Bittersweet Melody (Music)
Wed Dec 26th 2012 5.00am–7.00am
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Band of Horses “Slow Cruel Hands of Time”
from Mirage Rock (Columbia 2012) N —Coming in at #24, from their 4th full-length released earlier this year. Not as much love from me as their first three albums but still a solid release.
Alabama Shakes “HOLD ON”
from Boys & Girls (ATO 2012) N —Brittany Howard, Zac Cockrell, Steve Johnson and Heath Fogg make up Alabama Shakes who come in at #23 for the year. Probably much higher if their 2011 EP didn't have 4 of the best songs from this, their debut full-length.
Kelly Hogan “Plant White Roses”
from I Like to Keep Myself in Pain (Bloodshot www.bloodshotrecords.com 2012) N —At #20 comes Kelly Hogan from her first album in 11 years. She enlisted the help of friends like Andrew Bird, John Wesley Harding and the late Vic Chesnutt to write songs and is backed by a band featuring Booker T. This track is from Stephen Merritt.
First Aid Kit “NEW YEAR'S EVE”
from The Lion's Roar (Wichita 2012) N —Coming in at #19, possibly the best Americana album of the year comes from the Swedish sister duo of Johanna and Klara Soderberg, aka First Aid Kit.
Shoes “The Joke's On You”
from Ignition (Black Vinyl 2012) N —#18 - Shoes release their first album in 17 years and don't miss a beat.
Nude Beach “RADIO”
from II (Other Music Recording Co. 2012) N —At #17 comes a late comer to the party. I didn't hear this album until about late November. May have been higher on my list if I'd have had more time with it.
Bob Mould “The Descent”
from Silver Age (Merge 2012) N —The former member of Husker Du and leader of the 90's band Sugar put out a solo album this year, his most rocking since his days in Sugar. It comes in at #15.
Bruce Springsteen “Wrecking Ball” (Columbia 2012) N —At #13 Bruce gets to split his 2012 album between this week and next ... Bruce hasn't stopped trying to innovate even at 62.
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