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 Teen – Feel 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 Blonde – Tiger 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.
Haim – Forever EP : Catch this all girl band from LA before they get too big. They are already signed to a major label.
Diiv – Oshin : 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. Ward – Wasteland 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.
Sabaton – Carolus 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!