Best albums of 2012 - the next five
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- Best albums of 2012 - the first five
Jessie Ware - Devotion Forget Emeli Sande et al, if one new female vocal talent owned 2012 it was Jessie Ware. Devotion side-stepped standard pop-chart formulas, adding pop-commercialism to a range of hand-picked and complementary styles. This was pure 2012 pop – accessible but with an undercurrent of underground British dance culture. This hypnotic-soul release put Jessie Ware at the top of the charts after setting her own pop agenda.
Godspeed You! Black Emperor - Allelujah! Don't Bend! Ascend!
All Godspeed You! Black Emperor albums are a thought-provoking experience, and this return to the album fray is no exception. This albums consists of four tracks, two drone based and two older tracks both around the 20 minute mark. Allelujah! Don't Bend! Ascend! is a solid album of evocative music with emotional, passion and above all gripping instrumentation.
Tame Impala – Lonerism
Lonerism is a remarkable follow-up to 2010’s Innerspeaker. Much warmer and fully-developed than his last release with Lonerism Kevin Parker unleashed a modern psychedelic wonder and one of 2012’s most adventurous albums.
So, there we go ten down and ten more to go! After this little lot which other albums will make the cut?