Favourite Albums of 2012
Not quite to the end of the year, but we're getting there. This is my top ten of the year at the moment (no particular order):
Grizzly Bear - Shields
Animal Collective - Centipede Hz
Liars - WIXIW
My Bloody Valentine - EP's 1988-1991 (I suppose this is cheating, as it's old material re-released, but this is my list and I'll do as I wish)
Beach House - Bloom
Grimes - Visions
Sleigh Bells - Reign of Terror
Alamaailman Vasarat - Valta
Purity Ring - Shrines
Daniel Rossen - Silent Hour/Golden Mile
so far the best album of the year for me has been:
Serj Tankian: Harakiri
but Oct 9 sees the release of:
Between The Buried & Me: The Parallax II: Future Sequence
and that will surely be the best album of the year, of the past 2 years, pry the best album since:
Between The Buried & Me: The Parallax: Hypersleep Dialogues!
Still a lot of great stuff coming out and stuff to catch up on but so far I've really liked
Coexist - The xx
Shrines - Purity Ring
The Seer - Swans
Strange Weekend - Porcelain Raft
Give You the Ghost - Polica
Gossamer - Passion Pit
Celebration Rock - Japandroids
Visions - Grimes
Attack on Memory - Cloud Nothings
Something - Chairlift
Bloom - Beach House
yeah it's way early for that topic but i'm a good sport ;)
So far ...
Fear Factory - The Industrialist - favorite song : God Eater
Ministry - Relapse - favorite song : Double Tap
In This Moment - Blood - favorite song : Blood
Serj Tankian - Harakiri - favorite song : Cornucopia
The Agonist - Prisoners - not definitive song but so far i like Ideomotor
As I Lay Dying got a new cd coming out tomorrow .... and i loved An Ocean Between Us
The new Testament cd "Dark Roots of Earth" looks promising ... haven't heard it yet
The latest Atari Teenage Riot and Skinny Puppy are labeled 2011 but i'm pretty sure both cds were released in 2012
I haven't listened to the whole latest Metric cd but "Youth Without Youth" is pretty catchy . I love it ! Canadian alt-rock FTW
edit : fuck pop!
So far I've really dug:
Bloom Beach House
Shields Grizzly Bear
Break it Yourself Andrew Bird
Coexist The xx
Kill For Love Chromatics
channel ORANGE Frank Ocean
Swing Lo Magellan Dirty Projectors
Dirtyfrog, I take offense to you declaring that pop fuck [itself].
Gosh, I really want to like that Frank Ocean album more, but there's a lot of filler and not much cohesion. Some of the songs feel unfinished too. "Pyramids" and "Bad Religion" are still among my most-played.
Jessie Ware is in a similar camp. Her memorable songs dominate my iTunes most-played or the year.
I cannot turn on the G.O.O.D Music compilation without some scrub yapping "Ric Flair!" into my ear, so if anyone knows of any Kanye-only (R. Kelly too) versions floating around...also, Jay-Z should've stayed retired if he's going to get all closet-Republican on us.
Since I'm in a hating kind-of-mood, I wish A$AP Rocky would just release the damn album so we can begin the quick process of forgetting he existed.
Sleigh Bells have released the worst album of the year, after the refreshing blast of "Treats".
On-track for the year's most underrated: Animal Collective, maybe The xx (don't know the critical reaction entirely but I like it better than their debut), Deerhoof & Woods (who always make this list), Jens Lekman (although I'm still disappointed nothing on it approaches "Kortedala"), Dan Deacon (with the year's stupidest album title), Matthew Dear, Daughn Gibson, Lower Dens, and that phenomenal album by Julia Holter, which seems to be flying under-the-radar despite a BNM designation from the Fork,
I don't know, it is too early and if I provide a list then I'm being a hypocrite. I still have high hopes for Flying Lotus, Grizzly Bear, Bat for Lashes, Titus Andronicus, Kendrick Lamar, Crystal Castles, Tame Impala, Emeralds, Lindstrøm, Andy Stott, Tim Hecker/Daniel Lopatin, and just in time for Christmas, Scott Walker.
"Curve" by Our Lady Peace
"Uno" by Green Day
"Days Go By" by The Offspring
25. The 2nd Law by Muse
24. Babel by Mumford & Sons
23. Channel Orange by Frank Ocean
22. Blunderbuss by Jack White
21. Dethalbum III by Dethklok
20. Cabaret by Moon Taxi
19. Mourning in America and Dreaming in Color by Brother Ali
18. Widowmaker by Dragged Into Sunlight
17. Life is Good by Nas
16. Kaleidoscope Dream by Miguel
15. R.A.P. Music by Killer Mike
14. Psychedelic Pill by Neil Young & Crazy Horse
13. Key to the Kuffs by JJ DOOM
12. Unsung Heroes by Ensiferum
11. Sweet Heart Sweet Light by Spiritualized
10. Skelethon by Aesop Rock
09. King Animal by Soundgarden
08. Ubuntu by Kälter
07. Til the Casket Drops by ZZ Ward
06. 1999 by Joey Bada$$
05. The Heist by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
04. Good Kid, M.A.A.D. City by Kendrick Lamar
03. Tempest by Bob Dylan
02. Portal of I by Ne Obliviscaris
01. Old Ideas by Leonard Cohen
the only i bought this year as been wrecking ball by Bruce Springsteen.
Cruisin' California is the worst piece of shit music i heard in a while.
Dividing by Zero & The Future Is Now are great tho. Not original but they live up to the name :)
Tayzlor : ok noted ... i still stand on my opinion tho. I like a lot of music and even the style i don't like i will still give respect to honest musicians. I'm sorry but pop is mostly about the team behind the act. I'd like to see the Wizard of Oz behind Rihanna. 1 thing tho , i give respect to Madonna (even if i'm not a fan ) .... seeing her play that Dimebag riff gave me a boner.
I'm really enjoying Two Door Cinema Club's Beacon.
Red - Taylor Swift
Would like to add Flyleaf's new one "New Horizons" to my list. Damned solid album, however none of the songs on the disc stand out like an "I'm So Sick" or a song like "Again". But definitely listenable as a whole.
Adding Crystal Castles (III).
1. Deftones - Koi No Yokan
2. Storm Corrosion - Storm Corrosion
3. Between The Buried & Me - The Parallax II: Future Sequence
4. Crosses - ++
5. Soundgarden - King Animal
Came out here, yesterday, it is a GREAT album!
Capsule - Stereo WORXXX
Chairlift - Something
Dawn Richard - Armor On EP
Death Grips - NO LOVE DEEP WEB
Dirty Projectors - Swing Lo Magellan
First Aid Kid - The Lion's Roar
Icona Pop - Iconic EP
Killer Mike - R.A.P. Music
Lee Fields & The Expressions - Faithful Man
Shackleton - Music for the Quiet Hour
Sky Ferreira - Ghost EP
Tennis - Young and Old
"I Love It" is definitely a top-ten song for me. Summer jam, etc.
Only thing I have left to listen to is Hecker/Lopatin, Memory Tapes, Big Boi, and, fuck, Scott Walker. If "Epizootics!" is indicative of anything forthcoming than I just don't know what. I'm debating whether or not to give Matthew Friedberger's latest batshit album concept a spin. I probably will, since I think he's unfairly maligned. I'll keep you posted!
Not getting too excited about the "Sir Lucious" follow-up even though I haven't heard the singles.
This year's disappointments: Memoryhouse, Micachu, The Tallest Man on Earth, everything Ty Segall, Purity Ring (singles band), Frank Ocean (despite the undeniable greatness of some of the tracks), Teengirl Fantasy, Matthew Dear, Jens Lekman, Titus Andronicus x 10
Favorite EPs: Serengeti, Times New Viking, Dum Dum Girls
I also really love that Passion Pit album despite societal pressures saying no, it's uncool. The sentiments contained therein come for a genuine place, you know?
Well my favourite cd at the moment is by Guy Sabastion
it is called Armagedden
This is the cover song but the cd goes under the same name
Wee update, with an attempt at a loose order:
1. Godspeed You! Black Emperor - 'Allelujah! Don't Bend! Ascend!
2. Animal Collective - Centipede Hz
3. Grizzly Bear - Shields
4. Grimes - Visions
5. Black Moth Super Rainbow - Cobra Juicy
6. Crystal Castles - (III)
7. Sleigh Bells - Reign of Terror
8. Liars - WIXIW
9. Purity Ring - Shrines
10. Beach House - Bloom
do extended plays count-if so my favorite ablum is beyond magentic by metallica
Love this Giant by St. Vincent and David Byrne is the coolest record I've heard this year.
Deftones is a rare breed of group that changed their sound over the years and that i still follow. From the nu-metal roots of Adrenaline to the more experimental output of the eponymous album to the softer side of Saturday Night Wrist. The new album is definitively more rock than metal but i don't care because that's how i feel. 10/10
Mark Lanegan Band - Blues Funeral
The Life and Times - No One Loves You Like I Do
Pinback - Information Retrieved
Soundgarden - King Animal
Tame Impala - Lonerism
Deftones - Koi No Yokan
Storm Corrosion - Storm Corrosion
Katatonia - Dead End Kings
Torche - Harmonicraft
The Sword - Apocryphon
Would like to add the following album to this list for me as well:
According to me
Gossamer - Passion Pit
Celebration Rock - Japandroids
Visions - Grimes
Plainfield inflatable rentals
01. Julia Holter – Ekstasis [RVNG Intl.]
02. Swans – The Seer [Young God]
03. Fiona Apple – The Idler Wheel… [Epic]
04. Grizzly Bear – Shields [Warp]
05. Dirty Projectors – Swing Lo Magellan [Domino]
06. Chromatics – Kill for Love [Italians Do It Better]
07. Andy Stott – Luxury Problems [Modern Love]
08. Bat for Lashes – The Haunted Man [Parlophone]
09. John Talabot – ƒIN [Permanent Vacation]
10. Killer Mike – R.A.P. Music [Williams Street]
Runners-Up: Flying Lotus, How to Dress Well, Lower Dens, Scott Walker, Merchandise, The xx
My MAYJUH favourite of the year...
Father John Misty - Fear Fun
Also one of the most enthralling gigs (last month) I've ever been to. Really incredible.
Also really liked,
How To Dress Well - Total Loss
Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti - Mature Themes
Perfume Genius - Put Your Back N 2 It
Rufus Wainwright - Out of the Game
Matthew e. White - Big Inner
Frank Ocean - Channel Orange
Andrew Bird - Break It Yourself
I haven't had a chance to listen to Scotty yet? :(
My final favorite CD of 2012
#1 - Deftones / Koi No Yokan
No contest here. This CD is more rock than their usual nu-metal foundation but it's only the culmination of always re-inventing themselves subtlety on every album. Metallica could take a lesson here. This band evolved as i did and as a day 1 fan , no band ever did this do me. Chino is on top of his game ... again. Basically , Deftones went from a band to a sound. Actually , unlike Metallica , they deserve the mainstream rock radio recognition they got ( more like Tool ).
FAV TRACK : GRAPHIC NATURE
#2 - Fear Factory / The Industrialist
The band who cannot get a break even with a cult status. Internal scuffle about musical direction left them disorganized and making shitty records ( Digimortal , Transgression ). Mechanize was a great comeback but i liked The Industrialist better even if they replaced Gene "The Atomic Clock" Hoglan on drum with a machine. Fear Factory is all Burton & Dino anyway and the concept rocks !
FAV TRACK: God Eater
#3 - Grimes / Vision
Thought i was the only one who liked this CD but i guess a lot of Schmoes also do. Her blend of dubstep/electro/80s pop is mesmerizing. I guess the fact that Claire Boucher (aka Grimes) is a Montreal-born one woman musical machine helped me a bit in my judgement.
FAV TRACK: Genesis
#4 - Delerium / Music Box Opera
Delerium caught my attention way back then. Semantic Space was a hell of a dark new age / ambiant industrial record ( still one of my favorite). Like Deftones , the band changed its sound over the years ... probably because Silence with Sarah McLaughlan was such a big hit. My main draw is the quality of the new female singers this time around ( Stef Lang , Nadina and Anna-Lynne Williams ) while keeping the sure-shot around ( Leigh Nash , Kirsty Thirsk and Jaël )
FAV TRACK : Light Your Light ( ft Jaël )
#5 - Serj Tankian / Harakiri
Man , i miss SOAD. Just like RATM , this group burned out too fast. The solo project of Serj was OK til this record. The sound is very very close to what an actual SOAD record would have been and the political message hits you like a ton of brick.
FAV TRACK : Cornucopia
Front Line Assembly - Airmech OST
I didn't want to include this in my top 5 ( since it's basically the same people as Delerium ) but this CD is my 2012 equivalent of the Tron : Legacy soundtrack. Instead of a movie , it's for a videogame. I actually never played the game but i always slip this CD as my background music when i play Dead Island. This OST got the full pristine care package and when i listen to it , i mostly feel like lighting a cigar while sipping on a glass of cognac. Great achievement for a record 100% instrumental. Electronica Lounge with a dash of Dubstep .... simply awesome !
FAV TRACK : Arise
Kamelot - Silverthorn
Sonata Arctica - Stones Grow in Her Name
Overkill - The Electric Age
The Devin Townsend Project - Epicloud
The 69 Eyes - X
Henry Jackman - Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter
Eisbrecher - Die Holle Muss Warten
Niel Davidge - Halo 4
Megaherz - Gotterdammerung
Unheilig - Lichter der Stadt
Bryan Tyler - The Expendables 2
Primal Fear - Unbreakable
Truth About Love
I have to say l have always loved this singers music
1. Crystal Castles - III
2. Beach House - Bloom
3. Tame Impala - Lonerism
4. Future of the Left - The Plot Against Common Sense
5. Japandroids - Celebration Rock
6. Grimes - Visions
7. Purity Ring - Shrines
8. Chairlift - Something
9. Titus Andronicus - Local Business
10. Cloud Nothings - Attack on Memory
John Talabot - ƒIN
Swans - The Seer
The xx - Coexist
A lot of stuff I really liked, but I can't say I truly love any of these albums.
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