My albums of the year 2012:
1. @iLiKETRAiNS - The Shallows
2. @efterklang - Piramida
3. @ShearwaterBand - Animal Joy
4. @sigurros - Valtari
5. @TheWalkmen - Heaven
6. @anaismitchell - Young Man in America
7. @JustinTEarle - Nothing’s Going To Change The Way You Feel About Me Now
8. M Ward - A Wasteland Companion
9. The Tallest Man On Earth - There’s No Leaving Now
10. @FirstAidKitBand - The Lion’s Roar
As usual, I have spent a disturbing amount of time doing this for the benefit of nobody but myself. But I found it so cathartic to bring order to my world that it was undoubtedly necessary.
It had to be I Like Trains as #1. Its been an album that has dominated my year. I can’t be sure exactly how many times I’ve listened it this year, but a conservative estimate would be over 75. Like all the great albums that I have obsessed with throughout my life, the play count is so high because following the conclusion of the final track, you realise very quickly that there is nothing else in the record collection that will follow it. It absorbs you and fundamentally alters your mood and mindset, and the only thing to do is to listen to it again. It becomes an addiction, a benchmark, a cornerstone. It forces itself on you, and without you realising it became an ever-present at the landmarks of the year. I had listened to the album so often and allowed myself to be immersed by it that it had become indivisible with this period of my life. In a sense, my relationship with this album became a microcosm of the album’s central theme of the human race’s increasing dependence on, and adaptability to accommodate, the changing digital world.
For me, that is why this album is the best of 2012. As a collection of songs it certainly would have been in the top ten anyway, but it went beyond that and, somehow, made me mirror the core behaviours it was studying. Like a science fiction movie where the machines become sentient and slowly take control of the earth, I eventually found myself wondering where it will end.
Color might have been a decent option here…
They say people don’t read, so I took that into account and made a resume that caters to visual people (and readers). Plus, it showcases my love for charts. (Front side of resume.)
Hire this guy!
1. Josh T Pearson - Last of the Country Gentlemen
2. David Thomas Broughton - Outbreeding
3. A.A. Bondy - Believers
4. Beirut - The Rip Tide
5. Cold War Kids - Mine is Yours
6. Mogwai - Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will
7. Tom Waits - Bad As Me
8. Half Man Half Biscuit - 90 Bisodol (Crimond)
9. Austra - Feel It Break
10. Lanterns on the Lake - Gracious Tide, Take Me Home
All in all, a good year.
Previous albums of the year:
2010 - Shearwater, The Golden Archipelago
2009 - Fuck Buttons, Tarot Sport
2008 - Bon Iver, For Emma Forever Ago
2007 - Arcade Fire, Neon Bible
2006 - Two Gallants, What The Toll Tells
2005 - The National, Alligator