Music to Brew to: the Best Albums of 2012

Music to Brew to: the Best Albums of 2012

420070_309005629163850_716050045_nEvery year,at the end of the year, I look over my iTunes collection to review the year’s releases and decide which of them deserve to claim rank in my annual Top of the Pops list.

I typically did this sort of thing on my personal blog, but now that I don’t have one anymore, I’m going to have to post it here. I hope you don’t mind.

If you do, look at it this way: the only thing that goes with good coffee better than good conversation, is good book; the only thing that goes with good coffee better than a good book?

Good music.

So, here we go! Drew Moody’s Best Albums of 2012.

But first…

the biggest disappointments of 2012:

5. Two Door Cinema Club – Beacon

4. Band of Horses – Mirage Rock

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

2. Ben Gibbard – Former Lives

1. Bruce Springsteen – Wrecking Ball

And now… without any further ado (and bear in mind, these are in no particular order)…

the top 40

40. Stars – The North

39.  The Smashing Pumpkins – Oceania

38. First Aid Kit – The Lion’s Roar

37. Djanjo Django – Django Django

36. Cloud Nothings – Attack on Memory

35. The Shins – Port of Morrow

34. Jack White – Blunderbuss

33 . Justin Townes Earle – Nothing’s Gonna Change the Way You Feel About Me Now

32. Dr. John – Locked Down

31. The Tallest Man on Earth – There’s No Leaving Now

30. The Lumineers – The Lumineeers

29. Passion Pit – Gossamer

28. Father John Misty – Fear Fun

27. Norah Jones – Little Broken Hearts

26. Glen Hansard – Rhythm and Repose

25. Jens Lekman – I Know What Love Isn’t

24. Kathleen Edwards – Voyageur

23. Muse – The 2nd Law

22. Mountain Goats – Transcendental Youth

21. Japandroids – Celebration Rock

20. Frank Ocean – Channel Orange

19. Givers – In Light

18. Beach House – Bloom

17. Leonard Cohen – Old Ideas

16. Of Monsters and Men – My Head is an Animal

15. Mumford and Sons – Babel

14. Spiritualized – Sweet Heart Sweet Light

13. Regina Spektor – What We Saw from the Cheap Seats

12. Sharon Van Etten – Tramp

11. Rufus Wainwright – Out of the Game

10. Andrew Bird – Hands of Glory / Break It Yourself


09. Alabama Shakes – Boys and Girls

08. Damien Jurado – Maraqopa

07. Bob Dylan – Tempest

06. Dr. Dog – Be the Void

05. Godspeed You! Black Emperor – Allelujah! Don’t Bend! Ascend!

04. The Avett Brothers – The Carpenter

03. Grizzly Bear – Shields

02. Patrick Watson – Adventures in Your Own Backyard

01. David Byrne and St. Vincent – Love This Giant

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