Top 21 Albums of 2012

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9 Responses to Top 21 Albums of 2012

  1. Bob W. says:

    In agreement that it’s been a great year for music. Goat was the standout for me this year, as well…it completely took me by surprise and has held up to repeated listens. Plus, it gets the kids a-dancin’, which is always a bonus.

    Dinosaur Jr.’s latest, “I Bet on Sky,” is also one of 2012’s best for this kid. I dare say their second act has exceeded their first with this release – every song is a gem and they’ve leavened the noisier elements of their 80s output with some nice melodies that just made for a solid, “classic” rock record.

    And although it’s only been out for a few weeks, the intensity of Dragged Into Sunlight’s “Widowmaker” has me putting it on my end-of-the-year list. Like Goat (although the bands could not be any less alike), it surprised me and made me go at its end “well, I am going to have to play that again. Now.”

    Agreed, as well, on Django Django, Napalm Death and Jack White – all were highlights of the year. I’d also toss in the latest from Pig Destroyer and High on Fire on the heavier end of the spectrum.

    Lots to love this year, indeed…and Death Grips and Tame Impala are up next for me to check out…thanks, as always, for sharing.

    • I owe you big thanks for turning me on to Goat and Django Django. I’ll have to give the Dino Jr album a crack . . . I didn’t like them in their early heyday, and had some interaction that I won’t describe publicly with certain member(s) of the band while in Albany that didn’t make me want to explore. Off to nab Dragged Into Sunlight!!!

      • Bob W. says:

        I’ve read in various places that certain members of Dino jr. have been, shall we say, less than pleasant in their interactions with the general public and reporters in particular. I don’t doubt you have more than a few tales of dealing with musicians who equated rudeness with being “cool.”

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  3. Goat says:

    My notes on my top 20 are somewhere at home. I have been stuck in the hospital since 12-20, and so I don’t remember most of what I was working on–but this was hands-down the toughest year for ranking stuff since I started ranking stuff in 79. The top 20 will eventually show up on the blog (the last of the book and movie year-end-list stuff will be up later today). I’m still tossing and turning between 3-4 releases for actual AotY…

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