My 10 Favourite Albums of 2012

I’m an avid list maker and there’s no better list than the best albums of the year. This particular year has been great for music, take a look…f

10. Paul Weller – Sonik Kicks

The Jam frontman Paul Weller’s albums seem to be getting better and better and Sonik Kicks sounds like it could have been made by a new, experimental artist. The songs are great and the arrangements work perfectly.

Listen to: The Attic 


9. The Vaccines – Come of Age

The Vaccines’ second album in as many years is energetic and youthful, and while it might not flow as well as their debut, it has some killer riffs.

Listen to: Aftershave Ocean


8. Fiona Apple – The Idler Wheel…

The moment I first started listening to this album I knew I liked it. It sounds great and finished with the wonderful crescendo of Hot Knife.

Listen to: Hot Knife 


7. Dirty Projectors – Swing Lo Magellan 

This is one of those albums that each time you listen your favourite track changes.  It’s a simple album but it has hooks that will infest in your head and refuse to leave.

Listen to: Just From Chevron


6. Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti – Mature Themes

Avant-garde artist Ariel Pink’s latest album, Mature Themes, is odd, but brilliant.

Listen to: Only In My Dreams


5. Django Django – Django Django

Edinburgh band, Django Django, have offered up an infectious and fantastically arranges debut album which, if British indie music isn’t tickling your fancy these days, will be a great relief.

Listen to: Life’s a Beach


4. Field Music – Plumb

Both pop-y and prog-y at the same time, Field Music’s Plumb is a great listen, with a mix of short, XTC-esque pop songs and Pink Floyd-tinted prog numbers that fade in out of each other throughout the record.

Listen to: Is This The Picture?


3. David Byrne & St. Vincent – Love This Giant

Love This Giant is my own, personal dream of an album. Two great songwriters, David Byrne of Talking Heads and Annie Clark, aka St Vincent, have written an album of fantastic songs arranged with a brass band.

Listen to: Optimist 


2. Ben Folds Five – The Sound of the Life of the Mind

Ben Folds Five’s first album in 13 years has made a lot of Ben Folds fans very happy and the new album has the Ben Folds Five signature sound. The songwriting has definitely matured in 13 years, perhaps bar the brilliant Draw A Crowd, and they apparently have at least two more albums worth of material.

Listen to: Draw a Crowd


1. Frank Ocean – Channel ORANGE

Frank Ocean’s first proper album, Channel Orange, deserved all the hype it got both pre- and post-release. The album shows his incredible songwriting, both musically and lyrically.

Listen to: Pink Matter (ft. Andre 3000)