Top 5 Albums of 2012

Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the only 2012 “Best of” album list that Tame Impala haven’t topped.

It’s esteemed company y’know…Previous winners include 2011’s  Suck it and See by the Arctic Monkeys, 2010’s Paul Weller offering Wake Up The Nation, and the spectacular 2009 Manic Street Preachers’ album Journal for Plague Lovers.

Smaller than the Grammy’s, but bigger than the ARIA’s, here’s my favourites of 2012…

5. Cosmo Jarvis – Think Bigger
Cosmo Jarvis - Think Bigger
Cosmo Jarvis – Think Bigger

As good as last year’s Is The World Strange or am I Strange was, one of the UK’s great overthinkers Cosmo Jarvisdelivered a more consistent and perhaps more radio-friendly offering in 2012.

It may lack the more instantly accessible tunes of his previous offering, but this is an album that grows with every listen.


4. Jackson Firebird – Cock Rockin’
Jackson Firebird - Cock Rockin'
Jackson Firebird – Cock Rockin’

Garage rock didn’t get much rockier, or much garagey-er in 2012. There’s nothing deep about the Mildura duo’s album, certainly not the title: Cock Rockin’.

It’s an album though that is just a heap of fun, whether listening to it in your car, or watching one of the many live shows this hard working pair smashed out this year. Hopefully it’s enough to make you get along and see them where they really shine: on a stage with an upturned recycling bin as their rhythm section. DO IT.

3. Pond – Beards, Wives & Denim
Pond - Beard, Wives, Denim
Pond – Beard, Wives, Denim

As the rest of the world wet their collective pants over the John Lennon-wannabe sounds of Tame Impala‘s Lonerism, The Impala’s little brothers Pondhave put out a collection of loosely formed songs that grow with every listen.

With a fluid lineup and a frontman in Nick Allbrook that leans more towards the sound of Tame Impala‘s Innerspeaker than everyone’s 2012 favourite from the same band, Pond have taken a side project and put it right up on the same level as the main act.

2.  Graham Coxon – A & E
Graham Coxon - A & E
Graham Coxon – A & E

Blur guitarist Graham Coxon delivers his best offering since 1998’s The Sky Is Too High. And what an effort it is. Showing perhaps what elements of Blur’s last full length album Think Tank lacked, A&E is aggressive, stabbing and downright brilliant from start to finish.

1. Jack White – Blunderbuss
Jack White - Blunderbuss
Jack White – Blunderbuss

In reality, 2012 was the easiest year in recent history to pick a favourite album. Flying high above the rest was Jack White‘s incredible solo offering of Blunderbuss.

Drawing heavily on the blues, but with his own unique take on the guitar, Jack White showed the world how it should be done in 2012: let the music speak for itself.

From the raw hits of Sixteen Saltines to the the beautiful Love InterruptionBlunderbuss doesn’t miss a beat from start to finish.





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