The year of 2012 has brought in an abundance of great new albums, as well as some great reissues. In this post I give you my top ten personal favorite albums that have come out of this year.
1. Animal Love – Charlene Kaye
With Charlene Kaye you will hear dancehall pop, throwback soul, and dazzling rock and roll, all knotted together with her striking, sultry voice. Animal Love contains various electronic textures: layered vocals, synthesizers, drum samples, and big, chaotic guitar solos.
2. Fear Fun – Father John Misty
Leaving behind his Fleet Foxes days and eight, in his opinion mediocre, solo albums; Josh Tillman goes above and beyond musical genius with his first album under the moniker Father John Misty.
3. Walk the Moon – Walk the Moon
Walk the Moon’s June release has been the album to have the most impact on me this year. There is rarely a day that goes by without me listening to at least one of the eleven tracks. Filled with synths, sick beats, and bass lines that never leave your head, this is one great self-titled release.
4. Some Nights – Fun.
Going by their six Grammy nominations, it is easy to say Fun has created some pretty incredible music. Some Nights is fairly different from their freshman album Aim and Ignite, but never fully strays from the great sound these three men have built as their signature.
A bit inappropriate at times, Magic Hour isn’t exactly the album to listen to with your parents; however, it is probably one of the best albums of this year to dance to. Harmonic vocal lines and some great samples are brought together to create the theme song to the craziest raves.
6. Here – Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes
This album is somewhat more hush-hush in comparison to the Zeroes first album. Here is filled with quiet bursts of trumpet and drums, backed up by reflective soul-searching chants. The album builds on the cathartic, communal atmosphere the band has contained since their first release Up From Below.
7. Lonerism – Tame Impala
Lonerism is filled with technology – synths, electronic drums, samples, et cetera making it borderline dance music; however, the psychedelia of it all cancels that out. Its continual motion and Beatles esc feel draws you in like a drug.
8. Diluvia – Freelance Whales
Diluvia mixes choral chanting, waving synthesizers, plucky banjos, and vigorous percussion to create a sound that is at sometimes so chaotic, and at others sickeningly sweet.
9. Blunderbuss – Jack White
Honestly, it’s Jack White. Need I say more?
10. Instinct – Niki & the Dove
Instinct sounds like a rattling, synth-driven celebration all the while, recalling early Prince rave-ups and witchy Stevie Nicks dance songs to form a piece of new wave, pop magic. This album took over two years to make, and the effort certainly shows.
Music videos from all ten albums:
Some other great albums of 2012:
- Never Grow Up – BigKids
- Sweet Sour – Band of Skulls
- The Haunted Man – Bat for Lashes
- The Looking Away – Animal Kingdom
- Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness(reissue)– The Smashing Pumpkins
- Heaven – The Walkmen
- Channel Orange – Frank Ocean
- Into the Diamond Sun – Stealing Sheep
- The Only Place – Best Coast
- Night Visions – Imagine Dragons
- Gossamer – Passion Pit
- Bloom – Beach House
- Bikini Kill(reissue) – Bikini Kill
- Loma Vista – Family of the Year
- Vows – Kimbra
- Coexist – The XX