Top 10 Albums of 2012

Top 10 Albums of 2012

Published January 13, 2013 by Jeff Becker

Honorable Mention.  Passion Pit – Gossamer

Over-hyped by Pitchfork but still one of the mad genius albums of the year.

Honorable Mention.  Dum Dum Girls – End of Daze (EP)

The best back to back songs of the year with “Walls and Flowers” and “Lord Knows”.  Stunning.

10. Jack White – Blunderbuss

Even if it still sounds like the White Stripes that’s good enough.

9.  Benjamin Gibbard – Former Lives

Gibbard’s best creative move in half a decade with the recruitment of Earlimart’s Aaron Espinoza makes this album surprisingly delightful.

8.  Loquat – We Could Be Arsonists

One of the most underrated bands that exist.   Perfect indie pop.

7.  Smashing Pumpkins – Oceania

Forget the horror stories of the past decade; Corgan catches lightning in a bottle here.

6.  Best Coast – Only For You

Bethany Cosentino and Bobb Bruno say bye-bye to the lo-fi sound of this album’s predecessor, and it works wonders.

5.  Cat Power – Sun

A couple tracks away from being the best album of the year with a reinvented look and sound for the enigmatic Chan Marshall.

4.  Metric – Synthetica

Still yet, they deliver the best blend of introspective power pop with a lead singer (Emily Haines) who appears one footstep away from super stardom and one step away from a psychologist.

3.  The Divine Fits – A Thing Called Divine Fits

Every bit worthy of the very-fucking-mighty Spoon catalog.

2.  The Shins – Port of Morrow

James Mercer is the 2nd coming of Jeff Tweedy.

1.  Beach House – Bloom

The most beautiful, perfect album of 2012.

–TWTHS

The Top 10 albums of 2011

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