It’s not often that we get to write about music here on the AudioAcrobat WordPress blog, but when we do, you can rest assured that it is a real treat both for our staff and for you, our readers.
In this special edition format of year-end posts, we’re proud to bring you our staff’s 5 Best Pop Albums of 2012, all available for streaming, for free, in their entirety via the popular music consumption platform, Spotify.
By which criteria are we ranking these favored releases? No special algorithms or chart analysis were used, really, we promise. They’re simply pop-styled albums which were released in and stood out the most, each as a whole, in our lives during the year of 2012. No less, no more.
What do you say we get on to the list?!
Fun. – “Some Nights”
With one of the most memorable anthems of the year (“We Are Young (ft. Janelle Monae)”) under their belt, this was an unsuspecting yet immediate favorite of ours when it came out this past Valentine’s Day, and with it came a wealth of good memories in the making. And yes, it really is “fun” to listen to!
Easy Star All-Stars – “Easy Star’s Thrillah”
Famous for re-rubbing classic albums like Dark Side of the Moon (Pink Floyd), Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (The Beatles) and OK Computer (Radiohead) in a reggae-style, Easy Star All-Stars did not disappoint with their 2012 homage to the King of Pop (Michael Jackson); and while it may not be the most straight-forward “pop” record at first listen, it is a welcome re-imagination of what the original 29x Platinum (USA) record has offered in terms of innovation in popular music.
Lana Del Rey – “Born To Die”
Who knew pop music had a dark, and at times, morbid side? This young lady was well aware, and using that to her advantage took the music (and fashion) world by storm in 2012 with a voice dripping of honey and smoke and a production team running circles around the studio on her major label debut album, Born To Die. The references within may be a bit more adolescent than others in the genre, but the music holds its own, despite any naysayers or un-flattered critics.
Ladyhawke – “Anxiety”
Who says pop music has to be bland? It really should smack you in the face with catchy hooks and infectious instrumentation, right?! On this sophomore release from New Zealand’s Phillipa Margaret “Pip” Brown aka Ladyhawke, (alternative / indie) pop music finds a seemingly untapped vein of inspiration and musicality. It’s great music for having a great time. Life should always be this much fun!
Dragonette – “Bodyparts”
We all have our favorite records. You know, those that never leave the turntable/cassette deck/CD player/iPod, or for the modern generations, Spotify/YouTube players? During the 2nd half of 2012, there was one album which received WAY more plays than any other in our daily lives, and continues to be a go-to listen. That record is the 3rd full-length release from Canadian electropop trio, Dragonette entitled Bodyparts. It may not have been the ultimate chart-topper, nor may have it had the deeply insightful lyrical content found in other music geeks’ Top 10 lists; but what it does have is top-notch production + playful and eloquently-delivered vocals which swirl around in your brain to form a potent concoction of addictive hooks mixed with unforgettable melodies, which seem to magically harmonize with life itself. It simply makes us feel good to listen to, over and over again.
Had you listened to any of the above albums prior to seeing this list? Let us know!
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