Top Ten Thursday: Most Anticipated Albums of 2012

To continue this positive outlook on what music we have to look forward to in the upcoming 2012 music season, we have decided to dedicate this week’s list to what bands/artists we are most looking forward to hearing from this year. Overall this was a fairly easy list to come up with for the three of us. In fact, had it not been for one pro-longed scurfuffle about a producer that is no longer even relevant, I’d say this was our easiest list to come by yet …

10. Outkast

We at LxL have been too hurt by the false promises about the forthcoming Outkast album, that we feel like we need to keep it at arms length. If it were a guarantee release for this year, it would surely be our #1. However, we have been too let down by Andre before. So this time, we are excited, but not excited enough to ruin our year if it doesn’t happen.

9. A$AP Rocky

Pumping out albums in back-to-back years is always a turn-on for us, especially if both albums adhere to as great of quality of A$AP’s last album. One of Knepp’s most deeply desired of the year, and I’m sure it won’t disappoint.

8. The xx

Hearing The xx take off with their slow-driving debut album was great. Where they go from here is something of a mystery, but we are all more than excited for it. With such strong admires from Jay-Z to Thom Yorke, I’m sure they will manage to crew up on personnel and do good things.

7. Cat Power

Chan Marshall’s smokey, bourbon soaked, elegant, and somewhate soberless voice is nothing short of amazing. With her last true attempt at an original album being almost 6 years ago, the suspense couldn’t be any tighter for what her next move will be. I’ll tell ya one thing, I’m sure these three lads at LxL will be drooling over it.

6. G.O.O.D Music Compilation

With an unprecendented amount of acts and unstoppable artists that reside under the G.O.O.D. label this days (Kanye, John Legend, Common, Big Sean, Kid Cudi, Mos Def, Pusha T, etc.), the G.O.O.D. compilation album is sure to be THE gem of 2012. I don’t see it possibly dissapointing anyone, no matter how high the bar is set.

5. Animal Collective

Merriwheather Post Pavilion is going to be a tough one to beat for sure. With Animal Collective’s distinct ability to evolve without straying too far off course, I’m sure they will pull something out of a hat that will please, terrify, and captivate all of their fans.

4. M.I.A.

With the general disappointment of MAYA, M.I.A. really has nowhere to go but up. I personally loved her last efforts, and have never been let-down by the Sri Lankan beauty. To some, it will be an attempt to overcome her pregnancy slump. To me, this next album will just be improving on a great thing.

3. Kanye West

If more than just random tweets from Kanye showed verifiable proof of this album being released in ’12, it would absolutely be our #1. Since there isn’t, it waits in the 3-spot. We all know it will be perfect, and that Kanye will somehow revolutionize yet another album release that will go much under appreciated. With such a hard act to follow from Fantasy, Ye just may go a lil bigger still.

2. Dirty Projectors

Probably the toughest album to follow up in recent years will be Bitte Orca. The phenomenal whirlwind of music and vocals is going to be extremely difficult to top. Like I said before, I could see the crew veering off and doing something crazy and almost unbearable with their next album. Let’s hope for our sake, they try and top their “thus-far magnum-opus”.

1. Sleigh Bells

THIS. ALBUM. IS. ABOUT. TO. UNLEASH. TERROR … and we simply can’t wait any longer for it.

Our just missed …

Wes – Lower Dens

I personally don’t know much about them, but if Wes says to listen to them, you damn well better.

Todd – Screaming Females

If you haven’t hear of them yet, you will after this year. I feel like this upcoming album will launch the female-led post-punk band into a much larger fan-base. For proof of that, and a preview of a few new songs, go here.

Austin – Dr. Dre’s Detox

Just the mention of this album split the room at LxL in half, and with the argument quickly spinning to whether or not Dre was truly worth a damn due to his poor previous album performances (personal opinion) and his shitty headphones (worldwide opinion), it ended by Wes trying not to take sides, but merely calming Knepp and I back down. Had we not been arguing over a Skype-chat and been in the same room, I’m sure one of us (probably me) would be needing hospital care at the moment. Never mind Dre’s feeble and fallen promises year after year, Knepp still eagerly awaits Detox like a child waiting for his deadbeat father to take him on that “fishing” trip he’s always promising. Well, I don’t have the heart to tell him that it probably won’t happen again this year, but if you want to crush his spirit, you go right ahead.

So there is the list. Let us know what we unforgivably missed, or got right, but still feel free to just rip on us in general.

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7 thoughts on “Top Ten Thursday: Most Anticipated Albums of 2012”

  1. Between Kanye and Outkast, what would be your true number 1? I mean you said ‘if this was this then this would be #1″ twice.

    1. Kanye…but not by much. Andre has fed a steady diet of fantastic guest verses lately to whet my appetite, and Sir Luscious Left Foot was a close second for me to Fantasy in 2010. Even with the forces reuniting, Kanye needs to put out something lackluster to knock him off his current pedestal.

      1. MBDTF and Watch the Throne wasn’t enough?

        3 Stacks has had quite a few guest verses lately, but I don’t recall anything with Daddy Fat Sacks lately which is disappointing. Those two go together like peanut butter and jelly.

    2. Outkast would be be mine. I have more confidence that Kanye will come out with an album, and %100 confidence on how awesome it will be. However, Outkast has been out of the game for so long that my hunger pangs for an album from them is a bit greater than my hunger Ye.

  2. It’s hard to disagree with most of this list. If Outkast actually drops an album, I put as #1 by a wide wide margin. Ye will no doubt break new ground. This is the first I have heard of the new GOOD album, but that lineup is stellar and will be really creative with the different skill sets featured. Now for your #1, Sleigh Bells is going to be incredible. I hopped on her train a little later but she is nuts LIVE and I am sure this new album will not disappoint. MIA would round out my top 5.

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