Top Ten Albums of 2012

Looking ahead, here is our list of albums to look forward to this year. Judging by our list compiled by Taylor DeBoer, 2012 proves to be an interesting year for music.

This list explores the (predicted) top ten albums of 2012. If I were to include a most anticipated albums list it’d most certainly be a feature story on Justin Bieber’s forthcoming LP.

Taylor DeBoer
Music Editor

Top Ten of 2012 (no particular order):

Many accused these psych-pop/rockers of having a sophomore slump with their less poppy 2010 release, Congratulations. A “we’re rich and will make the album we want to” record, the weirder, atmospheric record appeals more to the Pink Floyd hippie than the teeny mall rat. Expect their third album to be a perfect mix of both.


Kanye West:
My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy was one of the best rap/hip hop albums of all time. If Kanye’s next album is better, we’re all going to explode.


Ben Kweller:
Following a very solid alt-country record, Changing Horses, Kweller is back with a rock/pop explosion released on his very own Noise Company out of his hometown, Austin, TX. Go Fly a Kite will be catchier like his older stuff, but with Kweller’s tenure expect some depth.


Magnetic Fields:
Can Stephin Merritt make a bad record? He’s an indie rock genius, a cult hero, a low-fi demigod. Love at the Bottom of the Sea will be awesome because Stephin Merritt is awesome. And the title is as cheeky as anything they’ve done. With Magnetic Fields, usually the cheesier, the better.


The Walkmen:
The Walkmen’s discography is the best of any band in their class. Stack them up against The Arctic Monkeys, The National, The Strokes – who has the most complete catalog? I think it’s a no brainer. Oh and Phil Ek is producing their record…ie Fleet Foxes, Shins, and Modest Mouse.



Tyler, The Creator:
Can we all admit that Goblin wasn’t all that good and really overhyped? Outside of the fantastic “Yonkers”, the record is very mediocre. We know Tyler is talented so expect more with Wolf.


Diamond Rugs:
John McCauley of Deer Tick is in another collaboration? And this time with members of Dead Confederate and Los Lobos? Do you remember how awesome Middle Brother was? This record is brought to you by the same folks. Check out “Christmas in a Chinese Restaurant” for a teaser.



The Killers:
After two amazing records, Day and Age (2008) was contrived and sub-par. After a year or so off and a couple of solo albums, we can expect another great arena-rock, radio ready, synth classic like Hot Fuss or Sam’s Town. If not, then expect the Killers to fade into obscurity as quickly as they rose to stardom.


The Shins:
Finally a new Shins record. After five years, band disputes, several lineup changes, a label change, and a very convincing side project, Mercer is back with the Shins for Port of Morrow. Do I really think it will be one of the best records of 2012? Nope. But a man can hope, right?


Animal Collective:
Will their new record make it in 2012? They started the recording process this month so as long as things go according to plan, it will. But with Animal Collective things rarely go according to plan. If Merriweather Post Pavilion is any indication, their new record won’t be anything short of magnificent. They’re one of a few bands that can constantly stay fresh and reinvent themselves without losing (most) of their street cred.

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