Monday, 31 December 2012

Our Favourite Albums of 2012 - The Top 30

2012's been a fantastic year - both for us (starting up this very blog on 21st August) and for music - having been to 11 gigs this year, we've seen more live music than in any previous years! These have been some of the inspiration behind our Top 30 chart - here are the albums which have made 2012 a great year in the world of indie and alternative music.

Of course, there are several albums we would have liked to have added to the list, but we can't include everything! So if you think this chart commits a couple of music injustices, feel free to let us know what you'd change. Anyway, here's to 2012 - and let's hope that 2013 can match this year's abundance of amazing albums (though that shouldn't be difficult - with Foals, Darwin Deez, Biffy Clyro, Vampire Weekend and Everything Everything announcing comeback albums, and new talent from the likes of Splashh, Novella, Dan Croll, S O H N and Swim Deep to name a few, this is already looking promising!)

All the best for the new year,
Isabella and Felicity - On The Jukebox

Now on with the countdown...

30 - The Temper Trap
The Temper Trap
29 - Battle Born
The Killers

28 - My Head Is An Animal
Of Monsters And Men
27 - The Only Place
Best Coast

26 - America Give Up
25 - All Our Favourite Stories
Dog Is Dead

24 - In Our Heads
Hot Chip
23 - Observator
The Raveonettes

22 - 2:54
21 - Into The Diamond Sun
Stealing Sheep

20 - Port Of Morrow
The Shins
19 - Babel
Mumford & Sons

18 - Coexist
The xx
17 - Gossamer
Passion Pit

16 - Manifest!
15 - To The Treetops!
Team Me

14 - Shields
Grizzly Bear
13 - Family
The Cast Of Cheers

12 - Four
Bloc Party
11 - Come Of Age
The Vaccines

10 - Walk The Moon
Walk The Moon
9 - Endless Flowers

8 - Django Django
Django Django

7 - Enjoy It While It Lasts

6 - Lonerism
Tame Impala

 5 - Life Is Elsewhere
Little Comets
Newcastle's Little Comets returned to the indie scene in October 2012 with Life Is Elsewhere. Having released an album the year before, many worried they hadn't spent long enough writing. But Life Is Elsewhere proved to be some of their best work yet!

4 - Beacon
Two Door Cinema Club
The NI-based trio returned this year with their gem of a sophomore album, Beacon. Packed with catchy choruses and energetic guitar riffs, this didn't deviate too far from the band's debut, Tourist History, but nonetheless displayed a more mature sound than in the previous album.

 3 - Oshin
An obscure debut album from Zachary Cole Smith's (of Beach Fossils fame) new band, having received little publicity - but good ratings from music critics. Oshin celebrates guitars (which are a more prominent feature than vocals), bringing back The Cure-esque post-punk; a much needed revival.

 2 - Given To The Wild
The Maccabees

The Maccabees released their third studio album in early 2012, leaving a lasting impression on existing fans and new fans alike. A more powerful sound overall, the band have expanded on their previously more 'Indie' albums, and created 13 tracks of brilliance.  

 1 - An Awesome Wave
Alt-J (∆)
This debut album has deservedly made it to first place: it is refreshingly different to most current alternative acts. Each song tells a different story; from Breezeblocks, which depicts an obsessive relationship, to Taro, the story of a real-life photographer. This is, in our opinion, the number 1 album of 2012.

Isabella and Felicity, OTJ x