Caesura: A Year in Music, 2012
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.
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“
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“
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.
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.
“집,” “고마운 숨,” “유통기한“