NEW MUSIC NOW: STAFF PICKS > What Were Your Favorite 2012 Albums?

Fergie 2012/12/21 22:00:00

SLIDESHOW: SodaHead's Best Albums of 2012

"Blak and Blu" - Gary Clark Jr. (Fergie's Pick)
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"Blak and Blu" - Gary Clark Jr. (Fergie's Pick)

Gary Clark Jr.'s major label debut has easily been my most played album this year. Favorite tracks include "You Saved Me" "The Life" and "Bright Lights." But really, just listen to the whole thing.
  1. "Blak and Blu" - Gary Clark Jr. (Fergie's Pick)

    "Blak and Blu" - Gary Clark Jr. (Fergie's Pick)

    Gary Clark Jr.'s major label debut has easily been my most played album this year. Favorite tracks include "You Saved Me" "The Life" and "Bright Lights." But really, just listen to the whole thing.

  2. "The Heist" - Macklemore & Ryan Lewis (AdriHead's Pick)

    "The Heist" - Macklemore & Ryan Lewis (AdriHead's Pick)

    Independently produced, recorded and released, The Heist is the brainchild of Seattle hip hop rapper Macklemore and producer Ryan Lewis. It's the duo's debut studio album and has reached No. 1 on iTunes already.

  3. "Coexist" - The xx (Debrice's Pick)

    "Coexist" - The xx (Debrice's Pick)

    One of our developers has been into this indie electronic pop band since 2009 and says the group's 2012 album "Coexist" is another excellent album.

  4. "Now That's What I Call Country Volume 5" (Fef's Pick)

    "Now That's What I Call Country Volume 5" (Fef's Pick)

    Fef just had the following thing to say about one of his favorite albums: "Yeehaw!" We think it's pretty self-explanatory.

  5. "Channel Orange" - Frank Ocean (Fergie's Pick)

    "Channel Orange" - Frank Ocean (Fergie's Pick)

    Frank Ocean's debut album might have been slightly overshadowed by absurd controversy, which is a shame because it's phenomenal. Check out the tracks "Pyramids," "Thinkin Bout You" and "Super Rich Kids."

  6. "Master of My Make-Believe" - Santigold (AdriHead's Pick)

    "Master of My Make-Believe" - Santigold (AdriHead's Pick)

    Santigold's sound is unique to say the least. Mixing urban beats with her mellow voice and energetic instruments, Santigold is a cut above the rest. "Disparate Youth" is AdriHead's favorite song off the album.

  7. "Babel" - Mumford & Sons (Debrice's Pick)

    "Babel" - Mumford & Sons (Debrice's Pick)

    Debrice says his favorite track is "I Will Wait." The video was shot at Red Rocks and the music is cool.

  8. "RE:Generation Soundtrack" - Various Artists

    "RE:Generation Soundtrack" - Various Artists

    "I love the wide range of artists on this collaboration -- DJs with orchestras, guys like Skrillex working with classics like The Doors. Check out the documentary too." -- Director of Engineering

  9. "The Idler Wheel..." - Fiona Apple (Fergie's Pick)

    "The Idler Wheel..." - Fiona Apple (Fergie's Pick)

    This entire album is incredibly complex and inventive, but above all Fiona wins for best lyrics of the year. Check out the song "Werewolf." In her words, "Nothing wrong when, a song ends, in a minor key."

  10. "Uncaged" - Zac Brown Band (Heisenberg's Pick)

    "Uncaged" - Zac Brown Band (Heisenberg's Pick)

    "The Zac Brown Band reminds us of a parent's responsibility to our children." -- Heisenberg

  11. "Fear Fun" - Father John Misty (Fergie's Pick)

    "Fear Fun" - Father John Misty (Fergie's Pick)

    I've been listening to this New Music Now pick nonstop since June. Father John Misty makes me dance ("Hollywood Forever Cemetery Sings") swoon ("Nancy From Now On") and laugh ("I'm Writing a Novel").

  12. "Tuskegee" - Lionel Richie (Heisenberg's Pick)

    "Tuskegee" - Lionel Richie (Heisenberg's Pick)

    "Lionel Richie shows that the soul of country music is in the sentimental stories." -- Heisenberg

  13. "If the Stars Are Eternal So Are You and I" - BT

    "If the Stars Are Eternal So Are You and I" - BT

    "I'm usually not a fan of IDM music, but I loved this album." -- Director of Engineering

NEW MUSIC NOW: STAFF PICKS > What Were Your Favorite 2012 Albums?
This year, we've used NEW MUSIC NOW to introduce you to all of our favorite new releases, and 2012 wouldn't be complete without a "Best Album" list, so here it is. These are the albums that SodaHead staff have been spinning non-stop for the past 12 months, and you'll see it's quite an eclectic mix.

Fef and Heisenberg prefer country tunes, while Adrihead and I (Fergie) lean more indie. Meanwhile, our engineers prefer electronic music. Luckily (or not) for the office, my computer has great speakers, so my co-workers are all very familiar with my picks. Maybe that's why everyone wears headphones around here... Anyway, check out our slideshow of staff music picks and then let us know: What were your favorite albums that came out this year?
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  • Augustana 2013/05/20 02:25:46
    Every Kingdom. Ben Howard.
  • hippycat 2013/01/12 15:48:16
    fef favours country music...now that fits.
    other than that, I'd rather go to Rolling Stone magazine for music or information of any kind, really.
    more interesting question: did anyone of the people working for fef vote for Obama?
  • EmoMusicPanda 2012/12/30 10:56:51 (edited)
    Don't Panic - All Time Low
    don t panic
    Bones - Young Guns :P <3
    bones young guns
  • IanWilliamsLovepunkAlt 2012/12/30 05:17:45 (edited)
    Apocalyptic Love! Slash Feat Myles Kennedy And The Conspirators1

    Apocalyptic Love
  • veda chrissann 2012/12/29 22:30:45
    veda chrissann
    scream and shout ny britney spears ft will.i.am don't wake me up by chris brown and die young by kesha and beauty and the beat by justin ft nicki minaj and va va voom by nicki minaj but i like all the songs in 2012 and 2011 songs
  • Laser Light Shows Worldwide 2012/12/29 06:47:49
    Laser Light Shows Worldwide
    A hard choice
  • Sailor Jerry [Proud Liberta... 2012/12/28 19:39:21
  • Lizard King 2012/12/28 15:42:20
  • Alacrity 2012/12/28 15:40:36
    I cannot play the music, so what is the album cover about?
  • LizzyStiller 2012/12/28 06:07:37
  • VEILofaDEADGIRL 2012/12/27 22:02:44
  • DDogbreath 2012/12/27 18:30:31
    Best song of 2012

    Joe Cartoon - Dancing Monkey Don't Never Get To Be Kong

  • Boris D. 2012/12/27 17:33:10 (edited)
  • Boris D. Boris D. 2012/12/27 17:34:26
  • john.keenan.792 2012/12/27 15:13:37
    lana del rey "born to die" vinyl lana del rey born to die
  • 2789847 2012/12/27 10:55:18
  • Sean 2012/12/27 10:10:00 (edited)

    Killing Joke's MMXII
    It's a really interesting album. It's halfway between their industrial metal sound of later years, and their earlier post-punk.
  • Cher 2012/12/27 00:41:15
    None here..
  • hasher 2012/12/26 22:26:40
    none of the above. i heard ac dc put out a new one and havent had chance to listen to it yet but that would be my pick.
  • morte. 2012/12/26 22:05:37
    Kids In The Street- AAR.
    iUNO! iDOS! iTRE! -Green Day.
    Born To Die -Lana Del Rey.
    Hypnotic Nights -JEFF The Brotherhood.
  • Ɛ>NinjaGirl<3 2012/12/26 20:01:03 (edited)
    Muse- 2nd Law or Deadmau5- Album Title Goes Here Deadmau5  Album Title Goes Here
    Muse  2nd Law
  • joe mauro 2012/12/26 17:03:27
    joe mauro
    bay buzz 2012
  • Alex♥Adam 2012/12/26 16:01:18
    Definitely Trespassing by my favourite singer, Adam Lambert! x
    Awesome music, great lyrics, catchy beats, powerful vocals. It's the whole package with fast, dance music as well as slow, beautiful songs.


  • Omni 2012/12/25 19:47:05
    Hmm... very hard "^__^ I have to give my favourite spot to two albums.

    Jizue's, "Novel"

    hmm favourite spot albums jizues

    and toe's, "The Future is Now"

    hmm favourite spot albums jizues toes future
  • KuranZoua 2012/12/25 18:33:04 (edited)
  • s2k 2012/12/25 07:22:22
    There really wasn't a standout this year. I think it was an off year for the industry
  • Insomniatic_Rush 2012/12/25 04:14:51 (edited)
    Blood by In This Moment
    blood in this moment

    Paradise by Lana Del Rey
    Paradise lana del rey
  • eminemfan 2012/12/24 23:02:19
    i actually dont have a favorite album of 2012 but my favorite singles are
    cmon let me ride
    my life
  • JayRevolution 2012/12/24 21:26:17
    I See Stars- Digital Renegade
    I see stars digital renegade
  • Cat 2012/12/24 17:13:15
  • Ned Cat 2012/12/26 20:38:04
    Green Day fan ;D
  • Platinum Fangs 2012/12/24 15:08:40
  • ocean tamer 2012/12/24 08:20:00
    ocean tamer
    Myloxyloto, by Coldplay.
  • kirby31200 2012/12/24 08:05:14 (edited)
    I don't know who most of those people are! I feel so uneducated and uncultured. :[

    Some I did like:


    the truth about love

    the avengers soundtrack

    push and shove

    the connection
    (That's Papa Roach's The Connection by the way)
  • Alexis<3 2012/12/24 06:51:07
    The Killers' new CD Battle Born :) Hello! The music videos for 2 of the singles they released had over 1 million views in less than a week. That sounds pretty dang good. videos 2 singles released 1 views week sounds pretty dang
  • LadySesshomaru 2012/12/24 03:46:44
  • Alacrity 2012/12/24 03:13:15 (edited)
    Jingle Bell Rock ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪

  • dear•LT13☻ 2012/12/23 16:44:17
  • Randy 2012/12/23 16:20:41
  • Drummerlou 2012/12/23 16:13:40 (edited)
    Albums??..Record Albums??..They actually making them things again??..God..I miss them days......God...I feel so Old......................

    old rec

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