This year is shaping up to be a great one for new music. It’s only May, yet I’ve already managed to come up with a list of 10 albums from 2012 that I’ve fallen in love with.
We’ve had some great psyche-rock records from veterans Richard Hawley and Paul Weller, swooning country from James Levy and The Blood Red Rose, dark, anthemic tales from Last Harbour, melancholy ballads from Crybaby, brooding electro-blues-rock from Mark Lanegan, sweet gospel-soul from Spiritualized, greasy garage from ’50s throwbacks The Long Insiders, sunshine pop from The Explorers Club and haunting, introspective sounds from Ian Webber.
It’s been one hell of a ride. Here’s to the rest of the year. Who knows what it will have in store?
1) Richard Hawley – Standing At The Sky’s Edge
2) James Levy and The Blood Red Rose – Pray To Be Free
3) Crybaby – Crybaby
4) Paul Weller – Sonik Kicks
5) Mark Lanegan Band – Blues Funeral