If you’ve read ENS at all, especially at the end of a year, you know I like lists. This year wasn’t the best for albums in my humble opinion, but there were still some excellent albums that kept my attention. I like to clarify too, that I don’t think these are necessarily the best albums of the year, but they are my favorite, and I hope that something on the list makes you want to check an album out, or give one another try. Enjoy.
#25- Gardens & Villa – S/T
#24 – The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart – Belong
#23- White Denim – D & Takes Place In Your Work Space EP
Grouped these two together because they are both incredible in their own unique ways, but wanted to allow room for others on the list.
#22- Ryan Adams – Ashes & Fire
Chilled out and focused Ryan = fan friendly Ryan. A must have on vinyl.
#21- Wild Flag – S/T
#20 – Bon Iver – S/T
Let’s not get confused here, the love to backlash to love and backlash again for one of the most talked about artists of the year still put out an excellent record.
#19 – TV On The Radio – Nine Types Of Light
It didn’t have the immediacy of previous releases, but was high quality all the same.
#18 – Sacred Spirits – Some Stay
My favorite Cincinnati album of 2012, and there were lots of great ones.
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#17 – Cass McCombs – Wit’s End & Humor Risk
Another artist who put out two excellent albums this year, that stand alone and are both impossible for me to deny.
#16 – Girls – Father, Son, Holy Ghost
#15 – PJ Harvey – Let England Shake
#14 – Middle Brother – S/T
If you told me that this would be a better mesh of folky band members than Monsters Of Folk, i’d have said you were nuts, but it is.
#13 – Atlas Sound – Parallax
Bradford Cox, you can do no wrong.
#12 – I Break Horses – Hearts
#11 – My Morning Jacket – Circuital
It took time to get into this fully, but MMJ proved again to me they are at the top of their game.
#10 – Radiohead – King Of Limbs
I’m a huge fanboy, and this is a top 10 album, but I crave more (mostly guitars).
#9- Nerves Junior – As Bright As Your Night Light
Young, raw and downright amazing. We shall watch your career with much interest.
#8 – M83 – Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming
#7 – Unknown Mortal Orchestra – S/T
I hated this at first for it’s lo-fi sound, now I can’t get enough.
#6 – Destroyer – Kaputt
#5 – Wilco – The Whole Love
A couple of their best songs ever, and if not for a few yawners in the middle, might be one of their best.
#4 – Real Estate – Days
Smooth, just smooth. Mid-tempo perfection and blends together like coffee and cream.
#3 – Dale Earnhardt Jr Jr – It’s A Corporate World
The best straight up pop album I heard all year.
#2 – The War On Drugs – Slave Ambient
A timeless quality to this album that stands near some of the classics in its class.
#1 – Vetiver – The Errant Charm
An early favorite that I just couldn’t shake all year long. Like fine wine this band gets better with age.
I loved you, almost as much as these.
The Jayhawks – Mockingbird Time
Total Babes – Swimming Through Sunlight
Elbow – Build A Rocket Boys!
Fleet Foxes – Helplessness Blues
Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings – Soul Time
The Mountain Goats – All Eternals Deck
The Decemberists – The King Is Dead
Pop Empire- The Devils Party
UME – Phantoms
Okkervil River – I Am Very Far
The Smith Westerns – Dye It Blonde