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Album Recommendations!

Posted by Legolover-361 , in Music, Real Life Dec 23 2012 · 502 views

In my quest for my favorite ten albums of 2012, I have encountered a roadblock: I haven't heard many albums from 2012. That's why I'm turning to you, readers of my blog, for suggestions.

I do have several requirements for any albums that will be entered into my list of personal favorites of 2012:
  • No EPs. My list of favorite 2012 albums is just that: a list of full albums.
  • No explicit albums. As much as I enjoy listening to a Kanye West song now and again, I'd rather not list albums with a bunch of profanity among my favorites for the year. If there are a couple curse words, though, I'll probably still be cool with it.
  • Death metal and dance-pop aren't my cups of tea. I'm fine with some post-hardcore, lighter forms of metal, and some electronic music, but I'd rather not listen through albums of relentless screaming / growling or of club beats recounted ad nauseum.
  • Instrumental albums are fine.
  • No "various artists" albums. An album that's primarily a collaboration is fine; an album with a bunch of featured performers is fine; an album that has no main artist(s) is not. When I say "various artists album", I mean like a soundtrack that has multiple songs made by separate bands and artists.
  • No greatest hits albums. Greatest hits albums aren't collections of new songs but of old ones, so I don't want to count them among my favorite new albums.
  • The album must have been first officially released in 2012. This (sadly) precludes the inclusion of My Head Is an Animal by Of Monsters and Men.
I should have listed more than enough restrictions above. I look forward to seeing some recommendations!

My current list of must-listens before I compose my favorites list (with some recommendations added; crossed-out albums are those list items I've heard):
  • Vital by Anberlin
  • King Animal by Soundgarden
  • New Horizons by Flyleaf
  • Away from the World by Dave Matthews Band
  • Almería by Lifehouse
  • Battle Born by The Killers
  • Dead End Kings by Katatonia
  • (III) by Crystal Castles
  • III by Shiny Toy Guns
  • Kids in the Street by The All-American Rejects
  • Oceania by The Smashing Pumpkins
  • Gossamer by Passion Pit
  • Some Nights by fun.
  • Babel by Mumford & Sons
  • Hide and Seek by The Birthday Massacre
  • The Afterman: Ascension by Coheed and Cambria
  • Cold Hard Want by House of Heroes
  • ThePianoGuys by ThePianoGuys
  • Strangeland by Keane
  • The Lumineers by The Lumineers
  • Blunderbuss by Jack White
  • The Idler Wheel Is Wiser Than the Driver of the Screw... by Fiona Apple
  • What We Saw from the Cheap Seats by Regina Spektor
  • Weather Systems by Anathema
  • The Midsummer Station by Owl City
EDIT (12 / 21 / 12): I've finished listening to all the music on my must-listen list. If anyone has other recommendations, please post them before Christmas; otherwise, I'll sift through the already satisfactory amount of albums I've heard.
 
EDIT (12 / 28 / 12): I've listened to more than enough albums to make a favorites list. Thanks for your recommendations!

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Dead End Kings by Katatonia

Some Nights by Fun. (a couple uses of harsh profanity in two tracks)

(III) by Crystal Castles

Hide and Seek by The Birthday Massacre

the last two are electronic (well, synth-rock in The Birthday Massacre's case) and contain some occasional dancey bits, but they're not club beats and there aren't a ton of them.
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Well yes, obviously ThePianoGuys by ThePianoGuys. So amazingly good.

 

And also if soundtracks count, The Hobbit soundtrack definitely.

 

In terms of pop-culture music...Hmm. I haven't listened to all of it, but I liked some of Living Things, by Linkin Park. And I haven't listened to GreenDay's new albums yet, but they're probably fairly good too. 

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WAIT.

LL, iii, by Shiny Toy Guns technically was released in 2012! They just had a single from the album released in 2011, which is what threw me off.

That means you can officially add it to your list. : D

Edit: (And you should, btw)

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Believe by Justin Bieber.

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Clockwork Angels by Rush and The Afterman: Ascension by Coheed & Cambria (This one has a single song that uses profanity twice).

 

Also secondary recommendations if you really feel like it:

 

Dead Silence by Billy Talent (Profanity in a few songs but you can't really tell what he says anyway), Kids In The Street by The All-American Rejects (profanity again but only once) and Oceana by The Smashing Pumpkins. I'm not a Pumpkin's fan at all so I dunno' if it is a good album by their standards, but I enjoyed it.

 

Those are just if you really want carp to listen to lol.

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Booker DeWitt
Dec 16 2012 01:12 PM

Gossamer by Passion Pit is the absolute album of the year for me. A definite must-listen. Check out Take A Walk and then listen to the rest of the album if you like it.

 

Love is Greed is awesome too. The whole album is.

 

- Tilius

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Legolover-361
Dec 16 2012 05:36 PM
I've already listened to Clockwork Angels by Rush and Living Things by Linkin Park (both good albums in my opinion). I'll look into the other suggestions. Thanks for the input, guys!
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Parks and Rekt
Dec 16 2012 07:28 PM

Dead End Kings by Katatonia

Some Nights by Fun. (a couple uses of harsh profanity in two tracks)

(III) by Crystal Castles

Hide and Seek by The Birthday Massacre

the last two are electronic (well, synth-rock in The Birthday Massacre's case) and contain some occasional dancey bits, but they're not club beats and there aren't a ton of them.

 

Backing this Crystal Castles rec so hard

 

-Tyler

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Ha, no Coheed? :P
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Legolover-361
Dec 17 2012 08:30 PM

Ha, no Coheed? :P


I'm still debating on it -- the one profane track on the album uses profanity in a rather flippant manner (in my opinion).
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Agreed I suppose. They don't usually do that but I try to ignore it 'cause the rest of the album's so good.
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If there are a couple minor curse words or a few major cusses, though, I'll probably still be cool with it.

 

 

and yet you're unsure about Coheed and didn't even bother putting Some Nights on your list

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Legolover-361
Dec 18 2012 07:35 PM
Oh, I've always thought "cuss" meant a minor impolite word (including such terms as "darn", "heck", etc.) rather than being synonymous with "curse". My bad.

I'd like to point out, though, that just because I seem to have ignored a recommendation does not mean I'm not considering it. I have been considering adding Some Nights to the list, and having just finished listening to Kids on the Street by The All-American Rejects, I've also been thinking about whether I should alter my content cutoff.

My current plans are to post my list in early January of 2013, preferably during the week subsequent to New Year's Day, so I have time to go back and cover any recommendations I missed or was previously considering.
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Ta-metru_defender
Dec 18 2012 08:48 PM

Mumford & Sons' Babel, though one song does have a swear or two.

 

The Fray's Scars & Stories is incredible.

 

And House of Heroes' Cold Hard Want.

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Legolover-361
Dec 19 2012 12:21 PM
I've already listened to Scars & Stories, so I'll look into the other two. Thanks!
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Jack White man, Jack White >=( Blunderbuss.

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The First Speaker
Dec 24 2012 04:29 AM

If punk-rock is your thing, then you may enjoy Days Go By by The Offspring.

¡Dos! by Green Day is also a good punk rock album, mixed with garage rock and pop-punk. But, if profanity is a problem for you, then ¡Dos! is not an album for you, even though if it is only for the second song.

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Haha I dunno' about the other two, but ¡Uno! swears a lot. :P
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Legolover-361
Dec 24 2012 02:40 PM
Yeah, just found that out. :P
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a number of songs on Days Go By also have harsh profanity among other things

plus it's just a bad album
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