Top 60 Albums of 2012 (60-41)

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QRO’s year-end list reflects the oddity and diversity of 2012 – the year the world didn’t end. Lots of releases, little agreement – it was 2012:

60 The Wedding Present
Valentina

David Gedge’s old stuff ain’t all of his that’s great.
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The Wedding Present : Valentina
59 Cloud Nothings
Attack On Memory

Youth angst that’s anything but immature.
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Cloud Nothings : Attack On Memory
58 Joyce the Librarian
They May Put Land Between Us

Librarians produce great folk musicians, June Tabor being one.
Joyce the Librarian : They May Put Land Between Us
57 CHAPPO
Moonwater

Brooklyn’s neu-psych/glam contingent makes magic wherever it goes – Moonwater is a keeper.
CHAPPO : Moonwater
56 Garbage
Not Your Kind of People

More so than many other ‘comeback’ albums, showed audiences that Garbage still has it and really never went anywhere.
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Garbage : Not Your Kind of People
55 Walk the Moon
Walk the Moon

‘The Song of the Summer’ – and more…
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Walk the Moon : Walk the Moon
54 The Avett Brothers
The Carpenter

Authentic and original country-folk.
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The Avett Brothers : The Carpenter
53 Shearwater
Animal Joy

Nothing Shearwater has done has ever disappointed, yet this is still somehow the masterpiece.
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Shearwater : Animal Joy
52 Eight and a Half
Eight and a Half
All the best alt-star collaborations are from Canada.
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Eight and a Half : Eight and a Half
51 House of Heroes
Cold Hard Want

Even if you were just exposed to them this year, Cold Hard Want is as hard rocking and catchy as ever.
House of Heroes : Cold Hard Want
50 Disappears
Pre Language

Their kraut-garage mix works well in any language, or in none.
Disappears : Pre Language
49 Escort
Escort

Each and every track is a toe tapper. That can’t be said of many albums.
Escort : Escort
48 Maccabees
Given To the Wild

A still-young band easily rising in Brit-rock cred & love.
Maccabees : Given To the Wild
47 White Birds
When Women Played Drums

Judging from the public apology single “I Had a Dream I Did Everything Right”, it’s been a rough year for White Birds’ James Harvey. Here’s to a happier 2013 for an amazing songwriter.
White Birds : When Women Played Drums
46 Thieving Irons
Behold, This Dreamer!

QRO favorite Nate Martinez delivers intelligently and exquisitely on his second Thieving record.
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Thieving Irons : Behold, This Dreamer!
45 Nada Surf
The Stars Are Indifferent To Astronomy

Yeah, Nada Surf are still around – and still great.
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Nada Surf : The Stars Are Indifferent To Astronomy
44 The Fresh & Onlys
Long Slow Dance

Melodic, sweet, expansive: a perfect pop love letter straight from the heart.
The Fresh & Onlys : Long Slow Dance
43 Zambri
House of Baasa

Electronic sisters do it oh so well on all fronts.
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Zambri : House of Baasa
42 Wild Nothing
Nocturne

The finest of the fuzzy rock eighties revival.
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Wild Nothing : Nocturne
41 Trampled By Turtles
Stars and Satellites

On the leading edge of the modern bluegrass revival.
Trampled by Turtles : Stars and Satellites

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