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Gregory Robson

Written by: Gregory Robson (12/03/12)
I really don't like making these lists. I hate whittling stuff down and narrowing it into such a thin frame. But alas it has to happen. Truth be told there are probably 20 to 30 records I've left off this list but the brain can only process so much. So without further ado, here goes, 1-30.

1. Frank Ocean - Channel Orange
2. John Mayer - Born and Raised
3. Jens Lekman - I Know What Love Isn't
4. Kendrick Lamar - good kid, M.A.A.D. city
5. Japandroids - Celebration Rock
6. Tame Impala - Lonerism
7. Bruce Springsteen - Wrecking Ball
8. Macklemore and Ryan Lewis - The Heist
9. Gary Clark Jr. - Blak and Blu
10. Rayland Baxter - Feathers and Fishhooks

The Deets Many have said that Channel Orange sags in places, for me, it's pretty darn near perfect. Mayer swang for the fences and knocked it out of the park in every sense. Lekman is a personal fave who crafted his finest record to date. Lamar just really knows what he's doing and makes no excuses. Celebration Rock is the most fun in rock music since I don't know when. Lonerism redefines how to craft an album. The Boss still has it and Wrecking Ball is proof. The Heist is a beast of a disc and something truly special. GCJ is everything that's right about music. Rayland Baxter is an unknown gem who will dominate the Americana circuit for years to come.


11. Lord Huron - Lonesome Dreams
12. Jack White - Blunderbuss
13. Grizzly Bear - Shields
14. Norah Jones - Little Broken Hearts
15. Sharon Van Etten - Tramp
16. Alabama Shakes - Boys and Girls
17. The Avett Brothers - The Carpenter
18. The Maccabees - Given to the Wild
19. Beach House -Bloom
20. Tanlines - Mixed Emotions

Explanation Lonesome Dreams is a rare gem. Blunderbuss is more genius from one of music's savants. Shields is sleepy but gorgeous. Little Broken Hearts is criminally overlooked. Tramp dazzles from start to finish. Boys and Girls will be looked back on even more favorably as the years go by, trust me. The Carpenter is gorgeous, dayum, they know how to arrange a pretty song. Given to the Wild is getting little credit and deserves tons. Bloom is breathtaking. Mixed Emotions feels like my personal soundtrack for 2012.


21. Muse - The 2nd Law
22. The Killers- Battle Born
23. Civil Twilight - Holy Weather
24. Rufus Wainwright - Out of the Game
25. Benjamin Gibbard - Former Lives
26. Fiona Apple - The Idler Wheel….
27. Goodnight Texas - A Long Life of Living
28. Yeasayer - Fragrant World
29. Gregory Pepper and His Problems - Escape From Crystal Skull Mountain
30. The Eastern Sea - Plague

The Skinny The 2nd Law was daring and dynamic, enough said. Battle Born is brilliant, from start to finish. Holy Weather is just the tip of the iceberg, this band can do so much more. Out of the Game is one of Rufus' best, being a father has made him a better songwriter. Former Lives is getting no love and it's such a darn shame, such a good disc. The Idler Wheel is getting too much credit but when it's good, it's scary how good it is. Nobody knows Goodnight Texas and that's a damn shame, the band is in a league all their own. Fragrant World is proof that Yeasayer are not a one-shot deal. Gregory Pepper is criminally overlooked and this album is one of the best pop records Brian Wilson never wrote. Plague reads like a novel and is just an absolute monster of a record.


20 Other Good Ones
31. Alt -J - An Awesome Wave
32. Chairlift - Something
33. Delicate Steve - Positive Force
34. Reptar - Body Faucet
35. Cloud Nothings - Attack on Memory
36. Ellie Goulding - Halcyon
37. Geographer - Myth
38. Father John Misty - Fear Fun
39. Van She - Idea of Happiness
40. Jessie Baylin - Little Spark

41. Sola-Mi: Nexus: Music From the Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
42. Garrison Starr - Amateur
43. Robert Francis - Strangers in the First Place
44. Arkells - Michigan Left
45. Meshell Ndegeocello: Pour une âme souverain
46. Kathleen Edwards - Voyageur
47. Mumford and Sons - Babel
48. The Lumineers - The Lumineers
49. Cat Power - Sun
50. Dirty Projectors - Swing Lo Magellan
 
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07:51 AM on 01/01/13
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Craig Manning
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Your list and write ups are a master class in concision that I didn't follow at all, haha. But I love doing lists so I suppose that makes sense. In any case, glad we share more than a few records (especially Baxter--good call there) and I look forward to checking out the rest of these.
01:50 PM on 01/01/13
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Great list!
06:37 PM on 01/01/13
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Boom!
05:43 AM on 01/02/13
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Nice list, man. Thought you were high on Stepdad though!
12:58 PM on 01/02/13
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Rayland Baxter!
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