored my faith in modern lyricism...but the buck doesn't stop there. Ten Stories is packed with the kind of depth and quality songwriting that we've all come to expect from Aaron Weiss and company. "Elephant In The Dock" is another track that struck a chord with me, featuring the line "I don't know anything about truth, but I know falsehood when I see it and it looks like this whole world." Oh, and Hayley Williams' backup vocals add a nice touch on "Fox's Dream of the Log Flume." If this isn't Mewithoutyou's best work, then it is damn close.
|2||The Tallest Man On Earth|
There's No Leaving Now
It's every bit as good as The Wild Hunt, which is a frightening prospect. "Bright Lanterns" is the kind of track that every acoustic songwriter wishes he could make, swaying in a tropical atmosphere that is every bit as raw as it is intimate. The whole album is slower than The Wild Hunt, but it's also fuller sounding, shedding light on a whole new dimension to Matsson's talent.
To Walk Beside That Ghost
Perhaps it should come as no surprise that this album will pass by widely unnoticed come December. Racing Heart isn't the kind of band that garners attention, but they do more than their share to obtain it. The music isn't flashy, opting for meekness and introspection instead. The vocalist channels his inner Thom Yorke with mesmerizing chants and hums, but also isn't afraid to belt out a chorus with Win Butler's charisma. "The War" is the track to hear from this album, slowly weaving through surprising tempo changes and lush, gorgeous atmospheres.
All We Got Is Each Other
I remember being agitated upon first listen, but this album has grown on me to the point that I could never view it with anything less than complete adoration. It is unequivocally unique in just about every way, with humorous and meaningful lyrics that you simply won't find anywhere else. The story telling nature of the album adds to its intrigue, and along with the frantic pace and disregard for normalcy, you'll find 2012's most personalized record.
What We Saw From The Cheap Seats
Okay so this isn't a classic...I'll be the first to admit that my initial rating was a wee bit overzealous. But that doesn't change the fact that this is a stupendously written album, down to every last string, piano key, and quirky vocal inflection. This album exemplifies what Spektor is all about, combining the smoothness of Far with the oddness of Soviet Kitsch. It may not be her best work overall, but it's as complete of an album as she's ever written, and that's saying enough to compel you to take 40 minutes out of your day to have your ears charmed right the fuck off.
Burn The Boats
One of the best new acts in shoegaze/noise rock storms the scene with an epic debut. "Time Won't Mind" may already be the definitive song of their career, bellowing out a tremendously unforgettable ending that only took two minutes to build up to. If you want something a little off the wall, Burn The Boats should sit well with you.
Say what you will about the band's departure from purely bred pop, and criticize their blind venture into electro-pop and synthesized dance music. I'll be too busy swaying along to the soaring choruses, towering crescendos, and Queen-level epicness of tracks like "Some Nights" to worry about it. Enjoy the youthful energy of this album and remember what it's like to be young. An album of this nature - and with this much crossover potential - quite frankly comes along once in a blue moon.
|8||Of Monsters and Men|
My Head Is An Animal
We all knew that this would be the newest indie rock group to be commercially exploited, but their sound is too damn accessible to be ignored by the masses. It's slick and it's sweet, perhaps too much at times...however, tracks such as "Little Talks", "Dirty Paws", "Mountain Sound" and "Lakehouse" are all good enough to be the "Little Lion Man" of 2012. It's easy to be turned off by their fast rise to fame, but the genuineness of their music makes them the kind of band you want to root for.
|9||Margot and the Nuclear So and So's|
Rot Gut, Domestic
Unstable as they come, Rot Gut, Domestic is one of those albums that leaves you a little dazed afterwards. The album ventures through screams, shouts, reverb, and gentle acoustic passages. There's no rhyme or reason, this album is just Margot and The Nuclear So and So's rocking out and doing whatever the hell they want. As it happens, that's when they're at their best.
It's clunky and awkward, but it succeeds in spite of its mechanical nature. The music is so progressive that it seems to make changes to ideas before they are even fully fleshed out. At times it's frustrating, but the fluidity of the record makes you constantly eager to hear what's around the corner.
The Black Chord
It's throwback prog-rock at it's best, with plenty of metal influences. Astra offers influences ranging from Pink Floyd to King Crimson, and even though it was done before (and done better), there are very few modern bands that have managed to capture that iconic sound like Astra does on The Black Chord. It isn't the catchiest or most memorable album either - but what it lacks in tune sense it makes up for in technical proficiency, shredding, and crystal quality production.
Little Broken Hearts
If every song was as catchy as "Happy Pills", this would be even higher. But this is a solid album nonetheless, triumphing over invading fads such as Lana Del Rey's much hyped Born to Die. This won't top anyone's 2012 list, but it will make enough appearances to consider it one of the year's premier pop albums.
|Yeah so 2012 hasn't even come close to 2011 for me, but maybe the second half will change that. |
How's everyone doing?
|Yeah I know|
|Well you did ask...|
|I'm with you re: 2012 vs 2011 Sowing. Hoping you're right about the 2nd half of the year.|
|i didn't like the new mwY that much until i saw them live, it was terrific. Someone threw a stuffed elephant with a noose on it onto stage...anyway i've never seen an audience so into a show, everyone was sweating from shouting lyrics.|
|MewithoutYou grew on me and then grew off me again|
|"Someone threw a stuffed elephant with a noose on it onto stage..."|
|for the song Elephant in the Dock. It's chorus basically consists of HAAAANNG the ELEPHAAANT and so on. He hung it on the mic stand. I don't know why i felt the need to mention it, I just thought it was interesting haha|
|Haha. So there is some context. I just thought it was a random act, which would have been more awesome, but still, good shit.|
|that Astra album bored the piss out of me|
|Yeah it sucks. Probably gonna make it a 2.5 soon, but we will see.|
|Sweet, we share AOTY, and runner up to AOTY|
|I was deterred by Of Monsters and Men's popularity and their up-beat folkness, It's about time I give it another try. |
I preordered the new Tigers On Trains album on vinyl today, god I hope it's as good Grandfather.
|Page bookmarked. And Ilu.|
|It's weird you didn't include Killing Joke. I remember you loving this record.|
|He lied to you|
|He lied to everybody then. 4.5 star review. I'm looking at you.|
|I think sowing throws out 4.5s to get reactions like yours greg|
|Killing Joke was supposed to be on here, my bad greg|
|5 is great but it didn't exactly blow me away, curious about 11.|
|More people need to check out 3|
|That MWY album is a pile of shit. |
|wheres the m/ man|
|Some Nights is AOTY|
|i see no kayo dot, broken water, om and some other crap|
list is invalid
|My 2012.5 list is still better.|
Jeez, sowing, catch up on the tunes from this year
|2012 has been shitting on '11 for me|
|still haven't listened to the new MWY cause I don't get the band|
good list though, Sowing. as always
|I'm surprised Andrew bird isn't on here, Break It Yourself is incredible. |
|No problem bro. It was just my observation. Out of the albums you have here I only dug 11. 7 was disappointing. The rest is probably not my cup of tea.|
|2012: the hipster side of the year|
|2012: the hipster side of the year |
I know of all these but none of them are my thing. =(
|I love 12, 8 and 5 but cmon sowingggg|
2 is a half-assed and at times even embarassing rehash of his previous work
|fuck this list|
|can't be a good list without meshuggah when will you people learn|
|mad list intense people are adding norah jones and all |