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2012 Top 100 LPs #32-29: Damon Albarn, of Montreal, Tindersticks, Cate Le Bon
Published on December 18th, 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…
32. Cate Le Bon – CYRK
Nocturnal, melodic odd-pop with heart and imagination in abundance, Le Bon might very well prove to be the female Gruff Rhys on this evidence. That may be a lazy comparison, but it sure is a lofty one.
31. of Montreal – Paralytic Stalks
A dense patchwork of ideas, colours and crazed ranting, Paralytic Stalks is nevertheless sufficiently laced with Kevin Barnes’s golden pop instincts to make for a fine addition to his enviable back catalogue.
30. Damon Albarn – Dr Dee
Blur and Gorillaz front man soundtracks musical, turns in a song cycle of ornate and frequently beautiful prog-folk that works splendidly as a standalone album.
29. Tindersticks – The Something Rain
Gorgeous, haunting/haunted, deliciously textured and brimming with smoky late-night goodness, all topped off with Stuart Staples’s beguiling baritone and smart lyrics. This lot are still going very strong indeed.