So some of you may have seen my list of ten albums of 2012 on our new blog Four North Men of the Rockpocalypse. If you are one of those who hasn’t yet, go check out the three other North Men and see what they thought the top albums of the year were. Remember we are four completely different guys with four greatly varying opinions, so the lists should be pretty interesting. You should also be careful, you may just discover something new…
Here, I will get into a little bit more details on to what I liked so much about some of the albums I chose for my version of the list. I will be very interested in seeing if any albums I picked even make it onto any of my counterparts lists. Anyway, here I go…
1. Fionna Apple – The Idler Wheel – This albums was one of my biggest surprises this years, although most of that was probably self inflicted. I may have had a unfair bias against Miss Apple from my youth. (a misguided one at that) I have since discovered that she has an amazing catalog of albums. Like much of the music I like I need to contain substance. This album was both passionate and even abstract at times.
2. Jack White – Blunderbuss – Does anything Jack White touches not amazing? Mr. White has an incredible way of taking classic american sound and taking modern spin on the sound. He is constantly stealing from the past while creating something new and fresh.
3. David Byrne & St. Vincent – Love This Giant – I did love this giant! I couldn’t stop playing this album for a while. I even frequently would start this one right from the beginning after listening to once. It’s funny, I didn’t even know who David Bryne was before this, so this album opened the door to the Talking Heads. It is now one that I am happy to have passed though this door. The music has so many layers, and it makes me want to get up and dance. Not much I listen to does that. Now I finally see why so many artists love them.
4. First Aid Kit – The Lion’s Roar – I was in love with these young ladies even before this record came out. These ladies have such beautiful harmonies! I love the modern Folk movement. I still find the lyrics so mature for such young song writers though.
5. Grizzly Bear – Shields – At the beginning of 2012 I thought for sure that this would be #1 on my year end list. As you can see it isn’t, and I actually wonder if their previous album Veckatimist may hurt them. Veckatimist is certainly one of my favorite albums of all time and it may have made it hard for this one to live up to. All together, I obviously did like this album if it is here, but it just wasn’t as cohesive as Grizzly Bears previous album.
6. The Avett Brothers – The Carpenter – These brothers are so good. They much like Mumford (and the Lumineers) bring that old time country sounds a modern feel. These albums just make me feel warm and fuzzy and I do like me some bluegrass.
7. Heartless Bastards – Arrow – This is the only album in my top 10 that I did not discover on my own. A special thanks to Andrea Civello for introducing me to this blues group from Ohio. It is a very soulful album, and is somewhat is the realm of the older Black Keys albums.
8. Mumford & Sons – Babel – See both 5 & 6, that pretty much sums up this one.
9. Neil Young & Crazy Horse – Psychedelic Pill – I have always been fond of Neil Young. Despite varying opinions of his more recent albums, I have been quite a fan of everything he releases. You really never know what your going to hear out of him next. The first track on this album alone is worth giving this one a listen.
10. Sleigh Bells – Reign of Terror – This on just rips. If you put this one on, be sure to turn it way up!
Honorable mentions: The xx – Coexist, Cat Power – Sun, The Mars Volta – Noctourniquet, Poor Moon – Poor Moon, The Shins – Port of Morrow, Lisa Marie Presley – Storm & Grace, Muse – The 2nd Law, The Lumineers – The Lumineers
Biggest suprise by far is Lisa Marie Presley. She has always just been a pop artist until now. Storm & Grace actually had a lot of substance, and was nothing like you would expect! The Lumineers came to me from another blog I follow, You Hear that?. I was instantly in love. Then this band blew up! It’s amazing the trend of great music in the mainstream realm at present. Last one I’ll mention is Poor Moon. Another great folk record coming from former members of the Fleet Foxes. I just missed seeing these guy this past summer. Poor me!
If you would like to listen to these on Spotify here is the link…
So what do you think? Am I crazy? Amazing? Crying? Living on the Edge? Tell me what you think! And share your top albums with me too!