After taking a few days into this lovely 2013 to listen to a few last albums, I finally had my list completed for the Best Albums of 2012. I spent some time working on my graphic, and typing out a thought-filled post for you all to read. Finally came the time to post it, and it all vanished. I mean, it straight up disappeared. No post, no links, no saved draft. Needless to say, I was angry. So, after taking another day (or two) to rewrite everything, I give you my list for 2012.
Last year was a strange one when it came to music. It seemed like as the months ticked away, there really weren’t any albums being released that jumped out as standouts for the year. Sure, there was a good one here, and a good one there. I was kind of upset with music overall.
Then, I realized that my Spotify kept playing the same things over and over. And, my iPhone was full of albums that went on and never came off. I found myself finding new bands like the Alabama Shakes. I found duo’s like the Japandroids trying one more and final time to “make it,” producing a hit album like Celebration Rock. Spreading beyond typical hit genres, we saw Abel Tesfaye, The Weeknd, practically reinvent R&B music singlehandedly.
2012 slowly but surely became an amazing year for music, no matter what kind you like. The following is my list of the best twenty five albums released over the past twelve months, in my opinion. I hope you discover something you haven’t heard, and fall in love with it like I did.
25. Father John Misty—Fear Fun
24. Glen Hansard—Rhythm and Repose
23. Here We Go Magic—A Different Ship
21. Tame Impala—Lonerism
20. Divine Fits—A Thing Called Divine Fits
19. The Helio Sequence—Negotiations
17. Soft Swells—Soft Swells
16. The Weeknd—Trilogy
15. Ben Howard—The Burgh Island EP
14. Half Moon Run—Dark Eyes
13. Twin Shadow—Confess
12. Mumford & Sons—Babel
11. The Walkmen—Heaven
10. Regina Spektor—What We Saw From The Cheap Seats
9. The xx—Coexist
8. Chromatics—Kill For Love
7. Beach House—Bloom
6. Lovedrug—Wild Blood
5. Grizzly Bear—Shields
4. ∆ (alt-J)—An Awesome Wave
3. Frank Ocean—channel ORANGE
2. Alabama Shakes—Boys & Girls
1. Japandroids—Celebration Rock
In a year where I had originally struggled to find standout music, I ended up discovering more than I could hope for. While it was more of a challenge to refine this list than I could begin to describe, there are several albums that stood out, that just didn’t make the final cut. The following, are my five honorable mentions:
-Walk the Moon—Walk the Moon
-Dinosaur Jr.—I Bet On The Sky
And while this isn’t enough music already, 2012 has come and gone. This music is in the past. A week into 2013, and we already have some great music surfacing. To prepare you, I give you the five albums that I am currently most excited for to come out in the months to come.
-The Joy Formidable—Wolf’s Law
-Frightened Rabbit—Pedestrian Verse
Music is something special. It has a way of resonating with people on a level nothing else can. It is something that I surround myself with daily, and something that I truly love. You may know these artist and albums already. But, if you don’t, I hope that you find something that speaks to you. I’m attaching a link to a full Spotify playlist for you to subscribe to (Click Here), and including the playlist below for ease as well. Now turn up the speakers, and enjoy.