My 7 most anticipated albums

So one of the editors at is putting together a list of the editors’ most anticipated albums in 2012. He asked me to contribute a few of my recommendations to the list. It was tough to pare down my choices and I had to give the axe to a number of good albums. Not wanting to sleight any of the artists I’m looking forward to this year, I’ve put together a list of my personal top 7 (10 just seemed to be too many). Agree? Disagree? Feel free to comment below, I’d love to hear of any you think I missed. Enjoy!

7. Flaming Lips – TBA

[No video available but check out the Rolling Stone review here]

Nick Cave? Edward Sharpe? Lykke Li? Ke$ha??! Flaming Lips are teaming up with everyone on their latest album. Even if it’s not great, it should be a lot of fun.

6. The Shins – Port of Morrow

It’s been about 5 years since their last studio effort, and they seem to have been infused with a newfound energy during the hiatus. The new album brings energy and life to the “old school” indie rockers.

5. Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band – Wrecking Ball

The Boss is back for the first time without Clarence Clemons, but he shows no signs of letting up. He might be old, but hes still got a hungry heart.


The duo is looking to strike a middle ground between the critically acclaimed Oracular Spectacular and the more cohesive yet less popular Congratulations. They’ve played their cards close to the chest on the album, but I think fans are in for another treat.

3. Machine Gun Kelly – Lace Up

MGK is the first rapper to ever win open mic at Harlem’s Apollo Theater. He won two consecutive weeks. And he’s a white guy. He recently signed with Diddy and Bad Boy Records. I’ve got high hopes for his first album with a major label.

2. The Avett Brothers – TBA

What have they done that hasn’t been good? Carolina Jubilee was a knee-slapping romper and they showed they can own the ballad with I And Love And You. The Avett Brothers are one of the hottest folk bands (if such a contradiction exists) out there right now.

1. Mumford and Sons – TBA

It’s been more than two years since their breakout album Sigh No More hit the shelves and launched the Irish folkies’ careers. The stars aligned for the band’s debut album, and while they likely won’t strike gold twice, they’ve clearly got what it takes to make a great record. The highly-anticipated sophomore album (expected to be released early this year) will either solidify the band as revolutionary folk revivalists or have them dismissed as a fluke. Expect the former.