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Readers Poll 2012 Part 2 – Albums Of The Year

Yesterday, we revealed your picks for Best Comeback, Best New-Ish Act, Best Live Act and Worst Break-Up. Today, it’s your Top 50 albums of the year.

1. Tame Impala

Despite the remarkable critical near-consensus that Lonerism garnered (NME, Triple J and Pitchfork all thought it was pretty good), there were still a few familiar backhanders being thrown Kevin Parker’s way in 2012: His music is too insular; Lonerism hews too closely to the formula of its 2010 predecessor Innerspeaker (what about the synths?); Tame Impala make hollow nostalgia music; and Tame Impala are good, but not that good.

One senses that the issue underpinning these complaints is that Tame Impala have already become a little bit boring, that their distinctive emotional tenor and aesthetic (and it is distinctive: you can pick a Parker drum fill a mile away), and the relentlessly high standard of their offerings are now so commonplace that all there is left to discuss is whether Parker sounds like John Lennon (he does) and whether this is a bad thing (it isn’t). While the discussions might be getting boring, their music is anything but.

The achievement of Lonerism is twofold: Firstly, there is the songwriting – rare is the album that manages to be crammed with this many hooks while retaining both variation and cohesion, and resisting the easy payoff long enough to sustain the listener’s interest. Certain recurring elements provide continuity – the twinkling synth arpeggios; the melodious, wandering basslines; and those the loose, tripping-down-the-hallway drums – but even these elements are in perpetual motion. Second is its unique immersive quality: depending on how you look at it, Lonerism is a hermetic sonic universe, or a dizzying trip into Kevin Parker’s skull, or both. – Edward Sharp-Paul

2. Henry Wagons
Expecting Company?

3. Boomgates
Double Natural
(Bedroom Suck)

4. Lower Plenty
Hard Rubbish
(Special Award)

5. Dirty Three
Toward The Low Sun
(Anchor & Hope/Remote Control)

6. The UV Race

7. Bitch Prefect
Big Time
(Bedroom Suck)

8. Grand Salvo
Slay Me In My Sleep

9. Spencer P Jones And The Nothing Butts
Spencer P Jones And The Nothing Butts

10. King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard
12-Bar Bruise

11. Holy Balm
It’s You

12. Woollen Kits
Woollen Kits

13. Laurels

14. Pop Singles
All Gone

15. Bushwalking
First Time

16. Hoodlum Shouts
Young Man, Old Man

17. Graveyard Train

18. Ned Collette + Wirewalker

19. POND
Beard, Wives, Denim

20. White Walls
White Walls

21. Blank Realm
Go Easy

22. New War
New War

23. Paul Kelly
Spring And Fall

24. Fabulous Diamonds
Commercial Music

25. Oh Mercy
Deep Heat

26. Alpine
A Is For Alpine

27. Mad Nanna
I Made Blood Better

28 Milk Teddy

29. The Spinning Rooms
The Spinning Rooms

30. Collarbones
Die Young

31. Saint Jude
Saint Jude

32. Harry Howard And The NDE
Near Death Experience

33. The Smith Street Band
Sunshine & Technology

34. Dave Graney And The MistLY
You’ve Been In My Mind

35. Ocean Party
Social Clubs

36. Bits Of Shit
Cut Sleeves

37. Woollen Kits
Four Girls

38. Emma Russack
Sounds Of Our City

39. Mere Women
Old Life

40. Iowa
Never Saw It Coming

41. DZ Deathrays

42. Grand Prismatic
Birds And Beasts

43. Useless Children
Post Ending Pre Completion

44. Liars

45. Something For Kate
Leave Your Soul To Science

46. Constant Mongrel
Everything Goes Wrong

47. Sarah Blasko
I Awake

48. Chris Altmann
Nothing But Nice Things

49. Nikko
Gold And Red

50. The Mark Of Cain
Songs Of The Third And Fifth




  -   Published on Friday, December 21 2012 by Edward Sharp-Paul.
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Your Comments

electricsound  said about 2 years ago:

vastly better list than the critics poll, even if i can't stand half the top 10

unvisible  said about 2 years ago:

Don't blame me, I voted for Dick Nasty.

mrmagoo  said about 2 years ago:

woohoo, Wagons!

but yes this list more suits me than the critics one

frigid star  said about 2 years ago:

Not enough Dead Boomers

unvisible  said about 2 years ago:

Nice to see Useless Children on there. That record is incredible.

birdslovefighting  said about 2 years ago:

A lot of good folk in there, well done.

mrmagoo  said about 2 years ago:

Mere Women, good to see

seahunt  said about 2 years ago:

Henry Wagons rigged this one.

Useless Children - yes!

seahunt  said about 2 years ago:

...and what a year for Bedroom Suck. Well deserved.

ghoti-max  said about 2 years ago:

Big doubts over Wagons...

This is a really great list though.

checkers  said about 2 years ago:

I like how you gave up even on album art halfway through. Last Friday before Xmas?

Gorn  said about 2 years ago:

Seriously, how the hell does Henry Wagons get on these lists every year? No one ever talks about him on this site. Very suss.

Mess+Noise  said about 2 years ago:

One-fifth, checkers...

Slick Dave  said about 2 years ago:

Who is this Tame Impala? I keep seeing his name everywhere.

bumhead  said about 2 years ago:

glad to see ol' spj and co. make the top ten.

ghoti-max  said about 2 years ago:

Who is this Tame Impala? I keep seeing his name everywhere.

Sick Samoan beat-maker

seahunt  said about 2 years ago:

There is something wrong with this list. Why is LIARS at 44?

BigBoysSocks  said about 2 years ago:

We pipped Dave Graney. That'll teach you for making fun of beardies.

mrmagoo  said about 2 years ago:

time to out the Wagons voters!

anonymous  said about 2 years ago:

hordes pile of wagons stickers

anonymous  said about 2 years ago:

maybe it actually won and the editors adjusted it down one because someone went a little too crazy with the robot voting.

BigBoysSocks  said about 2 years ago:

All he has to do is tweet a link to his legion of followers with a photo of his pug and bingo, climbs the poll.

whale  said about 2 years ago:

definitely prefer this list - the top 20's more widely representative of what happened this year i feel.

rawr  said about 2 years ago:

aah, the yearly reminder that all the lurkers don't like to post, but they sure do like to vote.

MissAustralia2003  said about 2 years ago:

calexico - algiers you idiots.

oh sorry this is racist australian only

geneclark70  said about 2 years ago:

Miss Australia, that's a silly thing to say. How is setting parameters based on geography racist? There's loads of places to read/ vote for international albums of the year, so looking at the year in Australian music in such detail just (barely) balances things a little.

Baracchus  said about 2 years ago:

For the record, Into Spinning Lights by Sleep Decade was one of the best albums of 2012.

the hindrance  said about 2 years ago:

liars wixiw should have been a lot higher.

the hindrance  said about 2 years ago:

its a masterpiece.

theboyleastlikelyto  said about 2 years ago:

My fave album of the year is:

The Jealous Sound - A Gentle Reminder.

space debris  said about 2 years ago:

Thank God some of the readers have some sense ie. DAVE GRANEY & THE MISTLY best Aussie LP of 2012. I can't beleive it's not in the critics choices at all!

ltherpantsisbackfan  said about 2 years ago:

Liars 44? Really?

holybalm  said about 2 years ago:

Hey all thanks for the listing, and support, and thanks heaps for those who voted on this. It's really really pleasing to the mind and body.

Heap of great releases last year! All our favs are here....and all Australian artists. We have THE best music and artists seriously. Mind blowing. Always some new band popping up somewhere poised for greatness!

Big shout outs to Jon Hunter for recording us..and to Nic Warnock and FUSE for helping us get the album to you guys. Bless ya!

black wasp!  said about 2 years ago:


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