Scott Creney’s Favorite Albums of 2012
Killer Mike – R.A.P. Music
In an election year, nothing felt as pure in its anger and truth-telling as ‘Reagan’. This album bled catharsis out of every groove.
Deerhoof – Breakup Song
I’ve never been a big Deerhoof fan, but something about album 12 connected with me in a way the others didn’t. The previous ones just made my brain hurt–too complicated like calculus homework–and I always felt it was some sort of internal deficiency keeping us apart. Did Deerhoof change or did I? Now is someone could just explain to me why the album title is singular but there’s a song called ‘Breakup SONGS’ on there.
Swans – The Seer
Ultimately this was just too big, too all-encompassing for me to wrap up in a review. I felt I couldn’t do justice to it. Three months later I still can’t do justice to it. But then silence can be its own form of tribute.
Laurel Halo – Quarantine
I spent the summer listening to this album everyday. Here in the south, with its humidity, its crickets, its unbreakable heat, it made a perfect soundtrack. If you stay up all night and listen to it with the sunrise you will experience a visionless bliss.