Monday, 24 December 2012

The Top 20 Albums Of 2012

Chosen by kev@thesoundofconfusion.co.uk

A splendid year for music, so let's cut to the chase. Here are The Sound Of Confusion's top 20 albums of 2012, check out our North Of England Correspondent's choices too, and be sure to check out our top 30 tracks of the year! They're even better than the fine array of songs you'll find below. Happy listening!


20) Her Vanished Grace - Star-Crossed


IN BRIEF: "Power dream pop" that aims high and gets there, these should be shoegaze legends by now. Read our review


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19) Exitmusic - Passage


IN BRIEF: What a voice. Spellbinding dreampop including the titanic 'The Modern Age'. Read our review



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18) Triptides - Sun Pavilion


IN BRIEF: Lo-fi and twangy, highly addictive modern surf-guitar tunes. Read our review



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17) Tender Trap - Ten Songs About Girls


IN BRIEF: Catchy and melodic indiepop carried out with distinction. Read our review



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16) The Vaccines - Come Of Age


IN BRIEF: Uncool? Maybe, but great guitar-pop all the way through. Read our review



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15) Beach House - Bloom


IN BRIEF: Continuing what 'Teen Dream' started. Why change such an amazing formula? Read our review



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14) Cheval Sombre - Mad Love


IN BRIEF: Sonic Boom-assisted psychedelic "folkgaze" for space travellers. Read our review



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13) DIIV - Oshin


IN BRIEF: Misty-eyed sunshine post-punk put through a shoegaze filter. Read our review



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12) Mummy Short Arms - Old Jack's Windowless Playhouse


IN BRIEF: Psychotic and experimental alt-rock brilliance with added diversity. Read our review


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11) Exlovers - Moth


IN BRIEF: Jangly indie of just about every kind, cooked to perfection. Read our review



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10) The Raveonettes - Observator


IN BRIEF: Denmark's finest serve up another platter of fuzz-coated dark pop hits. Read our review



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9) Strawberry Whiplash - Hits In The Car


IN BRIEF: Vintage sounding indiepop with heavenly melodies start to finish. Read our review



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8) Dead Mellotron - Glitter


IN BRIEF: Reverberating, psychedelic krautrock brought up to date. Read our review



Dead Mellotron's website

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7) Being There - Breaking Away


IN BRIEF: Wonderfully sparkling guitar tunes for instant pop thrills. Read our review


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6) Parastatic - Lost Highway


IN BRIEF: Motorik beats taking on analogue electronics with superb results. Read our review


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5) Documenta - Drone Pop #2


IN BRIEF: Accurately named, Spacemen 3-influenced sonic adventuring. Read our review



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4) Allo Darlin' - Europe


IN BRIEF: Non-stop amazing guitar-pop tunes, stunningly pretty. Read our review


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3) Tennis - Young & Old 



IN BRIEF: Just a year after the exquisite debut, another box of delights. Beautiful. Read our review



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2) Yeti Lane - The Echo Show


IN BRIEF: A giant leap forward, a future kraut/drone/shoegaze/dreampop classic. Read our review



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1) Spiritualized - Sweet Heart Sweet Light


IN BRIEF: Another masterpiece from Jason Pierce. Enough said. Read our review



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