What makes the following albums all “Masterpieces?” Well, it’s simple. Each of them tell a lyrically interesting and musically inspiring tale that is completely unique to their respective genres. From Psychedelic Rock to Hip Hop, or Dream Pop to Punk Rock, each album on this list is filled with Meaning and Clarity of Vision.
Whether it’s a story about an introverted gangster growing up in the Ghetto, or a tale regarding the corruption of political officials, Mr Psychedelic’s TOP 15 ALBUMS OF 2012 have earned their spot as some of the best music in years. In 2010, neo-psychedelia band MGMT’s “Congratulations” placed #1 and in 2011, singer Adele’s 21 and Arctic Monkeys’ Suck it And See tied for Gold.
What band takes home the Bronze, Silver and Gold for 2012? Check out the list BELOW to find out and be sure to “Like” & “Reblog” if you Agree :)
#15. NOCTOURNIQUET by THE MARS VOLTA
The Mars Volta’s sixth and final studio album - released March 26th in the genre of Progressive Rock (Notable Tracks off ‘Noctourniquet’: Empty Vessels Make the Loudest Sound, Aegis, Noctourniquet, In Absentia, The Whip Hand)
#14. THE LOOKING AWAY by ANIMAL KINGDOM
Animal Kingdom’s second studio album - released May 8th in the genre of Indie Pop (Notable Tracks off ‘The Looking Away’: Get Away With It, The Wave, White Sparks, Strange Attractor)
#13. THE MONEY STORE by DEATH GRIPS
Death Grip’s first studio album - released April 21st in the genre of Experimental Hip-Hip (Notable Tracks off ’The Money Store’: I’ve Seen Footage, Get Got, Double Helix, The Fever )
#12. BEARD, WIVES, DENIM by POND
Pond’s fourth studio album - released March 2nd in the genre of Psychedelic Rock (Notable Tracks off ’Beard, Wives, Denim’: You Broke My Cool, Fantastic Explosion of Time, Moth Wings)
#11. THE HAUNTED MAN by BAT FOR LASHES
Bat for Lashes’ third studio album - released October 11th in the genre of Baroque Pop (Notable Tracks off ’The Haunted Man’: Winter Fields, Horses of the Sun, Laura, All Your Gold, Marilyn)
#10. BLUNDERBUSS by JACK WHITE (from the White Stripes)
Jack White’s first solo album - released April 23rd in the genre of Blues Rock (Notable Tracks off ’Blunderbuss’: Freedom At 21, Love Interruption, Sixteen Saltines)
#09. GOOD KID, M.A.A.D CITY by KENDRICK LAMAR
Kendrick Lamar’s second studio album - released October 22nd in the genre of West Coast hip hop (Notable Tracks off ’good kid, m.A.A.d city’: Sherane a.k.a. Master Splinter’s Daughter, Good Kid, Sing About Me I’m Dying of Thirst)
#08. THE STICKS by MOTHER MOTHER
Mother Mother’s fourth studio album - released September 18th in the genre of Alternative Rock (Notable Tracks off ’The Sticks’: Little Pistol, Bit by Bit, The Sticks, To the Wild)
#07. AN AWESOME WAVE by ALT-J
Alt-J’s first studio album - released May 25th in the genre of Psychedelic Folk (Notable Tracks off ’An Awesome Wave’: Tessellate, Interlude 2, Breezeblocks, Something Good, Fitzpleasure)
#06. THE TEMPER TRAP by THE TEMPER TRAP
The Temper Trap’s second studio album - released May 18th in the genre of Indie Rock (Notable Tracks off ’The Temper Trap’: This Isn’t Happiness, London’s Burning, Trembling Hands, The Sea Is Calling, Rabbit Hole)
#05. DEAD SILENCE by BILLY TALENT
Billy Talent’s fourth studio album - released September 11th in the genre of Punk Rock (Notable Tracks off ’Dead Silence’: Crooked Minds, Lonely Road to Absolution, Surprise Surprise, Cure for the Enemy, Don’t Count on the Wicked)
#04. SHIELDS by GRIZZLY BEAR
Grizzly Bear’s fourth studio album - released September 18th in the genre of Psychedelic Folk (Notable Tracks off ’Shields’: Speak In Rounds, Gun-Shy, Yet Again, Sleeping Ute, A Simple Answer)
#03. CENTIPEDE HZ by ANIMAL COLLECTIVE ( B R O N Z E )
Animal Collective’s ninth studio album - released September 4th in the genre of Experimental Rock (Notable Tracks off ’Centipede Hz’: Applesauce, Father Time, Rosie Oh, Amanita, New Town Burnout, Today’s Supernatural)
#02. BLOOM by BEACH HOUSE ( S I L V E R )
Beach House’s fourth studio album - released May 15th in the genre of Dream Pop (Notable Tracks off ’Bloom’: Lazuli, Myth, New Year, Troublemaker, The Hours, Wild)
#01. LONERISM by TAME IMPALA ( G O L D )
Tame Impala’s second studio album - released October 5th in the genre of Neo-psychedelia (Notable Tracks off ’Lonerism’: Elephant, Beverly Laurel, Endors Toi, Apocalypse Dreams, Feels Like We Only Go Backwards, Keep On Lying, Sun’s Coming Up)
This year, Australian psychedelic rock band Tame Impala’s 2012 album LONERISM takes home the Gold, followed closely by Beach House’s BLOOM and then Animal Collective’s CENTIPEDE HZ. All albums on this list are worth listening to and tell an epic, introspective and entertaining story. If you haven’t already, check out some of the “Notable Tracks” from each album.
Thanks to band’s like these 15 the evolution of music treks on.
Honourable Mention: Swing Lo Magellan by Dirty Projectors, Koi No Yokan by Deftones, The Idler Wheel… by Fiona Apple, Love At the Bottom of the Sea by The Magnetic Fields, Unapologetic by Rihanna, Channel Orange by Frank Ocean, Melody’s Echo Chamber by Melody’s Echo Chamber, Valtari by Sigur Ros,Coexist by The xx & Born to Die by Lana Del Rey
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Check out this AMAZING NEW MUSIC VIDEO from rock band Animal Kingdom -
“WHITE SPARKS” off their new album The Looking Away ENJOY!!!
Amazing song by British rock band Animal Kingdom called Get Away With It. I hear it’s in the new critically-acclaimed video game Sleeping Dogs and it’s becoming really popular because of it :D Enjoy!!
If you like this song, check out the band’s 2012 second studio album The Looking Away
Very cool video by the alternative rock band Animal Kingdom. This is their first single titled “Strange Attractor” off their upcoming second studio album The Looking Away (May 8)