Father John Misty - Fear Fun: The Best Album of an Uneven Year
Here are the albums I thought about a bit this year.
A lot of good-sounding
stuff, but not much thrilling stuff. Father John Misty's Fear Fun was the only album that, for me, could compete with some of the best albums from the last few years.
Looking to 2013, though, I’m excited about the new album from
Thom Yorke (Atoms for Peace) and the new album from Junip ( I LOVED their first
one), and hopeful about the new album from Eels . . .
TOP 10 (or top-whatever) lists are odd creatures.
As I was trying to put a list together, I
found that my list of top albums, albums I thought were “the best” was a
different list than the list of albums I listened to the most.
First, here are some of the albums that I
listened to that are making a lot of top then lists:
Frank Ocean – Channel Orange
Fiona Apple – The Idler Wheel…
Cloud Nothings – Attack On Memory
Dirty Projectors – Swing Lo Magellan
And of course, there was an album from The Boss, too.
But I didn’t like any of them, not even a
Actually, I enjoyed Taylor
Swift’s Red more than any of these albums.
Taylor Swift came out with a pretty good album, for what it is.
When I went to make a top ten list, I found
that some of the albums I was trying to put there were albums I really didn’t
listen to all that much, but instead were albums that I thought were good, even
as I didn’t really like them all that much.
So, instead, here’s a different kind of list.
These were the ten albums from 2012 I
listened to the most, and that I’m still listening to:
Father John Misty, Fear Fun
Angus Stone, Broken Brights
The Lumineers, The Lumineers
Neil Young & Crazy Horse, Psychedelic Pill
Ian Hunter, When I’m President
David Byrne & St. Vincent, Love This Giant
Rounding out the top twenty or so of albums I listened to, here
are some albums fro 2012 I liked, or even liked a lot, but didn’t go back to as
much as I thought I was going to (though some of them, I’d say were “better”
than some of the ones I went back to more often [for instance, I know
intellectually that the Leonard Cohen album is better than the Neil Young &
Crazy Horse album, but I don’t listen to it as often]).
Anyway, these are some good albums, well
worth checking out:
Dinosaur Jr., I Bet On Sky
Elephant Micah, Louder Than Thou
Glen Hansard, Rhythm & Repose
Jason Lytle, Dept. of Disappearance
Jay Farrar, et al, New Multitudes
Kathleen Edwards, Voyageur
Kopecky Family Band, Kids Raising Kids
Of Monsters and Men, My Head Is an Animal
[I just realized that I forgot to put David Wax Museum
on there. Put them on there somewhere.] Rounding out the recap of my listening habits of 2012, were
some albums I thought at first I was going to like, I even thought I was liking
them a lot, but that I never really could get myself all the way through
without turning to something else.
Andrew Bird, Break It Yourself
Beth Orton, Sugaring Season
Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, Here
First Aid Kit, The Lion’s Roar
Fort Atlantic, Fort Atlantic
Great Lake Swimmers, New Wild Everywhere
Lee Renaldo, Between the Times & the Tides
Memoryhouse, The Slideshow Effect
Neil Young & Crazy Horse, Americana
Norah Jones, Little Broken Hearts
Perfume Genius, Put Your Back N 2 It
Porcelain Raft, Strange Weekend
Sarah Jaffe, The Body Wins
Spiritualized, Sweet Heart Sweet Light
Trampled By Turtles, Stars and Satellites