The list author says: "The year is still a baby but great things have already come out of its wailings. As 2012 grows, so will this list. Actually, I have not even finish listening to much of this year's releases that may well belong here. Music is a blessing, let the body and heart sway ... the list will keep changing, stay posted."
"ÂMr. M,Â ranks among LambchopÂs best, true to their essence and going deeper into what they do, great American music. Inspired by the death of Vic Chestnutt, it's made of the thoughts and feelings of a man dealing with great loss. Yet, as Lambchop always manages to do, sadness does not sacrifice tenderness, and loss is full of beauty."
"Young, talented and nodding to many great ones that came before him, Ocean is the real deal. R&B, Nu Soul, Hip Hop and Pop thrown in. Great album, a promise for a distinct sensibility. Vulnerable and assured stuff, not a given."
"Jack White does not cease to open my head. Eclectic, strong, willing to risk musically. I must say it took me a while to like this guy, never a huge White Stripes fan, and I stand now happily corrected. The title song, Love Interruption and the powerful Sixteen Saltines are the glorious door into a great album."
"This came out late in 2011, a reissue from many years ago. Still, i declare it part of what 2012 bestows. Gorgeous album by someone who did not go on to record much again nor received the kind of recognition this album should have deserved. Here it is, go for it."
"Gorgeous Brazilian music. Maestro, accompanied by the great Nana Vasconcelos, revisits and pays homage to the awesome sounds of infinite richness of Tropicalia and other sounds from the 70's. They don't cover nor imitate old tunes but recreate the flight and freedom of their gifts with new melodies."
"Gubitsch shows again his keen sense of melody and virtuosity, and his depth and sensibility as a composer. Itaca is pure deep feeling and envelope-pushing originality. His guitar pens the impressions of an artist who renders homage to its music without denying all he's being musically touched by, along the road. Itaca is worth fighting in Troy and resisting the Sirens to reach!"
"Andrew Bird has been putting out great stuff for years now. Intelligent, melancholy, arresting music, there are many layers to his music, and plenty of surprises at each turn. At times Folk, Americana, Pop ... this is another album that is best to sit and enjoy than engage in musical forensics to label."
"Omar Sosa and Paolo Fresu ... if you know them not much needs to be said. Here the music does justice to both, you can hear two lyrical souls conversing and enriching each other. Quiet, contemplative and further enhanced by the presence of the great cellist Jaques Morelenbaum. A delight."
"Julia HolterÂ ÂEkstasisÂ is music at the service of music, conjuring up a range of emotions, sometimes in one single track. Tender, brooding with a touch of homemade whimsy if it's not the soundtrack of your life, it may become the melodies of your future. A honest journal of sorts from a young woman living in our strange world of ours."
"Another EP, this time from someone who's proved his talent already. A member of Grizzly Bear and who knows what other bands, although this does not start too far from the Bear vibe, Rossen give some more room to his voice, compositionally speaking, and the results are enchanting."
"Back from a long recording silence, and back to the roots he comes from. Cliff is back to remind you why before Marley, he was the man in Jamaican music. Listen to Guns of Brixton, for a strong taste of what I mean. Strummer would have been proud, honored."
"Jim White has always managed tender and eerie in his songs as if anything beautiful earns the hovering of something sinister. If Americana deserves to be a valid label, White may be an example of that. ÂWhere It Hits YouÂ is another great trove of mysterious delights."
"Muldrow has been putting out pretty great stuff for a long while, in her own terms, faithful to her own thought and beat. Hard to describe her without some silly new label, so better not. Yes ... R&B, Neo Soul, Alternative apply. So do intelligent, groovy and present to its times."
"Jim Moray got me with his debut, Sweet England, and I've been interested on him since then. Great Folk singer and composer, steeped in Old England songs and quite accurate with his Electronica lore. You'll be transported, maybe not to space but some beautiful valley."