|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.
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.
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.
|3||The Mars Volta|
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.
A lovely, soothing record that strays from Buckethead's usual affair. It's better and more relaxing than Electric Tears.
A beautiful, mammoth of an album, that expands over 2 CDs, but really rewarding.
Even though I haven't listened to their entire back catalog yet, this album is really strong.
A really moody monster, that requires a lot of patience. However, it gets under your skin.
|8||Black 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.
|9||Zac Brown Band|
A lovely country/southern rock album that has some really great and memorable tracks.
The Black Code
The best Wo Fat record so far, it has no filler and doesn't stretch out for too long.
Really cool retro stoner/psychedelic from Earthless' Isaiah Mitchell. Shady Grove is such an addictive tune
|12||The Brian Jonestown Massacre|
Anton makes a fun album that's less exotic than My Bloody Underground, but offers a lot of thrills.
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.
Sadness incorporated. Another great Lanegan record.
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.
God Told Me To
His best and most diverse effort yet.
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.
I wasn't too fond of this record after a first listen, but it has grown on me a lot ever since.
A strong album that has some really memorable songs (I love Feels Like We Only Go Backwards).
Another solid Sword record, this one sounds best when listened to as a whole. I feel the tracks lose momentum when listened to separately.
Sweet Heart Sweet Light
The album is good, but it's a bit too tame.
Really fun and to-the-point stoner rock. Also, I dig the singer's voice, sometimes it's similar to Dave Grohl's.
I haven't listened to Soundgarden that much, but the album is great.
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.
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.
However, half of the songs are fun, so I'll just ignore the rest.
|27|| ||Green Day|
The trilogy is still better than 21st Century Breakdown IMO.
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.
A solid return after a 9 year gap. These guys are still going strong after 43 years, it's amazing.
|30||The Dandy Warhols|
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)
Manson is back on track with Born Villain, but still needs more power and, sometimes, catchier hooks.
|32||How To Destroy Angels|
This EP only makes me more curious regarding the full length scheduled to be released next year. Also, Reznor's wife is hot.
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.
|34||Seven That Spells|
Insanity caught on tape.
A solid record, pushing towards a more techno sound. Still, it's slightly less rewarding than Pyramid Of The Sun.
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.
|37||Texas Hippie Coalition|
Outlaw metal and a band that does a proper job. Still, some songs are generic and predictable.
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.
|39||Front Line Assembly|
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.
|40||The 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.