Top Ten Thursday: Best Albums of 2012….so far

It is a little over halfway through 2012 and a large breadth of music has been released in this time.  This of course means that it is time to list what, in our opinion, are the best albums so far this year.  We do this not to proselytize our readers into congratulating us on our superb music tastes, but instead to evaluate the current musical landscape.  Today’s list will also provide some loose guidelines for when we do make our end of the year list – although it is merely a predictor and not definitive on how we will feel at the end of the year.
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Chromatics Review: Kill For Love

Chromatics

Killmatics for Love

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Opening with a cover of Neil Young’s “Hey Hey My My (Into the Black)”, or any Neil Young song for that matter, is a move that most bands would not even attempt.  Even if a band did decide to cover the Neil track, they most likely would bury at the end of an album, just in case it went over poorly.  Chromatics, on the other hand, decided to take a path that was most bold, and proudly display their toned-down, ethereal version of the Crazy Horse-aided classic at the forefront of their new double LP, Kill for Love.  Chromatics version, “Into the Black”, does what any good cover does, and adds a nice change of the pace to the original without completely deconstructing everything that makes the original so amazing.  Gone are the electric guitar chords dropping like a hammer, and in is some well-placed sparse piano and a little synthesizer.  Also, a good contrast to the original are the pretty  vocals of Ruth Radelet, who trades off vocal duties with bandleader Johnny Jewel throughout the album. 

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