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musicforants.com’s Best Albums of 2012

Date December 20, 2012

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We’re quickly approaching the end of 2012 and/or the world depending on your interpretation of Mayan prophecy, and that can only mean it’s time to reflect on the best albums of the year. For me, one record stood head and shoulders above the rest in 2012, so album of the year was an easy decision, but there was much deliberation for the other 24 positions (plus, honorable mentions). This was one of the most diverse years of music in recent memory, with pop, guitar-oriented rock, folk music, indie-pop and electronica all being represented just about equally. It was also a year where lots of debut albums and new favorites dominated my listening, with 3/5 of the artists making their first appearance on one of my year-end album lists.

I want to thank you guys for continuing to read and support this blog. Next year, musicforants.com will be making some changes / transitions. I’m dedicated to continue sharing my music recommendations, mixes, lists, musings and whatever else, but for a variety of reasons, that won’t look the same in 2013 as it does now (stay tuned for more info on that). As always, feel free to leave a comment if you like what you see on this list and let me know if you have any of your own favorite albums to add. Have a wonderful holidays!

25. Father John Misty – Fear Fun

MP3 Nancy From Now On
MP3 Hollywood Forever Cemetary Sings


24. Hospitality – Hospitality

MP3 Eighth Avenue
MP3 Friends of Friends


23. Dirty Projectors – Swing Lo Magellan

MP3 Gun Has No Trigger
MP3 About To Die


22. Allo, Darlin’ – Europe

MP3 Capricornia
MP3 Tallulah


21. Jessie Ware – Devotion

MP3 Wildest Moments


20. Bowerbirds – The Clearing

MP3 Tuck The Darkness In
MP3 In The Yard


19. Cloud Nothings – Attack On Memory

MP3 Stay Useless
MP3 Wasted Days


18. First Aid Kit – The Lion’s Roar

MP3 Emmylou
MP3 King of the World


17. Bat For Lashes – The Haunted Man

MP3 Laura


16. Titus Andronicus – Local Business

MP3 Still Life With Hot Deuce On A Silver Platter
MP3 In A Big City


15. Shearwater – Animal Joy

MP3 You As You Were
MP3 Breaking The Yearlings


14. Lord Huron – Lonesome Dreams

MP3 Time To Run
MP3 Brother


13. DIIV – Oshin

MP3 How Long Have You Known


12. The Mountain Goats – Transcendental Youth

MP3 Cry For Judas
MP3 Harlem Roulette


11. Sigur Rós – Valatari

MP3 Ekki múkk


10. Twin Shadow – Confess

MP3 Five Seconds
MP3 When The Movie’s Over


9. Hot Chip – In Our Heads

MP3 Don’t Deny Your Heart
MP3 Flutes


8. Andrew Bird – Break It Yourself

MP3 Eyeoneye
MP3 Danse Carribe


7. Spiritualized – Sweet Heart, Sweet Light

MP3 Hey Jane


6. Japandroids – Celebration Rock

MP3 The House That Heaven Built
MP3 Younger Us


5. Jens Lekman – I Know What Love Isn’t

MP3 I Know What Love Isn’t
MP3 The End Of The World Is Bigger Than Love


4. Chromatics – Kill For Love

MP3 Kill For Love
MP3 Lady


3. Beach House – Bloom

MP3 Myth
MP3 Lazuli


2. Grizzly Bear – Shields

MP3 Speak In Rounds
MP3 Yet Again


1. Frank Ocean – channel ORANGE

MP3 Pyramids
MP3 Thinking About You

Honorable Mentions:

Moonface – with Siinai: Heartbreaking Bravery
Grimes – Visions
The Tallest Man On Earth – There’s No Leaving Now
Tame Impala – Lonerism
Chairlift – Something
Kindness – World, You Need A Change Of Mind
Alabama Shakes – Boys & Girls
Porcelain Raft – Strange Weekend

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8 Responses to “musicforants.com’s Best Albums of 2012”

  1. Tim Casteel said:

    I haven’t been able to cross the R&B bridge and get on the Frank Ocean train. But other than that, great list!

    Surprised to not see Purity Ring on here.
    Also – have you listened to Geographer’s Myth? It’s amazing.

    Here’s my top 10:
    10. Lost in the Trees – A Church that Fits our Needs
    9. Beach House – Bloom
    8. Of Monsters and Men – My Head is an Animal
    7. Passion Pit – Gossamer
    6. POLIÇA – Give You the Ghost
    5. Ellie Goulding – Halcyon
    4. Purity Ring – Shrines
    3. Yeasayer – Fragrant World
    2. Grizzly Bear – Shields
    1. Geographer – Myth

  2. Taylor said:

    Cool, I’ll check out that Geographer album. I’ve heard some of their stuff in the past and enjoyed. Purity Ring had some great singles for sure, “Fireshrine” made our best songs list.

    Don’t let the R&B label stop you from getting on the Frank Ocean train! It’s an R&B album the same way that London Calling is a punk album and Illinois is a folk album. What makes it so groundbreaking (in my opinion) is the exploration of styles from hip-hop, funk, pop, electronica to soul.

  3. Suskie said:

    Good list as always, Taylor. Props in particular for including Hot Chip, Shearwater, and DIIV — three albums I wish I was seeing on more of these lists. I’ll go ahead and recommend a few of my favorites that weren’t mentioned on here:

    Dry the River – Shallow Bed
    Lucy Rose – Like I Used To
    Port St. Willow – Holiday
    The Raveonettes – Observator
    Sun Airway – Soft Fall
    Tamaryn – Tender New Signs
    Toy – s/t

  4. pike360 said:

    I’ve been dying to post my list. thanks!

    My Jerusalem – Preachers
    The Lumineers – The Lumineers
    My Head is a Monster – Of Monsters and Men
    Dear – Keaton Henson
    You Anniversary – Lindsay Fuller
    Boys & Girls – Alabama Shakes
    Idler Wheel… – Fiona Apple
    Lost Songs – …And You Will Know Us By the Trail of Dead
    Coexist – the xx
    Toy – Toy
    Tramp – Sharon Van Etten
    End of Daze EP – Dum Dum Girls

  5. Derek said:

    Thanks for the list! I always enjoy checking out the things you post. Very happy to stumble upon Shearwater’s “You As You Were” here. It was my favorite song on your list that I hadn’t listened to before. If you want to check it out my list is at http://www.pastandthepending.com/2012/12/2012-ultimate-music-megapost-top-15.html . You guys are 100% responsible for Moonface being on the list based on an earlier post on your blog. Thanks and keep up the good work!

  6. Anonymous said:

    I always look forward to your list. Here’s mine: http://www.1000xpm.com/post/38656287063/top-10-of-12

    See you in 2013

  7. James Rawson said:

    Yes, great list! I’m a huge fan of Bat for Lashes and Andrew Bird. Glad to see they made your list.
    My top five albums of 2012 are:

    -Bat for Lashes “The Haunted Man”
    -Andrew Bird “Break It Yourself”
    -Jack White “Blunderbuss”
    -David Byrne & St. Vincent “Love This Giant”
    -Ben Gibbard “Former Lives

  8. CSM said:

    Very good top ten list. I also like Tim Casteel’s top ten list. Though I would put Grizzly Bear – Shields in my number 1. I just love their album.