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(Pop Matters)   Because 50 isn't enough and 100 is too much, here are the 75 best albums of 2012. They got #1 right   (popmatters.com) divider line 179
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2012-12-11 03:47:07 AM  
I have listened to that Frank Ocean album three times and I am having a hard time understanding how this album is on every best album of 2012 list.
 
2012-12-11 03:50:54 AM  
Not only is Swans The Seer a great record, but watching it performed live was one of my top concert experiences for the year. Hard to believe Gira still had something this brilliant up his sleeve.
 
2012-12-11 03:54:06 AM  
They spelled Slash wrong.
 
2012-12-11 04:14:37 AM  
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Between the Buried and Me Parallax II. Best album of the year.

?Also enjoyed I am Abomination - Let the Future Tell the Truth, Exotic Animal Petting Zoo - Tree of Tongues, Coheed and Cambria - Afterman, and Kaki King - Glow.
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2012-12-11 04:18:30 AM  
The best album of the year was Apocryphon by The Sword.
 
2012-12-11 04:24:53 AM  

kingflower: I have listened to that Frank Ocean album three times and I am having a hard time understanding how this album is on every best album of 2012 list.


I listened to him for the first time this week, and I'm still cleaning all the blood off the walls that shot out of my ears.
 
2012-12-11 04:39:20 AM  
I think we've had "this" thread before already this year, but my personal tops of 2012 (annotated for subsequent releases since the last "best of 2012" thread):

Meshuggah - Koloss
Rush - Clockwork Angels
Cannibal Corpse - Torture
Testament - Black Roots of Earth
Lamb of God - Resolution
Dethklok - Dethalbum III

*Honorable mention to Stephen Lynch - Lion (I love this man so goddamn much)

That's pretty much all I've bought this year, really. The majority of the bands I listen to released stuff last year, so it'll probably be another year or so before they drop anything. 2011/12 were pretty good years for metal.
 
2012-12-11 04:45:12 AM  

sonnyboy11: Not only is Swans The Seer a great record, but watching it performed live was one of my top concert experiences for the year. Hard to believe Gira still had something this brilliant up his sleeve.


Really? REALLY? I keep reading about how great this album is. It sounds like a bunch of high school kids got together for a mediocre jam session. All the other stuff has hipster appeal at some point, but Seer is barely music, it just a bunch of disjointed sounds made with instruments.
 
2012-12-11 04:58:07 AM  
hipsters gonna hip
 
2012-12-11 05:20:22 AM  
"Frank ocean" sure is a funny way of spelling Dethklok

/shiat will melt your face off
 
2012-12-11 05:22:12 AM  
List is long, and individual reviews are pretty much unreadable.

(checks my library) Looks like I bought just 3 albums this year that came out in 2012.
Dark Adrenaline - Lacuna Coil
Requiem for the Indifferent - Epica
Silverthorn - Kamelot

Silverthorn is the best of those three, and is a really remarkable album, considering they had to replace their lead singer, and the new guy absolutely nails it.
 
2012-12-11 05:25:21 AM  
If you have an older computer, I would suggest not viewing the whole list as one page.
 
2012-12-11 06:18:10 AM  

TheLurkerBelow: [mancunion.com image 485x480]
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My two must-haves this year. Disappointed that neither made the list.

TFA did mention Of Monsters and Men though, which is actually pretty decent.


I generally like The Killers, but I did not like that album. Maybe it's a grower.
 
2012-12-11 06:23:31 AM  

SPna15: [www.primitivereaction.com image 500x500]


It might be helpful if you at least name the artist. I have no idea what that is.
 
2012-12-11 06:25:30 AM  
No love for Muse's "The 2nd Law"? Boo I say!
 
2012-12-11 06:56:43 AM  

Alphax: List is long, and individual reviews are pretty much unreadable.

(checks my library) Looks like I bought just 3 albums this year that came out in 2012.
Dark Adrenaline - Lacuna Coil
Requiem for the Indifferent - Epica
Silverthorn - Kamelot

Silverthorn is the best of those three, and is a really remarkable album, considering they had to replace their lead singer, and the new guy absolutely nails it.


There's a new NEW guy in Kamelot, not the same one who sang on that record. He nails it too--we saw Kamelot open for Nightwish in New York in September and this guy was friggin' phenomenal.

As for records, the only one I bought was Nightwish's "Imaginaerum," which, I hate to say, was thoroughly meh. A couple of good songs, way too much Tuomas Holopainen wanking. And now the big question is if Floor Jansen is going to stay with the band or just be a bridge until another singer's found. Floor's amazing and she has to know she's going to make money if she's in Nightwish.
 
2012-12-11 07:01:06 AM  
I thought they didn't make albums anymore.
 
2012-12-11 07:05:54 AM  
What are albums?
 
2012-12-11 07:06:11 AM  
haha coldplay didn't make it


/so cold so cold
 
2012-12-11 07:07:27 AM  
even though I like the album, I'm still surprised at how much love Swans' The Seer is getting. I wouldn't expect a very long (11 tracks, 2 hours) and noisey album to regularly get Top 10 status on these lists.
 
2012-12-11 07:07:34 AM  

Marisyana: Alphax: List is long, and individual reviews are pretty much unreadable.

(checks my library) Looks like I bought just 3 albums this year that came out in 2012.
Dark Adrenaline - Lacuna Coil
Requiem for the Indifferent - Epica
Silverthorn - Kamelot

Silverthorn is the best of those three, and is a really remarkable album, considering they had to replace their lead singer, and the new guy absolutely nails it.

There's a new NEW guy in Kamelot, not the same one who sang on that record. He nails it too--we saw Kamelot open for Nightwish in New York in September and this guy was friggin' phenomenal.

As for records, the only one I bought was Nightwish's "Imaginaerum," which, I hate to say, was thoroughly meh. A couple of good songs, way too much Tuomas Holopainen wanking. And now the big question is if Floor Jansen is going to stay with the band or just be a bridge until another singer's found. Floor's amazing and she has to know she's going to make money if she's in Nightwish.


I like "Imaginaerum", but it was released in 2011 in Europe, I think. Good album, but I'm ready for another one.
 
2012-12-11 07:14:00 AM  
I'm a pretty decent Rush-head and Clockwork Angels just did squat for me. Even Snakes and Arrows was slightly more entertaining that CA was.

/Hell, just play all of Permanent Waves and I'm a happy camper
//Now get off my lawn....
 
2012-12-11 07:33:01 AM  
www.heavyblogisheavy.com
 
2012-12-11 07:34:11 AM  
What, no Deftones?
 
2012-12-11 07:34:13 AM  

AdolfOliverPanties: Record reviews are the farking worst:

The songs of Preachers sound to bubble up as a miasma from a swamp. Southern Gothic to a T, with all the pathos, depravity, dread and redemption that implies, the record is a dispatch from the squalor of emotional wreckage. Holding court in this landscape is the id of singer Jeff Klein, howling of being, but an animal in a well on the title track...

What a pretentious load of pseudo-artsy-quasi-intellectual bullshiat. Makes me want to NOT even bother to listen to the music.


Yeah, music writers are among the most useless people in the world. Very few of them are able to write without sounding like colossal douchezillas.
 
2012-12-11 07:46:38 AM  

bwohlgemuth: I'm a pretty decent Rush-head and Clockwork Angels just did squat for me. Even Snakes and Arrows was slightly more entertaining that CA was.

/Hell, just play all of Permanent Waves and I'm a happy camper
//Now get off my lawn....


they need to bring back the SYNTHESIZER
 
2012-12-11 07:59:03 AM  
I think the beach house album was the only one I got this year

/bored with music lately
 
2012-12-11 08:02:49 AM  
because you care about my opinion:

Top Albums:

goat - world music Probably my surprise of the year. Swedes play an Africanised psychedelic version of Can meets Black Sabbath. Sounds like a mess on paper, but it works so well!

godspeed you black emperor! - allelujah! Don't Bend ! Ascend! Another surprise since it was released with almost no announcements. Doesn't quite work as a coherent whole, but each individual track is brilliant.

moon duo - circles Doesn't differ too much from previous albums, but has better production and songwriting. If its formulaic, it's a winning formula.

alcest - les voyages de L'Ame Even closer to Shoegaze than previous, but also the most consistent album so far.

tame impala - lonerism Maybe it was because I thought Innerspeaker was over-rated, but the quality of the album really surprised me. Where Innerspeaker relied a bit too much on phaser effects in place of songwriting, Lonerism now excels in that area. The use of keyboards also adds more depth to the music as well.

melody's echo chamber Lonerism's sister album (it was produced by Tame Impala's Kevin parker) is a bit more of a poppy take on Lonerism's psychedelia and every bits Lonerism's equal.

regular john - strange flowers Sounds like Black Rebel Motorcycle Club making a very overtly stoner-rock or psychedelic album.

mothlite - dark age A daker take on Colour of Spring-era Talk Talk. Some lamented the shift from the previous album's darker take on late-era Talk Talk, but I think this is a better overall album.

swans - the seer I wasn't quite taken to this as immediately as some were because I think the tracklist is a jumbled mess that doesn't really make sense on a track-to-track basis (Though I do think the vinyl track sequencing does make a bit more sense, barring the longer tracks being split across multiple sides). That said, I do think it is a very good album on an individual track basis and never gets boring despite its extreme length.


Runner-Ups:

six organs of admittance - ascent pretty much a Comets on Fire reunion but with Ben Chasny as the leader.
death grips - money store/no love deep web Very interesting noisey Hip Hop, but you're probably better off combining the best tracks off of both into one great album.
flying lotus - until the quiet comes Seems like a lot of people were underwhelmed by this, but I thought it was much more focused than Cosmogramma
maserati - VII Not too different from their previous album's post-rock-by-way-of-Tangerine Dream, but still enjoyable.
hidden orchestra - archipelago
school of seven bells - ghostory
Starts off great, but the rest of the album isn't quite as good as the first 2 tracks. "Lafaye" sounds like music specifically written for a car commercial and/or end credits of an MTV reality show.
land - night within An interesting, very bassy take on Darkjazz. if there was a bit more of it, it would probably rank higher.
maribel - reveries A line-up change apparently mvoed the band from being a Serena-maneesh/Medicine clone to a Mazzy Star clone. Enjoyable, but not quite as interesting as their last album.
beach house - bloom Not too different from teen dream, but features better songwriting.


Disappointments:

Spiritualized: Sweet Heart, Sweet Light Not bad, but predictable. You knew what this album sounded like before even listening.

Bear in Heaven: I Love You, It's Cool Where their last album was very eclectic, this one is extremely samey and with only 1 or 2 stand-out tracks.
 
2012-12-11 08:02:54 AM  

lacydog: No love for Muse's "The 2nd Law"? Boo I say!


Boo is what I said after I listened to that album.
 
2012-12-11 08:03:11 AM  
I'm so hip that I haven't heard any of those. I just listen to indie college alternative rockabilly blues.
 
2012-12-11 08:06:30 AM  
List needs Assemblage 23 - Bruise
 
2012-12-11 08:10:37 AM  
The Melvins had a few good albums this year.
 
2012-12-11 08:18:28 AM  

MagSeven: SPna15: [www.primitivereaction.com image 500x500]

It might be helpful if you at least name the artist. I have no idea what that is.


If false don't entry.
 
2012-12-11 08:20:33 AM  
Looks and sees Kendrick Lamar is on the list.
The list is bonofide.

/hoping good kid, m.A.A.d city swings the pendulum back from "shiatty" for hip-hop.
 
2012-12-11 08:22:32 AM  

Marisyana: As for records, the only one I bought was Nightwish's "Imaginaerum," which, I hate to say, was thoroughly meh


Silvercast did Nightwish's thing better this year than Nightwish. Or Seven Kingdoms for a less symphonic bent.
 
2012-12-11 08:24:00 AM  
Hmmm top five albums that came out this year for me is (in no real order)

Meshuggah - Koloss
Dethklok - Deathalbum III
3 Inches of Blood - Long Live Heavy Metal
Baroness - Yellow and Green
Testament - Dark Roots of Earth
 
2012-12-11 08:24:31 AM  
i've heard of 5 bands in that list (springsteen, swift, rush, nas, and baroness). i don't know why i even bother to read "best albums of the year" lists anymore. it seems like they do their best to come up with the most obscure bands they can find.

i listen to heavy metal, and i don't expect my own personal tastes to be those of the majority of people. and although i certainly don't think that just because a band is popular it also means they are good, it doesn't mean they are bad either. popular bands are sometimes very good. so i also refuse to believe that a list of the 75 "best" albums released this year only includes one pop singer (swift), one well-known rapper (nas), one metal band (baroness), and two old school rockers (rush and springsteen). i'm convinced the writer tossed a few "known" acts into his list to be ironic or something, or to fend off criticism. "i'm not a hipster, look, i put taylor swift and bruce springsteen on my list!"

this year was actually pretty weak. lamb of god, epica, meshuggah, gojira, cradle of filth, god forbid, and lacuna coil all put out decent albums, but nothing revolutionary or amazing. i don't think i can even think what my favorite album of the year is, since nothing really jumped out at me. i did discover a few new great bands, like eths, corelia, eluveitie, and the agonist, so it wasn't a total loss.
 
2012-12-11 08:29:32 AM  

mr.doctor: Baroness - Yellow and Green


Solid album. Love those guys.
 
2012-12-11 08:30:19 AM  

enderthexenocide: this year was actually pretty weak.


My list of 72 great metal albums from 2012 disagrees with you.
 
2012-12-11 08:36:53 AM  
I got Yellow Green by Baroness. I think it was pretty good.

/Also picked up the new Torche and Sword. The former I've barely listened to, and should give another whirl. The latter is okay.
 
2012-12-11 08:39:19 AM  

verbaltoxin: I got Yellow Green by Baroness. I think it was pretty good.

/Also picked up the new Torche and Sword. The former I've barely listened to, and should give another whirl. The latter is okay.


Damn totally forgot about The Sword - Apocryphon. I would also have to put that as one of my favorite albums that have come out this year.
 
2012-12-11 08:39:59 AM  
Todd Snider YAY!
Carolina Chocolate Drops YAY
Great to see Iris Dement back
Ryan Bingham is awesome
I like that one song from David Byrne and St. Vincent

The rest is a nice combination of SFW, meh and who?

Criminal that The Mavericks are not on the list. Welcome back Raul
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2012-12-11 08:46:02 AM  

mr.doctor: verbaltoxin: I got Yellow Green by Baroness. I think it was pretty good.

/Also picked up the new Torche and Sword. The former I've barely listened to, and should give another whirl. The latter is okay.

Damn totally forgot about The Sword - Apocryphon. I would also have to put that as one of my favorite albums that have come out this year.


For me, Apocryphon isn't much of a progression from Warp Riders. That's why I've had trouble getting into it. Additionally I think their vocalist is incredibly limited and a strong voice would help break up their endless riffing a bit, and give the songs some dynamics.

/Forgot to mention I also picked up Jonathan Coulton's Artificial Heart this year; I'm not usually a fan of singer-songwriter stuff but his record is pretty good.
 
2012-12-11 08:48:34 AM  
People are overlooking that Dr. John is on this list. So that's one more token old guy.

The article officially lost me here:

"If there are any lingering doubts as to whether Grizzly Bear is the greatest American band currently recording...."

OH F*CK YOU.
 
2012-12-11 08:48:47 AM  
I listen to a decent amount of Indie music, and I've only heard of maybe, maybe 10 of those bands.

And for as indie as this list is....I'm shocked Mumford and Sons wasn't on there. 
 
2012-12-11 08:49:48 AM  
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2012-12-11 08:52:16 AM  
What about Storm Corrosion from Steven Wilson and Mikael Åkerfeldt? Or Marillion - Sounds that Can't be Made? I know, I know there's no love for Prog on Fark or anywhere else... It's sad really...
 
2012-12-11 08:58:11 AM  
Grizzly Bear's actually pretty good, but between Ed Droste biatching about not getting a Grammy nomination and this, I have no desire to listen to them again. You guys aren't that great...
 
2012-12-11 09:03:56 AM  

Creoena: I've heard of only 5 artists/bands in this entire list. Either I'm out of touch with modern music, or this list is full of hipster crap


Over-sampled, over-layered until humans sound like machines, hipster crap.
 
2012-12-11 09:05:48 AM  

stoli n coke: I call BS. The best albums of the year were from bands you've never heard of.


then the list would still work. there are all of 7 people/bands on there that i HAVE heard of.

yeah yeah, i know, i live in a cave and listen to crap apparently.
 
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