Caesura: A Year in Music, 2012

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And to wrap up 2012, here’s a rundown of the top 20 albums and EPs that left an impression on me this year. Gonna keep this one short.

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20. JAPONESQUE – Koda Kumi
Suggested tracks: “KO-SO-KO-SO,” “Interlude ~JAPONESQUE~

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19. BLOCKBUSTER – Block B
Movie’s Over,” “Mental Breaker

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18. NEW BREED – Jay Park
Know Your Name,” “Clap (feat. Tiger JK & Tasha)

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17. ALIVE – Big Bang
Blue,” “Bad Boy

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16. ULALA SENSATION PART 1 – Ulala Session
Urbanic (울랄라 Prologue),” “울랄라

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15. RED – Taylor Swift
The Last Time,” “I Almost Do,” “Everything Has Changed

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14. MAMA – EXO
너의 세상으로 (ANGEL),” “What is Love

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13. BUSKER BUSKER 1집 – Busker Busker
첫사랑,” “외로움증폭장치,” “향수

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12. WONDER PARTY – Wonder Girls
Girlfriend,” “Like This

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11. MIRYO AKA JOHONEY – Miryo
DIRTY,” “사랑해 사랑해,” “Leggo

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10. TWINKLE – SNSD-TTS
OMG,” “Library,” “Checkmate

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9. PRIMARY AND THE MESSENGERS – Primary
멀어,” “LOVE

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8. PSY 6, PART ONE – Psy
청개구리,” “77학개론

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7. IGNITION – B1A4
This Time is Over,” “돌만 있으면

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6. SLIP AWAY – Nell
Go,” “Standing in the Rain,” “Hopeless Valentine

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5. GRAVITY – Lecrae
Mayday,” “Tell the World,” “Higher

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4. CHANNEL ORANGE – Frank Ocean
Sierra Leone,” “Monks,” “Bad Religion

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3. BEAUTIFUL DAY – Urban Zakapa
Beautiful Day,” “Let It Rain,” “Just the Two of Us

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2. ARE YOU HANDSOME? – Handsome People
Shall We Dance,” “Hands Up People,” “I Wanna Be,”

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1. BACK TO WONDERLAND – Khalil Fong
I Want You Back,” “千紙鶴,” “BB88

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Honorable Mentions:

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TIME AND PLACE – The Park: Parker is an amazing musician and she just released this album several weeks ago. Believe me when I say I’ve been waiting for this album for years. Putting aside the fact that I know the artist behind the mic, this album features some great work, and her lyrics are always stunning.
You, Unknown,” “Make Me Wonder,” “Killer

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DESTINATION: BEAUTIFUL – Mae: I’ve been meaning to look into this band for quite some time but didn’t get the chance until this summer. They haven’t produced any new music since 2010 and Destination: Beautiful dates back to 2003, but I love this album nonetheless.
This Time is the Last Time,” “Sun,” “Skyline Drive

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1000 YEARS, ALWAYS BY YOUR SIDE – SHINee: I really, really loved both songs on this single; it’s probably my favorite thing SHINee has ever released. SHINee has been doing more and more “grown-up” material…which is a given considering that they’re, well, growing up, but it’s still kind of jarring every time I hear them adopt a newer, more mature sound. “1000 Years” to SHINee is what “Day Moon” is to DBSK, and I have equal affection for both.
1000年、ずっとそばにいて…,” “君がいる世界

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FEVER’S END – Tablo: Even after a full year, this album still manages to open up old wounds every time I listen to it, only to heal them back up again in the most beautiful way imaginable. This is an album that I will likely cherish for the rest of my life.
,” “고마운 숨,” “유통기한

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  • lae

    some lovely music here that I haven’t listened to yet – thanks for the ‘recs’, so to speak.

    Happy 2013 – best of luck for the year ahead c:

    • The same to you — happy new year!