|Best Of 2012, Midyear.|
There are still a few albums that I love from 2012, but can't give a score to yet (Action rBronson - Blue Chips, The Men - Open Your Heart, Ty Segall & White Fence - Hair, Ty Segall rBand - Slaughterhouse). There are also a few I just can't get in the mood for, maybe later r(Amadou & Mariam - Folila, Lower Dens - Nootropics, The Walkmen - Heaven). Here's the list rI've got for 2012 so far.
With Siinai: Heartbreaking Bravery
Following the Wolf Parade hiatus I'll always get excited for an album by any Dan or
Spencer's various projects. Dan hasn't let me down yet, but I hadn't heard anything
that impressive from Spencer. Since Sunset Rubdown's 2009 album, Dragonslayer,
it seemed like he raised the bar too high for himself. This still isn't something
comparable to his previous projects, but definitely his best effort as Moonface.
I haven't cared much about Jack White since before Elephant in 2003. That isn't
because the White Stripes got famous, but because every album was a mirror
image of another. This record actually made me want to catch up on where I left
off with the White Stripes. I usually hate when there is too much variation on an
album, but Jack White does it so well on this album without losing the listener.
The Stoned Immaculate
According to Currensy this was his REAL debut album. After kind of disowning Pilot
Talk and Pilot Talk 2, I expected he'd put out something phenomenal. It isn't a bad
album for that matter, I just really expected too much of Currensy. It may be a
grower though. I didn't think much of this album after my first few listens. I am
slowly starting to appreciate it.
Master of My Make-Believe
Fun, short, catchy. I overhyped this album for myself. Once I heard it, I realized I
wasn't even that crazy about her first album either.
Happy To You
There is no comparing to their debut self-titled album, but it still has it's moments.
Definitely a sophomore slump, but fun nonetheless.
Break It Yourself
Andrew Bird's sound is one of his own. You can't expect his albums to be too
different from the others. The songwriting here is great, like on many of his past
efforts, and the same can be said about his vocal harmonies. Not an essential
Andrew Bird album, but possibly a good album to be introduced to his discography.
I loved this album early on in the year. I kind of got over it, but it deserves it's spot
on this list for the amount of times I've played it. Especially considering their debut
was a complete flop.
In Our Heads
This was a hard album to rank. The good songs are way too good to be on this album, and the weaker ones can really kill the
mood. I probably do need to listen to this one a little more. "Motion Sickness" is definitely one of the best songs of 2012 in my
Live From The Underground
Really fun album! It can get repetitive since the majority of the choruses just
repeat the song's title four times, but that also makes it kind of fun and easy to
sing along to. It also allows you to pay more attention to K.R.I.T.'s verses. His consciousness meets the traditional southern
sounding beats so well, it is understandable why according to many it is already a classic.
|11|| ||De La Soul's Plug 1 & Plug 2|
De La Soul's Plug 1 & Plug 2 Present First Serve
Nearly a new De La Soul album, but not quite since Maseo isn't in the mix. Still
something to check out. Not much publicity for this album either. I think that was
kind of cool. As a huge De La fan, I was kind of expecting another classic, but this is just Posdnous and Dave having a good
time. It's quite entertaining to hear them mimic some of the ridiculousness of most modern Hip Hop
A really cool sounding album. Probably my favorite of this genre since Caribou's
Swim, from 2010.
|9||Eight and a Half|
Eight and a Half
I'm not a fan of the Stills whatsoever. I don't think they write good songs. This
being a side project of theirs, proved to me that the members are actually great musicians and CAN
write good stuff. I think this might drop come the end of the year though. Who knows? It mainly got this high cause it struck me
Habits and Contradictions
Probably the best T.D.E. release thus far. Good tracks, good collaborations.
The Bravest Man In The Universe
I truly believe everything Damon Albarn touches turns to gold. Besides broadways.
This project, wasn't a broadway. Bobby Womack's voice over each of these beats just comes together so well. Because of all
the average reviews, I think this will probably be the most underrated album of 2012. Everything about this album is absolutely
beautiful. It's artwork especially.
Attack On Memory
I love the rawness to this album. I didn't really care for previous Cloud Nothings
records, and I still don't know if I do. For now, this remains my favorite "discovery"
of 2012. Come the time, I'll check out their back-catalogue.
Cancer 4 Cure
2012 is a great year for El-P. I feel like come my end of year list I might bump this
slightly higher. The guests on this album really kill it, sometimes even stealing the
spotlight from El-P. I can't complain though. I like every guest artist on the album.
It's in your face. It's full of energy. It's Canadian. It's Punk N' Roll.
Very few bands get better with in time. Beach House is one of them. It's a great follow-
up to 2010's Teen Dream.
Port Of Morrow
This was probably my most anticipated album of 2012 at the beginning of the year.
Most people didn't feel like it lived up to the hype. I didn't either at first. Eventually,
this album blew my mind. The simplicity in the song writing is so well layered that it
may be the best Shins album, musically speaking. Although I hope there is, I don't think there is much more to come from the
Shins. I'd be completely satisfied if this were to be the last album of their discography.
Some of El-P's strongest beats are on this very album. That aside, Mike's wordplay is his best ever. The greatness of this album
is that very few expected a classic out of this. I do believe this will be looked back on for years to come. This is an