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Old 12-04-12, 09:25 PM
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Best Albums of 2012


The Divine Fits: A Thing Called the Divine Fits

Honorable Mentions

The Walkmen: Heaven
Dinosaur Jr.: I Bet on Sky
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Old 12-04-12, 09:33 PM
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Pet Shop Boys: Elysium
Simian Mobile Disco: Unpatterns
Boys Noize: Out of the Black
2 Bears: Be Strong
Keane: Strangeland
Analog Players Society: Hurricane Season in Brooklyn
Orbital: Wonky
The Egg: Something to Do
Hot Chip: In Our Heads

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Re: Best Albums of 2012

Nas - Life Is Good
Jessie Ware - Devotion
Ab-Soul - Control System
Killer Mike - R.A.P. Music
El-P - Cancer 4 Cure
Usher - Looking 4 Myself
Miguel - Kaleidoscope Dream
Lana Del Rey - Born To Die
Fiona Apple - The Idler Wheel...
Schoolboy Q - Habits & Contradictions
Frank Ocean - Channel ORANGE
Kendrick Lamar - Good Kid, M.a.a.d. City
Robert Glasper - Black Radio
The Weeknd - Trilogy
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Re: Best Albums of 2012

Born To Die? Really? Half that album is crap, sorry.

I'd say, off the top of my head:
Menomena - Moms
Godspeed You! Black Emperor - 'Allelujah! Don't Bend! Ascend!
Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti - Mature Themes
Scott Walker - Bish Bosch
Leonard Cohen - Old Ideas
Metric - Synthetica

I know there's a ton I'm forgetting, but those stood out to me this year.
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Re: Best Albums of 2012

Benjamin Gibbard - Former Lives
The Lumineers (Self-Titled)
Shiny Toy Guns - III
Regina Spektor - What We Saw from the Cheap Seats
Imagine Dragons - Night Visions
Bat for Lashes - The Haunted Man
Dragonette - Bodyparts
Elizaveta - Beatrix Runs
Purity Ring - Shrines
Ellie Goulding - Halcyon
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Old 12-05-12, 06:40 AM
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This thread just makes me realize how sad our 'Rank 'em as You Hear Them' threads have gotten. I really loved a lot of albums this year and probably just about anything ranked 50 or higher on my Rank 'em list could end up on my top 10 for a day, depending on my mood. Anyway, top 10 favorites currently would be:

1. Metric - Synthetica
2. Miike Snow - Happy to You
3. Menomena - Moms
4. Divine Fits - This is a Thing Called Divine Fits
5. Cat Power - Sun
6. The xx - Coexist
7. White Rabbits - Milk Famous
8. Grizzly Bear - Shields
9. Beach House - Bloom
10. Eight and a Half - Eight and a Half
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Old 12-05-12, 09:42 AM
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Still compiling as I listened to a lot of stuff, but initial favorites:
El-P - Cancer for Cure
Black Breath - Sentenced to Life
...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead - Lost Songs
Tame Impala - Lonerism
Twin Shadow - Confess
Metz - S/T
Converge - All We Love We Leave Behind
Menzingers - Out of the Impossible Past
Santigold - Master of my Make Believe
Beach House - Bloom
Diiv - Oshin
Frank Ocean - Channel Ocean
High on Fire - De Vermis Mysteriis
Dinosaur Jr. - I Bet on Sky
No Trigger - Tycoon

Two reissues:
Sleep - Dopesmoker
The Weeknd - Trilogy
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Re: Best Albums of 2012

Jack White - Blunderbuss
Bob Mould - Silver Age
Van Halen - A Different Kind Of Truth

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Jack White - Blunderbuss
This.

Also:

Harmony-Serena Ryder
Battle Born-The Killers

I guess I didn't buy much this year.
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My top 5:

1. Crystal Castles - III
2. Animal Collective - Centipede Hz
3. David Byrne & St. Vincent - Love This Giant
4. A Place to Bury Strangers - Onwards to the Wall
5. Santigold - Master of My Make-Believe
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This place has sure gone downhill since the G Kleinman days.
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Kind of a slow year for me. I could mention what my favorites were, but they're basically just the latest release by bands I already like.

So in no particular order:

OSI - Fire Make Thunder
Storm Corrosion - S/T (Akerfeldt/Wilson side project)
Muse - The 2nd Law (realize I'm in the minority here )
Delerium - Music Box Opera
Fear Factory - The Industrialist
Rush - Clockwork Angels (despite the sound)

Looking forward to 2013 for:

Steven Wilson - The Raven That Refused to Sing
Juno Reactor - (no title yet)
KMFDM - KUNST
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My Top 15 (although it gets a bit muddy in the order after 7)
1. If These Trees Could Talk - Red Forest
2. Latitudes - Individuation
3. Landforge - Servitude to Earth
4. Deftones - Koi no Yokan
4.5 Anathema - Weather Systems
5. ÆGES - The Bridge
6. Gojira - L'Enfant sauvage
7. Toundra - (III)
8. Cavo - Thick as Thieves
9. RAM - Death
10. In Mourning - The Weight of Oceans
11. Moving Mountains - New Light EP
12. Pelican - Ataraxia/Taraxis
13. Anberlin - Vital
14. The Used - Vulnerable
15. Ufomammut - ORO: Opus Primum

Edit: Whoops, forgot about Anathema's latest. Squeezed it in there now.

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Never heard of any of these
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My Top 5:

Fiona Apple - "The Idler Wheel"
Deftones - "Koi No Yokan"
Regina Spektor -- "Cheap Seats"
Bootsy -- "Mr. Fuck-A-Mod Is Back (Part II)"
Big Boi -- "Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors"
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Never heard of any of these
Metal, mostly.
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Old 12-05-12, 04:48 PM
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My Top 5:

Fiona Apple - "The Idler Wheel"
Deftones - "Koi No Yokan"
Regina Spektor -- "Cheap Seats"
Bootsy -- "Mr. Fuck-A-Mod Is Back (Part II)"
Big Boi -- "Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors"
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Young Hines - Give Me My Change
Jack White - Blunderbuss
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Sadly, I have not kept track of everything released this year that I've enjoyed. That said, a few albums that I can think of off the top of my head, that I've listened to more than a few times, are:

Deftones - Koi No Yokan (this one is definitely #1 for me)

Coheed & Cambria - Afterman Part 1
Godspeed You! Black Emperor - Allelujah! Don't Bend! Ascend!
Metric - Synthetica
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Metal, mostly.
There are about five albums in my list I'd consider metal; the rest is post-rock, hardcore, alternative, and rock, although some of them straddle genres (post-hardcore? post-metal? sludge?). No joke, Taylor Swift just barely missed my list.
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Guided By Voices - The Bears for Lunch
Bob Mould - Silver Age
Robert Pollard - Jack Sells the Cow
Leonard Cohen - Old Ideas
Rush - Clockwork Angels
Neil Young and Crazy Horse - Psychedelic Pill
Jack White - Blunderbuss
A.C. Newman - Shut Down the Streets
Bruce Springsteen - Wrecking Ball
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@ Throwing Copper.

My most spun album this year is probably Calvin Harris - 18 Months.

I'll think about this and get back to you.

Also, bootsy has a point. Saying that you think half an album is crap is one thing, but telling someone their opinion is wrong is another.
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2012 has kind of sucked for music thus far if you ask me. My short list would be:

Bruce Springsteen: Wrecking Ball
Jack White: Blunderbuss
Rush: Clockwork Angels
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Guided By Voices - The Bears for Lunch
Bob Mould - Silver Age
Robert Pollard - Jack Sells the Cow
Leonard Cohen - Old Ideas
Rush - Clockwork Angels
Neil Young and Crazy Horse - Psychedelic Pill
Jack White - Blunderbuss
A.C. Newman - Shut Down the Streets
Bruce Springsteen - Wrecking Ball
this is on my X-mas list, and I do like the 'Americana' album too.
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Old 12-05-12, 11:09 PM
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I don't think that's the first time he's chimed in on his opinions.

Back on topic, I think a lot of 2012 lists will have Kendrick Lamar's GKMC near the top, along with Frank Ocean's Orange.

I think some favorites of mine that may have flown under the radar were Ab-Soul - Book of Soul (part of Kndrick's crew) and Macklemore - The Heist.
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