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Albums Of The Year 2012 - 29/1/2012 12:09:31 PM   
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Albums Of The Year 2012


So January's almost finished and already a few great albums have become contenders - for me, Blues Funeral by Mark Lanegan, The Lion's Roar by First Aid Kit and Leonard Cohen's Old Ideas have a very good chance of being on my end-of-year list (I've still to relisten to Born To Die, but I'm not so hopeful of that record's chances).

I'll keep this thread updated as new releases pile up, feel free to do the same. Although, naturally, I won't listen to some albums for whatever reason no matter how good they apparently are and some will turn out to be firm favourites. What will be my Wounded Rhymes this year?

Bloom - Beach House
Blues Funeral - Mark Lanegan
The Bravest Man In The Universe - Bobby Womack
Celebration Rock - Japandroids
Charmer - Aimee Mann
CYRK - Cate Le Bon
Devotion - Jessie Ware
Ekstasis - Julia Holter
The Haunted Man - Bat For Lashes
I Bet The Sky - Dinosaur Jr.
The Idler Wheel - Fiona Apple
Interstellar - Frankie Rose
Jessica Pratt - Jessica Pratt
Kill For Love - Chromatics
King Animal - Soundgarden
The Lion's Roar - First Aid Kit
Love This Giant - David Byrne & St. Vincent
Old Ideas - Leonard Cohen
Reign Of Terror - Sleigh Bells
Shifty Adventures In Nookie Wood - John Cale
Something - Chairlift
Standing At The Sky's Edge - Richard Hawley
Sun - Cat Power
Swing Lo Magellan - Dirty Projectors
Synthetica - Metric
Tramp - Sharon Van Etten
Visions - Grimes
Yours' Truly, Cellophane Nose - Beth Jeans Houghton

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RE: Albums Of The Year 2012 - 29/1/2012 12:26:45 PM   
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for me it is this, hands down.



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RE: Albums Of The Year 2012 - 29/1/2012 8:41:51 PM   
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I've listened to like a total of one album from this year, and it's awesome:

Killer Mike - R.A.P. Music

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RE: Albums Of The Year 2012 - 2/2/2012 11:08:42 PM   
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RE: Albums Of The Year 2012 - 3/2/2012 1:46:55 AM   
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Funnily enough it was Cohen and First Aid Kit that made me think of starting this thread myself. I'll start my list here I guess. Order is just as they come.

1) Dr John - Locked Down
2) Magnetic Fields - Love At The Bottom Of The Sea
3) Leonard Cohen - Old Ideas
4) First Aid Kit - The Lion's Roar
5) Lambchop - Mr M

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RE: Albums Of The Year 2012 - 4/2/2012 9:10:36 PM   
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Got bugger all from 2012 so far but I'll reserve a spot here all the same.

Will be getting Leonard's new one though when I have some money...

EDIT : albums of 2012 (so far)

1. Leonard Cohen - Old Ideas (great new effort with some of the finest songs he's done in years)
2. Lana Del Ray - Born To Die (suggests a lot of promise and is neatly produced, yet only has a handful of standout tracks - none of which rival Video Games. She certainly has the potential to go onto bigger & better things though)
3. First Aid Kit - The Lion's Roar (perfectly fine, nicely melodic, but I can't help feel I've heard it all before. That said, it takes exceptional acoustic-led music to get me really interested so perhaps I'm not the best person to judge).

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RE: Albums Of The Year 2012 - 4/2/2012 9:25:20 PM   
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Looking forward to getting some good recommendations from this thread. Already got the First Aid Kit album purely due to this thread, it's pretty decent but not fab so bring on the rest of 2012.

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RE: Albums Of The Year 2012 - 4/2/2012 10:18:00 PM   
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Boys & Girls - Alabama Shakes
Blues Funeral - Mark Lanegan
Wrecking Ball - Bruce Springsteen
The Lion's Roar - First Aid Kit
The 2nd Law - Muse
Handwritten - The Gaslight Anthem
Blunderbuss - Jack White
Valtari - Sigur Ros
Heaven - The Walkmen
Tempest - Bob Dylan
The Lumineers - The Lumineers
King Animal - Soundgarden








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RE: Albums Of The Year 2012 - 6/2/2012 5:11:55 PM   
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So far...

Rufus Wainwright - Out of the Game
Ladyhawke - Anxiety
Sam Sparro - Return to Paradise

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RE: Albums Of The Year 2012 - 13/2/2012 2:00:03 PM   
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Listened to another contender yesterday - Tramp by Sharon Van Etten, very good indeed. I'm also going to have a listen to Yours Truly, Cellophane Nose by Beth Jeans Houghton, which I've heard good mumblings about,

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RE: Albums Of The Year 2012 - 18/2/2012 2:22:14 PM   
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I've yet to hear the Cohen album, but the new Tindersticks album is magnificent. One of the best things they've done in years and years. I'll also include the new Burial release here, which I've been obsessed with as well (it's not an album technically, but it's half an hour long so plenty of new material).


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RE: Albums Of The Year 2012 - 19/2/2012 12:39:13 AM   
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Bloody hell, it's taken me a while to get any new albums this year but there's been one out and out belter so far - Blues Funeral by Mark Lanegan- and a few great-sounding records just out or coming soon - Tindersticks, Justice, Lambchop, A Place To Bury Strangers, School Of Seven Bells and Cloud Nothings. Lordy.

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RE: Albums Of The Year 2012 - 3/3/2012 2:14:13 PM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: horribleives

Bloody hell, it's taken me a while to get any new albums this year but there's been one out and out belter so far - Blues Funeral by Mark Lanegan- and a few great-sounding records just out or coming soon - Tindersticks, Justice, Lambchop, A Place To Bury Strangers, School Of Seven Bells and Cloud Nothings. Lordy.


Live album is it? Wasn't aware of them releasing another record this year.

Anybody checked out the new one by the boss? I'll be giving it the spotify treatment soon...

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2. No
3. A Hijacking
4. Behind the Candelabra
5. In The Fog
6. Good Vibrations
7. McCullin
8. Beyond the Hills
9. The Place Beyond the Pines
10. Wreck-it Ralph

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RE: Albums Of The Year 2012 - 3/3/2012 2:26:08 PM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: Qwerty Norris


quote:

ORIGINAL: horribleives

Bloody hell, it's taken me a while to get any new albums this year but there's been one out and out belter so far - Blues Funeral by Mark Lanegan- and a few great-sounding records just out or coming soon - Tindersticks, Justice, Lambchop, A Place To Bury Strangers, School Of Seven Bells and Cloud Nothings. Lordy.


Live album is it? Wasn't aware of them releasing another record this year.



My mistake, in the article I read they were talking about the album that came out late last year, but not knowing a hell of a lot about the band (other than having my face melted seeing them live a couple of years ago) I misinterpreted it as being an upcoming release.


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RE: Albums Of The Year 2012 - 3/3/2012 4:51:27 PM   
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RE: Albums Of The Year 2012 - 3/3/2012 7:17:02 PM   
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quote:

Anybody checked out the new one by the boss? I'll be giving it the spotify treatment soon...


We had it on at work today (which is the worst way to listen to music) But from the brief snippets I actively listened to it sounded good enough. Perhaps a little polished at times, but it was commented by one person that at times it didn't sound like the other stuff he's done. Like I say, listening to it at work is bad, as I tend to try and block out most of the stuff on, but it seemed good!

I'm gonna give a shout out to the new Magnetic Fields album (love at the bottom of the sea) because whilst it's not their best, it's still witty and fun, and probably their best for a while, reminding me of the earlier albums.

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RE: Albums Of The Year 2012 - 3/3/2012 7:27:36 PM   
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I think this is the only 2012 album I've listened to so far, but it's really rather excellent.

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RE: Albums Of The Year 2012 - 3/3/2012 7:31:50 PM   
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I've only spun one new album this year so far, and that was Reign of Terror by Sleigh Bells. It's a fun record, and nothing more than that. Also - I'm madly in love with Alexis Krauss.

Not a lot is grabbing my attention right now, but I'm hoping to hear new material this year from Yo La Tengo, Modest Mouse, Cat Power, Spoon (although I think 2013 is more likely), Regina Spektor, Vampire Weekend and We Are Scientists.

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RE: Albums Of The Year 2012 - 4/3/2012 3:08:13 PM   
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Wrecking Ball is great, one of my favourites so far. Surprised how much I like it seeing as I skipped Working On A Dream, but it's like a great big hootenanny, a lot of fun.

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RE: Albums Of The Year 2012 - 4/3/2012 3:23:12 PM   
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The Grimes album is pretty good, also enjoying First Aid Kit's album haven't really given time to Sleigh Bells new one but shall do that soon as Treats was a big favourite.

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RE: Albums Of The Year 2012 - 7/3/2012 12:55:23 PM   
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RE: Albums Of The Year 2012 - 9/4/2012 6:58:28 PM   
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Absolutely loving the new Dr John Album. I'm a fan of his anyway, but this is produced by Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys, and he's really left his mark on it. A rocking New Orleans funk rock album.

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RE: Albums Of The Year 2012 - 9/4/2012 7:34:29 PM   
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RE: Albums Of The Year 2012 - 10/4/2012 10:47:39 PM   
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I still haven't heard much in the way of 2012 albums, but having got this earlier today and given it a few listens it'll be up there for me at the end of the year:



I've liked but not loved his last few albums - given that he was supposed to be the weird noisehead one in Blur, his solo LPs generally tended to be fairly musically conservative rock albums (The Golden D being the honourable exception). This is weird and noisy and quite brilliant, hopefully he continues in this direction for another album or two.

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RE: Albums Of The Year 2012 - 10/4/2012 11:03:55 PM   
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A massive slice of expertly produced joy.

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RE: Albums Of The Year 2012 - 12/4/2012 12:21:17 AM   
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I take issue with Labrinth. I take issue with him because he spells his name wrong. Normally this doesn't bother me a great deal, y'know, artistic reasons or whatever (The Beatles? The Monkees etc). But I spent AGES learning how to spell Labyrinth (spelling was never my strongest area), and was always quite pleased that I knew how to spell it; so when I was looking for him on the system at work and knew full well I was spelling Labyrinth correctly and it still didn't come up it caused me grief; as such I have avoided the album

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RE: Albums Of The Year 2012 - 12/4/2012 12:59:03 AM   
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quote:

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I still haven't heard much in the way of 2012 albums, but having got this earlier today and given it a few listens it'll be up there for me at the end of the year:



I've liked but not loved his last few albums - given that he was supposed to be the weird noisehead one in Blur, his solo LPs generally tended to be fairly musically conservative rock albums (The Golden D being the honourable exception). This is weird and noisy and quite brilliant, hopefully he continues in this direction for another album or two.



your review is alot like pitchforks. Take that how you want.

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RE: Albums Of The Year 2012 - 12/4/2012 10:24:10 PM   
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I take issue with Labrinth. I take issue with him because he spells his name wrong. Normally this doesn't bother me a great deal, y'know, artistic reasons or whatever (The Beatles? The Monkees etc). But I spent AGES learning how to spell Labyrinth (spelling was never my strongest area), and was always quite pleased that I knew how to spell it; so when I was looking for him on the system at work and knew full well I was spelling Labyrinth correctly and it still didn't come up it caused me grief; as such I have avoided the album



I can't argue with any of this. I am pretty much the worst person in the world at spelling. So much so in fact, that I figured it was me who didn't know how to spell Labyrinth and that Labrinth must be correct (after all, it is his name).

Now I don't know what to think. Still, it is a good album......

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RE: Albums Of The Year 2012 - 13/4/2012 8:59:08 PM   
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I've been enjoying these :

Jay Farrar/Will Johnson/Jim James/Anders Parker - New Multitudes
Peter Bruntnell - Ringo woz ere
Father John Misty - Fear Fun
Chuck Prophet - Temple Beautiful
Alabama Shakes - Boys and Girls
Minky Starshine - Womanity
Jay Gonzalez - Mess of Happiness
Guided by Voices - Let's Go Eat The Factory
Jim White - Where It Hits You
Damien Jurado - Maraqopa
Lana Del Rey - Born To Die





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RE: Albums Of The Year 2012 - 14/4/2012 8:53:53 PM   
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My one new album of the year will be:

Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators - Apocalyptic Love

It's bound to be awesome. The one song they've let sneak out is greatness. To paraphrase the cool one from Star Wars: "Hey, it's Slash."

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