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Top 5 Albums Of 2012 (barring Green Day's tre! Is As Average As The Others)

2012 was a surprisingly great year for new artists and comeback artists. Barring that Green rrDay's iTre! is as average as the other two in the series rhere is my top 5 list for this year in rrmusic.
5I See Stars
Digital Renegade


Rarely am I the one to rank a metalcore album. But I See Stars totally hit the nail on the head with this one. It's their third album after the supposed letdown "End of the World Party" 3 years ago and they come and release their heaviest album to date. The heavy chugging Gnars Attacks is the start of an album that is consistent with it's electronic dance music/metalcore gem. Electric Forest (featuring the beautiful Cassadee Pope) has the heaviest, and most consistent breakdowns on the album. This album was a rare gem in the metalcore crown.
4Matchbox Twenty
North


10 years is far too long boys. The 90's/early 21st Century pop masters Matchbox Twenty return with their 4th album in their 16 year career. "North" is the album never shies away from the beauty, or the hooks that we always loved. At moments Parade sounds like the fondest moments of "Yourself or Someone Like You", and "Mad Season". She's So Mean is the bubbling hit of the year that gives us the hooks similar to "More than you think you are" and the band covers new ground with the 1920's swing song Radio, the Prog-Rock ballad Sleeping at the wheel and the disco pop jam Our Song.
3Hit The Lights
Invicta


If this is where pop punk is going now a days count me in. Hit The Lights 3rd album and major label debut "Invicta" is sonically powerful, confident lyricism, and pop presence that doesn't shy away from the punk break downs. Standout tracks like Gravity, Float Through Me, and Oh My God have a presence that just makes your ears want to orgasm. Earthquake is one of the best tracks released this year.
2Fun.
Some Nights


The clear breakout band of the year by mainstream standards. Fun. released their 2nd album "Some Nights" in early 2012. The catch on this, it's purely infectious. The album draws you in from the sonically beautiful Some Nights (Intro), into the violent funky title track Some Nights. We Are Young featuring a few choice verses by the lovely Janelle Monae, will be a commencement staple for years to come and the equally nostalgic One Foot is a track with one of the weirdest beats in recent memory. But it totally works. Fun. is here to stay.
1Yellowcard
Southern Air


Ahh the return of the Violin. Yellowcard came back with their 5th major label release "Southern Air" in August. The album is magnificent not only in pure musicianship which Yellowcard has had since "Lights and Sounds" back in 2005. The lyrics and the hooks are the groups best to date. Sleep in the Snow is a sheer power punk jam filled with a beautiful violin and sheering falsettos. Which is just as deep lyrically as it is musically. The only issue is that it will be it's most popular as a summer album, and it came out at the end of summer. June 2013 songs like Southern Air, and Here I Am Alive will top your friends summer playlists.
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