1. Passion Pit – Gossamer
Passion Pit’s sophomore album brings to light Passion Pit’s true ability. Their preceding album, Manners, really set them up for success, and they ran with it, putting out an energy-packed, cohesive, exciting, vibrant album. Gossamer easily grabs the number one spot for 2012.
2.Jack White – Blunderbuss
Jack White’s first real attempt at a solo career, Blunderbuss, is amazing. Jack White, who graces Rolling Stone’s 100 greatest guitarists list, has performed in many bands most notably the White Stripes and the Raconteurs. Blunderbuss is a great culmination of all the musical endeavors he has pursued. A great album, from a great musician, deserving of the number two spot.
3. Best Coast – The Only Place
Although Best Coast’s previous album, Crazy For You, was good, The Only Place earns the number three place for its stark realization and improvement on the issue in the last album. In The Only Place, Best Coast exhibits all the best features of the mostly female surf pop group with great poise driven with a more ‘hi-fi’ and crisp quality in their recording. The album is arranged so that listeners want to keep listening, so that they can’t get enough.
4. Deftones – Koi No Yokan
Deftones receive high marks for their new album, Koi No Yokan. The album consists of a slew of very dynamic songs that are reminiscent of past albums, while maintaining that the band is traveling in a different direction as compared to previous releases. Maybe it has something to do with their new bassist, but Deftones have put out an album that screams… well… ‘Deftones!’ and simultaneously have created something entirely new.
5.Purity Ring – Shrines
Purity Ring rounds out the list at number five with their album Shrines. This electronic music duo shines with Shrines. The group reached top charts in both the US and the UK for this album. Shrines is a great example of what electronic music has evolved into—something that doesn’t need obnoxious amount of bass to be considered good electronic music.