Brannon’s 2012 Year in Review

Top 10 Albums of 2012

  1. Now, NowThreads

  2. Passion PitGossamer
  3. Alabama ShakesBoys and Girls
  4. LovedrugWild Blood
  5. Rayland BaxterFeathers and Fishhooks
  6. Shovels and RopeO’ Be Joyful
  7. The Rocketboys - Build Anyway
  8. Paper Route – The Peace of Wild Things
  9. The xx Coexist
  10. First Aid KitThe Lion’s Roar
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Honorable Mentions: David Ramirez (Apologies), Kopecky Family Band (Kids Raising Kids), Taylor Swift (Red), Frank Ocean (Channel Orange)

2012 Superlatives:

Overrated Album: Mumford and SonsBabel
Underrated Album: Now, NowThreads
Biggest Disappointment: The Avett BrothersThe Carpenter
Best Local Release: Shovels & Rope – O’ Be Joyful
Runner-Up: Elim Bolt – Nude South
Record Label of the Year: ATO Records
Artist of the Year: Alabama Shakes

Brittany Howard and Alabama Shakes have had an unbelievable year. The band’s southern blues-rock sound has caught the attention of many throughout the year, including myself. I first heard of the band in a Garden & Gun article, and since reading, the Alabama Shakes have been everywhere. After signing with ATO Records in late 2011, the band release their first full-length Boys & Girls in April of 2012. The album’s success earned them a closing set at the 2012 Bonnaroo Music Festival in June. The album charted as high as #8 in the US and #3 in the UK, and earned them three 2013 Grammy nominations for best new artist, best rock performance, for “Hold On”, and best recording package with their first album, Boys & Girls