Well 2012 is a go. Every music publication is now back on the job and looking for the best music of the new year. To make this hunt a little easier, here are some albums that I’m looking forward to in 2012. There’s no way to say for sure what albums will succeed and which ones will fizzle, but these are some albums to be on the lookout for.
The Big Pink – Future This
This could be the MGMT record of 2012. Expect good, and trippy, things from this band this year.
Lana Del Rey – Born to Die
She made a scene last year with her song “Video Games”, and she was dubbed by Gawker as, “the internet’s most hated singer” for her questionable background. However, if the new album is anything like “Video Games”, then this will be a contender for album of the year.
Dr. Dog – Be The Void
I don’t own any Dr. Dog albums, but this might be the first. The band sounds like a 60s pop band that was raised in the 90s, and I really like the first single off the new album. This could be one of the bands I rediscover in 2012.
Paul McCartney – TBA
Paul McCartney has the right to release anything he wants – he was a Beatle for goodness sakes! His solo albums have been an uneven mix (Chaos And Creation In The Backyard was terrific, and so were most of the Wings albums), but like I said, this guy can release whatever he wants. Fuck yeah indeed Sir McCartney.
The Shins – Port of Morrow
Everyone’s favorite Beach Boys sound-a-like indie band (this is a compliment) is back with a new album. This is a very likable band, and I’m sure this album will be great.
Bruce Springsteen – TBA
Judging from the picture above, Bruce Springsteen is really excited for his new album. Same thing with McCartney, The Boss can release whatever he wants – he’s Bruce Springsteen for goodness sakes! His work will be cut for him though with the loss of Clarence Clemons, who was a huge part of the E Street Band. Regardless how the album does, a year with a new Springsteen album is better than a year without one.
Craig Finn – Clear Heart Full Eyes
The frontman for The Hold Steady has a solo album? Sold.
Mumford & Sons – TBA
This isn’t confirmed to be released this year, but be prepared for the sophomore album from the little English band that took the world by storm with their excellent debut. Hopefully the album is good, or else these lads are in danger of becoming a one-album wonder. Fingers crossed!
John Mayer – Born and Raised
This also isn’t confirmed for this year, but with the way things are looking expect at least a new song from the pop-blues man in 2012. His throat sugary had many people worried, but I’m sure Mayer has some great things in store for us. Again, fingers crossed!
D’Angelo – James River
I just started to listen to D’Angelo, and if James River is finally released this year, then we are all in for a treat. Be wary though, this album was supposed to be released years ago but has been pushed back so many times it’s starting to become like Chinese Democracy (and we all know what happened there). Even if the album doesn’t come out, at least we have Voodoo to comfort us.
And here are some albums I will probably not stand in line for on release day…
Black Sabbath – TBA
I have a bad feeling about this. I’m really hoping I’m proven wrong, for their sakes.
Adam Lambert – Trespassing
Look at the picture above. That’s what I thought.
Creed – TBA
It’s Creed. That’s what I thought.
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