I am going to step out on a limb and say 2012 will be a better year for recorded music than 2011, based on the albums that have released and those scheduled to be released. I’m referring to upcoming albums from Animal Collective, Big Boi, Dirty Projectors, Grizzly Bear, Passion Pit, Purity Ring, and Twin Shadow, among others. It’s clear everyone wants to drop an album before the Mayan Apocalypse, and we the listening public are the beneficiaries.
A lot of shuffling could happen between now and the end of December, with respect to my favorite albums of 2012. Here in alphabetical order are my favorite albums of 2012 (so far).