Mike’s Top 100 albums of 2012

During 2012, I switched to working from home, after a spell of commuting to Leeds two or three times per week. Consequently, I listened to shedloads of new music. Hence, and no sniggering at the back please, a Top 100. (And if this seems excessive, be aware that the 100 was whittled down from a shortlist of 243.)

I’ve also compiled a Spotify playlist, featuring one track from each album, in ascending order of wondrousness.

1. Natalie Duncan - Devil In Me
2. Sam Lee - Ground Of Its Own
3. Alabama Shakes - Boys & Girls
4. Actress - R.I.P.
5. Carter Tutti Void - Transverse
6. Dog Is Dead - All Our Favourite Stories
7. Loudon Wainwright III - Older Than My Old Man Now
8. Moritz Von Oswald Trio - Fetch
9. Goat - World Music
10. Laurel Halo - Quarantine
11. Bobby Womack - The Bravest Man In The Universe
12. Jessie Ware - Devotion
13. Leonard Cohen - Old Ideas
14. Sleaford Mods - Wank
15. Spiro - Kaleidophonica
16. Django Django - Django Django
17. Jake Bugg - Jake Bugg
18. Field Music - Plumb
19. Efterklang - Piramida
20. Tindersticks - The Something Rain
21. Saint Etienne - Words And Music By Saint Etienne
22. Kylie Minogue - The Abbey Road Sessions
23. We Show Up On Radar - Sadness Defeated
24. Beach House - Bloom
25. Matt Elliott - The Broken Man
26. Get The Blessing - OC DC
27. THEESatisfaction - awE naturalE
28. Rachel Newton - The Shadow Side
29. Batida - Batida
30. Tracey Thorn - Tinsel and Lights
31. Anna Cinzia Villani - Fimmana, mare e focu
32. Ragnhild Furebotten - Never On A Sunday
33. The Black Twig Pickers - Whompyjawed
34. Rumer - Boys Don’t Cry
35. alt-J - An Awesome Wave
36. Patti Smith - Banga
37. Cafe Iman Istanbul - Fasl-i Rembetiko
38. Troyka - Moxxy
39. Cornershop - Urban Turban
40. Calan - Jonah
41. Lone - Galaxy Garden
42. Roller Trio - Roller Trio
43. Bella Hardy - The Dark Peak and The White
44. Elton John vs Pnau - Good Morning To The Night
45. Neneh Cherry & The Thing - The Cherry Thing
46. Cornshed Sisters - Tell Tales
47. Kendrick Lamar - good kid, m.A.A.d city
48. Dexys - One Day I’m Going To Soar
49. Ebo Taylor - Appia Kwa Bridge
50. Brad Mehldau Trio - Ode
51. Hello Skinny - Hello Skinny
52. Bee Mask - When We Were Eating Unripe Pears
53. Beach Boys - That’s Why God Made The Radio
54. Auntie Flo - Future Rhythm Machine
55. Esperanza Spalding - Radio Music Society
56. Bob Dylan - Tempest
57. Neil Cowley Trio - The Face Of Mount Molehill
58. Lindstrom - Smalhans
59. Punch Brothers - Who’s Feeling Young Now?
60. Dirty Three - Toward The Low Sun
61. Seu Jorge - Musicas para Churrasco, Vol. 1
62. Storm Corrosion - Storm Corrosion
63. Lee Fields & The Expressions - Faithful Man
64. Lau - Race The Loser
65. Icebreaker - Apollo
66. Plankton Wat - Spirits
67. Mungolian Jetset - Mungodelics
68. Red Baraat - Chaal Baby
69. Mala - Mala In Cuba
70. Roc Marciano - Reloaded
71. The Swans - The Seer
72. Hannah James and Sam Sweeney - State and Ancientry
73. Scott Walker - Bish Bosch
74. Bright Light Bright Light - Make Me Believe In Hope
75. The Unthanks with Brighouse & Rastrick Brass Band - Diversions Vol. 2
76. Land Observations - Roman Roads IV – XI
77. Cooly G - Playin’ Me
78. Andrew Bird - Break It Yourself
79. The xx - Coexist
80. Jack White - Blunderbuss
81. NZCA/LINES - NZCA/LINES
82. Staff Benda Bilili - Bouger Le Monde!
83. Jonas Munk - Pan
84. R. Kelly - Write Me Back
85. Four Tet - Pink
86. Hilary Hahn & Hauschka - Silfra
87. Beth Jeans Houghton & The Hooves Of Destiny - Yours Truly, Cellophane Nose
88. Chairlift - Something
89. Talabarte - Talabarte
90. School Of Seven Bells - Ghostory
91. The Touré-Raichel Collective - The Tel Aviv Session
92. Josephine - Portrait
93. Dean McPhee - Son of the Black Peace
94. Anywhere - Anywhere
95. Cody Chesnutt - Landing On A Hundred
96. Portico Quartet - Portico Quartet
97. Miguel - Kaleidoscope Dream
98. Matthew E. White - Big Inner
99. The Invisible - Rispah
100. Anda Union - The Wind Horse

One Response to Mike’s Top 100 albums of 2012

  1. On my list, I would have added R.Kelly’s, Kendrick Lamar’s and Bob Dylan’s albums. They’re all excellent!

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