10.) Every Time I Die- Ex Lives Ex Lives is a loud thrashing album. One of those albums that just makes you want to break something. Keith Buckley is ferocious on vocals unleashing his trademark screams as well as some clean vocals. Every Time I Die remain the only metal band i'll listen too. The blend of hardcore and metal make this one of my favorite albums of the year
9.) Circa Survive-Violent Waves
Circa Survive's latest album is it's most experimental. the album mantains a very spacey vibe and is definatitely Circa's most mellow album. They contintue to push themselves as artists and have never sounded better. The standout track for me here is The Lottery, which features guest vocas from Geoff Rickley of Thursday
8.) All Time Low- Don't Panic
After the massive dissapointment that was the sugary pop Dirty Work. All Time Low return to form with Don't Panic. Alex Gaskarth has never sounded better and the album features some of his best lyrics. The singe somewhere in neverland is a favorite. The most standout part of the record for me is Rian Dawson's drumming, Rian really shines throughout the record.
7.) Mumford and Sons-Babel
Mumford and Sons broke out with Sigh No More and didnt reinvent the wheel with Babel, they continued with their distinct take on folk music by making a record that is simply addicting to listen to.
6.) Passion Pit-Gossamer
Passion Pit has the unique ability to take the most depressing lyrics and put them to some whimicsical upbeat music. The lead singer's mental health struggle really shines through in the lyrics. Make no mistake Gossamer is a very very dark album thematically, yet the sugary sounding music makes the album such a joy to listen to.
5.) Vacationer- Gone
Starting Line Vocalist (and noted stoner) Ken Vasoli expanded his musical horizons past pop punk and indie rock and experiments in trance and dream pop with his latest project. Ken has always had a very distinct voice in the pop punk scene. Gone is the most chill record of 2012. Its perfect for a summer day or as the band name implies a vaction. The album literally makes you feel like your hangin on a beach somewhere. Check out the songs trip and everyone knows.
4.) Frank Ocean- channel ORANGE channel ORANGE is my favorite R&B album since Confessions. Frank Ocean silky smooth voice and heartfelt lyrics crafted an album that signaled frank has a chance to become one of the most important artists in the next decade.
3.) fun.-Some Nights
fun was everywhere this year. Nate Ruess cemented his legacy as one of the brightest minds in pop music with this record. Taking inspiration from Kanye West, the guys in fun showed us that addicting pop music doesnt have to be mindless lyrics set to a dance beat. although i still maintain their debut album is better, Some Nights contains the best pop song written in years, in the title track. there is no other band out there making pop music like fun does.
2.) Yellowcard- Southern Air Southern Air is the best yellowcard album yet. Where there return album When You're Through Thinking Say Yes felt like yellowcard was playing it safe and sticking with their guns, Southern Air is Yellowcard cranked to 11. They've never sounded bigger, the guitars soar and LP kills it on the kit. Sean Mackin proves its possible to shred on a violin, seriously check out his solo in Always Summer. Ryan Key offers his most honest lyrics to date, especially in the heart breaking Ten. The album has the best album opener and closer in any album this year. Awakening and Southern Air are huuuuuge sounding tracks. This album is the prototypical blast in the car with the windows down album
1.) The Gaslight Anthem- Handwritten
Simply put, Handwritten is how a rock and roll album should sound. It's a throwback rock and roll sound that belongs in the middle of a springsteen and tom petty playlist. Brian Fallon continues to pen my favorite lyrics. In the title track, which happens to be the best song on the album, fallon sings my favorite lyrics of the year “Here in the dark I cherish the moonlight / I’m in love with the way you’re in love with the night / And it travels from heart, to limb, to pen.” Musically, this album is a guitar playing clinic. there are rifts a plenty thoughout this upbeat album. This album sounds amazing on vinyl, fitting as the gaslight anthem are a throwback to rock and roll of yesterday. Handwritten is an album our generation will look back on as one of the most important rock and roll albums of the 2000's