Our Essential Listening 2012 series concludes today with The Albums.
From the ‘cohesion through experimentation’ of Tame Impala’s ‘Lonerism, through the ‘muscular power ballads, stirring, keyboard-led harmonies and call-and-response choruses’ that inform The Killers’ return with ‘Battle Born’, to the ‘sheer magnetism and unwavering belief’ which made ‘Blunderbuss’ such a successful solo debut for Jack White, we feel this rundown highlights some of the year’s truly outstanding releases that everyone should make an effort to check out.
And don’t forget, there’s only room for one place each on our Essential Listening Series, so if your favourite artist of the year isn’t included in this particular rundown, make sure you check through our previous lists to see if they’ve made an appearance elsewhere. And after that, if they’re still nowhere to be seen, maybe you should leave a comment below to let us know about it.
Despite recently being forced to again cancel a planned European trek due to health problems, Cat Power hopes to resume touring early next year with a string of US, New Zealand and Australian dates announced.
That record – steeped as it was in rich, harmonic Delta blues and lush, pastoral meditations on life, love and loss – seemed sure to precede a major assault on a mainstream which had been largely passive toward her output since 1995’s ‘Dear Sir’.
Six years and one covers album (2008’s ‘Jukebox’) later, ‘Sun’ has been described by the singer as “a rebirth” and about “personal power and fulfillment.”
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