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As we're winding down to the end of 2012, what are your picks for the Album of 2012?

 

My person favorite of 2012 is O' Be Joyful by Shovels and Rope.  

 

 

My runner up would have to be the Lumineers.  They make nearly flawless pop music.

 

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I'll be making a slightly different thread of my own when we actually wrap up (still waiting on a few releases next month) but my albums in the running are as follows.

 

Lorn - Ask the Dust

Swans - The Seer

BT - Morceau Subrosa

BT - If the Start are Eternal So are You and I...

Flying Lotus - Until the Quiet Comes

Truth - Love's Shadow

Two Fingers - Stunt Rhythms

 

No particular order but when I think about it even a little bit it's between Morceau Subrosa and Ask the Dust, but honestly...Morceau Subrosa is a masterpiece.

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Om - Advaitic Songs

 

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...cool to see one of these threads pop up here.

 

As blogs are transitioning from 2012 releases to 2013, I've begun the early stages of compiling a year-end list.  However, as I don't simply "abandon" music from years past but instead continue to appreciate it, my time is becoming ever more partitioned.  I've decided to scale my annual top 100 back to a rigidly-ranked top 50 (eh... that seems to be the sweet spot for critics anyway) and will be vetting my back catalog during the first quarter of the new year.

 

I'll report back with my selections. (spoiler: I've already seen one of my favorites mentioned... and also what was probably my biggest disappointment)

 

EDIT:

 

Oh, and I love these kinds of threads because it helps me "find" some of what had slipped past me or give a second chance to something that I had previously passed up for whatever reason.  In my defense, it's impossible to listen to every album that's released within a given timeframe and quality review sites are a dying breed. (RIP The Silent Ballet)


Edited by Curly21029 - 12/1/12 at 11:10pm
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Havent listened to that much new music this year... so far these are my three favourites:

 

 

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Bill Fay Life is people
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Gotta check my list of things I kept first...

 

Aesop Rock - Skelethon

Ben Folds Five - The Sound Of The Life Of The Mind

Cursive - I Am Gemini

Dave Matthews Band - Away From The World

Dead Can Dance - Anastasis

Deftones - Koi No Yokan

Grizzly Bear - Shields

Jack White - Blunderbuss

Mars Volta - Nocturniquet

Menomena - Moms

Meshuggah - Koloss

Milo Greene - Milo Greene

Mumford & Sons - Babel

Muse - 2nd Law

Neil Young and Crazy Horse - Psychedelic Pill

Ramona Falls - Prophet

Smashing Pumpkins - Oceania

The Sword - Apocryphon

Torche - Harmonicraft

 

Got a few more from 2012, but I'm going with Menomena's Moms

 

 

 

 

 

 

But DMB is right in there.  Great albums.


Edited by Eee Pee - 12/2/12 at 11:45am
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So far, Grizzly Bear's The Shields has risen to the top of the albums I've listened. I like the clean sound a lot, and I feel there is no particular weak point. Other contenders that rank high up there:

 

The Swans - The Seer

Flying Lotus - Until the Quiet Comes

Bat for Lashes - Haunted man

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I'm probably going to be settling on Frank Ocean's Channel Orange for my pick. (Even if it is nominated for a Best Album Grammy x.x.) I am a sucker for quality R&B, of which there is so very little these days. Channel Orange scratches every R&B itch I've got. Runner-up for me would probably be Kendrick Lamar's Good Kid, Mad City. Though I've been switching these two albums' positions ever since Good Kid dropped, so who knows? Other close contenders for me are Swans: The Seer, Fiona Apple: The Idler Wheel..., and Burial: Kindred.

 

Edit: Om had a new album out this year?!?!? Crap! I need to go listen to that right now.


Edited by metalsonata - 12/6/12 at 6:20pm
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Don't count Burial out yet. New EP in a little under 2 weeks.

 

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I'm probably going to be settling on Frank Ocean's Channel Orange for my pick. (Even if it is nominated for a Best Album Grammy x.x.) I am a sucker for quality R&B, of which there is so very little these days. Channel Orange scratches every R&B itch I've got. Runner-up for me would probably be Kendrick Lamar's Good Kid, Mad City. Though I've been switching these two albums' positions ever since Good Kid dropped, so who knows? Other close contenders for me are Swans: The Seer, Fiona Apple: The Idler Wheel..., and Burial: Kindred.

 

Edit: Om had a new album out this year?!?!? Crap! I need to go listen to that right now.

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I need to do a better job of keeping track of all this stuff.

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The Burial was just announced. Don't beat yourself up too much. Although if you want the LP you'd best jump on the preorder train.

 

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I need to do a better job of keeping track of all this stuff.

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OOOOOooooohhhh!

 

We're just getting started, people! wink.gif

 

Mark Lanegan Band - Blues Funeral

Dr. John - Locked Down

Chuck Prophet - Temple Beautiful

Norah Jones - Little Broken Hearts

Old Crow Medicine Show - Carry Me Back

Leonard Cohen - Old Ideas

The Lumineers - The Lumineers

Iris Dement - Sing The Delta

Vintage Trouble - The Bomb Shelter Sessions

The Bombay Royale - You Me Bullets Love

The Pines - Dark So Gold

 

Just a start!!!

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OOOOOooooohhhh!

 

We're just getting started, people! wink.gif

 

Mark Lanegan Band - Blues Funeral

Dr. John - Locked Down

Chuck Prophet - Temple Beautiful

Norah Jones - Little Broken Hearts

Old Crow Medicine Show - Carry Me Back

Leonard Cohen - Old Ideas

The Lumineers - The Lumineers

Iris Dement - Sing The Delta

Vintage Trouble - The Bomb Shelter Sessions

The Bombay Royale - You Me Bullets Love

The Pines - Dark So Gold

 

Just a start!!!

 

Yup, yup, and double-yup. beerchug.gif

post #15 of 117
There has indeed been a plethora of great releases this year. My top 5 in order ......

5th - Storm Corrosion - "Storm Corrosion"
4th - Fleet Foxes - "Helplessness Blues"
3rd - Beth Orton - "Sugaring Season"
2nd - Mark lanegan Band - "Blues Funeral"
1st - Portico Quartet - "Portico Quartet"
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