My top albums of 2012
Seeing as my funds for purchasing new music have run dry, I’ve drawn a line under a fantastic year for music and decided on my top 12.
This didn’t really take me long to put together, my favourite albums of 2012 are quite clear. There are some omissions that other may find strange (Rush, Marillion) but it’s my list and it’s for me to choose who goes on my list …. so there
Big Big Train is my stand out album which is no surprise and the others follow in a random order.
Big Big Train – English Electric
Simply stunning throughout. Not as epic as The Underfall Yard but a timeless English masterpiece evoking village greens, stone walls and fields but tinged with darkness and seriousness …. a true classic
Steve Hackett – Genesis Revisted II
A beautiful re-working of some classic Genesis and Hackett songs. Not quite a homage as new vocals add variance. Beautifully produced and a sonic wonder as Hacketts guitar is brought right to the front of the mix
Pineapple Thief – All the Wars
Classy, snappy prog-pop wonderfully produced with a raw edge of emotion throughout – superb.
Nine Stones Close – One Eye on the Sunrise
The second NST album and a tremendous effort with atmosphere, great guitars and an absolute killer track in ‘Frozen Moment’. Hints of Gilmour, Page and others but has it’s own sound.
It Bites – Map of the Past
A glorious pop-prog masterpiece with a hefty whack of emotion thrown in – catchy as hell.
The Rumour Cubes – The Narrow State
Beautifully layered string instruments build to guitar crescendos reminiscent of Mono at their best – ‘The Gove Curve’ is a track to die for.
Anathema – Weather Systems
Emotion, power, beauty, wonder – what else can you say ?
Storm Corrosion – Storm Corrosion
Quirky, low-key, strange, inventive and an album I keep returning to time after time but somehow can never play the whole thing through in one sitting…..
Headspace – I am Anonymous
Powerful, edgy new rock of the highest order. Well-structured songs, great production and a very, very convincing album. Excellent
Twilights Embrace – Traces (EP)
A stunning EP with tight, hard songs infused with Anathema moods, Opeth growls and a mood and atmosphere all it’s own. A great surprise.
Neal Morse – Momentum
A late entrant and gloriously rowdy and upbeat album of brilliant musicianship – cracking stuff.
Echolyn – Echolyn
A stunner. Reflective, clever, tricky, tuneful – a grower.
So there you go !
All the best to everyone for the coming festive season and I hope you continue to discover, enjoy and share the wonderful music that is being created in this very special time.