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As 2012 Winds Down



<p><a href="https://audiophilestyle.com/uploads/monthly_2012_12/DSCN1084_600x450.jpg.76cfe0e72ec9b285cf7026d638622b28.jpg" class="ipsAttachLink ipsAttachLink_image"><img data-fileid="28136" src="https://audiophilestyle.com/uploads/monthly_2012_12/DSCN1084_600x450.jpg.76cfe0e72ec9b285cf7026d638622b28.jpg" class="ipsImage ipsImage_thumbnailed" alt=""></a></p> In keeping with family (who else would care?) tradition, I am working up a list of my favorite artists/albums of 2012. Of course, I haven't heard it all and could never claim any of this to be the "best". Here is the list so far, in order of when they came to mind (for whatever that implies):



Me'Shell N'Degeocello: Pour Une Ame Souveraine - A Dedication to Nina Simone

Leonard Cohen: Old Ideas

Chrysta Bell: This Train (see note*)

Cecelia Bartoli: Mission

Fiona Apple: The Idler Wheel

From The Mouth of The Sun: Woven Tide

Muddy Waters and The Rolling Stones: Live at the Checkerboard Lounge (1981)

Emilia Amper: Trollfageln (The Magic Bird)

Anne Akiko Meyers: Air - The Bach Album

Kimiko Ishizaka: Bach - Goldberg Variations (Open Goldberg Project)

Cold Specks: I Predict a Graceful Expulsion

Esperanza Spalding: Radio Music Society

Calexico: Algiers

Neneh Cherry: The Cherry Thing

Brooklyn Rider: Seven Steps


More close contenders ...


Mumford and Sons: Babel

Neil Young: Psychedelic Pill

Regina Spektor: What We Saw From The Cheap Seats

Rachael Yamagata: Heavyweight (EP)

Cat Power: Sun

Beirut: Rip Tide

Bob Dylan: Tempest

Loudon Wainwright III: Older Than My Old Man Now

Laura Gibson: La Grande

Jack White: Blunderbuss

Melody Gardot: The Absence

The Shins: Port of Morrow

David Byrne & St. Vincent: Love This Giant

Daniel Barenboim/West-Eastern Divan Orchestra: Beethoven for All - Symphonies 1-9



* I am told that this album actually released in 2011, but I couldn't get it until 2012, so it gets counted in.


SQ varied among my picks, particularly with respect to the plague of compressed dynamic range, but the music/performance of any victims/miscreants above kept me listening in spite of that disappointment.


Oh, yes. There were a number of other albums that came highly recommended by friends and acquaintances and are worth a listen, but they just didn't stick for some reason or another, such as:


Frank Ocean: channel ORANGE

Godspeed You! Black Emperor: Alelujah! Don't Bend! Ascend!

Gary Clark, Jr: Blak and Blu

Grizzly Bear: Shields

Beach House: Bloom

Swans: The Seer

and more ...


My biggest list is the one of stuff still to be heard. Not to mention what will happen as I continue to listen to my 2012 list into 2013 and beyond.<p><a href="https://audiophilestyle.com/uploads/monthly_2012_12/DSCN1084_600x450.jpg.e6c60ed6561821a74344491ac9ce8395.jpg" class="ipsAttachLink ipsAttachLink_image"><img data-fileid="28386" src="https://audiophilestyle.com/uploads/monthly_2012_12/DSCN1084_600x450.jpg.e6c60ed6561821a74344491ac9ce8395.jpg" class="ipsImage ipsImage_thumbnailed" alt=""></a></p>


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