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#1 Posted by skipper00 (61 posts) -

Not sure if this has been done recently but I just wanted to know what have been your favorite albums so far this year? For me I have discovered some excellent music (and some old music). I thought I might share my favorite so far...

Beach House - Bloom

In one word, beautiful. Writing my dissertation for the last 5 months has been very stressful and if it wasn't for this album I may have not survived. From start to finish it is amazing. I you are looking for some relaxing music look not further.

Friendly Fires - Pala

Sort of a cheat. This album came out in 2011 however I didn't start listening to this band until this year after a friend took me to one of their gigs. This album is a pure summer album. It makes me happy every time I listen.

alt-J - An Awesome Wave

Quite simply one of the best albums I have heard in quite some time. Amazing from start to finish. I wont say anything else other that listen because it truly is so good.

2012 has been good for music so far for me. Other mentions go to Azealia Banks and Passion Pit who haven't released albums so far this year but from what I'v heard they should be good.

I'm always looking for new music so please tell me what albums to listen to :)

#2 Posted by WMWA (1162 posts) -

There's been a lot of these recently. Beach House's album has, interestingly enough, been my most disappointing album of 2012.

#3 Edited by Vault101 (10 posts) -

well...Linkin Park had a new album.."living things" and since I actually kind of liked thousand suns I was like "sure..why not?" and its not bad

#4 Posted by xyzygy (10032 posts) -

I am really enjoying Fiona Apple's new album, and also Beach House. Love that you put Myth up; that song is seriously awesome. I have to say though a lot of the other songs on it are kind of bad, or at least they seem so to me so far. I may have to give them a few more listens.

#5 Posted by Apparatus_Unearth (3196 posts) -

The new Cattle Decapitation is SO GOOD. Great direction for them.

#6 Posted by SmasheControllers (2551 posts) -

Magic Hour - Scissor Sisters

GO - Motion City Soundtrack

An Unwavering Band of Light - Jenny Owen Youngs

#7 Posted by MightyDuck (1523 posts) -

I've been enjoying "Grouplove" quite a bit this year. Really like "Tongue-Tied."

#8 Edited by Cloudenvy (5891 posts) -

Jun Maeda x Yanagi Nagi - Owari no Hoshi no Love Song

That's the only album I've bought from this year so far!

#9 Posted by tooPrime (345 posts) -

People should buy the new Smashing Pumpkins album just to encourage Billy Corgan to do more interviews.

#10 Posted by Apparatus_Unearth (3196 posts) -

@tooPrime said:

People should buy the new Smashing Pumpkins album just to encourage Billy Corgan to do more interviews.

Hell yes! Billy Corgan's interviews are so interesting. I could listen to that dude talk for days.

#11 Posted by DillonWerner (1528 posts) -
#12 Posted by addictedtopinescent (3645 posts) -
#13 Posted by jakob187 (21691 posts) -
  • Gojira - L'enfant Sauvage
  • Meshuggah - Koloss
  • Spineshank - Anger Denial Acceptance
  • Dying Fetus - Reign Supreme
  • Goatwhore - Blood for the Master
  • Every Time I Die - Ex Lives
  • Prong - Carved Into Stone
  • Tesseract - Perspective EP (just because it was an interesting experiment with a vocalist that I wasn't totally psyched about being in that band)
  • Periphery - II: This Time It's Personal

That's about all I've really jammed this year besides stuff from last year.

#14 Posted by Dalai (7042 posts) -

I haven't got the chance to check out Beach House's new album, but what I've liked what I heard so far. I'm partial to Lazuli even if it's channeling Final Fantasy in the intro. 
  

#15 Posted by benspyda (2038 posts) -
  • Port of Morrow - The Shins
  • In Our Heads - Hot Chip
  • Oceania - Smashing Pumpkins

My favorite albums so far.

#16 Posted by ascholzk (261 posts) -

Beach House - Bloom is so amazing and almost every song blew me away (my favorites are Other People and The Hours). It's definitely my favorite thing I listened to this year.

Also, Metric - Synthetica was a pretty great album.

#17 Posted by wemibelec90 (1747 posts) -

I don't pay much attention to new albums and usually discover them when I'm browsing randomly on iTunes and go "Oh, hey, a new album from ***** is out!" The only ones that come to mind are the Tenacious D album (which was quite good, if a little short) and the Regina Spektor album.

#18 Posted by Purpz (81 posts) -

@benspyda said:

  • Oceania - Smashing Pumpkins

Indeed, good sir.

Indeed.

#19 Posted by BraveToaster (12589 posts) -

@addictedtopinescent: You just earned yourself a follow. Control System is so damn good. Schoolboy Q's Habits and Contradictions is another one of my favorite albums this year.

#20 Edited by ShaggE (6555 posts) -

@xyzygy said:

I am really enjoying Fiona Apple's new album

Glad you said it, I was starting to feel a little obsessive mentioning Fiona Apple in every music thread, haha. ... Dammit, I just did it again.

As for other albums, Tenacious D and Marilyn Manson both nailed it this year. Especially Manson, who's recent output has been... contentious, let's say.

Love it.

#21 Posted by HaltIamReptar (2029 posts) -

@ShaggE: I saw Fiona in Boston during her mini-tour a few months ago. She's a fucking goddess

#22 Posted by rentfn (1282 posts) -

@Purpz: @benspyda: I am shocked how good the new Smashing Pumpkins album is. I kinda wrote them off as dead but picked it up and love it.

#23 Posted by benspyda (2038 posts) -

@rentfn said:

@Purpz: @benspyda: I am shocked how good the new Smashing Pumpkins album is. I kinda wrote them off as dead but picked it up and love it.

The best thing they've done in a loooong time.

#24 Posted by Slay3r1583 (626 posts) -

Probably a tie between

Dragonforce - The Power Within

and

Shadows Fall - Fire From the Sky

#25 Posted by addictedtopinescent (3645 posts) -

@BraveToaster: Yeah, I really enjoy most of what the Black Hippy dudes have been putting out, on some days I actually like Control System more then even Section.80. Actually I had forgot Habits & Contradictions came out this year lol, that's also among my favorites this year.

#26 Posted by xaLieNxGrEyx (2605 posts) -
#27 Posted by amlabella (323 posts) -

Fiona Apple's new album is my favorite of the year by a fairly sizable margin, way better than I was expecting. Before that came around, Killer Mike's R.A.P. Music was at the top of my list.

#28 Posted by InsidiousTuna (398 posts) -

Kill For Love by the Chromatics is a great album that I've looped a lot at work recently.

Electronic Dream, by Araabmuzik, is a pretty solid trance album.

#29 Posted by Rudeboy217 (1769 posts) -

Off the top of my head. I am not even joking about the last one.

#30 Posted by steveurkel (145 posts) -

Wow, I'm not sure if these are joke posts or not but you guys have some really terrible taste in music.
 
Dead can dance new album is good ( http://www.deadcandance.com/presaleassets/anastasisplayer.html )
Assemblage 23 "Bruise" is amazing
Paul Van Dyk - Evolution is very good also
grendel - timewave zero
 portamento - the portal 
future perfect - escape
diary of dreams - dream collector II
 
just a few off of the top of my head. Not sure what this shoe gaze indie music you all are listening to is but listen to some real music. Industrial / trance / psytrance - love life.
 
My favorite album probably so far is paul van dyk evolution because it is fucking paul van dyk and it is amazing. Heart stops beating.

#31 Posted by Rudeboy217 (1769 posts) -

@steveurkel: Cool, dude!

#32 Posted by Grilledcheez (3952 posts) -

Teen Daze - All of us, together

Beach House - Bloom

Gojira - L'enfant sauvage

I guess those are the ones that have stood out so far, granted I haven't listened to a lot of 2012 music yet.

#33 Posted by InsidiousTuna (398 posts) -

Oh, shit, Japandroids, duh! Celebration Rock is a hot banger.

#34 Posted by Little_Socrates (5683 posts) -

fun.'s "Some Nights" is the only album I've enjoyed so far this year. I'd probably give it four stars. It has some major highlights, but there are a couple unfortunately questionable songs on there. But I'll probably check out many of the suggestions here.

#35 Posted by joshthebear (2700 posts) -

Old Man Gloom - No

Pretty much the only thing that I've paid attention to. Looking forward to check out the new Gojira as well.

#36 Posted by Nekroskop (2786 posts) -

Baroness - Yellow and Green.

Don't ask me how I got it.

#37 Posted by ShaggE (6555 posts) -

@HaltIamReptar said:

@ShaggE: I saw Fiona in Boston during her mini-tour a few months ago. She's a fucking goddess

I would love to see her live. I'm a new fan, so I'm just now digging through her live videos on Youtube, and she's one hell of a performer. Her anger when performing "Limp" is actually kind of scary. She and Alanis Morrisette are two singers I would never want to cross, haha.

#38 Edited by ThePickle (4186 posts) -
  • Beach House - Bloom
  • Lambchop - Mr. M
  • Julia Holter - Ekstasis
  • Killer Mike - R.A.P. Music
  • Kishi Bashi - 151a
  • Oddisee - People Hear What They See
  • Death Grips - The Money Store
#39 Posted by Barrock (3545 posts) -

R.A.P Music by Killer Mike is just the best.

#40 Posted by SamFo (1535 posts) -

Jack White - Blunderbuss

#41 Posted by Red (5995 posts) -

Put another down for Beach House's Bloom. It's the only album I've loved all the way through this year. While I enjoyed Celebration Rock, There's No Leaving Now, Timberwolf, Royal Headache, and Fiona Apple's album with the ridiculously long title this year, they all stumbled a bit in certain ways for me. Really looking forward to the new Dirty Projectors and Grizzly Bear albums coming out next month, though.

#42 Posted by buzz_clik (6989 posts) -

While it's an EP and not an album, The M Machine's Metropolis Pt 1 is one of my favourite musical discoveries of 2012.

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#43 Edited by Genkkaku (737 posts) -

The Neighbourhood - I'm Sorry EP

Of Monsters and Men - My Head is an Animal

Also Flight of Angels - Cypher Prime Studios: The soundtrack of the Splice game Patrick quick looked is pretty amazing..

#44 Edited by HaltIamReptar (2029 posts) -

@SamFo said:

Jack White - Blunderbuss

Probably Jack White's greatest work since "Get Behind Me Satan"

EDIT: Yeah, Meg was there, too. But come on.

@ShaggE said:

@HaltIamReptar said:

@ShaggE: I saw Fiona in Boston during her mini-tour a few months ago. She's a fucking goddess

I would love to see her live. I'm a new fan, so I'm just now digging through her live videos on Youtube, and she's one hell of a performer. Her anger when performing "Limp" is actually kind of scary. She and Alanis Morrisette are two singers I would never want to cross, haha.

The energy she brings to a live show completely changes things. You kind of begin to feel as though she's literally experiencing the things she's singing about, live and immediately on stage.

#45 Posted by FilipHolm (669 posts) -

Noctourniquet - The Mars Volta

Because I'm a sucker for anything they put out.

And isn't Tool supposed to release a new album this year? That is undoubtedly going to be one of the highlights.

#46 Posted by two_socks (232 posts) -
  • Beach House - Bloom
  • Silversun Pickups - Neck of the Woods
  • DIIV - Oshin
  • Jizue - Novel
  • Joey Badass - 1999
  • 虚弱。 - 孤高の画壇

And a few EP's

  • Toe - The Future is Now
  • Electric Wizard - Legalise Drugs and Murder
#47 Posted by JacDG (2127 posts) -

1. Apollo Brown & OC - Trophies

2. Killer Mike - R.A.P - Music.

3. Chiddy Bang - Breakfast.

#48 Posted by Ferros (221 posts) -

Cancer Bats: Dead Set On Living

Found out about these guys a few years ago on one of Alex's best albums of the year lists. A big fan of their stuff

Brendon Small: Galaktikon

Love Dethklok and a concept album about a space faring super hero is hard to go by.

#49 Posted by Dexter_Morgan_ (314 posts) -

El Camino - The Black Keys

#50 Posted by STUVNING (141 posts) -

Tennis - Young & Old