LxL’s Best Albums of 2012

Top 20 Best Albums of 2012 including El-P, Jack White, and Fiona Apple

2012 turned out to be a pretty great year in music.  I think all three of us would agree the offerings in 2012 were deep in really good albums, without many albums rising to the level of true greatness.  That being said, I think I would rather have a pool of 60-80 really good albums come out in a year than 9-10 great albums.  Around here, we like variety, and we certainly got it this year.  There was a surprisingly surge of good hip-hop released in the second half of the year (Killer Mike, Nas, Meek Mill).  There was the long-awaited return of all-timer female singer songwriter types (Fiona Apple, Cat Power, Regina Spektor).  And there were also several much-anticipated sophomore wide releases (Sleigh Bells, Tame Impala, Beach House, Twin Shadow).  All in all, there may not have been a lot of perfect albums this year, but it was still a great year in music.  Enjoy the top 20.
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Flying Lotus Review: Until the Quiet Comes

Flying Lotus
Until the Quiet Comes

Flying Lotus, Until the Quiet Comes, album cover art

If you missed our top ten list last week, we focused on our favorite descendants of musicians. Had we optioned all family members and not only on direct descendants, Flying Lotus would have neared the top of our list. The great-nephew of the late John and Alice Coltrane, Flying Lotus has seemed to have pulled heavily from his great aunt and uncles jazzy gene pool. Combining old styles of free form jazz with a new electronic sound may not be completely originally attributed to Flying Lotus, but he has certainly mastered and popularized it. One reason I love jazz is because of its ambiguity. It has so much room for imagination and interpretation. It doesn’t force you to think any one certain way, it allows you to feel and create your own use for the music. There are moments in this album that feel so tense and claustrophobic that it makes me feel so anxious I need a cigarette (and I don’t smoke), but by the next song I am relaxing on a beach with a Corona in hand. Seamlessly fusing an album of this nature together is an accomplishment all on its own. The fun that comes with it is just the icing on the cake.

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