OK, here it is, my top 10 albums of 2012. Note, these are only compiled from albums I’ve actually bought this year and listened to “through” several times. There were several releases that came out this year, that quite frankly, I didn’t bother with.
1) Synthetica — Metric
Arguably my favorite band from the past 5 years. This was a slight change of direction for the band, but they pulled it off. Saw them live twice this year. Can’t help but hear some Paul McCartney (Wings) sound in this album. The live show is highly improved. Hoping for a live DVD release from these guys.
2) Sweet Sour — Band Of Skulls
Just discovered this band this year, and they’re quite good, quite raw, caught them live at Lollapalooza. Can’t help but hear Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath influence in this England band.
3) Slap On The Wrist — Queen Caveat
A very lively band that I’ve seen 4 times all in the past year or so. A small catalog so far, but more to come from this highly energetic band in 2013. With a lead singer who will rip her own heart out of her chest and give it to you if she could, an animal of a drummer that’s about to come out of his chair as if you’re trying to keep your friend from beating the crap out of some cocky dude, guitarist Ben who is all over his guitar with some crazy tightness and sounds and a very polished and diverse Will on bass. This is a band you watch live and walk away feeling “Holy Sh*t!!!” like getting off of a roller coaster and getting right back in line to go again.
4) Ten$ion — Die Antwoord
Stumbled across this band when the Lollapalooza 2012 line-up was released. Checked out and was quite astonished. Quite off the wall, yet quite good. If you want to watch a band and wonder “What the F*ck was that?” afterward, check these guys out. They’re the best to come out with rap since Digital Underground for me.
5) Vows — Kimbra
Have to admit that I discovered Kimbra after Nico Vega posted Gotye’s “Now you’re just somebody that I used to know” video before it really took off. A young, energetic and talented performer that I thought would really take off more than she did when the U.S. version of Vows was released. I’d say she’s highly influenced by Prince.
6) Night Visions — Imagine Dragons
Really got into this band after catching some of their “underground” stuff on You Tube (via Nico Vega). It’s Time came out shortly after and I bought their EP. This band has a lot to offer and this album is a great listen all the way through. Dan Reynolds has a Bob Seger type of appeal to me.
7) Sun — Cat Power
A very groovy and great sounding release by Cat Power. Just really got into this album late in the year.
8) Clockwork Angels — Rush
This was a tremendous release for me. This was back to the concept type album and I’d have to rank it up there with A Farewell To Kings and technically has the best sound since their Counterparts album in 1993.
9) A Different Kind Of Truth — Van Halen
I was so stoked to get this the day it came out. A very good album as a whole with taking the vocals as they were, but Eddie and Alex still sounding great.
10) Hypnotic Nights — JEFF The Brotherhood
Really like the energy and rawness this band offers and got to catch them from the second row at Lollapalooza this summer. Actually have a gut feeling they’ll be releasing even more new material in 2013 and most likely to be at several summer festivals.
- Honorable Mention
Something — Chairlift
Channel Orange — Frank Ocean
The Truth About Love — Pink
- Biggest Disappointment
Push And Shove — No Doubt
- Pleasant Surprises
For No One — AKW
Metal Moon — Dirty Ghosts
- Still Yet To Grow On Me
Not Your Kind Of People — Garbage