2012 Top 100 LPs #20-17: Rufus Wainwright, The Sea and Cake, Ken Stringfellow, Pugwash
Published on December 21st, 2012 | Jonny Abrams
Yes, it’s…Rocksucker’s Top 100 Albums of 2012!
Rocksucker listened to a lot of albums this year and conferred varying degrees of merit (in quail form) upon them based on our own spurious criteria…
…and now we bring you our favourite hundred of them, counted down in order arbitrarily/for fun. By dint of mathematics (specifically 4 x 25), top spot shall be revealed on Christmas day. Now, let’s get crackling, and then cracking…
20. The Sea and Cake – Runner
Still as dreamy and glowing as ever, the Chicago four-piece rein in their more experimental tendencies this time around but beguile nevertheless. Like Stereolab’s less eccentric cousins, The Sea and Cake’s majesty isn’t always immediately evident, but give them due care and attention and you’ll realise that these guys are racking up one heck of a back catalogue.
19. Rufus Wainwright – Out of the Game
Rocksucker hadn’t delved into Wainwright’s work prior to hearing the single and title/opening track of this outstanding LP, but now we’re resoundingly sold. The man’s a genius, and though this is his seventh studio album we can assure you that it’s a tremendous place to start for the uninitiated. Sophisticated, theatrical, yet brimming with character and pure pop instinct; the man’s a genius, while “Rashida” is a strong contender for song of the year.
18. Pugwash – The Olympus Sound
Many bands sound in thrall to the greats of ’60s and ’70s harmony-pop to the extent that they render themselves unnecessary; rarer are those who wear their impeccable influences on their sleeves yet distil it into a timeless kind of magic all of their own. This Dublin four-piece are very much in the latter category, and this – their fifth album – is a resounding victory for substance over style. They just get better and better.
17. Ken Stringfellow – Danzig in the Moonlight
That daft pun of a title (welcome in Rocksucker’s book, at least) gives no indication of just how rousing, diverse and downright epic this latest set is from the former Posies man. This is pop music with heart, soul, warmth, originality and more killer hooks than you could shake a whacking great killer hook at. Yessiree, Stringfellow’s made his masterpiece.