Music List – 2012

Posted: January 1, 2013 in Reviews

For what it’s worth, here’s my list of my top choices in music for the past year.  Like I’ve often said, this year has been a little lean.  I think that can be seen in the major music mags focusing on artists like Dylan, Cohen and Springsteen for many of their top choices.  Can’t say I agree with any of those choices, having found all of them very mediocre.

Even my choice has a fair bit more main stream stuff in it than it usually does.  Most of those mainstream choices are albums that I stumbled on and enjoyed prior to their popular fame.  Oh well.

1. Kaiser Chiefs – Souvenir :  I identified this album late in the year, but quickly found that I’d heard and loved most of the songs on it.

2. Bat For Lashes – The Haunted Man :  Channeling Kate Bush.  And I love Kate Bush.  Original, truly haunting, well produced.

3. Mumford & Sons – Babel  :  More of the same, but the same is pretty good.

4. Django Django  :  No, nothing to do with the movie.  Winner of this year’s Mercury Award.

5. Joe Walsh – Analog Man  :  A great album both lyrically and musically by the ex-Eagle.

6. Calexico – Algiers  :  This band never stops amazing me.  Classy music with just the right touch of Mexico.

7. fun – Some Nights  :  Yes it sounds just like Jellyfish, but catchy and interesting.  A guilty pleasure.

8. Of Monsters & Men  :  Great album as long as you don’t hear them live.  The strange vocals that she pulls off on recording don’t come across as well live.

9. David Byrne & St. Vincent – Love This Giant  :  A whole new sound for Byrne, with good use of horns.  Lively and original.

10. Walk The Moon – I Want  :  First half a lot better than the second half.

11. Lana Del Ray – Born To Die  :  So sexy.  Like Amanda Lear or Marlena Deitrich.

12.  Beach Boys – That’s Why God Made the Radio  :  Whatever you think of the Beach Boys, there are solid new songs on this album.  Brian Wilson is a genius.

Honorary Mentions:  Neil Young, Imagine Dragons, Band of Horses, Kathleen Edwards, The Magnetic Zeros, Patrick Watson

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