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. Here is the list of picks from our site’s editor, Ben Oliver (iamparadox).
If you don’t think it would be much of a challenge to put together the 10 best records of 2012, then you don’t comprehend how much tremendous music exists today. This list first started out for me at about 60, then I narrowed it down to 30, then finally was able to cut it down to 10, but it wasn’t easy. Here we go!
Ben’s Top Albums of 2012:
1. Japandroids –Celebration Rock
Released this summer, this could easily be the best record this year. It would be a difficult challenge to find a listing of this year’s best albums without this one listed.
2. Wiz Khalifa— O.N.I.F.C.
3. Matt & Kim—Lightning
4. Walk The Moon— Walk The Moon
Seemingly out of nowhere this group from Cincinnati not only arrived, but quickly started to take over! Taking their name from The Police song “Walking On The Moon”, they released one of the most unrivaled debuts of recent memory.
5. Oberhofer— Time Capusles II
I first discovered Brad Oberhofer earlier this year when researching SXSW. His first major project is quite impressive, leaving us impatiently begging for more.
6. Imagine Dragons–Night Visions
I had no idea who this band was when first learning they were opening on tour for AWOLNATION. Seems like I, along with everyone else, learned who they were really fast! They have been on nearly every radio and tv station this year. Incredible, inaugural work.
7. White Arrows—Dry Land Is Not A Myth
8. Cloud Nothings —Attack On Memory
9. Ab-Soul—Control System
10. The XX—Coexist
Expectations were high for this one, especially after winning the Mercury Music Prize for their debut. The expectations were met, and were maybe even exceeded by this release.
Deathgrips–The Money Store
Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffati–Mature Themes
King Tuff–King Tuff
Alabama Shakes Boys & Girls
Frank Ocean channel orange
Deathgrips–No Love Deep Web
Travis Porter–From day 1
Niki & The Dove–Instinct
Dirty Heads–Cabin by the Sea
Animal Collective – Centipede Hz
Santigold – Master of My Make-Believe