Alas, since it is New Year's Eve and I'm sure we've all got celebrations to get ready for and rounds of Auld Lang Syne to rehease, I thought I'd make this week's post one that's pretty easy to digest.
On a somewhat related note, I'd like to thank you all for joining me over the past several months and wish you the very best for the New Year. Hope to see you again in 2013!
1) Philip Sayce - Steamroller
Steamroller is a completely filthy mess of dirty blues licks, seductive vocals and utter debauchery, and that's what it makes it such a fantastic album. I can lose myself for nights at a time to this awesome ten-track collection of rock 'n' roll decadence.
2) Counting Crows - Underwater Sunshine (Or What We Did On Our Summer Vacation)
It's probably fair to say that Counting Crows are my favourite group of all time. From their early smash hit Mr. Jones through to lesser-known gems like If I Could Give All My Love, it's hard to think of a bad song they've written. This year, the band proved they're equally as excellent at recording other people's music too, with this thoroughly enjoyable series of covers by an eclectic array of artists including Teenage Fanclub, Gram Parsons and Bob Dylan.
3) Bob Dylan - Tempest
Speaking of Dylan, another of my all-time favourites brought out a new record this year, and what a joy it was. As a writer, I'm as big a fan of Dylan's words as I am his music, and on Tempest he combines both brilliantly to deliver an utter joy of an album.
4) Bobaflex - Hell In My Heart
From the first moment I heard the visceral scream of proper opening track Chemical Valley, I was completely smitten with Bobaflex. Hell In My Heart is probably the best metal album to come along in a very long time and there genuinely isn't a duff track to be found.
5) Murzik - A Cat Named Murzik
When I first heard that Minneapolis outfit would be playing at Dylan Days this year, it only seemed natural that I should check them out on record first. In all honesty, I expected to be mildly entertained, save a couple of their tracks on a playlist and then promptly forget about them forever more. Oh how wrong I was. Their 2012 offering A Cat Named Murzik was one of the most arresting, creative and enticing albums of the year, and even seven months on since I first heard it, I still can't get enough.