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Albums of the Year - 2012


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The year's not quite over, but December is typically a slow month for new music, so let's get this show on the road. Here's last year's thread for reference.

Favourites? Disappointments? Feel free to add those you played a hell of a lot this year that weren't released in 2012 as well. YouTube/other sample links are appreciated by all!

For me...

Best 10 of 2012 (in no order):

The Menzingers – On The Impossible Past [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CsFAguSp7w0][http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LWTZj2FqJMU]

Fear Factory – The Industrialist [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E510Ixbv-BA][http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fw2CHePA_JI]

Joey Cape & Tony Sly – Acoustic Vol. 2 [1][http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_iaELzLUez4]

Green Day - ¡UNO! [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DjQoWfstQUU][http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z0NrMTyTd6Y]

Seven Kingdoms – The Fire Is Mine [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hpa6f6s23PE][http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gc3vzRmbczk]

The Sword – Apocryphon [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2TrLOGEbNNQ][http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DVkrh9fihFk]

The Sorrow – Misery Escape [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XeKsPhiATDw][http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jCwfcNBDtPw]

Slingshot Dakota – Dark Hearts [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vv77q65JrRg][http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GEB0cFQXadY]

Numbers – Numbers [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TxYw-RZZUQo][http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4wInNG1ROIk]

Various – The Wipeout Generation [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6yXR3EMwJO8][http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rowUKPa2F5E]

10 most listened to albums of 2012 that weren't released this year:

Senium – Such Progress [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K5e683pzUKc][http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m4Mx7EcgaD4]

Violent Soho – Violent Soho [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8jC49f_vh04][http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kzrAfkyq-xM]

Temple Of The Dog – Temple Of The Dog [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VUb450Alpps][http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NmxaFf-lpZY]

Soundgarden – Badmotorfinger [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cZaglHQOgt8][http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oPxowzz8rtQ]

Pearl Jam – Ten [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qM0zINtulhM][2]

Unearth – Darkness In The Light [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bWjTaaWyFkA][2]

The Jesus And Mary Chain – Darklands [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OPPP3BXurHk][http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_w9sCTtZ9EA]

The Holy Mess – The Holy Mess [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YOO3PHXS5Uk][http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ssuZIErlYKk]

Seven Kingdoms – Seven Kingdoms [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kuvhlgahIjE][http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cwrKh7WIC3M]

Black Sabbath – Heaven And Hell [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nhe1SuBGkiA][http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-og87crqsCE]


Not exactly a classic year for new releases, but at least I didn’t really feel like I was scrabbling to name 10 this time around.

Probably my biggest disappointment of the year was Soundgarden’s new album – so painfully generic compared to what they used to be capable of. We also lost one of my favourite punk front-men this year – Tony Sly of No Use For A Name – which was obviously a major downer.

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Loving these from this year:

Django Django - Django Django


Tame Impala - Lonerisms

Beach House - Bloom

The Horrors - Skying

The Duke Spirit - Bruiser (actually 2011 but heard it far too late!)

Public Image Limited - This is PiL

Massive disappointments:

Nathan Fake - Steam Days

The xx - Coexist (this might be the most boring album I've ever heard)

The one I hide from my missus as I'm a little ashamed but it does sound good:

Lana Del Rey - Paradise

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1. Fiona Apple - The Idler Wheel

2. Grizzly Bear - Shields

3. The xx - Coexist

4. The Magnetic North - Orkney: Symphony of the Magnetic North

5. Chromatics - Kill For Love

6. Beach House - Bloom

7. Dirty Projectors - Swing Lo Magellan

8. Frank Ocean - Channel Orange

9. Allo Darlin' - Europe

10. Sharon Van Etten - Tramp.

Edit: Some changes.

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I've not really sunk my teeth into much music this year, I couldn't even give you 10 albums that I've bought, never mind my top 10.

These are my favourites though.

1. Life is elsewhere - Little Comets

2. An Awesome wave - Alt-J

2. Lonerism - Tame Impala

With an honourale mention to El Camino by the Black Keys, which misses out by a couple of weeks.

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Love this.

Real and amazing instruments - historic, electronic, architectural and even geological.

Top notch players and singers.

It's been made the hard way - they lugged an analogue reel to reel around the globe, rather than simply dipping into sample banks.

Can't fault it: conception,songwriting, instrumentation, vox, arrangements and production - A***

Serious Hi Fi that It doesn't take itself seriously. eu0iko.gif

Sea shanty with fat beats

Youtube doesn't do the production justice - It's SWEET.

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It's been a really, really good year so it's difficult to even limit to 20, but here goes (in no particular order):

Swans - The Seer

Egyptian Hip Hop - Good Don't Sleep

Godspeed You! Black Emperor - Allelujah! Don't Bend! Ascend!

Paul Banks - Banks

My Dying Bride - A Map for all our Failures

Menomena - Moms

Grizzly Bear - Shields

Sigur Ros - Valtari

The Heavy - The Glorious Dead

High on Fire - De Vermis Mysteriis

Baroness - Yellow and Green

Japandroids - Celebration Rock

Beach House - Bloom

Nachtmystium - Silencing Machine

Ministry - Relapse

We Are Augustines - Rise Ye Sunken Ships

Gojira - L'Enfant Sauvage

Hawk Eyes - Ideas

Richard Hawley - Standing at the Sky's Edge

Alabama Shakes - Boys and Girls

Really good year.

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I like normal rock music, most of the above are alien to me.

My faves of the year...

Neil Young


ZZ Top



Blackberry Smoke

Van Halen


Dandy Warhols



The Cult



The Offspring

Lynyrd Skynyrd

Billy Talent

Rival Sons


Not a bad year at all :D

Oh and that so called "Beach Boys" band..they'll never make it

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Oh yeah, Sigur Ros actually I have heard of (although I couldn't name a song of theirs, or an album, or even if it's a band or a person)

Richard Hawley? Nope, never.

Not a 6 Music man then Ben? ;)

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