Friday, December 7, 2012

Least worst 20 albums of 2012


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…