Best albums of 2012 - the first five
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Alt-J – An Awesome Wave This is the Mercury-winning gem that really needs no introduction. Alt-j produced a truly unique and accomplished debut album which whilst largely ignored on its release has slowly dripped its way into the collective consciousness. Alexander Green summed up An Awesome Wave like this: “This an album which cannot be categorised into a genre or placed to similar contemporaries. Alt-J have taken every musical influence and made it their own, producing an inventive and quirky sound that makes 'An Awesome Wave' a enthralling listen. Each song is like a surprise present waiting to be opened.” Read the full review
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Frank Ocean - Channel Orange OFWGKTA’s resident crooner Frank Ocean’s sexuality pushed the hype about his debut album to new heights, but he delivered an instant classic that more than matched up to it. Deborah Findlater was blown away: “Channel Orange sets Frank Ocean miles ahead of his contemporaries as he refuses to play it safe. Pointing to legends such as Prince and Stevie Wonder blending funk and prog rock, Ocean has created something truly innovative. The singer has a natural knack for crafting tales full of emotion and complex lyricism. In the words of Odd future cohort Taco, Channel Orange is 'an instant classic.” Read the full review
The Invisible – Rispah
Rispah is an album borne out of adversity. Not only did Dave Okumu’s mother die forcing the album to become a “love-letter to grief” but he was then electrocuted on-stage performing in Nigeria – he could have died. These themes of life and death flow throughout this, their second album. Our Hannah Embleton-Smith wrote:
“Rispah deals with the conflicts of grief, from anger and fear to acceptance, circulating these emotions through searching instrumentals and bringing them together in final tracks ‘The Stain’ and ‘Protection’. Okumu sings “you only have this life, now, to express yourself”, an axiom which the trio epitomise in this fine-tuned album.”Read the full review Five more of our top albums of 2012 are coming soon.......