No point in waiting any longer. I’ve decided to do a top 20 this year of the least worst albums of 2012:
20 Lee Ranaldo – Between the Times and the Tides
19 Paul Buchanan – Mid Air
18 I Like Trains – The Shallows
17 Leonard Cohen – Old Ideas
16 Peter Broderick – www.itstartshear.com
15 Earth – Angels of Darkness, Demons of Light II
14 Bob Mould – Silver Age
13 The Soulsavers – The Light, The Dead See
12 Seti the First – Melting Cavalry
11 Tindersticks – The Something Rain
10 RM Hubbert – Thirteen Lost & Found
Scotland’s most accomplished guitarist turns in a stellar follow up to First & Last.
9 Dinosaur Jr – I Bet On Sky
J Mascis can still churn out the heavy riffs like nobody else.
8 Sun Kil Moon – Among the Leaves
A Mark Kozelek private joke? Possibly. He’s still a damn good guitarist.
7 Dirty Three – Toward the Low Sun
Epic comeback album from the Aussie rockers.
6 Dakota Suite – An Almost Silent Life
A more varied release than usual for Dakota Suite…
5 Mark Eitzel – Don’t Be A Stranger
This album sounds like nothing special at first, but it’s quite an addictive collection of songs, from the most enjoyable whiner in music today.
4 Neil Young & Crazy Horse – Psychedelic Pill
In Driftin’ Back this album has one of the tracks of the year and definitely the longest.
3 Mark Lanegan Band – Blues Funeral
A strong collection of songs from the uber-serious Lanegan.
2 Caught In The Wake Forever – Against A Simple Wooden Cross
Not an easy listen. But what an album. Debut album of the year.
1 The Twilight Sad – No One Can Ever Know
This should have been a wrong move, but the electronic-tinged material is brilliantly cold. Now if they could just find directions to Ireland…