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My Favourite Albums Of 2012

December 31st, 2012

Blimey, it’s been a while since I’ve been here. At least 6 months, maybe more. No offence but I can’t say I’ve missed it and really, it’s only since I stopped updating this blog that I realised how much I was just going through the motions. That is to say, writing about music for the sake of it rather than the love of it. Maybe this year hasn’t been great for music. Or maybe like Danny Glover in Lethal Weapon, I’m just getting too old for this shot. Who knows. Either way, I guess I kept this place alive just in case I ever felt the need to start writing again and while I wouldn’t necessarily say that was the case right now, I kind of felt like I wanted to do this post. So, just in case you haven’t had enough lists thrust at you this month, here’s my choice of favourite albums of 2012. As ever, I make no claims to them being the best, the most important, the most revolutionary or any other grand statements like that. No, these are merely the albums that I’ve enjoyed listening to the most over the last 12 months. As ever, the albums are presented in alphabetical order because to my mind, music isn’t a competition.

Alt-J – An Awesome Wave
Bat For Lashes – The Haunted Man
Beach House – Bloom
Graham Coxon – A+E
dEUS – Following Sea
Richard Hawley – Standing At The Sky’s Edge
Heartless Bastards – Arrows
Of Monsters And Men – My Heart Is An Animal
Lee Ranaldo – Between The Times And The Tides
Jack White – Blunderbuss

And here’s an honourable mention for some good albums that came close but didn’t quite make the list. They’re all good if flawed albums and well worth a listen.

Alabama Shakes – Boys & Girls
Best Coast – The Only Place
Bloc Party – Four
Tim Burgess – Oh No I Love You
Cat Power – Sun
Bob Dylan – Tempest
Japandroids – Celebration Rock
Lambchop – Mr M
Liars – WIXIW
Spiritualized – Sweet Heart Sweet Light
Swans – The Seer
The Vaccines – Come Of Age
The Walkmen – Heaven

And seeing as I’m making extra lists, here’s a list of my favourite songs that didn’t feature on any of the above albums and were either standalone singles or great tracks from albums I didn’t rate or haven’t heard.

Atoms For Peace – Default
Blur – Under The Westway
Foals – Inhaler
Grimes – Genesis
Kate Nash – Under Estimate The Girl
Radiohead – The Daily Mail
The Rolling Stones – Doom & Gloom
Savages – Husbands

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