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My Top 40 Albums Released In 2012

Yet another 2012 albums list. There are lots of records released this year that I haven't listened to yet, I know. Feel free to recommend anything related and unrelated to the ones featured. I understand Sputnik will loathe some of the records on my list, but it's my list, I don't care.
1Greenleaf
Nest Of Vipers


Without realizing, this is the album I listened to most and I could listen to anytime. The songs are simply crafted, but are really strong and diverse.
2Deftones
Koi No Yokan


Another strong effort by Deftones, Koi No Yokan works better as a whole. The tracks are usually more layered than before and Chino and Stephen have never worked better together.
3The Mars Volta
Noctourniquet


A divisive record for the fan base, but great nevertheless. I love the electronic elements, too bad these guys decided to go on a hiatus.
4Buckethead
Electric Sea


A lovely, soothing record that strays from Buckethead's usual affair. It's better and more relaxing than Electric Tears.
5Hammock
Departure Songs


A beautiful, mammoth of an album, that expands over 2 CDs, but really rewarding.
6Rush
Clockwork Angels


Even though I haven't listened to their entire back catalog yet, this album is really strong.
7Swans
The Seer


A really moody monster, that requires a lot of patience. However, it gets under your skin.
8Black Light Burns
The Moment You Realize You're Going To Fall


A diverse record, where Borland lets his imagination loose and shows how much potential he has.
9Zac Brown Band
Uncaged


A lovely country/southern rock album that has some really great and memorable tracks.
10Wo Fat
The Black Code


The best Wo Fat record so far, it has no filler and doesn't stretch out for too long.
11Golden Void
Golden Void


Really cool retro stoner/psychedelic from Earthless' Isaiah Mitchell. Shady Grove is such an addictive tune
12The Brian Jonestown Massacre
Aufheben


Anton makes a fun album that's less exotic than My Bloody Underground, but offers a lot of thrills.
13Dot Hacker
Inhibition


Josh Klinghoffer always showed a lot of potential and here (unlike RHCP's I'm With You, where he sounds restrained) has a lot of space to expand his ideas.
14Mark Lanegan
Blues Funeral


Sadness incorporated. Another great Lanegan record.
15Soulsavers
The Light The Dead See


Dave Gahan's voice really suits the somber atmosphere of the record. In some ways, this is be the follow-up to Depeche Mode's Ultra.
16John 5
God Told Me To


His best and most diverse effort yet.
17Foxy Shazam
The Church Of Rock And Roll


Even if it's not the band's best record out there, it's fun and has a lot of great songs.
18Om
Advaitic Songs


I wasn't too fond of this record after a first listen, but it has grown on me a lot ever since.
19Tame Impala
Lonerism


A strong album that has some really memorable songs (I love Feels Like We Only Go Backwards).
20The Sword
Apocryphon


Another solid Sword record, this one sounds best when listened to as a whole. I feel the tracks lose momentum when listened to separately.
21Spiritualized
Sweet Heart Sweet Light


The album is good, but it's a bit too tame.
22Torche
Harmonicraft


Really fun and to-the-point stoner rock. Also, I dig the singer's voice, sometimes it's similar to Dave Grohl's.
23Soundgarden
King Animal


I haven't listened to Soundgarden that much, but the album is great.
24The Offspring
Days Go By


Aside from the two or three songs that never should've seen the light of day, only plaguing the record, it is actually a mostly nice listen that brings some of the band's earlier punch back. It's better than Green Day's trilogy anyway.
25Green Day
iTRE!


Blame me for fanboy-ism, I don't care. Objectively, these should be at the bottom of the top since they are Green Day at their most indulgent.
26Green Day
iDOS!


However, half of the songs are fun, so I'll just ignore the rest.
27 Green Day
ĦUNO!


The trilogy is still better than 21st Century Breakdown IMO.
28Orange Goblin
A Eulogy For The Damned


This record has lots of cojones. It's one of Orange Goblin's few records that I listen to as a whole.
29ZZ Top
La Futura


A solid return after a 9 year gap. These guys are still going strong after 43 years, it's amazing.
30The Dandy Warhols
This Machine


A more collaborative effort this time, but also a really unfocused one. Some songs are great, some are lacking (Courtney's tracks are still the best IMO)
31Marilyn Manson
Born Villain


Manson is back on track with Born Villain, but still needs more power and, sometimes, catchier hooks.
32How To Destroy Angels
An Omen


This EP only makes me more curious regarding the full length scheduled to be released next year. Also, Reznor's wife is hot.
33John Frusciante
PBX Funicular Intaglio Zone


Frusciante's new sound is interesting and the album does have some great songs. However, I liked him a lot more when he released guitar-centered albums and the songs sounded more personal.
34Seven That Spells
Superautobahn


Insanity caught on tape.
35 Maserati
VII


A solid record, pushing towards a more techno sound. Still, it's slightly less rewarding than Pyramid Of The Sun.
36Nightstalker
Dead Rock Commandos


Cool and to the point, this old-school stoner rock album is strong at first listens. Unfortunately, it gets a bit boring earlier than it should.
37Texas Hippie Coalition
Peacemaker


Outlaw metal and a band that does a proper job. Still, some songs are generic and predictable.
38Delerium
Music Box Opera


Not one of Delerium's best releases, being more of a Chimera Pt. 2. It has some great songs, but half the album is unmemorable. Also, there are a few wrong choices of vocalists.
39Front Line Assembly
AirMech


A cool soundtrack, influenced by Leeb's other project Delerium and more reminiscent to Front Line Assembly's Civilization. Still, a proper new release would be a lot more rewarding.
40The Flaming Lips
The Flaming Lips And Heady Fwends


Some interesting jams here, but overall the effort is kinda hit or miss. The track that features Kesha is surprisingly solid.
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