Year In Review Part 1



alanho_2012By Alan Ho

Alan is the co-founder, chief head and chief editor/publisher at Musiqtone.com.

The music year of 2012 has been one wild ride.  It has been a year where indie bands exploded some more, pop music underwent yet another quick and catchy revolution and the major-label industry itself again consolidates, bidding farewell to a nearly 150 year old record label. 

So much music, so many issues that abounded in the industry and so little space.  So without further ado…my year in review in music in 2012!

My Top 6 albums of 2012 (in no particular order):

1.  fun. | Some Nights

fun. may be the last great act to come out of the John Janick era at Fueled by Ramen as he moved on to bring his magic to Interscope on October 3, 2012.  Janick’s fingerprints and mojo is evident in Some Nights as he has a knack for breakout magic and fun. was his latest and unfortunately last for Fueled By Ramen (which he founded) and Elektra (where he did the same for Bruno Mars).

2.  Phillip Phillips | The World From the Other Side of the Moon

Make no bones about it, Phillip Phillips is a name to stay whether you like American Idol or not, mostly not.  His debut album is magnificently crafted, albeit mostly written and conceived during his pre-Idol days and brings back a fresh take on what made Dave Matthews Band such an enduring act in the mid 90s to mid 2000s.

3.  Civil Twilight |  Holy Weather

I love this album.  I don’t care what people say or whether or not they know who this uber-talented South African pop/rock outfit is.  They are worth every bit of this album checking out.  You might even say “holy cow” when you’re done with this gem.

4.  Kendrick Lamar | Good Kid

We are unfortunately in an era of watered down major label hip-hop, which is nothing more than a good beat and rapping random words for the next 330 seconds.  Kendrick Lamar could actually be the beacon to save major-label hip-hop from itself.  We’ll see.  His debut album certainly shows the true believers in hip-hop some hope.

5.  SafetySuit | These Times

SafetySuit is the latest major label veteran to decide to go their own way and “These Times” is a less slick but masterfully put together followup to their 2009 major label debut.  Universal Republic’s loss becomes one of indie’s biggest gainers in this one.

6.  Haley Reinhart | Listen Up!

Every critic has to have that one album people go, “Huh?” and Haley Reinhart’s debut album is my “Huh?” of 2012.  She brings an old school charm and flair to an otherwise increasingly stale pop world and her reward is getting booted from Interscope.  So I am very sure she will make sure next year that her debut album title is EXACTLY what this apparently underrated talent will make people do on her sophomore effort.

My Top 5 songs of 2012

1.  SafetySuit | These Times

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