2012 was an okay year for music. We seen lots of bands rise up and lots of bands die down. This is my top 3 list of albums that were released in 2012, IN MY OPINION.
3. Band of Horses – Mirage Rock.
Band of Horse are a personal favorite of mine. I must say I enjoy there stuff deeply but what lacked on this album was the rock edge that was on the rest of their albums. I loved their first album. The free-flowing, smooth rock opener, The First Song, made that album a great entrance. However on this album, they use a pop-esque “ohh’s” to bring in the album. I love their songs like Feud, Dumpster World, Knock Knock and even a Little Biblical but the rest seem like fillers to me. That’s why this album only gets rank three on the ultimate 2012 list.
2. Bruce Springsteen – Wrecking Ball. Oh boy is this album a tasty treat. I love Bruce Springsteen and he is the best live performer I have ever seen! This album doesn’t hold back in giving a shiver up your spine with powerful songs like The Land of Hopes and Dreams. However, it ain’t no Born to Run! It does have a few cliche fillers that I’m not a fan off. Jack of All Trades, it’s a great song do not get me wrong, but I just don’t think it stands up to the Bruce Springsteen Mark. That’s the only real song I don’t like on this album though. Everyone who doesn’t own it...GET IT!
1. Lord Huron – Lonesome Dreams. This album is just…so..freaking..good. Every song links together to create and amazing trip that leaves you speechless by the end. I have heard them being described as Lion-King-Core. This is the best possible description of them ever. As a debut album, I was shocked at the professionalism and the clarity of the recording. They now how to make the perfect album using a wide variety of African tribe like instruments. My favourite track off this album has got to be the song Lonesome Dreams itself! The descriptive lyrics paints the perfect picture of an island overflowing with trees and mountains but the dark chorus leaves us in suspense that this island is not as friendly as we first imagined. He talks about the loneliness of this island and in my opinion this song is the perfect vocal presentation of the quote made famous by Christopher McCandless. “Love is only real when shared” . This album is made for nature lovers and Fleet Foxes lovers like me. I really couldn’t recommend it more!
Thanks for reading this list and I hope it has inspired you to go and explore these albums a bit more in depth.