Hey, look. It’s my 10 favorite albums of 2012!
The Money Store
Death Grips continues their hostile takeover of hip-hop with this ear-splitting, but undeniably unique album.
Jack White’s debut solo album is just what you would expect – a great mix of rock, blues, and soul.
Drawing from psychedelic rock of the past, Lonerism sounds like a weird alternate universe where The Beatles are still making Revolver-like albums in 2012.
The enigmatic Iamamiwhoami’s first full length, Kin, is a sometimes sad, sometimes pleasant, but always dreamy and downright hallucinogenic audio journey.
Cancer 4 Cure
El-P maintains his hard, playful style on his fourth full-length Cancer 4 Cure, an album with amazing production and a ton of great guest appearances.
Anamanaguchi member Luke Silas released his own 8-bit dance album under the name Knife City, and it’s fantastic. Listen and download the free album over at 8bitpeoples.
Brendan Small returns with a third album of tracks from the Adult Swim show Metalocalypse. Dethalbum III refines the elements introduced on Dethalbum II to create the best comedy metal album since, um.. Dethalbum I.
Killer Mike goes hard with incredible beats by El-P. If you think all southern rap is disposable commercial trash, give this album a spin and prepare to be wrong.
Ensiferum continues to dominate folk metal with their fifth album. Tracks like In My Sword I Trust, Burning Leaves, and the title track prove that Ensiferum still knows how to create the perfect blend of folk melodies and metal riffs.
What were your favorites this year?