Top 25 Albums of 2012

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.

 

#1 Father John Misty-Fear Fun

#1 Father John Misty-Fear Fun

 

#2 Japandroids-Celebration Rock

#2 Japandroids-Celebration Rock

 

#3 The Tallest Man on Earth-There's No Leaving Now

#3 The Tallest Man on Earth-There’s No Leaving Now

 

Passion Pit-Gossamer

#4 Passion Pit-Gossamer

 

#5 David Ramirez-Apologies

#5 David Ramirez-Apologies

 

#6 Alabama Shakes-Boys and Girls

#6 Alabama Shakes-Boys and Girls

 

Cat Power-Sun

#7 Cat Power-Sun

#8 fun.-Some Nights

#8 fun.-Some Nights

 

#9 Delta Spirit-s/t

#9 Delta Spirit-s/t

 

#10 Sharon Van Etten-Tramp

#10 Sharon Van Etten-Tramp

 

#11 Dr. Dog-Be the Void

#11 Dr. Dog-Be the Void

 

#12 Gasoline Heart-Thanks for Everything

#12 Gasoline Heart-Thanks for Everything

 

#13 Justin Townes Earl-Nothings Going to Change the Way I Feel About You Now

#13 Justin Townes Earl-Nothings Going to Change the Way I Feel About You Now

 

#15 Madi Diaz-Plastic Moon

#14 Madi Diaz-Plastic Moon

 

#15 Margot and the Nuclear So So's-Rot Gut, Domestic

#15 Margot and the Nuclear So So’s-Rot Gut, Domestic

 

#16 Patterson Hood-Heat Light Rumbles in the Distance

#16 Patterson Hood-Heat Light Rumbles in the Distance

#17 The Rocketboys-Build Anyway

#17 The Rocketboys-Build Anyway

 

#18 Rayland Baxter-Feathers and Fishhooks

#18 Rayland Baxter-Feathers and Fishhooks

 

#19 River City Extension-Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Your Anger

#19 River City Extension-Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Your Anger

 

#20 Matthew Mayfield-A Banquet for Ghosts

#20 Matthew Mayfield-A Banquet for Ghosts

 

#21 Now, Now-Threads

#21 Now, Now-Threads

 

#22 Bad Books-II

#22 Bad Books-II

 

#23 Gaslight Anthem-Handwritten

#23 Gaslight Anthem-Handwritten

 

#24 Gutter Gaunt Gangster

#24 The Weeks-Gutter Gaunt Gangster

 

#25 Save the Clocktower-Through the Glass

#25 Save the Clocktower-Through the Glass