Crush of the Day, Culture — December 17, 2012 at 6:08 pm

Music Weekly’s Top 5 albums for 2012

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Dawn Lanuza’s Top 5:

1. Frank Ocean – Channel Orange

An unexpected pick for someone who has neglected listening to RnB for a couple of years, Frank Ocean changed all of that this year: Channel Orange started my yearning for such tunes, causing my fascination for similar artists like The Weeknd.

 

 

 

2. Milo Greene – Milo Greene

The debut album of a promising LA band, Milo Greene is everything that I wanted in an album. Guitars = check. Perfect vocal harmonies = check. Beautiful and meaningful lyrics = check. Occasional band members wearing plaid shirts = check. 

 

 

 

3. Passion Pit – Gossamer

Liking Gossamer, the sophomore release of electropop band, Passion Pit, is hardly ever a task. It only took me one listen to decide that I am in love with its entirety – thanks to its catchy tracks – and come on, the album cover’s pretty.  

 

 

 

4. The XX – Coexist

Also the sophomore release of Mercury Prize holders for their debut xx, The XX successfully came up with a strong follow-up with Coexist. From their very first release, “Angels”, to its last track, the album offers 41 minutes and 12 seconds of pure perfection.

 

 

5. Mumford and Sons – Babel

A predictable choice for me as it feels like I have waited for this release for a really long time (every M&S fan felt this), Babel did not disappoint. With studio versions of what was only heard on live recordings during tours and gigs, and rejigging of some of their old tunes, Babel was able to overwhelm despite my familiarity with said tracks.  

 

  

 

Dona Inthaxoum’s Top 5

1. Frank Ocean – Channel Orange

 2. Michael Kiwanuka – Home Again

 3. AlunaGeorge – You Know You Like It

 4. Dirty Projectors – Swing Lo Magellan

 5. Glen Hansard – Rhythm and Repose

 

Fabio Marraccini’s Top 5

Wow 2012 is over (and maybe the world ?)… In any case these were the best albums for me this past year:

1. Grand Magus – The Hunt

“All In One” band Grand Magus releases another brilliant masterpiece that has a bit of everything: rock, hard rock, metal, doom, power… Brilliant songs, remarkable choruses, simply a delight!

 

 

 

2. Manowar – The Lord of Steel

The Kings of Metal are back!!! Not much else to say!! Their best album in many many years!

 

 

 

 

3. Asia – XXX

Their best album since their comeback with the original line-up. Well-crafted, melodic, peaceful, cheerful, progressive…

 

 

 

 

4. Testament – Dark Roots of Earth

Wow!! 80s Bay Area Thrash in the best possible shape – with two of the best guitar players of all time. Brutal, neck breaking, exciting and heavy as hell!!

 

 

 

 

5. Cannibal Corpse – Torture

Once again they show why they’re one of the best Death Metal bands of all time. Speed of light riffs, mad tempos, growls and shrieks, and all other sorts of aggressions. Their best in a few years for sure, perhaps one of the best with Corpsegrinder on Vocals.

 

 

 

 

 Ili Razid’s Top 5:

1. Tame Impala – Lonerism 

Sophomore records are notorious for being disappointing, but this second slice of psychedelia from Australia’s Tame Impala continues the narrative of ‘Innerspeaker’ with bolder, punchier tunes that are just as addictive as their debut, if not more.

 

 

 

2. Frank Ocean – Channel Orange

This inclusion is no surprise – an album that heralded the return of R&B into the musical landscape, with its offering of fresh and unpredictable perspectives, catchy hooks and unconventional melodies.

 

 

 

3. Jon Talabot – fIN

I had never really developed a taste for house music until recently, when albums such as ‘fIN’ overtook my subconscious and slowly became a staple to my personal soundtrack of the year. Perfect for chilling out after-hours, whilst still retaining strong dance sensibilities.

 

 

4. Aesop Rock – Skelethon

Despite being borne out of a dark and difficult period in his life, Aesop Rock’s Skelethon is quirky, fun and uplifting, featuring songs about haircuts, donuts and introspective contemplation masked under slick production.

 

 

 

5. Godspeed You! Black Emperor – Allelujah! Don’t Bend! Ascend!

Not exactly composed of new material, but followers of the elusive post-rock collective are bound to find the quiet release of this album a pleasant surprise, carrying listeners through a cathartic journey of controlled chaos.

 

 

 

 

Indran Paramasivam’s Top 5:

1. Japandroids – Celebration Rock

2. Frank Ocean – Channel Orange

3. Kendrick Lamar – good kid M.a.a.D city

4. Godspeed You! Black Emperor – Alleleujah! Don’t Bend! Ascend!

5. Grizzly Bear – Shields

 

Marie Berst’s Top 5:

1. She Keeps Bees – Dig On

A very subtle and raw album at the same time. Each listening makes you discover deeper details in the melodies. My crush of the year.

 

  

 

 

2. Alt-J – An Awesome Wave

A concept-album that works so well as a whole that I was disappointed by the live performance. A must-listen. And they won the Mercury Prize 2012, so no excuse.

 

 

 

 

3. Trust – TRST

Electro-cold-wave that makes you want to move your body. A re-exploration of the genre by an enigmatic and handsome young man. The best discovery of the year.

 

 

 

 

4. We Have Band – Ternion

We Have Band’s first album stays my favourite, but this second opus has some electro-pop gems. Now I can’t wait to see them live – one day or an other.

 

 

 

 

 5. Yeasayer – Fragrant World

This album makes me think of the band’s Take-Away show’s moment of grace. Even if the tracks are unequal, the general atmosphere is catchy. A good companion for housework!

 

 

 

 

Monique Sebire’s Top 5:
 
1. Alt-J – An Awesome Wave
 

2. First Aid Kit – The Lion’s Roar

3. Love Migrate – Plagued are all my thoughts, Like white ants in the fence

4. The Rubens – The Rubens

5. The Heavy – The Glorious Dead

 

Rory O’Maley’s Top 5:

1. Jon Talabot – fIN
 
The standout for me and only LP on the list, Talabot’s breakthrough is the rare example of an LP truly working in the electronic world. A great album for a great year in electronic music.
 
 
 
 
 
2. Todd Terje – It’s The Arps
 
Takes out second for the countless times “Inspector Norse” has lifted the mood of everyone in my vicinity. A top release from one of 2012’s most celebrated DJ-producers.
 
 
 
 
 
3. Daniel Avery – Taste
 
Twisted but danceable, Taste tore an enormous hole through my music collection this year with a truly original take on the club release.
 
 
 
 
 
 
4. PBR Streetgang – At Dez
 
At Dez scratched my deep house itch the hardest of any this year with its simple, bouyant movement. One of the year’s most overlooked club killers.
 
 
 
 
 
 
5. Rachel Haircut – #AQUAFLASH/ /#NICODEINE CRUSH 
 
Witch house but so much more, Rachel Haircut’s #NICODEINE CRUSH  set the bar high as a clear standout in a sea of 90’s re-works.