Last week, I gave you MFH’s Best of 2012: Songs. This week, I return with the best albums of the year. As I said before, 2012, for me, was the year of exploration into the countrier side of things. I discovered more brilliant artists keeping one of America’s most historic genres alive than I ever thought existed. Many of which you’ll see here.
Before we get to the list, let’s talk about some of the changes that have been made. First, I’ve done away with any sort of number limitation. I’ve decided that, when it comes down to it, choosing the best albums of the year is difficult enough. Limiting the list to 10 or 15 is arbitrary. If I can’t truly decide why I like one album more than another, they both deserve to be listed. Second, this year is more than just folk. Last year, because I was writing my first ever end of the year lists, I thought it fitting to only include those that were of the genre this blog was built around. This year, I’m letting it fly. You’ll see a lot of folk, country, and roots music, but also some rock, hip hop, and even artists I’m not sure how to classify.
I hope your 2012 was as musically wonderful as mine was, and I hope 2013 has great sounds in store for you as well. Here are MFH’s Best of 2012: Albums:
Anais Mitchell | Young Man In America
My first foray into Anais Mitchell’s music was a special one. Her razor sharp voice, deft lyrics, and astute understanding of how to use the song as a medium for storytelling, blew me away. Young Man In America is an onslaught of talent that you will leave puzzled. Puzzled as to why Ms. Mitchell isn’t yet a superstar.
Best song: “Young Man In America”