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The 10 Best Albums Of The First Half Of 2012

Since the end of June marks the end of the first half of the year, this is a list comprised of rwhat albums I believe to be the 10 best albums of the first half of 2012. Here I've gathered ralbums that I have found are all equally as exceptional in quality as each other to be above all rrthe rest. This isn't a personal favorite list, so I didn't select these albums according to which rrare my most favorites, I listed these in order according to what I believe to be the best rrregardless of personal preference, hence the wide variety of genres. The cutoff date for this rrlist was the 26th of June, since that was the last release date for music in the month. rrCompilations ralbums, and re-releases are not included on this list. This list goes in order from rr1 being the best, to 10 being the least best. Keep in mind that I can't listen to EVERY album rrthat comes out, so I'm sure I've missed a few gems that could have made it on this list.
10 Dion
Tank Full of Blues

With most blues artists being as old as they are, age sets in usually and
their bluesy work especially blue, but it's really the same old (and I mean
old as
dirt) blues we've all heard from them. Dion is the only blues artist who
feels really
spry and still ambitious. He clearly loves his influences, presenting these
sounds without feeling the need to retread through the same waters of his past work, and he
manages to be
cool and restless at heart in his attitude. The world needs more blues
artists that
have this flame that won't go out.

With this many tracks that are this short, it kinda has this on the street
beat vibe, this is a hip hop album that definitely has enough hip to it, and
hop to the beats. Reflective of the coolness of the golden age, while still
desire to be alternative, this has the best groove of any hip hop album
this year.
Angels of Darkness, Demons of Light II

Earth definitely aren't just churning out mind melting distortion with no purpose
anymore like they
did in the lower moments of their career. There's an apparent concept for
imagination to go wild with when projecting it upon these expansive
sound plains of
winding feedback. They have a point to their sound again, and it doesn't
hit you in
the head or change what they're known for, it betters it with a sense of
7Bobby Womack
The Bravest Man in the Universe

Bobby and Damon Albarn are a match made in heaven. This album shows
that with
a little help from a producer as more of a friendship than a professional
magic can truly conspire for everyone involved.
6Robert Glasper Experiment
Black Radio

Kind of set up like a radio. Which is a good idea for an album full of
different guest
artists. Even though each track is different from the other, there's an
intimacy that's consistent throughout the album, making it relaxing and
broad as it
Weather Systems

Anathema make a change to their sound that's similar to what Opeth did
last year
on their record "Heritage", they drop the doom and gloom of gothic
death and go
for some Neo-Prog. Like Opeth, they prove with this album that even if
drastically change their mood, the only thing that matters is how
powerful the
impact of that mood is. These guys adapt so well to any booming
atmosphere, painting vividly visceral portraits of authentic detail to fill
the length of their compositions.
awE naturalE

How many hip hop duos nowadays have personalities this sly and cool,
recalling a
certain swing that beckons back to doo-woop? Now, how many FEMALE
hip hop
duos do that? This is unique and diverse in ideas and attitude, never
letting the
mood it sets die or get interrupted.
3Hot Chip
In Our Heads

Hot Chip have dropped the awkwardly shy indie innocence that was
budding behind
their dance beats in the past, and acquire honest emotion, a change that
them successful in creating the album they've always envisioned.

Isn't sludge metal supposed to be about long and drawn out, brutal, and
noises of doom that consume you like a black sea? Well, Torche manages
to be
that epic, but not anywhere near that dark. By adding harmonies as epic
as the
heavens and retaining the epicness of sludge metal, Torche creates both
a soaring
and harrowing album, making sludge metal catchy like pop rock in the
1 Fiona Apple
The Idler Wheel Is Wiser Than the Driver of the Screw and Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ro

Fiona is the most consistently human female pop singer, and this album
justifies that fact. Aside from how she once again deftly blends sexy jazz
brooding alt rock, her hands on connection to the listener here is
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