Top Albums of 2012 | Michael Koehler

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Another very strong year. I actually had a hard time paring my list down to this. There were quite a few albums I would have included, but I tried limiting the number as my list was rapidly approaching 50 albums. These are not in any order.


1. Richard Hawley | Standing at the Sky’s Edge

Without a doubt, SATSE takes the top prize for 2012. There is so much right going on with Hawley’s release this year, that any flaws one could find is really just nitpicking. This is my review from earlier this year for a more in depth look at it.

Best of the Best

Bob Mould | Silver Age (Merge)

Japandroids | Celebration Rock (Polyvinyl)

Godspeed You! Black Emperor | Allelujah! Don’t Bend! Ascend! (Constellation)

The Vaccines | Come of Age (Columbia)

Best of the Rest:

Graham Coxon | A + E (EMI)

Howler | America Give Up (Rough Trade)

Ladyhawke | Anxiety (Casablanca)

The Sword | Apocryphon (Razor & Tie)

Heartless Bastards | Arrow (Partisan)

Tribes | Baby (Republic)

Beach House | Bloom (Sub Pop)

Mark Lanegan Band | Blues Funeral (4ad)

Jack White | Blunderbuss (Third Man/Columbia)

Andrew Bird | Break It Yourself (Mom & Pop)

The xx | Coexist (Young Turks)

Twin Shadow | Confess (4ad)

The Heartbreaks | Funtimes (PID)

Passion Pit | Gossamer (Columbia)

The Walkmen | Heaven (Fat Possum)

Skyline Pigeons | House of Mysteries (Retro Face)

Chromatics | Kill for Love (101 Distribution)

Titus Andronicus | Local Business (XL)

Fang Island | Major (Sargent House)

Paul Weller | Sonik Kicks (Yep Roc)

Sleepy Sun | Spine Hits (The End)

Spiritualized | Sweet Heart Sweet Light (Fat Possum)

Band of Skulls | Sweet Sour (Vagrant)

First Aid Kit | The Lion’s Roar (Redeye)

Sharon Van Etten | Tramp (Jagjaguwar)

Fixers | We’ll Be on the Moon (Vagrant)

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