5. Cloud Nothings – Attack On Memory
With fuzzed out guitars and unique vocals, Attack On Memory is a frantic frenzy of sound. The noisy indie-punk is unrelenting throughout, but the band does enough mixing it up to keep everything interesting.
4. P.O.S. – We Don’t Even Live Here
P.O.S. created a volatile masterpiece with this album. It’s a smart rap record packed to the brim with explosive calls to arms. P.O.S. proved that he is at the top of the genre, showing what rap can be when done right, combining substance with his own distinct delivery.
3. Forever Came Calling – Contender
2012 was a great year for pop punk. Handguns, Such Gold, and State Champs all released incredible albums, but it was the debut album from Forever Came Calling that topped them all. Track after track of angry, blistering pop punk fill Contender, with emotion oozing from them all.
2. Frank Ocean – channel ORANGE
This has been Frank Ocean’s year. Starting with his debut tv appearance on Jimmy Fallon, where his haunting performance of “Bad Religion” thrust him into the spotlight, and culminating with his recent collection of Grammy nominations, Ocean has dominated the music scene, and deservedly so. channel ORANGE is a strange, beautiful journey through Ocean’s mind and challenges genre boundaries as it combines his traditional R&B voice with weird beats and song structures. It has given me faith on where hip-hop can evolve to from here.
1. Title Fight – Floral Green
Title Fight blew me away with this album. Rather than just making a straight forward pop punk record, the band expanded their sound, and the ambitious Floral Green is what was produced. The band retains their aggressive, powerful sound, but adds an airy ambiance to the songs, creating a distinct feeling within each one. The spacey, eerie “Head In The Ceiling Fan” seamlessly follows the more straight- forward, pulverizing “Secret Society” and it doesn’t sound out of place. The entire sound feels natural, not forced, and it shows how Title Fight has stepped up their game by creating the best album of the year.
Biggest Surprise- Bloc Party – Four
Biggest Disappointment- Motion City Soundtrack – Go
Best Live Show- The Wonder Years/Polar Bear Club/Transit/The Story So Far/
A Loss For Words
Most Anticipated- Jimmy Eat World, Letlive., The Wonder Years, A$AP Rocky
Check out this playlist of my favorite songs of the year