Ryan M: Top Albums of 2012

Philadelphia, PA

top ten albums

10Menahan Street Band: The Crossing

After a recent dinner in SF was perfectly framed by a Budos Band mix, this album is an easy extension. Don’t know how I’ll feel about the sound in the future, but right now it hits the mark.

Standout Track(s): Keep Coming Back

09Chromatics: Kill For Love

Imagine the ranking had the album opened ‘Powderfinger?’ Or, better yet, imagine the ranking it would hold had the band employed some sort of musical editor? ‘Kill for Love’ clocks in longer than ‘Blonde on Blonde,’ ‘Exile on Main St.’ and ‘London Calling.’ Or just short of the time it takes to read this supposed positive comment.

Standout Track(s): Kill for Love

08Japandroids: Celebration Rock

The most aptly titled album of 2012. So very euphoric, if not already appropriated, coming soon to a movie, sports highlight reel or deodorant commercial.

Standout Track(s): Fire’s Highway

07Iris DeMent: Sing the Delta

The latest example of not to judge an album by it’s cover or by it’s drawl.

Standout Track(s): The Night I Learned How Not to Pray

06Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti: Mature Themes

A collection of songs, minus the guitar virtuosity, that could easily masquerade as Zappa (Frank that is, not Moon Unit or Dweezil, and most certainly not one of the other two).

Standout Track(s): Only in My Dreams

05Spiritualized: Sweet Heart Sweet Light

Jason Pierce returns to top form with an album that grows with each play, which belies this utterly lame-o comment and the absolute brilliance of ‘Headin’ for the Top Now.’

Standout Track(s): Headin’ for the Top Now

04Father John Misty: Fear Fun

Hopefully Fleet Foxes drummer (had no idea there was one) will continue towards a Levon Helm existence rather than one of Micky Dolenz, or, even worse, Don Henley.

Standout Track(s): I’m Writing a Novel

03Grizzly Bear: Shields

Perhaps the only thing holding this album from one of the top two spots is familiarity. Well, that and, Sharon Van Etten’s vulnerability and Tame Impala’s ear-worminess.

Standout Track(s): gun-shy

02Sharon van Etten: Tramp

Laziest #2 album review ever. ‘Tramp’ is my runner-up simply because I don’t go back to it quite as frequently as ‘Lonerism.’ Only reason.

Standout Track(s): Give Out

01Tame Impala: Lonerism

Like the seemingly perpetual ‘kick me’ sign on my back, these songs are impossible to remove once they embed. Side note > ‘Mind Mischief’ will be featured in my very next slo-mo movie entrance.

Standout Track(s): Mind Mischief

similarity to overall top ten: 48.67%, 5 matches

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