Despite overall album sales falling once again during 2012, the popularity of vinyl continues to grow in the UK in the wake of another year of campaigns to boost interest in the traditional format.
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.
The xx will be in Manchester for the city’s annual International Festival next year, it has been confirmed today.
The xx have premiered the video for the latest single to be taken from their chart topping second album ‘Coexist‘. The promo can be viewed via YouTube below.
The xx‘s two-week stay at the top of the UK Record Store Chart has been ended by Mumford & Sons‘ big-selling second LP ‘Babel‘.
The xx are enjoying a second week at number one on the UK Record Store Chart after holding off the challenge of The Killers and Grizzly Bear.
The xx will take their number one album ‘Coexist‘ out on a short tour of the UK later this year.
After topping the UK’s main album chart yesterday ahead of Bob Dylan, The xx have also pipped the veteran songwriter to the number one spot on the Record Store Chart this week with their second LP ‘Coexist‘.
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