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Best Of: Dennis Scanland’s Top Albums of 2012

posted December 19, 2012, 1:53 pm by dscanland | Filed Under Editorial, General Interest, Releases, Top Albums | comment 4 Comments

This week we are going to take a look at all of our reviewers Top 10 album picks of the year. Please pipe up down in the comments with any that we may have missed or if you don’t agree with any of our picks. This one comes to us directly from the founder and creator of this site, Dennis!

I find myself falling out of touch with new music but I force myself to keep at least somewhat up to date on new releases. My Top Albums of 2012 are in no particular order. I hate doing them in order because what makes the number 1 different than number 2. Good thing I didn’t work at the High Fidelity store. If I count them right and don’t add or take away any, I’m at lucky 13. This time of year is always my favorite because you get to wade through the shit and see what floated onto people’s lists.

Dennis’ top albums of 2012:

Imperial TeenFeel The Sound : A wonderful gem that I didn’t even know about. I can’t even recall how I found out about Imperial Teen. Downloaded it and never looked back.

Yukon BlondeTiger Talk : This Canadian band treats us to another set of tasty melodic pop-rock. If you can catch Yukon Blonde live, do so. They put on a great show.

HaimForever EP : Catch this all girl band from LA before they get too big. They are already signed to a major label.

DiivOshin : Joy Division? Nope, Diiv. This band caught my attention with their retro feel. I don’t normally like stuff like this but with Diiv, you get something different enough that it sounds brand new.

M. WardWasteland Companion : This one isn’t a surprise to anyone who has been following me for years. M. Ward can’t do bad in my books. Just nice, soothing singer/songwriter stuff.

Sigur Ros Valtari

The Walkmen Heaven: Here is a surprise. I’ve never liked a Walkmen album enough to warrant a year end list, but this one has indeed caught my ear. I’ve listened to it quite a bit.

Torche Harmonicraft : One of the heavier albums on my list, Torche does not disappoint with this full-length follow-up. Really catchy metal for even non-metal fans.

SabatonCarolus Rex : Some great melodic metal for you. This was found unconventionally but I really enjoy all Sabaton has to offer.

Reuben Bullock – Man Made Lakes : A great local boy that I only discovered due to a local paper article. I will review your album eventually Reuben, just not this year!

All in all, even though I didn’t have the pulse on the music scene this year, I found quite a few albums that really made an impression. Here’s to 2013!


4 Responses to “Best Of: Dennis Scanland’s Top Albums of 2012”

  1. Profile photo of Carlita Carlita on December 19th, 2012 5:33 pm

    I really liked M. Ward and Ed Sheeran’s albums too. I covered Ed’s show for the site a few months ago and he’s awesome live too ( if you can avoid getting trampled by teen girls)!

  2. Profile photo of dscanland dscanland on December 19th, 2012 6:03 pm

    I would love to see Ed in a small setting. Just watched an Aussie last night named Kim Churchill. Check him out!

  3. Profile photo of Kevin Sellers Kevin Sellers on December 20th, 2012 1:26 pm

    Huh, haven’t checked out that Sigur Ros album yet. Actually haven’t heard one of these records, haha. Oh well, that’s what we’re in business for, discovering new things.

  4. Profile photo of Ben Oliver Ben Oliver on December 20th, 2012 3:19 pm

    Diiv is one of my favorite new bands!

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