KRUA’s Top 5 Albums of the Year: 2012

KRUA’s Top 5 Albums of the Year: 2012

By: KRUA Music Manager Felipe Godoy

5) Tame Impala – Lonerism

When the recording for “Lonerism” began, Tame Impala’s lead vocalist, Kevin Parker found himself continuing the psychedelic vibes the band has become acknowledge for while experimenting with new sounds and instruments. Profoundly inspired by Todd Rundgren’s classic 1973 concept album “A Wizard, a True Star,” “Lonerism” is particularly synth heavy and visionary. Must Listen: Elephant

4) Grizzly Bear – Shields

Grizzly Bear’s fourth studio LP was a break out album for the band. It turned Grizzly Bear from hipster favorites to the forefront of indie music. Much of “Shields’” success was due to the collaborative effort the band instills in one another. Each member adds creative input making “Shields” one of the best albums of the year. Must Listen: Sleeping Ute

3) Frank Ocean – Channel Orange

Two weeks before the debut album “Channel Orange,” Frank Ocean released a letter on his Tumblr account revealing his sexual orientation. Considered as a groundbreaking moment in music history, Ocean followed this by releasing “Channel Orange” a week early on the night of his national television debut. Needless to say, Ocean impact on music was defiantly imminent in 2012. Must Listen: Thinkin’ Bout You

2) Beach House – Bloom

Beach House’s dream pop genre can shortly be described in one word: mesmerizing. The duo’s music begins with Victoria Legrand’s distinct voice and dark lyrics and is followed by Alex Scally’s superb instrumentation and production. Together Beach House has crafted “Bloom” into a record that from beginning to end is 2012′s version of complete music bliss. Must Listen: Myth

1) Kendrick Lamar – good kid, m.A.A.d. city

In his debut album, Kendrick Lamar illustrated the realities of being raised in Compton, California. The album puts Lamar in his late teens and throws him in situations of gang violence, theft, lust, and death in a manner that is so raw and realistic that it is almost shocking. A concept album in its own right, the record has drawn critical acclaim for its originality, themes, and composition. Must Listen: Art of Peer Pressure

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