The 11 Best Albums of 2012…so far

As you probably know from my rantings this year, finding great music has been in short supply.  I feel like I want to like more music than I actually do.  I follow the new releases pretty religiously…to the point that Tuesday is as sacred in my house as Sunday is in most of middle America.  I’m always looking for the next Bon Iver, the XX, or Arcade Fire.  But with the mediocre batch of releases this year…I’ll settle for the next Motion City Soundtrack at this point.  (Okay, maybe not that)

This batch of releases is actually fairly solid…just nothing mind blowing…not yet.  Great music does have to grow on you.  And maybe some of the highly-touted releases (The Men, Torche, Kelly Hogan, Sharon Van Eten, Liars, Father John Misty, Ceremony, Daughn Gibson, Pallbearer, Dexys, Screaming Females, or The Walkmen) will grow on me.  Until then…this is what we have to work with.

Here are the 11 Best Albums of 2012…so far:

  1. The Big Pink – Future This
  2. Jack White – Blunderbuss
  3. Schoolboy Q – Habits & Contradictions
  4. Silversun Pickups – Neck of the Woods
  5. Lana Del Rey – Born To Die
  6. The Cribs – In The Belly of the Brazen Bull
  7. The Shins – Port of Morrow
  8. Japandroids – Celebration Rock (only $2.99…limited time!!)
  9. Joey Bada$$ – 1999 (this one is free!!)
  10. Alabama Shakes – Boys and Girls
  11. Jay Farrar – New Multitudes
What are your favorites this year?