Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Favorite Albums of 2012

I have to admit -- I didn't really listen to as many albums this year as I would have liked. This year, for me, felt like more of a year of songs. I've got a list for that, which will be posted shortly, but for now, here's 10 of my favorite albums of the year. 

10. The Tallest Man on Earth - There’s No Leaving Now

Still not convinced this belongs on the list, but I love this guy. Not nearly as great as his previous albums, but still solid.

9.. Kendrick Lamar - good kid, m. A. A. d. City

This cover art says it all.

9. Dirty Projectors - Swing Lo Magellan

Although this album is somewhat on par with what they've done in the past, I was still really surprised by it.

8. The Walkmen - Heaven

Mature, self-assured rock. Good stuff.

7. Crystal Castles - III

Perfect example of a genre that I am not completely into, where one band singularly changes my mind.

5. Freelance Whales - Diluvia

This is no sophomore slump. This takes the good points of their first album, and expands everything.

4. Jack White - Blunderbuss

Much like the White Stripes' Get Behind Me Satan, White's first solo effort is surprisingly keyboard dominated. Unexpected, but very welcome.

3. Grizzly Bear - Shields

A natural and expected album in the evolution of this fantastic band. At the height of their talents.

2. Frank Ocean - Channel Orange


1. Japandroids - Celebration Rock

This kind of rock seems more and more rare each year. Maybe that's why why I was so pulled in by the album. The album couldn't be more aptly titled.

What about you? Did I leave anything out?