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Top Ten Favorite Albums of 2012

Posted by Legolover-361 , in Music, Real Life Jan 18 2013 · 1,283 views

I listened to so many good albums in 2012, I couldn’t stand pruning my list to only the top ten. Thus, below are listed my top ten favorite albums of 2012 and ten honorable mentions, making the list an even twenty albums in total.
A disclaimer: I made few attempts at being objective in my rankings. I chose my favorite albums on the basis of how much I enjoy them, not how technically proficient their musicians are or how unique they sound. Feel free to leave feedback on my choices, but I won’t change them except on my own terms.
The honorable mentions and top ten are enclosed in spoiler tags not only for convenience but also for those who don’t want the list to be spoiled while they’re scrolling through my blog. Asterisks denote albums with any curses (albums with more than a few profanities aren’t counted in this list).
The sum of applicable 2012 albums I’ve heard (forty-four total), listed in alphabetical order of artist:
  • A Method of Symmetry by Agent Whiskers
  • Awake in the City by The American Dollar
  • Weather Systems * by Anathema
  • Vital by Anberlin
  • Hide and Seek by The Birthday Massacre
  • Wrecking Ball by Bruce Springsteen
  • Violent Waves by Circa Survive
  • The Afterman: Ascension * by Coheed and Cambria
  • (III) by Crystal Castles
  • Away from the World by Dave Matthews Band
  • In Currents by The Early November
  • The Idler Wheel Is Wiser Than the Driver of the Screw... by Fiona Apple
  • New Horizons by Flyleaf
  • Some Nights * by fun.
  • Scars & Stories by The Fray
  • Ground Dweller by Hands Like Houses
  • Thrift Store Jesus by Heath McNease
  • Cold Hard Want by House of Heroes
  • Night Visions by Imagine Dragons
  • Blunderbuss * by Jack White
  • Dead End Kings by Katatonia
  • Strangeland by Keane
  • Battle Born by The Killers
  • Les Friction by Les Friction
  • Almería by Lifehouse
  • Living Things by Linkin Park
  • The Lumineers by The Lumineers
  • Soundtrack for a Great Adventure by Maximalism
  • Ten Stories by mewithoutYou
  • Portal 2: Songs to Test By by Mike Morasky
  • Babel * by Mumford & Sons
  • The 2nd Law * by Muse
  • Summer Cycle by My Shadow and I
  • The Midsummer Station by Owl City
  • Gossamer * by Passion Pit
  • ThePianoGuys by ThePianoGuys
  • What We Saw from the Cheap Seats * by Regina Spektor
  • Clockwork Angels by Rush
  • III by Shiny Toy Guns
  • Neck of the Woods by Silversun Pickups
  • Oceania by The Smashing Pumpkins
  • King Animal by Soundgarden
  • Beacon by Two Door Cinema Club
  • Southern Air by Yellowcard
Honorable Mentions:

Top Ten of 2012:

(P.S. My apologies for the delay in posting this list: I was sick for all of last week.)

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Jean Valjean
Jan 18 2013 01:47 PM

:kaukau: I was like "YES!" when I read the #10 spot (though I would have put it at #1), but then was disappointed when




Oh well, to each his own.  Besides, I'm really not one to talk when I've only listened to four or five albums this year.



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The Pale Emperor
Jan 18 2013 01:59 PM
Katatonia aren't symphonic rock. gothic rock/metal, sure, but not symphonic.

good lists anyway. disappointed to see that Crystal Castles and The Birthday Massacre didn't make either though.
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Yaaaaay, glad you liked Gossamer. It's an ace album.

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Jan 18 2013 02:59 PM
I'm glad to see my list hasn't yet attracted any death threats.
Katatonia aren't symphonic rock. gothic rock/metal, sure, but not symphonic.

I figured I should give a nod to Dead End Kings' symphonic qualities in its genres listed. I can't vouch for my genre approximation skills. :P
disappointed to see that Crystal Castles and The Birthday Massacre didn't make either though.

The Birthday Massacre was pretty close to making the honorable mentions list if you were curious. Crystal Castles I didn't dig, though.
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Glad Clockwork Angels and Oceana got on. At least coheed made honours. :P


Still though, you didn't include the new AAR? It only swore in 2 songs. :P

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Feb 08 2013 02:36 PM
Three songs, actually (though I thought there were more while I was listening, lol). I don't think Kids in the Street would have made either of my lists anyway, though.
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Under Lego, I have Mindstorms NXT, Bionicle (duh!), and a ton of other sets. Then outside of Lego there's writing, drawing, writing music, creating and editing images with GIMP, and a bunch more.

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A Rush of Blood to the Head
Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends
Mylo Xyloto

Dreaming out Loud
Waking Up

Linkin Park
Hybrid Theory
Minutes to Midnight
A Thousand Suns
Living Things

The Fray
How to Save a Life
The Fray
Scars & Stories

Origin of Symmetry
Black Holes and Revelations
The Resistance
The 2nd Law

New Way to Be Human
Learning to Breathe
The Beautiful Letdown
Oh! Gravity
Hello Hurricane
Vice Verses

Counting Crows
Recovering the Satellites
This Desert Life
Hard Candy
Saturday Nights and Sunday Mornings

The Joshua Tree
All That You Can't Leave Behind
How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb
No Line on the Horizon

Death Cab for Cutie
Something About Airplanes
The Photo Album
Narrow Stairs
Codes and Keys

The Script
Science and Faith

Drops of Jupiter
My Private Nation
Save Me, San Francisco


Five for Fighting
The Battle for Everything

Snow Patrol
Eyes Open

All-American Rejects
Move Along

Christina Perri

The Postal Service
Give Up

Vapor Trails
Clockwork Angels

Close to the Edge
Tales from Topographic Oceans

John Mayer
Room for Squares

Stanley Climbfall
Smoke & Mirrors

Leave This Town
Break the Spell

Hans Zimmer
Inception film score

Howard Shore
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring film score

Les Friction
Les Friction

Silversun Pickups
Neck of the Woods

Straylight Run
Straylight Run
The Needle the Space

Pink Floyd
Dark Side of the Moon

John Williams
Star Wars film scores
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone film score

Comfort Eagle

The Black Keys
El Camino

Thomas Bergersen

Imagine Dragons
Night Visions

Hands Like Houses
Ground Dweller

Ocean Avenue
Lights and Sounds
When You're Through Thinking, Say Yes
Southern Air


Toby Keith
"American Soldier"
"My List"
"I Wanna Talk About Me"
"Courtesy of the Red, White, and Blue"

Third Eye Blind
"Semi-Charmed Life"
"Never Let You Go"
"How's It Going to Be"

Owl City
"Alligator Sky"
"Hello Seattle"

Red Hot Chili Peppers
"Can't Stop"
"Snow (Hey Oh)"
"Dani California"

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