My Best Album of 2012

Brandon Hedrick, Staff Writer

2012 was a great year for music. At this time last year, I heard about a ton of new releases that got me stoked. The first one I really heard about was Sleigh Bells, and of course, I bought it. I own 78% of all of these albums, and they all cost me a pretty penny. Some were gifts, and some I ended up getting free through my work.

Contenders:

  1. Die Antwood – Ten$ion
  2. Sleigh Bells – Reign of Terror
  3. Fun – Some Nights
  4. Pink Floyd- The Wall (re-release)
  5. The Cranberries – Roses
  6. Fireflight – Now
  7. Say Anything – Anarchy, My Dear
  8. One Direction – Up All Night
  9. Meshuggah – Koloss
  10. DEV – The Night The Sun Came Up
  11. Iron Maiden – En Vivo!
  12. The All-American Rejects – Kids In The Street
  13. Thousand Foot Krutch – The End Is Where We Begin
  14. Tenacious D – Rize of the Phoenix
  15. Rush – Clockwork Angels
  16. Smashing Pumpkins – Oceania
  17. Maroon 5 – Overexposed
  18. Passion Pit – Gossamer
  19. Blur – Blur 21
  20. Bob Dylan – Tempest
  21. Carly Rae Jepsen – Kiss
  22. Ellie Goulding – Halycon
  23. Green Day – Uno, Dos, Tres, Cuatro
  24. Ke$ha – Warrior
  25. Rage Against the Machine – XX
  26. Muse – The Second Law

I’m going to cut out a couple, just because they are re-releases. Pink Floyd’s The Wall is out first, because it’s a re-release, and it’s been the greatest album for many years in the past. XX by Rage Against the Machine gets the ax, too, for the same reason. I’m pretty sure I’d give AOTY to XX if it weren’t a re-release.

Die Antwood doesn’t get it because I barely consider it music. The album was pretty amazing for a white guy trying to rap, don’t get me wrong. Sleigh Bells was pretty good, too, for being a trancehop album.  Some Nights was a great album as well, so it gets to stay. The Cranberries album has to go, as it was essentially a rehash of an old album. Fireflight gets to stay, simply because of my past with the band and their music. Say Anything gets to stay, too, because the album left me speechless.

Now, One Direction gets to stay. That’s right, I do enjoy One Direction. Surprise, surprise, surprise. They’re good summer music, so I let them pass.

Meshuggah gets the ax. I heard about these guys through work, and I’ve even spoken to them, so I get their music and the messages. It just wasn’t my album of 2012. DEV gets to pass, simply because I really do like that genre of music. She’s beautiful, and knows what to say and how to say it. Pass. Iron Maiden, although they’re one of my favorites of all time, gets the ax. It seemed like a mostly live album, and I hate live albums. But it was good, as far as live albums go.

All-American Rejects get to pass through, because I love the album and them. Thousand Foot Krutch gets a big pass for me, because it was just a well-made album. Tenacious D doesn’t pass, because it wasn’t as good as previous albums. Rush also gets the ax. It just wasn’t as good as Moving Pictures or 2112. Smashing Pumpkins also loses for the same reason as Rush, this album just didn’t cut it.

I think I’ve drawn it out long enough. If you’ve read this far, congratulations, I applaud you. The winner of my personal best album of the year goes to…… Alright, I have to draw it out a bit more. The whole list was pretty good, and it’s taken days of thinking, but the greatest album of 2012 goes to Muse.

The Second Law combines some of my favorite things. The title of the album refers to the second law of thermodynamics. I enjoy science, Muse themselves, and nearly everything else about this album. Actually, Muse is coming to town pretty soon, so expect the concert review.

Overall, it was a terribly tough call. This year was harder than most years that I’ve ever had to think of. My congratulations go out to Muse.

That’s all I have for today, and probably for a while, so have a good one everybody. Oh yeah, and welcome back.