It is that time of year again. Time for everyone’s Top 10 lists. We here at DDR have listened to lots of albums this year and we have whittled the list down to the 10 best. This year, we found that the best of the bunch have been Debut Albums, which is very rare. In fact, 5 of the top 10 albums of the year are debuts. This gives us great hope for the coming years. Remember, there are lots of great albums out there, you just need to find them! Below are 5 honorable mentions and then our Top 10 albums of the year:
Jack White – Blunderbuss
David Byrne & St. Vincent – Love This Giant
The xx – Coexist
Divine Fits – A Thing Called Divine Fits
Bruce Springsteen – Wrecking Ball
And Now, The Top 10 Albums of the Year:
10. Kathleen Edwards – Voyageur
Ms. Edwards has created her best album, mostly because it is all on the table, and new beau Justin Vernon behind the controls has given her the confidence to go all the way.
Kathleen Edwards – Voyageur
9. Jesse Ware – Devotion
The first of 5 debut albums in the Top 10 this year, London’s Jesse Ware, is a hard-edged Adele with a killer voice. Will she ever get to Adele stature? Time will tell. But “Devotion” is a better album as a whole then Adele’s “21” and it deserves consideration.
8. Tame Impala – Lonerism
Another excellent debut from Tame Impala. Exciting fast indie rock. Ironically, this forward-thinking band’s best song is “Feels Like We Only Go Backwards.”
Tame Impala – Lonerism
7. Alt-J – An Awesome Wave
They have been dubbed “The New Radiohead.” A bold statement, but I hear lots of comparisons here. A great, catchy debut that if they continue this way, they could turn into the new Radiohead.
alt-J – An Awesome Wave
6. Dan Deacon – America
Most of the great EDM music is coming out in Europe now, but Baltimore’s Dan Deacon has made one of the best EDM albums of the year, with some catchy tunes as well (“True Thrush”). And with his new App and kick-ass live shows, it’s been a great year for Deacon.
Dan Deacon – America
5. Here We Go Magic – A Different Ship
It’s amazing what Nigel Goodrich does to your band and music. When Here We Go Magic was on a festival bill with Radiohead, Goodrich and Thom Yorke caught their set and loved it. Goodrich agreed to produce “A Different Ship” and the rest is history. This Brooklyn band has their best album to date, thanks to Goodrich’s production.
Here We Go Magic – A Different Ship
4. Fiona Apple – The Idler Wheel..
Sparse, beautiful and challenging. All words to describe Fiona Apple’s best album since “Tidal.”
Fiona Apple – The Idler Wheel Is Wiser Than the Driver of the Screw and Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Will Ever Do 2
3. Django Djjango – Django Django
The best indie rock release of 2012, Django Django has set the bar high going forward for the genre. With two absolute tracks in “Hail Bop” and “Default”, they plan on taking the U.S. by storm in 2013. We can’t wait.
Django Django – Django Django
2. John Talabot – Fin
The best EDM album of the year. Barcelona’s best DJ John Talabot has graced us with an incredible debut with some of the best programing we have heard in a long time. Using some guest vocalists as well adds to the tracks that have been on repeat here at DDR. We can’t wait for what Talabot has for us next.
John Talabot – Fin
1. Frank Ocean – channel ORANGE
So much has been said about “channel ORANGE” this year. There is a reason why it is on–and at the top of–most Top 10 lists of the year: It is an emotional, fun, and rewarding record to listen to. And, oh that voice. Ocean has really put all of his life into this. And when that happens (similar to last year’s best album by Tune Yards, “WHOKILL”) you usually end up with The Best Album of the Year.
Frank Ocean – channel ORANGE