Sunday, December 30, 2012

The Remaining 20 of The 40 Greatest Albums of 2012

Previously, I listed 20/40 of the greatest eps, lps, and mixtapes from 2012.
I'll continue on, with the remaining 20 of the 40 best albums, eps, and mixtapes from 2k12.

Remember, oder is completely random.



The Presets- Pacifica
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My only criticism of The Presets' most recent effort is that it took so long for it to come about. Pacifica was anything but disappointing, while the lead singles weren't my absolute favorites, the album on the whole was perfectly danceable, emotional and perfectly Presets.

AlunaGeorge- You Know You Like It EP
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To be quite honest, AlunaGeorge was probably the breakout duo of the year, in the very least one of the biggest debuts of the year. AlunaGeorge's electro/r&b style captivated the internet and for all the right reasons. Definitely an act to look out for in 2013. 

Mykki Blanco- Cosmic Angel: The Illuminati Prince/ss Mixtape
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Another huge step for queer-rap this year was Mykki Blanco. Between the extremely gif-able "Haze.Boogie.Life"and Blanco's raw unyielding talent, 2013 is going to be Mykki's year. SO. DAMN. GOOD. 

Azealia Banks- 1991 EP
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2012 was Azealia's year. With the success of "212" and the cult-like fan base she amassed in an incredibly short amount of time Azealia worked the hell out of 2012 in terms of style, music, and fashion. Her debut album Broke With Expensive Taste was unfortunately postponed this year until February of 2013 but 1991 and Fantasea kept everyone pleased with the wait.

Bat For Lashes- The Haunted Man
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No one should be surprised by the beauty of Bat For Lashes' most recent album. The Haunted Man is gloriously mystical and chills you straight to the heart.

Alex Anwandter- Rebeldes
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Alex Anwandter is no matter what, one of my favorite releases of the year. Rebeldes has one of the most beautiful songs of the year "Tatuaje" and is further complimented by synth-styled emotional gems of songs. I cannot say enough how overlooked this album is,  Alex Anwandter himself is. 

Purity Ring- Shrines
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Last year I placed Purity Ring on my list of the best songs of 2011, this year they've earned their place on the list of best albums. Shrines was a cryptic, mystical album whose lyricism was perfectly matched to ominous and brooding electronics. Shrines booms with the macabre and yet remains bright, electronic, and pagan.

Frank Ocean- Channel Orange
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Ocean's debut album is to many, the album of the year.  Channel Orange is a spectacularly emotional  coalescence of spirit, divine lyricism, and beautiful vocals. Channel Orange is one of 2012's finest and should be an album everyone familiarizes themselves with. 

Foe- Bad Dream Hotline
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Foe's debut album is just so perfectly Foe. With brittle yet arcanely strong vocals, haunting instrumentals, and lyrics that echo circus side shows, Bad Dream Hotline is wonderfully gothic, histrionic, and theatrical. Foe definitely needs more attention in the new year, Bad Dream Hotline proves it. 

Disclosure- The Face EP
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Disclosure, a continuation of post-dubstep and future-music was quick to blow up this year. Between their fantastic remix of Jessie Ware's "Running" and their own successful singles, Disclosure quickly and easily set their place in the electronic scene in stone. 

Lianna La Havas- Is Your Love Big Enough?
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Her voice. Just. Her. Voice.
Need I say more?

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Between the unique vocals and the incredibly sophisticated production, Instinct is a stand out album. The kind of album you simultaneously want to dance to and cry to and chill out too. 

Chromatics- Kill for Love
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Kill For Love was just so, augh, austere. Glistening, golden, retro, and synthed to high heavens. Chromatics' Kill For Love is just absolutely yes. 

Emeli Sandé- Our Version Of Events
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Sandé's album is transcendent. Our Version Of Events is so amazingly genuine in its emotion and that sincerity makes it one of the greatest albums of the year. So beautiful.

Trust-TRST
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Cold, 80s, ominous, brooding, TRST just came out of nowhere this year. However I'm so glad it did and that Trust is here to stay. 

Metric- Synthetica
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It is Metric.

Bright Light Bright Light-Make Me Believe In Hope
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Bright Light Bright Light released an album that delicately danced around disco and dance music. Make Me Believe In Hope was amorous, desiring, and meticulously curated. Make Me Believe In Hope is a beautiful and sophisticated pop album. 

Phèdre-Phèdre
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To my knowledge, Phèdre was a quietly released album. The album was a grainy, retro stomp through glittering synths. This album will have you dancing and posing down a runway. 

Marina And The Diamonds- Electra Heart
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Though I was a skeptic in the beginning, Marina Diamandis' sophomore album is just as great as her first. Electra Heart is prepped for the melodramatic histrionics of the tumblr-generation and it hits all the right notes. Even if you aren't sold after first listen, you'll be going back for more soon enough.

Twin Shadow- Confess
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Twin Shadow's narrative Confess is a glamorous wandering through lyricism. With pointed lyrics, subversive bass, and gorgeous ambiance, Confess is an album easy to love and easy to love getting lost in. 

And those, combined with the first post of course, constitute the 40 greatest albums of 2012. Did I miss one? Let me know in the comments.
I'm going to have both the best songs and remixes of 2012 up by tonight/tomorrow morning. Just in time for you to put the finishing touches on your New Years playlists.  

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