Ladies and Gents, 2012 has already been a pretty impressive year for music. It seems indie rock has finally re-embraced the guitar, and some new acts are making some of the best albums of the year, while the vets try to reclaim their former glory. I’ll leave the long write-ups for the end of the year lists, so check out my top 7 albums of the year so far below, with a one sentence review for each. Also, click each albums title to be taken to it on Spotify.
Suggested Tracks: “September,” “The Rifle’s Spiral,” “Fall of ’82″
This is the comeback album The Strokes wish they could have made.
Suggested Tracks: “Be My Witness,” “Lost In The Light,” “Caught Me Thinkin”
Canadian guy makes a record that sounds like M. Ward fell out of his static-filled radio and ended up on a beach.
Suggested Tracks: “No Future/No Past,” “Fall In,” “Stay Useless”
This is what Tokyo Police Club would sounds like if they broke their synth and were pretty angry about it.
Suggested Tracks: “Serpents,” “Give Out,” “Leonard”
Sharon falls in/out of love … convincingly, with guidance from The National’s Aaron Dessner.
Suggested Tracks: “Animal,” “Open Your Heart,” “Candy”
After listening to a ton of jangle-pop, The Men found all the guitars everyone in indie rock had been ignoring for years.
Suggested Tracks:”Wrecking Ball,” “Death To My Hometown,” “Land of Hope and Dreams,” “We Are Alive”
Bruce Springsteen (maybe you’ve heard of him) makes his best record since the 80s, and it’s (mostly) devoid of filler.
Suggested Tracks: “Time Bomb,” “Empty House,” “Idaho,” “Money Saves”
As of yet, it’s far behind their stellar History From Below, but for a band that claims to have finally found their sound, it’s a good mix of new and old.