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Top albums of 2012

Posted January 3, 2013 By admin

Well, another year has come and gone, and it’s time to post my favorite albums of the past year. 2012 seemed to lack a lot of depth in terms of quality albums. There are a few great ones at the top of the list, but once you get past the first 6 or 7, the quality starts to fade fast. That’s not to say they are bad albums, but there just weren’t many that wowed me this year. I will say this though, there were definitely a lot of great songs released this year, so keep a look out for that list coming in the next couple days. Here’s the list of my top albums from 2012.

Honorable mentions:
Sixpence None The Richer- Lost In Translation
Fiona Apple- The Idler Wheel…
Justin Bieber- Believe
R. Kelly- Write Me Back
DMX- Undisputed

 10. Kevin Coster & Modern West- Famous For Killing Each Other

Kevin Coster & Modern West- Famous For Killing Each Other

 

9. Norah Jones- Little Broken Hearts

Norah Jones- Little Broken Hearts

8. Lana Del Rey- Born To Die

Lana Del Rey- Born To Die

7. Sharon Van Etten- Tramp

Sharon Van Etten-Tramp

 

6. Michael Kiwanuka- Home Again

Michael Kiwanuka- Home Again

5. Leonard Cohen- Old Ideas

Leonard Cohen- Old Ideas

4. Brandi Carlile- Bear Creek

Brandi Carlile- Bear Creek

3. Aby Wolf- A. Wolf And Her Claws

Aby Wolf-A. Wolf & Her Claws

2. Bob Dylan- Tempest

Bob Dylan- Tempest

1. The Pines- Dark So Gold

The Pines- Dark So Gold

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Picks Of The Week

Posted October 1, 2012 By admin
  • Pay In Blood- Bob Dylan
  • If God Is My Father- E.T.W.
  • Rosemary’s Baby (The Omen 666)- Larry Norman
  • Final Hour- Lauryn Hill
  • In The Pines- Lead Belly
  • Those Were Days Of Roses (Martha)- Lee Hazlewood
  • Maybe This Christmas- Leigh Nash
  • Once In A Lifetime- Lena Horne
  • Ballerina- Leona Naess
  • You Know Who I Am- Leonard Cohen
  • Tell Me A Tale- Michael Kiwanuka
  • Bartering Lines- Ryan Adams

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Picks Of The Week

Posted October 1, 2012 By admin
  • Pay In Blood- Bob Dylan
  • If God Is My Father- E.T.W.
  • Rosemary’s Baby (The Omen 666)- Larry Norman
  • Final Hour- Lauryn Hill
  • In The Pines- Lead Belly
  • Those Were Days Of Roses (Martha)- Lee Hazlewood
  • Maybe This Christmas- Leigh Nash
  • Once In A Lifetime- Lena Horne
  • Ballerina- Leona Naess
  • You Know Who I Am- Leonard Cohen
  • Tell Me A Tale- Michael Kiwanuka
  • Bartering Lines- Ryan Adams

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Leonard Cohen-Old Ideas

Posted April 6, 2012 By admin

Two of my favorite songwriters are Bob Dylan and Leonard Cohen, and the two could not be more opposite in the way they write and release music. Dylan is quicker and more abstract in his music, and Cohen is slower, more deliberate and has many songs with deep and hidden meanings. While I look forward to new releases by Dylan with great anticipation, Leonard Cohen albums are like events, something that you many never know when it will happen again. Old Ideas is Cohen’s first album of new material since 2004’s Dear Heather. Old Ideas finds a musician in the twilight of his career, accepting his old age, yet still realizing he has a lot to give in this life. “Show Me The Place” was the first single released from the album, and it’s definitely a somber song that has a lot of regrets and pain to it, seemingly asking for forgiveness for a variety of faults. My favorite song is the last track of the album, “Different Sides“, about a relationship where one person wants to follow the law of society and the way a relationship “should” be, and the narrator (Cohen, in this case), just wants to love the only way he knows how and is getting frustrated with his lover for her lack of adventure and willingness to submit to her desires. This album is not without faults, as the music sometimes borders on cheesy and antiquated, but it just stays fresh enough to be enjoyable. Cohen’s present voice might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but it works for the type of music he’s doing now compared to his stuff from the 60’s & 70’s in my opinion. As always, the songs are backed by lovely women’s voices, which include long time collaborators Sharon Robinson and Jennifer Warnes, as well as The Webb Sisters, who have been featured with Leonard on his most recent tours. While Old Ideas probably wouldn’t crack my top 5 Cohen albums, in my opinion it’s his best material in the last 20 years, and any new Cohen material is cause for celebration.

  • Different Sides
  • Lullaby

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Picks of The Week

Posted February 5, 2012 By admin
  • Smart Went Crazy- Atmosphere
  • Daniel- Bat For Lashes
  • I Keep Faith- Billy Bragg
  • Pedigree- Brother Ali
  • I Put A Spell On You- Creedence Clearwater Revival
  • Free Life- Dan Wilson
  • Dixon’s Girl- Dessa
  • Queen Of The Surface Streets- Devotchka
  • Get Out Of The Way (So I Can Get Back To My Life)- Diplomats Of Solid Sound
  • Home- Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros
  • You Know Who I Am- Leonard Cohen
  • Answering The Door- Rachael Yamagata
  • Lingering Still- She & Him
  • Out In  The Ocean- Zoo Animal

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Picks of The Week

Posted February 5, 2012 By admin
  • Smart Went Crazy- Atmosphere
  • Daniel- Bat For Lashes
  • I Keep Faith- Billy Bragg
  • Pedigree- Brother Ali
  • I Put A Spell On You- Creedence Clearwater Revival
  • Free Life- Dan Wilson
  • Dixon’s Girl- Dessa
  • Queen Of The Surface Streets- Devotchka
  • Get Out Of The Way (So I Can Get Back To My Life)- Diplomats Of Solid Sound
  • Home- Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros
  • You Know Who I Am- Leonard Cohen
  • Answering The Door- Rachael Yamagata
  • Lingering Still- She & Him
  • Out In  The Ocean- Zoo Animal

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