Top albums of 2012: These ones are pretty good too

Overview | Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 Longlist

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Albums, albums, albums. Not a vintage year, but I liked these ones almost as much as the main 12. Daniel Rossen’s EP was a great prequel to the full Grizzly Bear album, while Aimee Mann produced her best since the Magnolia soundtrack over 10 years ago. Paralytic Stalks was great fun despite claims that Kevin Shields was out to alienate people with it. I annoyed people frequently by compulsively tapping along to Neal Morgan and Mercury Prize jazz people Roller Trio. The Futureheads’ Rant played to their North Eastern a cappella strengths, while Jens Lekman’s voice was as smooth and his personal lyrics as charming as ever. Cate Le Bon wins the imaginary annual Child of Gorky’s award (despite competition from Race Horses, and I suppose the lovely Euros Childs too).

Aimee Mann – Charmer
Cate Le Bon – Cyrk
Daniel Rossen – Silent Hour Golden Mile
The Futureheads – Rant
Jens Lekman – I Know What Love Isn’t
Neal Morgan – In the Yard
Of Montreal – Paralytic Stalks
Roller Trio – Roller Trio

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