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Psychedelic Pill Neil Young & Crazy Horse
Wrecking Ball Bruce Springsteen Have to admit, while (like all of his comeback records) I liked this from the start, I didn't love it till I heard these songs live. What a tour. Check out "Death To My Hometown" with
Tempest Bob Dylan Though consistently good, the last 2-3 songs are where this gets great, which puts it a notch above his last studio record.
Blunderbuss Jack White Most Valuable Rocker of 2012?
Locked Down Dr. John Producer Dan Auerbach is also a strong contender for MVP of the year.
Boys & Girls Alabama Shakes I have had a couple of these songs for a year and a half now and they still pump me up every time.
Oceania The Smashing Pumpkins Wow. Billy is back, full-on. If you don't believe me check out this song Quasar.
Centipede Hz Animal Collective Doesn't blow me away the way Merriweather Post Pavillion did, but great stuff nonetheless. Check out the embedded track Today's Supernatural for a serious mind-meld.
'Allelujah! Don't Bend! Ascend! Godspeed You! Black Emperor The two main (long) pieces on this album are songs they have been playing live these past two years, and that blew me away live as they blow me away on this record.
Sweet Heart Sweet Light Spiritualized
Mirage Rock Band of Horses Another strong BOH record - and it might grow on me more, like the last one did
Clockwork Angels Rush Even more shocking than how good the Pumpkins record is, this is the first Rush record I have kept going back to since . . . Power Windows 25+ years ago. Whouda thunk I'd be riveted watching Rush play
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Sun Cat Power
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The 2nd Law Muse Bit of a letdown from the last two, though Madness may be their best song yet
Big Moon Ritual Chris Robinson Brotherhood
Handwritten The Gaslight Anthem
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Babel Mumford And Sons
Americana Neil Young & Crazy Horse What can I say, Neil and Crazy Horse could sing the phone book and it would still probably make my list.
L'Enfant Sauvage Gojira, Felicia Atkinson
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Here Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros
Yellow & Green Baroness Very inconsistent but a good one to cherry pick for MP3 listening.
La Futura ZZ Top Outside of a handful of songs i haven't liked a ZZ Top record since Afterburner ('86). Thank you Mr. Rubin.
The Flaming Lips and Heady Fwends The Flaming Lips Spotty (Ke$ha? Please.), but both dark and joyful at the same time. And "Do It" is probably the best thing Yoko has ever done without John (which to me at least is not saying much at all)
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Driving Towards the Daylight Joe Bonamassa Starting to become a big fan of this guy and slightly ashamed to find out how long he's been kicking along below my radar.
How About I Be Me (And You Be You)? Sinéad O'Connor This is some raw emotional vocal stuff on some pretty upbeat tracks in some pretty catchy songs. Sometimes when I put this record on I'm astounded. Other times it just doesn't feel right.
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The Only Place Best Coast
Tomorrowland Ryan Bingham
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Old Ideas Leonard Cohen The old guy had real life in him not just live, but new material wise as well
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Little Broken Hearts Norah Jones I like this record's sound though I haven't fallen hard for any individual tracks yet.
Fanatic Heart Another kinda shocking comeback, except that Heart also made a pretty strong record a few years back. Seriously, if you liked Heart back in the day you will dig this - Ann especially sounds fantastic