There are so many good albums terribly released in year 2012. Rubbish albums also fortunately unleashed this year. So here i am, as an amateur music lover, try to sort them out to just 13 albums. Why 13? Because 10 is not enough and 20 is too many and i’m too lazy to review them. It is so hard for me to sort them out to only 13. So many newcomers. So many rubbishes. So many reunited bands. So many legends came up with their new awesome album. So what did i do? I just closed my eyes and followed my heart and eventually i got it right. Yeah i quoted that from Kris Roe. Not from so-called-punk–rocker named Billy Joe Armsweak. How is it doin’ with your rehab dude? Bieber says hi.
13. Godspeed You! Black Emperor – ‘Allelujah! Don’t Bend! Ascend!
At a time where post-rock is more a joke than a reputable genre, Godspeed You! Black Emperor return from Valhalla to show the world how it’s done. Allen from Sputnik said that. This album only consists four songs. Two songs lasts 20 minutes, each. It feels like Ratko Mladic and his army drift you like worried fire with their helicopter sings and strungs like a light at thee printemps erable. Godspeed! 12. Billy Talent – Dead Silence
Hello hipsters! We’re Billy Talent. We have an anthem song for you (or us?). Some of the lyrics: “You got the look, but not the credit. Just find a style, so you can mimic. The tortured artist, the jaded cynic. The latest gadget, is just a gimmick. Another sucker, born every minute. We’re the target market of a corporate hoax. Our generation is a fucking joke! A lost generation trying to act profound.”
Official lyric video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dzqYAnViAwM
11. El-P – Cancer for Cure
The album giving it a score of 4 out of 5, stating “Cancer4Cure is about hip-hop like Glengarry Glen Ross was about sales, but these great works transcend their industries, offering solace and inspiration to anyone who would prefer a satisfied mind over a Cadillac Eldorado, or in current terms, an Escalade. (Allmusic) What impressed me about him is.. he’s white! He’s not into Eminem but more into Beastie Boys in “Ill Communication” era. MCA is smiling in heaven listening to El-P.
10. Alabama Shakes – Boys & Girls
American blues-rock band. This is their debut album. Name taken from their hometown. But who would have thought that the vocalist is actually a girl named Brittany. She sounds like a broken hearted guy who drink too much whiskey when she sings.
9. Kendrick Lamar – good kid, m.A.A.d city
“It’s really just a self-portrait. I feel I need to make this this album in order to move on with my life, and I had negative vibes and demons haunting me. It’s that real. I had to come from somewhere, I had to come from a place. It could have been negative, it could have been positive but for the majority of it, it was negative place. I needed to vent and put this message out in order for me to grow as a person. I’m glad I did, because it was a venting process, you know, to tell these stories I never told.” – Kendrick Lamar when interviewed about the concept of good kid, m.A.A.d city.
8. Alt-J – An Awesome Wave
Mercury Prize Winner this year. Debut album. They’re something i tell you. If you’re into Luc Bessons’ Leon The Proffesional you’ll love ‘em. Do you notice that they’re always serious when they make music video. That’s kinda rare these days. Check one here.
7. The Sword – Apocryphon I am wondering have Ozzy and Tony Iommi been listening to The Sword lately? I’m sure Ozzy smiles and tells Iommi: ” This band sounds like our band don’t they, Tony?”. The Sword’s formula is simple: rip it off from Black Sabbath (chug-chug-chug), flourish with fantasy themed lyrics and sci-fi journey and there you go, Doom Metal at its best. If you believe in Mayans Apocalypse, well you got yourself an anthem for doomsday. They’re not telling you to stay in the bunker. They’re summoning you to bang your head and celebrate the apocalypse.
6. Metric – Synthetica Do you like Yeah, Yeah, Yeahs? Paramore? Best Coast? Beach House? Dum Dum Girls? Yuck!? You’ll find all of them in just one album. Their fifth album. SYNTHETICA.
5. Fiona Apple – The Idler Wheel
The album called “The Idler Wheel Is Wiser Than the Driver of the Screw and Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Will Ever Do”, but frequently abridged as The Idler Wheel… The fourth studio album from Fiona Apple. At the age of 34, Apple is starting to let go of the reigns and take stock of all of the things that are controlling her. Ugly little moments of jealousy, self-loathing, heartache, vengeance, and remorse all shine through on these songs. (quoted from: COS)
4. Jack White – Blunderbuss
read here: http://www.reviewbastard.org/2012/review/music/a-blunderbuss-for-all-of-us/
3. Bruce Springsteen – Wrecking Ball
The Boss is the nickname. Full name: Bruce Frederick Joseph Springsteen. This is his 17th major studio album. Twenty Grammys, Golden Globes, Emmy Awards, and Oscars during his musical career and still counting. This album indirectly helped Barack Obama to have his presidential running for the second time. Obama should thank The Boss. Were you aware that The Democrat Party used one of his song as their theme song? Along with Fleetwood Mac’s “Landslide”. “Wrecking Ball” soon to be a classic album following his previous “Born in The USA” and “Born To Run”. You don’t argue with me on this one. He’s The Boss.
2. Frank Ocean – Channel Orange
I’ve never heard RnB/Soul song that lasts almost 10 minutes long (Pyramids 09:54). I’ve never heard words like “Allahu Akbar” sang by an RnB singer. The song is called Bad Religion. It’s not about religion at all. It’s unrequited love song. Gay love song. Forbidden one. This song also has multi-interpreted lyrics. It can be provocative, lost, fucked up yet dreary at the same time. This dude is a genius in combining words into lyrics in one song: “taxi driver”, “allahu akbar”, “shrink”, “bad religion”, “cyanide”, “shrink”, “demons”. Give some space for your Grammy award in your cupboard.
1. David Byrne & St. Vincent – Love This Giant
David Byrne is the ex front man and songwriter for American new wave band, The Talking Heads (1975-1991). He has received Grammy, Golden Globe and Oscar awards and also had been inducted to Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In two simple words: Living Legend.
St. Vincent is her stage name. She is Annie Erin Clark, an american singer-song writer and multi-instrumentalist. Clark has opened show for acts such as Arcade Fire, Grizzly Bear, Television and many more. She has also collaborated with Bon Iver on the song called “Roslyn” which appeared in the soundtrack of The Twilight Saga : New Moon.
Reviewing the album, Jude Clarke calls it “a perfect cerebral pop pairing” that “improves and deepens on each listen” due to the songwriting and the singers’ voices. Andy Gill consider the brass instrumentation the greatest strength of the album with the latter declaring the work “a skewed and funky instant classic.” Robert Leedham praised the “jaunty trombones” and “jubilant trumpet-lead fanfare” as well. The best collaboration album I’ve ever experienced. So let’s forget “Lulu” from Lou Reed & Metallica, shall we?
Deftones – Koi No Yokan, Japandroids – Celebration Rock, Alicia Keys – Queen of Fire, Bob Dylan – Tempest, Beach House – In Bloom, Milo Greene – Milo Greene, Mumford & Sons – Babel, The Shins – Port of Morrow, Paul McCartney – Love Blossom, Soundgarden – Animal King.
Ensembled by: @agunsux