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Best albums of 2012 - the next five

21st December 2012

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Jessie WareA few days back we unleashed the first five from our top twenty albums of 2012. It's time for the next five...

2012 has been a year full of fresh, exciting and awesome new music. After weeks and weeks of heated debate, falling out, tears and opinions TNS critics settled on our top 20 albums of this year.

We will reveal them five at a time (in no particular order, it was hard enough getting the list we have without having to number them and we needed to stop the debate short of it turning to actual violence!).

Here are the next five:

Plan B – Ill Manors

The self-titled lead track ‘Ill Manors’ was a short-sharp-shock to the system to those fans expecting more of the white-boy soul that made Plan B massive. Here was a socially-aware, angry hip hop return to his roots. Full of righteous rhymes, dub bass and crushing beats, Ill Manors showed Ben Drew in his best guise - as a British hip-hop social, story-teller.


Django, Django – Django, Django

Those complaining that British guitar music can’t redefine itself in interesting ways these days, clearly hadn’t banked on the debut from Django Django. They collided an updated psychedelia with a vast range of styles to drop an alb um that is hypnotic and danceable in equal measure.

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?

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