With 2012 coming to an end it is time for me to do another generic top ten countdown to signify what I thought were the best albums of the year. Any comments as to what you believe the actual top ten are welcome along with things you liked and didn’t like about the list. Without further ado let the countdown begin.
10) Aerosmith -Music From Another Dimension
Aerosmith is a band that is simply out of this world and they proved that further with their 2012 album Music From Another Dimension. This album is classic Aerosmith attitude with more modern songs to help demonstrate that these guys can still rock.
9) Yellowcard – Southern Air
It has been a long time since Yellowcard has had a mega hit like Ocean Avenue but this band is still cranking out incredible pop rock music. Southern Air is Yellowcard’s eighth studio album and with tracks like Awakening it might be their best album yet.
8) Smashing Pumpkins – Oceania
Get ready for some albumception everyone; the Smashing Pumpkin’s Oceania is an album inside of an ongoing 44 song concept album known as Teargarden by Kaleidoscopic. In order to have a 44 song concept album you must be either insane or a music genius and on this album Billy Corgan proves that he is both.
7) Jack White – Blunderbuss
Jack White has an almost cult like following from his fans but when you listen to his music it is easy to understand why; The former White Stripes singer is a musical genius. Blunderbuss is a phenomenal debut album because it combines a bluesy sound, that is lost from popular music today, with this alternative rock edge.
6) Quietdrive – Up or Down
Quietdrive, in my opinion, is one of the most underrated bands out there. The fact that their biggest hit is a Cyndi Lauper cover is very upsetting because they are a creative and diverse band, which is perfectly demonstrated on Up or Down. This album is a must listen for any pop rock fan.
5) Shinedown – Amaryllis
Speaking of underrated artists, it is hard to find a more underrated singer in modern rock than Brent Smith of Shinedown. Amaryllis is a good album because of how it encompasses the soft and heavy side of Shinedown while creating good, wholesome, meaningful music.
4) The Darkness – Hotcakes
When I discovered via a Superbowl commercial that the Darkness had reformed and were making a new album I almost fangirled. Hotcakes is a bizarre album that focuses on the falsetto of Justin Hawkins which he uses majestically to make you truly enjoy the music. Whether you consider them a parody glam rock band or not does not take away from how amazing this album is.
3) Matchbox twenty -North
North, for me, was the most anticipated album of the year because the world definitely needed new music from Rob Thomas and the boys of Matchbox twenty and damn did they deliver. The first single alone sounds like a modernized Billy Joel track with an added layer of both rock and pop. This album is a thing of beauty.
2) Stone Sour – House of Gold and Bones part 1
Corey Taylor has helped construct another masterpiece. Most major reviews for this album call it a game changer and I can’t blame them because it is simply astonishing. I cannot put into words how amazing this album is, with the perfect balance of heavy and soft songs. I would recommend this album for anyone and everyone.
1) The Fray – Scars and Stories
The Fray is perhaps one of the most lyrically amazing bands in modern pop-rock music. The ability of this band to tell a story is phenomenal and they do that perfectly with the album scars and stories. Perhaps one of the most amazing aspects of this album is that it slowly shows the lead singer Issac Slade moving away from the piano and establishing more of a stereotypical lead singer role as the front man. The piano is still there but Issac Slade is truly becoming himself and it all started on Scars and Stories.
Is there anything you feel merits a spot on this list? Feel like my order is screwed up? WHERE IS FOZZY? Feel free to answer these questions and ask your own in the comment section.