Category Archives: Best of 2012

#10: Beach House – Bloom

Bloom by Beach House is supposed to be digested as one full-piece of art. They made it as an ALBUM. Their fourth album, as a matter of fact.

Their style is admittedly probably not for everyone, but there is a reason that they garner so much attention after all of their releases. They are talented musicians that piece together some beautiful presentations of music.

You can find the album on Amazon here.

Below is an embed of the first single from the album, “Myth.”

#11: Perfume Genius – Put Your Back N 2 It

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To me, this was one of the most surprising finishes of the year. After all, you don’t expect much before you listen to an act known as Perfume Genius.

You’ll be pleasantly surprised – like me.

The song “Hood” is embedded below.

If you’d like to learn more about this album, check it out on Amazon.

#12: The Shins – Port of Morrow

The Shins came back this year after a long hiatus to release Port of Morrow. While the release isn’t nearly as timeless as their debut, it’s a noteworthy and inspired follow-up.

The Shins are just one of those bands that were big and classic the second they entered the scene. I just don’t

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know how you can’t love the Shins. They’re catchy, fun, and extremely smart.

Just more of the same from the Shins – just not AS AMAZING.

I have embedded the video for “Simple Song” below.

If you’re interested in purchasing this CD, visit Amazon to do so.

#13: Imagine Dragons – Night Visions

It has been a big year for Imagine Dragons. Admittedly, I didn’t expect to like their debut full-length album, Night Visions. I actually hoped I hated it since I tend to shut off artists that become mainstream. Imagine Dragons have been on the radio all year, so I didn’t expect much.

To my surprise, I found hints of Queen and OneRepublic in their music. It was both catchy and imaginative.

Embedded below is the audio (video) of the song, “Bleeding Out.” I wanted to avoid promoting the popular radio song, “It’s Time” since everyone seems to know it by now.

To find out more on this album, visit Amazon.

#14: Jessie Ware – Devotion

Jessie Ware has slid into the #14 slot this year with a fantastic album called Devotion.

This album is more of a collection of beautiful songs than anything else. It kind of reminds me of when Florence + the Machine first stepped on to the music scene. Everyone’s interest was piqued. She had some very catchy songs.

I hope you enjoy Jessie Ware as much as I, and the rest of the world, have so much.

Below is an embed of the single, “Wildest Moments,” which gives you a good taste of what is comprised within the album.

You can learn more about this album on Amazon.

#15: Keane – Strangeland

Keane has been very hit-or-miss throughout their career thus far. I am, VERY hit-or-miss. I remember reading reviews of their album Under the Sea that was blasting how terrible it was.

Perfect Symmetry, however, garnered a lot of rave reviews.

This year, the band released what I am calling their best work to date, Strangeland.

I’ll admit it took a few spins to grow on me, but the end result is an extremely catchy pop album that I smile while listening to. It’s just so upbeat and fun.

My favorite song on the album, “Sovereign Light Cafe” is embedded in music video form below.

Learn more about this album on Amazon.

#18: Kendrick Lamar – Good Kid: M.A.A.D. City

Kendrick Lamar hit the hip-hop scene hard in 2012. His latest album, Good Kid: M.A.A.D. City made major waves.

He got to work with some of the biggest players in hip-hop and it definitely paid off.

Everyone that knows me knows that I’m not the biggest rap or hip-hop fan, but putting Kendrick at #18 on this countdown just felt right. Even non-fans can tell just how much heart was put into this piece of art.

Below is an embed of the music video for “Swimming Pools (Drank).”

If you’re interested in purchasing this album, check it out on Amazon.