Top 10 Albums of 2012
Here we are again at the end of another year. A year filled with some sweet music. These albums are my top 10 picks of 2012.
10. The Pretty Reckless — Hit Me Like A Man EP
There is no denying I’m a huge fan of The Pretty Reckless. Taylor Momsen’s voice blows me away. This year The Pretty Reckless gave us a little taste of what’s to come with their EP Hit Me Like A Man. The EP only contains three new songs, but to me, the songs are so good, that this EP deserves a spot on this list. Plus it’s my list; I’ll do what I want, okay?
9. Deph Naught — Ready or Naught
I found out about this guy from the character he plays on Degrassi (Owen Milligan). I was pleasantly surprised. Not because I didn’t think it would be good, but because I actually enjoyed it so much. Rap isn’t really a genre I listen to on a regular basis. But he hits hard with clever lyrics, wicked flow and playful beats.
8. Richie Sambora — Aftermath of a Lowdown
I’ve been a Sambora fan for as long as I can remember, so when he told the world he was coming out with a new album, I was over the moon excited. Aftermath of a Lowdown has some solid tunes. Though it’s not as bluesy as I would like, the songwriting and the overall sound is still strong. You can tell the songs mean a lot to him, most of the lyrics stem from his battle with alcohol, and battle with cancer.
7.Â Fun – Some nights
These guys have had quite a year. You couldn’t turn on the radio without hearing We Are Young or Some Nights. The band has managed to pull together a super fun album. Nate Ruess has such a phenomenal voice, it really stands out. It’s a really cool infusion of pop and rock.
6. Green Day — Â¡Uno!
Let’s get the whole “Green Day isn’t as good as they were before” crap out of the way now. Green Day have always been an incredibly strong band, and this album is proof. It’s a good mix of non-stop rock n’ roll and old-school charm that made you a fan of Green Day in the first place. This album focuses on subjects like love and having a good time, rather than being politically charged like some of their other releases.
5. Of Monsters and Men — My Head Is An Animal
I picked this album up on a whim, and I’m glad I did. It’s full of a lot of emotional lyrics, and the melodies are fun and fresh. It’s very well crafted, and I’m glad the band is getting major attention. The two singers’ voices play off each other perfectly.
4. Soundgarden — King Animal
I was ecstatic when Soundgarden announced they’d be getting back together. So I was very curious to hear what they would come out with, seeing as they haven’t released a studio album since 1996. They delivered a solid rock album. It feels like a more mature offering, while keeping the Soundgarden feel. It starts out of the gate very heavy, and mellows out near the end, but there’s nothing wrong with that. Overall it’s a great album.
3. Colour Color — The Farther We Go
This album is fantastic. Colour Color are a really cool mix of indie, pop and rock. I never tire of listening to them. The album is filled with wonderful lyrics, strong vocals, and all around great tunes. Some of the songs on the album are re-recorded from their EP. Normally when a band re-records songs, I never like them as much as the originals. Not the case here. The re-records are miles above the original versions.
2. Paloma Faith – Fall To Grace
I first heard of Paloma Faith when she made an appearance on the British music-based quiz show Never Mind the Buzzcocks. Having heard her sing on the show, I was curious to listen to some of her music. I picked up her newest release on iTunes, and I don’t regret it one bit. Who knew such a powerful voice could come out of such a small lady. She finishes off the album with a lovely cover of the famous INXS song Never Tear Us Apart. Great album!
1. Big Wreck – Albatross
I’d never really listened to Big Wreck before seeing them in concert this year with Theory of a Deadman. Better late than never though, right? This album has everything I could ever hope for: heavy guitar riffs, power vocals, clever lyrics, and beautiful melodies, just to name a few. I kid you not when I say I’ve listened to this album every day since the concert (November 16th, 2012 if you were curious.) If you check out any album from this list, make sure it’s this one.
Walk off the earth – R.E.V.O
Adam Lambert — Trespassing
Jealous Sound — A Gentle Reminder
This Is The Noise — Extended Play
Jesse Labelle – Two
Those are mine, what are yours?
By: Shayla Miller