Category Archives: Best of 2012

Songs of 2012: No. 5-1

5. Sky Ferreira- Everything Is Embarrassing

4. FLUME- Holdin’ On

3. Bat for Lashes- Laura

2. Grimes- Oblivion

1. Solange- Losing You

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Songs of 2012: No. 10-6

10. Aiden Grimshaw- Curtain Call

9. BOY- Little Numbers

8. Chairlift- I Belong in Your Arms (Japanese Version)

7. Rhye- Open

6. HAIM- Forever

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Songs of 2012: 15-11

15. Wild Belle- Keep You

14. Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti- Baby

13. Jai Paul- BTSTU

12. Tame Impala- Feels Like We Only Go Backwards

11. Ellie Goulding- Figure 8

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EP’s of 2012

STARRED- Prison to Prison

Alice Jemima- All the Boyfriends

 Solange- True

HAIM- Forever EP

Hella Better Dancer- Living Room

Julia Stone- Let’s Forget All the Things That We Say

Lana Del Rey- Paradise

Lisa Mitchell- Spiritus

Matt Corby- Into the Flame

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Albums of 2012: A Conclusion

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Albums of the year is always an incredibly difficult list to compile. A lot of these albums were released early on in the year, and maybe some records which have only just been released or I’ve only just got round to listen to have been neglected from the list.

Also, as a student with little money or time, I do not own every album released this year, and I haven’t got the time to listen to every single one. So in lots and lots of ways, this list is fairly biased. 9 out of 10 of my albums were female fronted or had female singers, and 6 out of 10 were debuts. I am proud of both of these facts.

I hope you enjoyed reading my posts and I hope maybe you discovered an album is new to you. If you missed it, here are my top 10 albums of the year.

1. Hannah Cohen- Child Bride

2. Grimes- Visions

3. Sharon Van Etten- Tramp

4. Keaton Henson- Dear…

5. Lana Del Rey- Born to Die

6. Purity Ring- Shrines

7. The Civil Wars- Barton Hollow

8. Beach House- Bloom

9. Taylor Swift- RED

10. Jessie Ware- Devotion

Some albums narrowly missed out on a place on the list. Here are a couple of those records…

Tame Impala- Lonerism

Melody’s Echo Chamber- Melody’s Echo Chamber

Father John Misty- Fear Fun

First Aid Kit- The Lion’s Roar

Lianne La Havas- Is Your Love Big Enough?

Niki & The Dove- Instinct

Julia Holter- Ekstasis

Ellie Goulding- Halcyon

Tomorrow my Ones to Watch for 2013 will be starting!

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Albums of 2012 #1: Hannah Cohen- Child Bride

When you first listen to an album, there are several things you think about when assessing the greatness of the record. The songwriting, the innovation, the strength of the vocals and instrumentation are all things which I look out for. In this list we have seen many albums which push the boundaries of all these categories; Grimes’ Visions changed the way I thought about dance music, Sharon Van Etten’s Tramp is a masterpiece in modern folk songwriting and Lana Del Rey’s Born to Die pushes pop music forward into something much more interesting  These are all great records, records which will probably be remembered for years to come as high points of music in 2012. However, my number 1 record, Hannah Cohen’s Child Bride, makes this list for an entirely different reason.

This record doesn’t necessarily push boundaries, it’s not new or innovative, the songwriting is simple, as is the instrumentation. Looking at this record from the point of view of a ‘music critic’, this album doesn’t tick all the boxes. But I am not just a music critic, I am a person, and to people that read this blog that sometimes might be difficult to identify with. And as a person, this record strikes an emotion inside me like no other record this year has. This record still makes me cry, it’s beauty is astonishing, and from the very first note, something about it feels like home. I feel like a huge amount of my feelings and thoughts are being said through this record, I relate to every note, every lyric and every last yearning hum.

I don’t expect everyone to find what I have found in this record, but I hope that more people hear it, and even if out of 1000 people that hear it, only 1 person finds what I have found in it, then that power for that one person will make this a record with a great amount of love.

This record is my album of the year because I have fallen in love with it. And I think that really, the greatest records, are those which do something outside tick all the boxes.

Best tracks: Don’t Say, The Crying Game, California, Sorry, Sunrise.

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Albums of 2012 #2: Grimes- Visions

This year has been the year of Grimes. Not only did she make my #2 album of the year, but she is also my favourite gig (Bestival, 1am) of the year and one of my favourite songs (Oblivion). This album has reshaped the way I think about dance music, with every layer of sound it becomes more interesting, more innovative and the whole record has it’s own Grimes soundscape. This is a record which can be listened to on headphones, but also works incredibly well live.

Grimes is also such an interesting character, I have watched countless interviews of her to attempt to get inside the head of someone who can create something so unique, but she seems to be one of a kind, living on her own planet. You can rarely tell what she’s saying on this record, but it’s not about the lyrics, it’s about the layers of sound she creates so well. Grimes has set the standard for electronic music pretty high, will anyone in 2013 be able to compete?

I highly urge you to buy this album, to see her live and absorb every bit of Grimes you can.

GRIMES GRIMES GRIMES

Best tracks: Oblivion, Genesis, Be A Body

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