I really hated ranking these albums. Last year with our Top 20 we didn’t even put a number beside them, but this year I decided to suck it up and do it. I know we’re all tired of lists, but what we shouldn’t be tired of is discovering great new music. And that’s why we’re publishing this list, because there are some seriously great albums on it, and we want to do our part in sending these recommendations in your direction.
Some of them have appeared on other lists, and it’s a travesty that some of the other ones haven’t. David Ramirez, The Rocketboys, Madi Diaz, The Weeks, Rayland Baxter, Margot and the Nuclear So So’s, and River City Extension were largely ignored on national lists, and that just shouldn’t be. So don’t look at this as much as a ranked list, but look at it as some seriously great albums from 2012 that deserve more than being lost in the ether in this era of information overload.