Top Ten Albums 2012
Top Ten Albums 2012
What were the top ten albums of 2012? Everyone has their own list of the best albums of the year but I've decided to have a closer look at the list selected by a group of critics, published in the Guardian online. There's an interesting mix in there: some I love, some okay, one I detest. Browse through, play the sample tracks and let me know what you think of the selection. Feel free to leave a list of your best albums of 2012.
Frank Ocean, channel ORANGE - Top ten albums 2012 #1
Smash hit album, hit singles, critically appraised videos: this alternative hip hop album has appealed across the genres. It's not always easy listening but it grows on you and the lyrics are way beyond the usual standard of hip hop.
Titles as diverse as Thinkin Bout You, Super Rich Kids, Pyramids, Forrest Gump, Pink Matter and Bad Religion show the range covered by the singer.
Grimes, Visions - Top ten albums 2012 #2
Grimes is a Canadian musician, Claire Boucher: she has produced an album that combines pop, psychedelia, dance and whatever else she likes into an amazingly listenable mix.
This won't appeal to those who like boy bands but it's so far musically beyond what they're up to that they wouldn't understand anyway.
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Jessie Ware, Devotion - Top ten albums 2012 #3
Debut from Brit Jessie Ware, this is a great Soul/Pop/Trip Hop/Hip hop album,
Great voice, great songs, beautifully produced. It's an import to the US so you may have to order it if out of stock,
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Dirty Projectors, Swing Lo Magellan - Top ten albums 2012 #4
David Longstreth's Dirty Projectors have been experimenting frantically over the last few years: now he's come up with a mature, much poppier and more accessible album.
Electric music, African drums, strings, all quietly added to some very accessible songs.
Kendrick Lamar, Good Kid, MAAD City - Top ten albums 2012 #5
Caution: explicit lyrics - very explicit.Working with some of the biggest names in the business, Lamar's second album is the story of his growing up and experience of gang culture. Huge smash on US chart and Spotify.
Very well structured to the concept of Lamar's early life and gang days,
Tame Impala, Lonerism - Top ten albums 2012 #6
UK, US, Australian smash
Alt-J, An Awesome Wave - Top ten albums 2012 #7
Alt J on a Mac gives you a triangle, the mathematical Delta, symbol of change. Despite this, the music isn't pretentious. Difficult to categorise, it mixes many styles but is very listenable and it won the Mercury Prize this year.
Sophisticated for a debut album, bodes well for future releases.
The xx, Coexist - Top ten albums 2012 #8
Indie pop, minimalist musical style, this was a long time in the making with the lads writing individually and recording snippets on mobile phones and Macs.
Guitarist Romy Madley Croft says, " late at night when I was writing things down, I eventually got back to writing about myself. And that's good. Because we've got to sing these songs for a while, so it's really important to feel close to them, to feel like they're real."
Hot Chip, In Our Heads - Top ten albums 2012 #9
A confession here: I've heard the album, my cat has heard the album - the cat has left home. I don't blame it. I'd say this is pretentious and derivative. It's self-produced and is crying out for an expert producer who could say "NO!". If you want to try it, it's a mix of electro, funk and pop.
Try before you buy. The band reckons they went for dance and big melodies - but they would say that, wouldn't they.
Bobby Womack,The Bravest Man in the Universe - Top ten albums 2012 #10
Sixties soul star, crack addict for years, no album for ten years, Damon Albarn collaborating in the studio - what the hell was this going to be like? Simple answer: wonderful. The voice is still magnificent, albeit a little huskier, the ability to interpret a song is still there. It's modern funk and Bobby Womack is back.
Short but superb, get this and then start on the back catalogue.