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Albums of the Year pt.2


charlie clown

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Based on the aggregated results from about a dozen or fifteen different music mags & websites here are the albums fo the year:

 

1 Frank Ocean Channel Orange

2 Grimes Visions

3 Tame Impala Lonerism

4 Kendrick Lamar Good Kid M.A.A.D.City

5 Grizzly Bear Shields

6 Jack White Blunderbuss

7 Beach House Bloom

8 Fiona Apple The Idler Wheel…

9 Django Django Django Django

10 Sharon Von Etten Tramp

11 Japandroids Celebration Rock

12 Cat Power Sun

13 The XX Coexist

14 Jessie Ware Devotion

15 Dirty Projectors Swing Lo Magellan

16 Chromatics Kill For Love

17 Swans The Seer

18 Killer Mike R.A.P. Music

19 Bob Dylan Tempest

20 Godspeed You Black Emperor Allelujah! Don’t Bend! Ascend!

21 Leonard Cohen Old Ideas

22 Julia Holter Ekstasis

23 Alabama Shakes Boys and Girls

24 Toy Toy

25 Flying Lotus Until The Quiet Comes

26 Dr. John Locked Down

27 Actress R.I.P.

28 Alt-J An Awesome Wave

29 Hot Chip In Our Heads

30 Miguel Kaledioscope Dream

31 DIIV Oshin

32 Father John Misty Fear Fun

33 Bat For Lashes The Haunted Man

34 Spiritualized Sweet Heart, Sweet Light

35 Field Music Plumb

36 The Walkmen Heaven

37 Cloud Nothings Attack On Memory

38 Baroness Yellow and Green

39 Purity Ring Shrines

40 Lana Del Ray Born To Die

41 The Maccabees Given To The Wild

42 Neil Young & Crazy Horse Psychedelic Pill

43 Taylor Swift Red

44 El-P Cancer For Cure

45 Bruce Springsteen WreckingBall

46 Ariel Pink's Haunted Grafitti Mature Themes

47 Richard Hawley Standing At The Sky's Edge

48 Bobby Womack The Bravest Man In The Universe

49 Mumford & Sons Babel

50 The Men Open Your Heart

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Based on the aggregated results from about a dozen or fifteen different music mags & websites here are the albums fo the year:

 

2 Grimes Visions

6 Jack White Blunderbuss

8 Fiona Apple The Idler Wheel…

9 Django Django Django Django

10 Sharon Von Etten Tramp

11 Japandroids Celebration Rock

19 Bob Dylan Tempest

33 Bat For Lashes The Haunted Man

34 Spiritualized Sweet Heart, Sweet Light

40 Lana Del Ray Born To Die

42 Neil Young & Crazy Horse Psychedelic Pill

45 Bruce Springsteen WreckingBall

 

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Based on the aggregated results from about a dozen or fifteen different music mags & websites here are the albums fo the year:

 

8 Fiona Apple The Idler Wheel…

19 Bob Dylan Tempest

42 Neil Young & Crazy Horse Psychedelic Pill

45 Bruce Springsteen WreckingBall

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That frank ocean seems to be at the top of almost everyone one of these charts for 2012. Anyone on here listened to the album at all?

 

It's a very interesting album but I'm not sure how great it is musically. His voice is fantastic (both at normal pitch and in falsetto), he has managed to make R&B into something listenable (instead of the usual pussy&coke-obsessed blandery) and lyrically it seems very honest and articulate - so a lot to warrant a bit of time & attention - and I think longer term it will be seen as a bit of a watershed for that type of music generally. But it just doesn't excite me when I listen to it - it is ultimately just hyper-smooth R&B - albeit of a much higher quality than the usual dull-witted guff that genre tends to spew out.

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