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Aids At Last: Top 100 Lps Of 2012

Better late than never, and it took some time for a lot of these records to really sink in. Anyway, here is my super over-the-top list of my 100 favourite LPs of 2012, with some word vomit for the top 15. Enjoy, or don't! but I really make this list cause I like looking at it, I know less than ten of you will actually read this.
100Nautic Depths
Submental Vol 1


shhhhhhhhh
99Mala
Mala In Cuba


pretty cool, should have been way better though
98Kashiwa Daisuke
Re:


pretty sure this is a comp and not an LP but boooourns
97Brian Eno
Lux


Another great Brian Eno album, yawn.
96Tim Hecker and Daniel Lopatin
Instrumental Tourist


This was a collaboration that didn't make much sense to me when I first heard about it, but in hindsight, it makes so much sense.
95The Men
Open Your Heart


Solid, but it's no Leave Home
94Basement
Colourmeinkindness


England can pop-punk too you guys
93DIIV
Oshin


marks off for band/album name, but marks on for being downer-core
92Lapalux
Some Other Time


I was in love with this initially but it wore off me a great deal, I still jam it once in a while though.
91Smoke Fairies
Blood Speaks


I was commissioned to write this review for Weeping's little game, and I'm glad I was. Nice, soothing folk rock from the UK.
90Crippled Black Phoenix
(Mankind) The Crafty Ape


Pink Floyd in the 21st century (not really but let me dream)
89Loscil
Sketches From New Brighton


Ambient from my lovely hometown of Vancouver. Not his best work, but really, really good.
88Dinosaur Jr.
I Bet On Sky


Dino Jr. pt. 2 continues to deliver the hard jams
87Glocca Morra
Just Married


twinkle twinkle motherfuckers
86J Kenzo
J:Kenzo


this could have been so so sooooo much better, but it's still nice to hear so high quality deep-dubstep tracks in LP form
85Jack White
Blunderbuss


I can't believe this is his first solo album, but hey, hey. I saw him tour this and it was such a mindblowing show, what a legend this guy is.
84Pop Winds
Earth To Friend


woahhhhh dude
83Abel (NY)
Make It Right


There's potential for greatness here, but this is just a bit too christain for my liking. Still a nice piece of Thrice-worship.
82Marijuana Deathsquads
Tamper, Disable, Destroy


KINGSobhi-core
81Birds in Row
You, Me, and the Violence


UK style melodic hardcore from (curveball!) France quoiiiiiiiiiiii?!?!?!?!
80The Walkmen
Heaven


missed them live last week :'(
79Trophywife
Hold Onto Your Luck


more of that new-wave of post-hardcore/screamo for the masses to love/hate
78Taylor Swift
Red


You are sexist if this is not in your top 80 these are troo facts
77Beneficence
Concrete Soul


hip-hop for the (concrete) soul
76Yppah
Eighty One


Lushhhhhhhh
75Captain Murphy
Duality


I am friends with Josh so this was always gonna be on my list.
74Rush
Clockwork Angels


obligatory
73Solterra
Soul, Earth, Sun


The EP was better but this rules too.
72Niechec
Smierc w miekkim futerku


I'm hip, right?
71Propagandhi
Failed States


A massive disappointment from my favourite Winnipeg punkers, who produced on of my favourite LPs of 2009, but still a great piece of music from a very consistent band.
70Grizzly Bear
Shields


Emeritus :'(
69Regina Spektor
What We Saw from the Cheap Seats


Her worst LP to date but it's still Regina so I still love it. Wag on Speks, wag on.
68Sudatsuga
Blue Moon Saiyeed


This one time I got SudatSUGA'd and then I had to walk to meet my parents for dinner and I was really stoned and oh man it was equal parts awkward and awesome.
67Zazen Boys
Stories


No more "COLD-AH BEAT-AH!" but they're still the boys, and they still got that zazz.
66Jeff Rosenstock
I Look Like Shit


yeah ok but how do you SMELL bro?
65Luv NY
Luv NY


Included because Hep Kat
64Love American
Disquiet


I saw these guys in a basement with -15 people it was so legit they were super bad but I bought their demo cassette tape omg I'm so indie (srs though this rules)
63Capacities
The Unexamined Life


Screamo still rules in 2012
62Tame Impala
Lonerism


smoke drugs kids
61The Saddest Landscape
After The Lights


Screamo still rules in 2012 [2]
60Sigur Ros
Valtari


Is this even good? I can't remember, but I used it to sleep for like a month when I was living in shitty, noisy hostels, so hey have a 4/5!
59 Continents.
.?.?.?and silence anchored our feet in granite


RIYL lame shit like La Dispute but also if you like non-lame shit like Loma Prieta. I like both so yayyy!!!
58Night Shift
Trespassers Guide to Nowhere


Ambient/Other, great genre
57Mount Eerie
Ocean Roar


MRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR!
56Suis La Lune
Riala


Screamo still rules in 2012 [3]
55Silversun Pickups
Neck of the Woods


"ok list but lol 55" neck
54mewithoutYou
Ten Stories


2nd-tier mwY album, super solid.
53Grimes
Visions


Genesis. That is all.
52...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead
Lost Songs


I'd never heard this band before this album, but they sound pretty great, so I guess I have a few allegedly amazing albums to listen to.
51Chromatics
Kill For Love


SamFeldmanAOTYcore
50Kaki King
Glow


The female Andy McKee
49Kytami
Kytami


Former Delhi 2 Dublin violinst embarks on a unique side-project, using a live drummer and a DJ to create a captivating combination of Drum n' Bass, Hip-Hop, and Classical. I saw her live a couple of weeks ago opening for UK DJ Icicle and it was truly a one-of-a-kind show. Also, hometown love.
48BADBADNOTGOOD
BBNG2


Good good, not bad.
47Thriftworks
Rainmaker


Not nearly as good as the EP, which was one of the best albums of the year, but this is still a worth while listen.
46Loma Prieta
I.V.


Screamo still rules in 2012 [4]
45Submotion Orchestra
Fragments


If we had .1 increments in our rating system, I would still give both this and Finest Hour 4.0
44Zelienople
The World Is A House On Fire


SamFeldmanAOTYcore
43The Menzingers
On the Impossible Past


Seriously what the hell is a Menzinger?
42ASC
Out Of Sync


"techno-dance remix for deviant" where are you cone I miss you
41The Cinematic Orchestra
In Motion #1


Their first album in 5 years isn't amazing, but it's just a relief that these guys still make music. Super solid album, and who would have expected anything else from such a consistent band?
40Animal Collective
Centipede Hz


It Hz so good.
39Venn Rain
Cymatic Cymbols


RiffOCore - 12 ratings WOAH slow down
38Monolake
Ghosts


but is it even techno?
37Dirty Three
Toward The Low Sun


"This is the best album of the year and I will give it 4/5" - Eli Manning, quarterback
36Wild Nothing
Nocturne


Ramy-core.
35Dads
American Radass (this is important)


Best album title/album artwork of the year. Also, solid twinkles, I like.
34Drowning Horse
Drowning Horse


See? Even gigantic pussies like me can SLUDGE sometimes.
33Mount Eerie
Clear Moon


Whale-core. What? I dunno go away.
32El-P
Cancer 4 Cure


I tired it the old way, that advice you gave to me was DIRT
31Jessie Ware
Devotion


Downer-core
30The Tallest Man on Earth
There's No Leaving Now


Ultimately, this LP was a bit of a disappointment for me when stacked up against his two others, but his top 30 spot is a bit inflated because I was in the crowd that was the first in the world to hear songs from this album live. It was in Cape Town, South Africa, and he played "Little Brother" and "Wind and Walls." It was a really great show.
29Killer Mike
R.A.P. Music


I don't make dance music this is R A P, opposite of that sucka shit they play on TV.
28Kishi Bashi
151a


Sometimes this guy sounds so delightfully Japanese and then other times he is clearly trying so hard to not sound Japanese at all and awww he is so cute. I am seeing him live with 24 on this list at a venue 5 minutes from my house in a couple of weeks and yayyyy it's gonna be great.
27Shrine
Somnia


I can't remember who said it or where, but it's still the best way I know how to describe this album: "like the perfect soundtrack to a lucid dream."
26Polica
Give You The Ghost


I read something where Justin Vernon said that this was one of his favourite bands, and, being the embarrassingly shallow hipster that I am, that alone was enough to convince me to give this album a go. I'm glad that I did though, because this is a great piece of subdued indie-rock with a great tasteful use of autotune (think Bon Iver and not Vampire Weekend).
25Aesop Rock
Skelethon


I was supposed to see this guy in Vancouver in January, but he broke his ankle or some shit (dilch) and now I have to wait until late April. Oh.
24Shugo Tokumaru
In Focus?


Japan have my babies.
23Ultraista
Ultraista


Nigel Godrich, famed Radiohead producer, takes his unique approach to electronic- infused rock music and combines it with angelic female vocals to create a lovely modern piece of synth-rock.
22John Talabot
Fin


dat Balearic Beat! If it wasn't for that one song Journeys, this probably could have been in the top 15. I really fucking hate that song.
21White Lung
Sorry


19 minutes of punchy punk-rock from no-nonsense Vancouver group White Lung. Selling point for 70% of the people reading this list: all the band members are women.
20Lights Out Asia
Hy-Brasil


After 2010's In The Days of Jupiter, not many fans thought that Lights Out Asia would it around and rival their 2008 masterpiece Eyes Like Brontide, but 2012 was a surprising year for a lot of bands. Add post-rock/electronic group Lights Out Asia to that list.
19Emay
Adam


This underexposed piece of independent hip-hop from Toronto is surely a sign of big things to come. As a debut, it is stunningly accomplished and mature, and it would be wise to keep an eye on Emay in 2013.
18Hidden Orchestra
Archipelago


A live band of jazz musicians which combine their musicianship with electronics and thoughtful samples to create a unique marriage of jazz and electronica. RIYL Submotion Orchestra, Jaga Jazzist, Do Make Say Think, The Cinematic Orchestra
17Kyary Pamyu Pamyu
Pamyu Pamyu Revolution


J-Pop has arrived. Embrace it.
16Andy Stott
Luxury Problems


UK techno legend returns with his most engaging, cohesive, complete work in....um....ever?
15Menomena
Moms


Down a member but showing no signs of slowing down, the multi-talented men of Menomena gloriously announced their new sound in 2012. While this is true of all Menomena albums, it carries more weight when talking about Moms due to the sudden lineup change since 2010's Mines: it was always going to be impossible for fans to know what to expect from this off-the-wall group of maniacal indie-rock geniuses with the new album. Some were worried that the magic would be gone, but nothing could be further from the truth. Their sound is no less full or varied; in fact much of the LP feels so much more expansive and indulgent than anything they have done since their debut. The lineup has changed and a key songwriter has been lost, but like a truly great band should have the ability to do, Menomena have evolved and left their past behind them, where it belongs, and gained a renewed sense of purpose and creativity.
14Leech
if we get there one day will you please open the


The top-tier of post-rock is a level that is rarely reached these days, but Swiss outfit Leech are coming closer than most. Grossly cliche album titles aside, If We Get There? is both a nod to the genre's storied past, and a purposeful look towards the future. They know when to stick to tested formulas and staples of the genre's sound, always executing them well, but also know when to take a left turn and expand on the expected instrumentation of the style by throwing synthesizers into the mix. This gives their music that dazzling sparkle that few instrumental rock bands can boast, and boosts If We Get There? in to the short list of my favourite albums of the year.
13Toys That Kill
Fambly 42


I can't remember the last time I loved an album so much, but had so little to say about why. Like many of my favourite records of 2012, Fambly 42 is rough around the edges -- a burst of jubilant emotion that falls somewhere in the punk/folk spectrum. It is easily one of the most fun albums of the year, and if I have to say much more than that to convince you to give it a go, then it probably isn't really your thing anyway, moving on?
12Big Boi
Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors


Following up on his crowd-pleasing debut was always going to be a tough task, but Big Boi does the job quite convincingly here. Everything that you ever liked about him is present on Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors ? his signature, rapid-fire flow, his clever jabs and witty one-loners, his constant allusions to his earlier work in Outkast ? but this time there is so much more. The guest list reads like the lineup for a "dirty south" rap festival in ATL, with a few curveballs thrown in just for fun. Many accuse it of being overblown and even cheesy at times, and I hardly disagree. My only rebuttal: it's Big Boi baby, soak it up. My only other rebuttal: Boy check the resume it's risky business in the A?in the A?in the A A A A.
11Right Away, Great Captain!
The Church of the Good Thief


Andy Hull completes his trilogy of conceptual solo albums with The Church of The Good Thief, and further proves that he's no slouch without the other members of Manchester Orchestra. This LP, the crowing jewel of the trio, is a winding tale of lust, loneliness, desperation, and heartbreak. One of its greatest strengths is that Hull demonstrates his ability to capture and amaze the listener by using either grandiose elements and huge sounds, or delicate, quiet, and simple passages of emotional vulnerability. This is a lyrical folk album as powerful as any you are likely to hear this year, and it is not to be missed.
10Waxahatchee
American Weekend


The same four chords over and over, the same hissy, lo-fi buzz on each track ?and yet Kate Churchfield makes you wonder if any of this even matters with her gripping and heart-wrenching solo album, recorded following the break-up of P.S. Eliot. Comparisons could easily be made here to the early era of The Mountain Goats, the tapes that were released when John Darnielle was armed only with a Panasonic Boombox and a head full of twisted stories and metaphors. Few people can pull this kind of sound off: throwing away studio wizardry and clean recording techniques in favour of pure, honest songwriting, and a gritty exterior, but Churchfield has, time and time again, proven that this is precisely where she feels most comfortable. American Weekend is the epitome of a grower; something about it gets under your skin from the first listen, and it keeps you coming back. Get lost Mumford and Sons: this is the sound of true folk music in the 21st century.
9Clubroot
III - MMXII


I spent nine months of 2012 travelling abroad, and though I promised myself I wouldn't go on about this in my write-ups (it was hard not to: most of these albums come paired with very specific memories), for this one I could not resist. When I left Canada in September 2011, my knowledge of dubstep, like most North Americans, did not extend very far past the figureheads of the popular American movement: Skrillex, Datsik, Zeds Dead (woooo Canada!). I had dabbled in the less aggressive and more thoughtful side of the genre, but nothing had quite stuck yet, though (cliche alert!!) Burial was coming close. Now, a year and a half later, I consider myself modestly knowledgeable about the true origins of the genre and all the modern-day incarnations of the sound, of which there are many. But when I think back on this musical journey, the one album I hear in my head, the one memory I am instantly drawn to, is walking through the streets of Berlin listening to Clubroot's third album. Though I continue to listen to it regularly, it always reminds me of those first few obsessive days, wandering through graffiti covered streets and billowing shisha smoke in a daze, transfixed by a sound that I previously thought did not exist. My taste has continued to evolve, and I now listen to dozens of UK deep dubstep producers, but the scene has, to my knowledge, not produced such a stunning, glorious, massive LP in a long time. I can't describe this album with words at all, but something about it is just so desperately gripping and immediate that I would only need to show someone my favourite track (Lurking in the Shadows, definitely) to convince them that I was right about Clubroot and the sheer, undeniable quality of his music.
8Fiona Apple
The Idler Wheel...


The Idler Wheel? is yet another voyage into the twisted thoughts of prolific songwriter Fiona Apple, who has proven herself to be one of the most consistent artists in music today, even if her pace is slower than most. The seven year wait between LPs seems to have paid off however, as the 2012 rendition of Fiona's sound is harsh, bitter, catchy (but at the same time, the complete opposite of catchy), and glorious from start to finish. The Idler Wheel? is a unique look at unrequited love and what it can do to a person's psyche. She communicates this theme not just trough her fantastic lyrics, but also through warped, unsettling piano runs, fidgety drums beats, and a variety of other unorthodox musical approaches. It is an album with a distinct personality that jumps out of the speakers and fascinates listeners with its strange appeal. Many are turned off in the process, but Fiona Apple does not care, for The Idler Wheel? sounds exactly like it was supposed to, kitschy appeal and all.
7John K. Samson
Provincial


It's been six years since the last studio album from legendary Canadian indie- rockers The Weakerthans, and there isn't any word of a reunion tour anytime soon. Thankfully, John Samson, their genius lyricist and charming frontman, is doing what he can to fill the void. Provincial, his first solo full-length (sort of), can't help but draw comparisons to masterpieces like Left and Leaving and Reconstruction Site, which is definitely natural. However the album is distinct in that, more than any album he has ever produced as part of a band, Samson completely lets loose with his analogies and metaphors and indulges in all the many eccentricities of his personality. The resulting album is less focused and emotionally powerful than Left and Leaving, and it isn't as deliciously catchy and ironic as Reconstruction Site. Instead we get a cleverly worded (as always, aww shucks John) glimpse into the mind of a man who writes HTML code, plays Call of Duty and Grand Theft Auto (San Andreas), feels strongly about Manitoba and Winnipeg local politics ? and so much more. We still wait patiently for a new album by The Weakerthans, but their music is sort of a drug to me, and Provincial is the perfect hit by their enigmatic frontman with his strange way of making the mundane feel desperately magnificent.
6iNTRiKeT
The Woods


The Woods is a remarkable debut full-length from a young Vancouver-Island based producer poised to join the group of a select few North-American electronic producers that are dedicated to pushing the boundaries and exploring new sounds all the time. While his musical influences in past were coming almost entirely from the realm of dubstep and drum and bass, this budding amateur has increased his range exponentially in a remarkably short time, and the result in a wholly unique combination of minimal UK style deep dubstep and organic guitar melodies, but showing influence from a virtually endless list of styles including trip-hop, ambient, drum and bass, downtempo, even folk and shoegaze. The genius of this LP is how the producer is able to tie all these sounds together into a piece of music that is cohesive and truly one of a kind. The Woods is a refreshing piece of organic electronic music that is a must-listen for anyone who enjoys deep bass, engaging beats, and soothing textures.
5Japandroids
Celebration Rock


There are not many modern rock bands that divide the greater musical fan base as sharply as the Vancouver-based duo Japandroids. I have already typed many words in defense of my love for their pure, sincere, and glorious take on garage- rock, so I will try to keep this one brief. Brain and Kevin are two guys who enjoy life with an intensity matched by few. They live fast and hard, and they play loud and with reckless abandon. There is nothing remarkably unique about their songwriting or instrumentation at all really. What these two offer in place of flashy technique and musicianship is pure, raw emotion, the sort that is universally relatable to anyone who has ever cherished the memory of a night of inexplicable magic fueled by too much beer (stolen from the parent's special fridge - the one in the garage) and the happy, carefree vibes of camaraderie among good friends.
4Flying Lotus
Until The Quiet Comes


Every FlyLo fan seems to have a different opinion on the arch of quality and consistency of his career's musical releases, and they're all equally irrelevant, so what the hell, here's mine: Since Steven Ellison began creating his enchanting brand of instrumental hip-hop under the Flying Lotus moniker, he has been steadily improving with each album. His fourth LP, Until The Quiet Comes, is a sprawling twisted journey filled with all the lovable sonic approaches of many of his previous works, but with a sense of sonic unity that ties the whole album together. If Los Angeles was the gripping, cohesive epic, and Cosmogramma was the quirky work of art that was majestic in its sporadic nature, then UTQC is the marriage of the two, with just the right amount of playfulness thrown into the mix (a throwback, in some ways, to his earlier days as a producer of short musical interludes and cartoon theme music with Adult Swim). Flying Lotus has been on the leading edge of experimental electronic music for nearly a decade now, and his most recent effort is the brainchild of an accomplished and knowledgeable musician. Is it better than his previous albums, each magnificent in their own right? Again, that's for the individual to decide. But for this fan, nothing Ellison has made has ever sounded so fresh, lively, and engaging.
3The Mountain Goats
Transcendental Youth


Few bands, if any, can boast a discography as deep, consistent, or magnificent as The Mountain Goats. They no longer need any introduction, and Darnielle's status as a modern day poetic genius was cemented long ago. From the years between 2000 and 2005, Darnielle's usual output of remarkable music was kicked into overdrive, and The Mountain Goats produced (in my opinion) the best run of albums ever. Five undeniable classics, each a different take on folk/rock music, and each a perfectly crafted piece of emotional expression and detailed story-telling. While the music after 2005 continued to be phenomenal, most fans would agree that Darnielle hasn't threatened his top tier since 2005's The Sunset Tree. The 2012 rendition of The Mountain Goats' unique sound may not eclipse the golden years, but it's the closest the band has come. Transcendental Youth, like most tMG albums, is a tale of passion and disillusionment, of trying to find the answers without knowing the questions, of defining oneself against the society that fostered our bizarre personal quirks and habits. In many ways it is a triumphant expression of rediscovered youth and vigour, though in others it is a disgruntled cry for a tangible meaning of life. In other words, it is what we have come to expect from The Mountain Goats. Transcendental Youth, while it definitely fits in with their discography well, is in many ways a completely fresh Mountain Goats album with its own identity. When John Darnielle decides to release something, it is usually in among the best pieces of music of the year, and it should be no surprise that 2012 is no different. The most consistent band of all-time shows no sign of slowing down, and it wouldn't be entirely ridiculous to expect another "golden era" of comparable quality to 2000-2005. Exhibit A: Transcendental Youth ? a huge step- up from a level that most other bands could only ever dream of being at to begin with.
2Godspeed You! Black Emperor
'Allelujah! Don't Bend! Ascend!


From the first time I heard Godspeed You! Black Emperor in the summer of 2007 I was instantly hooked. I had never heard anything even remotely like it before. It is now 5 years on, and while I have been expanding my knowledge of post-rock at an exponentially increasing pace since that fateful day, I have still never heard anything like them. Sure, many attempt to imitate, and some even do it quite well, but none of these bands can mimic the urgency of their build-ups, or the sheer beauty of their crescendos, the absolutely perfect field recordings, or, most importantly, the conceptual arch that ties all of their pieces together. Many say that post-rock is a "dead genre", and I would argue that (if it is even true) this is because it has been ten years since the Godspeed released three of the best albums ever recorded, and no one has even come close to reaching that bar they set. So imagine my surprise and delight as a megafan when, completely out of the blue, one day in October, the recently reunited but long-dead (in terms of studio albums) group drops an LP of new studio material. People say many things about Allelujah!..., like "it is just a rehash of their old sound" and "these songs have been being played live for a decade". To both of these supposed complaints, my response is "?.so?" Why would they change it up now, nearly a decade later, as still arguably the most popular "underground" band of all-time, and the masters of a certain sound? Is it ground-breaking like The Infinity Unit? Is it brilliantly conceptual or punchy like the Slow Riot EP? Is it as marvelously grand and breathtaking as Lift Your Skinny Fists?? Well, no, of course it isn't, but that does not mean that it is not a remarkably FRESH piece of post-rock (yes, I said 'fresh', again, who else sounds like this?) that is monstrous and epic in its own right. Say what you want about this album. Say it is comprised of ideas that are recycled or irrelevant after nearly a decade, or say it doesn't come close to their other work. But this is the first LP in ten years from the undeniable kings of a once flourishing genre, and as its own piece of music, not being compared to the classics of the genre, its quality is stunning. Nearly an hour of shimmering guitar lines and sharp, exotic violin themes combined with bombastic percussion and clever samples, producing an overall musical tone that is foreboding, epic, and distinctly Godspeed. When I first started listening to their music in 2007, I never thought I would have a new studio album to digest. But somehow, the reunion took shape and eventually delivered exactly what I thought could never happen, and it's everything I could have ever hoped for.
1Hop Along
Get Disowned


2012 was a momentous year in music for me. It saw my two favourite bands of all time release LPs, and a large number of my favourite songwriters releasing fantastic solo efforts (John Samson, Andy Hull, Katie Churchfield, etc.). There were plenty of strong releases from the world of electronic music, as well as a large number of top rap/hip-hop albums. But with all this going on, rising to the top of the pile is an ugly folky indie-rock album that is nothing if not rough around the edges. Frances Quinlann's yelpy vocals have deterred many, being called "screechy" at times, and they are certainly hard to love. This is true of the entire album in fact: through ten tracks of loud, often abrasive madness, Hop Along bears their collective soul via raw, passionate rock music. It is not a settling album, I can agree with its detractors on that point, but therein lies the strange beauty of Get Disowned. It sounds nervous, fidgety, and unsure of itself, pairing perfectly with Quinlann's open-ended questions of love and desperation. There is something undeniably human about the sounds and words found within this frenzied album, and while some are turned off by its ugliness, something about the sound that Hop Along have perfected here appeals to me in a way that is impossible to articulate. Get Disowned is a remarkably emotional and personable album once the listener can begin to accept it for what it is, flaws an all. Perhaps Quinlann herself said it best on No Good al Joad when she yelps (and I mean fucking YELPS) "everybody is a little hard to love sometimes." In a year of the first Godspeed LP in 10 years, the best Mountain Goats album since their golden era, and dozens of other fantastic releases, this slow-burner has left them all in its dust. Best album of the year? Dear god no. But nothing released in 2012 carries the same emotional weight for me as this album does. It is ugly, neurotic, but yet strangely uplifting (sometimes even life-affirming) and I can't get enough of it.
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