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The Top 5 Albums of 2012 As Chosen By JP Fallavollita

Biff Bam Pop has been sharing Top 5 Album lists each year for five years now. It’s a bit of crazy thought that we’ve ben doing it for so long, but we do love our music and we do love to share it with our friends.

The great thing about coming up with these sorts of catalogues is the discussion it stimulates with other music lovers. Andy Burns, BBP’s Editor-in-Chief, generally has a distinctly different compilation than what I put together at the end of every year. 2012 was no exception. You can read his thoroughly rockin’ list here.

When listening to music, and deeming it “best of” – I have one criteria that rates above all others: it’s got to be music that stays with me, an album that plays on repeat all throughout the year. It’s got to be something that stands the test of a sound bite as well as a second single: a musicianship that lasts a full album, a sound that entices, surprises and elicits emotion.

Here then, are my top 5 albums of 2012.

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Alalbama Shakes and Jack White Make The Cut As April’s Best New Releases

Apologies to the Biff Bam Pop! readership for being M.I.A. for the last few weeks but I haven’t been in front of a computer or keyboard long enough to write my name, let alone a full column. That said, I have been listening to some great (and some not so great) new music so here’s a quick look at hits and misses from April’s new releases.

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Over the past month, there have been two albums that stood out to my ears.  Both are raw, rootsy records that call upon the blues rock and R&B sounds of the late 60’s.

First is the debut release by Alabama Shakes entitled Boys & Girls.  I first heard the lead-off single “Hold On” on the radio and thought I was hearing some old unreleased Janis Joplin track.  The guitars, drums and bass sound as basic as can be and then you hear the voice of lead singer Brittany Howard and are instantly transported to 1967.  The band sways when it needs to sway and rocks when it needs to rock – very reminiscent of Joplin’s band, Big Brother and the Holding Company.  Boys & Girls is more R&B/Motown at times than rock which makes it feel like a modern-day STAX recording. This is a buzz band worthy of the buzz.  Must have track:   There isn’t a bad track on this one, but the gospel-inspired “Hold On” has the ability to be this years’ “Rolling In The Deep” or “Howlin For You”.

Check out more favourites after the jump!

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