Top Albums of 2012

Alternative Rock
Band of Skulls – Sweet Sour
Big Wreck – Albatross
Bloc Party – Four
Bob Mould – Silver Age
Jack White – Blunderbuss
Muse – The 4th Dimension
the Smashing Pumpkins – Oceania
Soundgarden – King Animal

Electro/Electronica
Air – Le Voyage dans la Lune
Azure Ray – As Above, So Below
Grimes – Visions
Trifonic – Ninth Wave

Folk/Folk Rock
Andrew Bird – Break it Yourself
Bahamas – Barchords
Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros – Here
Evening Hymns – Spectral Dusk
Glen Hansard – Rhythm and Repose
Jake Bugg – Jake Bugg
Jason Collett – Reckon
John K. Samson – Provincial
Langhorne Slim & the Law – The Way We Move
Lord Huron – Lonesome Dreams
the Tallest Man on Earth – There’s No Leaving Now
the Wooden Sky – Every Child a Daughter, Every Moon a Sun

Indie Rock
Dirty Projectors – Swing Lo Magellan
Father John Misty – Fear Fun
Joel Plaskett Emergency – Scrappy Happiness
The Shins – Port of Morrow
Tame Impala – Lonerism
Yukon Blonde – Tiger Talk

Metal
As I Lay Dying – Awakened
Baroness – Yellow & Green
Between the Buried and Me – the Parallax II: Future Sequence
the Contortionist – Intrinsic
Deftones – Koi No Yokan
Gojira – L’Enfant Sauvage
Periphery – Periphery II: This Time it’s Personal
Lamb of God – Resolution
Meshuggah – Koloss
the Safety Fire – Grind the Ocean
Torche – Harmonicraft
Veil of Maya – Eclipse

Pop
Mumford & Sons – Babel
Neon Trees – Picture Show
the Salads – Music Every Day
St. Lucia – St. Lucia EP
Tenacious D – Rise of the Fenix

Progressive
Art By Numbers – Reticence: The Musical
Chimp Spanner – All Roads Lead Here
David Maxim Micic – Bilo 2.0
the Devin Townsend Project – Epicloud
Intervals – In Time
Jeff Loomis – Plains of Oblivion
the Mars Volta – Noctourniquet
Rush – Clockwork Angels
Sithu Aye – Isles EP & Invent the Universe
T.R.A.M. – Lingua Franca

Punk
Cancer Bats – Dead Set on Living
Circa Survive – Violent Waves
Every Time I Die – Ex Lives
the Gaslight Anthem – Handwritten
Japandroids – Celebration Rock

Rap/Hip Hop
Kendrick Lamar – good kid, M.A.A.D. city
Moka Only – Airport 6
Nas – Life is Good

Soul/RnB
Michael Kiwanuka – Home Again
Alabama Shakes – Boys & Girls

My Top 10

1. Father John Misty – Fear Fun
2. Band of Skulls – Sweet Sour
3. Periphery – Periphery II: This Time It’s Personal!
4. the Gaslight Anthem – Handwritten
5. Michael Kiwanuka – Home Again
6. Bloc Party – Four
7. Sithu Aye – Isles EP
8. Big Wreck – Albatross
9. Meshuggah – Koloss
10. Jason Collett – Reckon

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Top Albums of 2011

ALTERNATIVE
Foo Fighters – Wasting Light (Hard Alternative Rock/Pop)
Portugal. The Man – In the Mountain In the Cloud (Indie/Alternative Rock)
Primus – Green Naugahyde (Alternative/Funk/Rock)
Puscifer – Conditions of My Parole (Alternative/Experimental)
Radiohead – the King of Limbs (Alternative/Experimental)
the Red Hot Chili Peppers – I’m With You (Alternative Rock/Funk/Pop)
Rival Schools – Pedals (Hard Alternative Rock)

FOLK
Bon Iver – Bon Iver (Indie/Folk/Pop)
Eddie Vedder – Ukulele Songs (Folk)
Fleet Foxes – Helplessness Blues (Indie/Folk)
Kurt Vile – Smoke Ring For My Halo (Indie/Folk)
Thurston Moore – Demolished Thoughts (Alternative/Folk)

HIP HOP
the Beastie Boys – Hot Sauce Committee Part II (Rap/Hip Hop)
the Roots – Undun (Rap/Hip Hop)
Talib Kweli – Gutter Rainbows (Rap/Hip Hop)

INDIE
Company of Thieves – Running from a Gamble (Indie Rock)
Stateless – Matilda (Electro/Indie)
Tune-Yards – W H O K I L L (Experimental/Indie)
TV on the Radio – Nine Types of Light (Indie Rock/Alternative)
Vetiver – the Errant Charm (Indie Rock/Folk)
Yukon Blonde – Fire/Water (Indie Rock)

METAL
Animals as Leaders – Weightless (Progressive Metal/Instrumental/Djent/Fusion)
Between the Buried and Me – The Parallax: Hypersleep  Dialogues (Progressive Grind Metal)
Chaos Divine – The Human Connection (Progressive Metal)
Circles – the Compass (Progressive Metal/Djent)
Corelia – Nostalgia (Progressive Metal/Djent)
Cynic – Carbon-Based Anatomy (Progressive Metal/Fusion)
The Devin Townsend Project – Deconstruction (Progressive Extreme Metal)
the Haunted – Unseen (Melodic Death Metal)
the Human Abstract – Digital Veil (Progressive Metalcore)
Leprous – Bilateral (Progressive Metal)
Mastodon – The Hunter (Progressive Doom Metal/Rock)
Monstro – Monstro (Doom Metal/Hard Rock)
Protest the Hero – Scurrilous (Progressive Metal/Thrash/Punk)
Red Seas Fire – Red Seas Fire (Progressive Metal/Djent)
Revocation – Chaos of Forms (Death/Thrash Metal)
Scale the Summit – the Collective (Progressive Metal/Instrumental)
TesseracT – One (Progressive Metal/Djent)
Textures – Dualism (Progressive Metal/Djent)

ELECTRO
Bjork – Biophilia (Experimental/Pop)
James Blake – James Blake (Indie/Experimental)
SBTRKT – SBTRKT (Electro)

POP
The Black Keys – El Camino (Alternative/Blues/Rock)
Foster the People – Torches (Indie Rock/Pop)
Gotye – Making Mirrors (New Age/Indie/Pop)
Jamie Woon – Mirrorwriting (Pop)
The Joy Formidable – The Big Roar (Alternative Rock/Pop)
Little Dragon – Ritual Union (Electro/Pop)
Mayer Hawthorne – How Do You Do (Motown/Soul)
Mutemath – Odd Soul (Pop/Rock)
Sublime with Rome – Yours Truly (Alternative/Pop)

PROGRESSIVE ROCK
The Dear Hunter – The Color Spectrum (Progressive Rock/Alternative)
the Devin Townsend Project – Ghost (Progressive Rock/New Age)
Fair to Midland – Arrows & Anchors (Progressive Rock/Metal)
Opeth – Heritage (Progressive Rock/Metal)
3 – The Ghost You Gave to Me (Progressive Rock/Metal)

PUNK/HARDCORE
Glassjaw – Coloring Book (Post Hardcore/Punk)
Le Butcherettes – Sin Sin Sin (Punk/Alternative Rock)
Thrice – Major/Minor (Hard Alternative Rock/Punk)

MY TOP 10
1. Gotye – Making Mirrors
2. Kurt Vile – Smoke Ring For My Halo
3. Foo Fighters – Wasting Light
4. TesseracT – One
5. Radiohead – the King of Limbs
6. Bon Iver – Bon Iver
7. Stateless – Matilda
8. the Black Keys – El Camino
9. Rival Schools – Pedals
10. the Joy Formidable – the Big Roar

Party on.

Favourite Albums of 2010

Birds of Tokyo – Birds of Tokyo

The Black Keys – Brothers

Broken Social Scene – Forgiveness Rock Record

The Damned Things – Ironiclast

Dead Letter Circus – This is the Warning

Deftones – Diamond Eyes

The Dillinger Escape Plan – Option Paralysis

Far – At Night We Live

How to Destroy Angels – How to Destroy Angels

Intronaut – Valley of Smoke

Jamie Lidell – Compass

Junip – Fields

Kings of Leon – Come Around Sundown

Land of Talk – Cloak and Cipher

Mutiny Within – Mutiny Within

Periphery – Periphery

Sevendust –  Cold Day Memory

Soilwork – The Panic Broadcast

Sufjan Stevens – The Age of Adz, All Delighted People EP

The Tallest Man on Earth – The Wild Hunt, Sometimes the Blues is Just a Passing Bird

Tesseract – Conceiling the Fate EP

These United States – What Lasts

Xavier Rudd & Izintaba – Koonyum Sun

Yukon Blonde – Yukon Blonde

What are yours?