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2012, Top Albums And Awards

So I had high hopes for 2012. A lot of my favorite artists were releasing albums; Tame Impala, Grizzly Bear, and P.O.S. to name a few. While there were a lot of albums that I enjoyed, there weren't really any that I had a strong connection with and really loved, which is a shame. However, it was still a great year for music and had a lot of strong albums. That being said, here's my top ten, along with a couple "awards."
14Kendrick Lamar
good kid, m.A.A.d city


---Most Overrated Album--- There is definitely something for everyone to enjoy on this album, from the catchy "Backstreet Freestyle" to "Money Trees," which samples Beach House. However, to call it this generation's Illmatic is a bit of an overstatement. I guess I just didn't connect with it as much as others did. Runner up: Frank Ocean - Channel Orange
13Dirty Projectors
Swing Lo Magellan


---Most Underrated Album--- This record completely took my by surprise. Every song here is insanely catchy, and sees Dirty Projectors innovating their sound. The whole thing is just a breath of fresh air. Also, "Just From Chevron" is my song of the year. I can't get enough of the dude's voice. Runner-up: The Shins - Port of Morrow
12P.O.S.
We Don't Even Live Here


---Biggest Disappointment--- His past two records have contained some of my favorite hip-hop songs of this generation, so I was extremely excited for this. After I heard the first single, "Bumper," I was in love and this increased my expectations even more. However, the record is quite dull and has some decent tracks, but none that really stuck out like his previous efforts. It's truly a shame; I was about to call him my favorite rapper if he had released something on-par with "Never Better." Runner-up: Some Nights - fun. (how did they get this shitty after releasing "Aim and Ignite"?!)
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10Godspeed You! Black Emperor
'Allelujah! Don't Bend! Ascend!


While it's solid, I still expected more from them. Still great to get new material after all these years though. Favorite track: We Drift Like Worried Fire
9Killer Mike
R.A.P. Music


Really solid album; I liked this one a lot the first time I heard it. The production is great and I really enjoy his flow. Favorite track: Southern Fried
8Regina Spektor
What We Saw From the Cheap Seats


While it's not as impressive as her earlier albums, it's pretty much exactly what I expected from her at this point. Not too many standout tracks but the album as a whole is quite consistent. Favorite track: Firewood
7The Shins
Port of Morrow


James Mercer may be the most consistent artist around. It's up to par with earlier Shins albums, and might even be a little more catchy. Favorite track: The Rifle's Spiral
6Aesop Rock
Skelethon


I had always tried to get into Aesop Rock before but I never could that much, save a couple songs. That changed with Skelethon. The beats are fantastic and his lyricism is at its finest, as he has made his best record yet here. He also showcased how triplets in rap verses are fucking cool. Favorite Track: ZZZ Top
5Dirty Projectors
Swing Lo Magellan


So my top five is very equal, there was not much separating them. This is a testament to my problem with 2012 - nothing really stuck out from the rest of the pack. I've already explained my love for this album above. Favorite Track (as well as my Song of the Year): Just From Chevron
4Alt-J
An Awesome Wave


This album came out of nowhere, and I didn't expect much from it. However, it captured my interest immediately, combining a variety of styles for their own unique sound. Debut album of the year, no question in my mind. Favorite Track: Breezeblocks
3Grizzly Bear
Shields


I can't find anything wrong with this album. One of the most consistent albums I've heard in years, and another great album from Grizzly Bear, even if it doesn't quite reach the greatness of 2009's "Veckatimest." Favorite Track: Gun-Shy
2Japandroids
Celebration Rock


This is exactly what I wanted Japandroids to release for their sophomore effort. I am still shocked they can get this huge sound from two people, and I love it. Favorite Track: Fire's Highway
1Tame Impala
Lonerism


My most anticipated album of 2012 is also my album of the year. The first time I heard it, I was disappointed and didn't even think it came close to 2010's "Innerspeaker." However, with each listen, it grew on me and I found an impressive record that is worthy of all the praise it receives. Their sound is one of the best in music today. It still doesn't surpass "Innerspeaker," though, but what could? Favorite Track: Nothing That Has Happened So Far Has Been Anything We Could Control Also, side note - "Feels Like We Only Go Backwards" is easily the best music video of 2012.
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