Of Monsters and Men – My Head Is an Animal: We’re far from home, all alone, but we’re so happy.


Artist: Of Monsters and Men
Album: My Head Is an Animal
Year: 2011 (re-released 2012)
Grade: A

In Brief: There’s nothing scary about this Icelandic band, but they do wield some monstrous hooks. I may have belatedly stumbled upon the best new band of 2012.

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Kimbra – Vows: Open up your heart, and let her eclectic soul pull you in.


Artist: Kimbra
Album: Vows
Year: 2011 (re-released in 2012)
Grade: B+

In Brief: A melodically rich, thrillingly nostalgic, and bizarrely eclectic concoction of an album that, though imperfect in both of its forms, marks a formidable debut for a promising young artist.

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The Echoing Green – In Scarlet & Vile: It’s not easy being green when you’re seeing red and feeling blue.


Artist: The Echoing Green
Album: In Scarlet & Vile
Year: 2011
Grade: B+

In Brief: A strong comeback for an underground favorite of mine who had been gone for far too many years. The Special Edition’s worth the extra expense.

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