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Top 20 of 2012

Punch Brothers - Who's Feeling Young Now?

1. Punch Brothers – Who’s Feeling Young Now?
2. Japandroids – Celebration Rock 
3. Tropical Punk – Ends of the World 
4. John K. Samson – Provincial 
5. Flume – Flume
6. Frank Ocean – channel ORANGE 
7. Tame Impala – Lonerism 
8. Fiona Apple – The Idler Wheel…
9. Balmorhea – Stranger
10. The Mountain Goats – Transcendental Youth
11. Titus Andronicus – Local Business
12. Leonard Cohen – Old Ideas
13. The Men – Open Your Heart
14. The Avett Brothers – The Carpenter
15. Bob Dylan – Tempest
16. First Aid Kit – The Lion’s Roar
17. Miguel – Kaleidoscope Dream
18. Flying Lotus – Until the Quiet Comes
19. St. Lucia – St. Lucia EP
20. Yeasayer – Fragrant World

Honorable Mentions: People Get Ready, Grizzly Bear, Lucero, Black Moth Super Rainbow, The Tallest Man on Earth


Top 20 of 2012: 20. Yeasayer – Fragrant World

20. Yeasayer – Fragrant World

Yeasayer - Fragrant World

Yeasayer‘s third album received some pretty mixed reviews. But despite its critical reception, Fragrant World really grew on me. The band stepped away from indie pop toward an R&B sound, all while staying under its signature twisted psych umbrella.

In addition to the genre shift, Fragrant World narrowed Yeasayer’s usually too-wide scope. While All Hour Cymbals and Odd Blood teemed with brilliant experimentation, they often came across as disheveled and a bit random. But the band tightened their focus under a dark lens.

Before the album came out, Yeasayer debuted two strong tracks, “Henrietta” and “Longevity.” Even with the singles’ unforgettable hooks, neither overshadows the other nine songs. In fact, with each listen, new songs begin to jump out as favorites — the glitchy “Damaged Goods,” the Oingo Boingo bop of “Reagan’s Skeleton,” or the slow churn of “Glass of the Microscope.”

Fragrant World sounds like a shimmering underworld. It might even be Yeasayer at their best.