For the first time in my life, I approached my end-of-the-year lists with trepidation, as 2012 had seemed disappointing, musically speaking. But when it came time to narrow my choices down, it turned out that there HAD been plenty of good music, and I hadn't even reviewed it all here.
Too tuneful not to be #1. Review here.
The comeback continues with an epic album that encapsulates this band's overwhelming power and continuing evolution. Review here.
Now that her songwriting has caught up with her vocal talents, she's irresistible. Review here.
The comeback of the year just might be their best album yet.
The shoegaze revival continues apace.
John Wetton faces down aging, gloriously. Review here. Track below is "Face on the Bridge."
Art Metal rules.
Americans perverted dubstep into bombastic dance-pop that's exactly the opposite of its British roots. So call this post-dubstep. Understated, evocative, imaginative, and great listening.
No sophomore jinx for England's quietest stars.
A heart-wrenching album. Review here.
Bob returns to rocking, is still great at it.
- Steve Holtje
Mr. Holtje is a Brooklyn-based composer, poet, and editor. His song cycle setting five of James Joyce's Pomes Penyeach can be heard here.