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AUTOPSY'S TOP 5 OF THE FIRST 1/2 OF 2012 (today):

The first half of 2012 has been pretty fucking awesome and the last 1/2 is shaping up to match (if not best) it’s opening mate. Real talk: If American Aquarium’s new album were available the whole list would have changed. That should get all y’all hot and bothered for what’s coming on the ass end of y2k v.12. I know I am. All of that said, the front end of the year had a few albums that were just, to put it plain and simple, better than the rest. In my opinion, these are those albums:

5. Justin Townes Earle – Nothing’s Gonna Change The Way You Feel About Me Now

The title is longer than the album but what it (the album) lacks in quantity it more than makes up for in quality. Perfect for long drives alone, this album really shows Justin coming into his own post rehab.

Justin Townes Earle - Am I That Lonely Tonight?     

2 (tie). The Great Unknowns – Homefront

Becky Warren and Co. emerge from the ether some 8 years after their debut album with one of the most honest and painful albums of the year. Oh yeah, the songs are fucking awesome too. Homefront isn’t a breakup album, it’s a reflection album. It’s an album that anyone who’s lost something dear to them can find common ground with.

The Great Unknowns - Homefront     

2 (tie). Arliss Nancy – Simple Machines

If you like that punky, rocky, Southerny rock and roll thing, then meet Arliss Nancy, they’re one of your new favorite bands. Simple Machines is an album I’ll talk about again come year end lists. Simple Machines is an album I’ll still be listening to years from now.

Arliss Nancy - Failure     

2 (tie). Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires – There Is A Bomb In Gilead

If we were giving out awards for “best album to make woopie with your woman to in the first half of 2012” Lee Bains and Co. would have walked away with the award before anyone else even showed up for the ceremony. There Is A Bomb In Gilead is everything The Drive-By Truckers have been trying to become since Jason left/was kicked out of the band.

Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires - Righteous     

1. McDougall – A Few Towns More

Scott McDougall has won the inside track to the best album of the year with “words to hold on to.” A Few More Towns greets you with banjo, growls, footstomps and declarations and leaves you thinking Scott McDougall might be the perfect mixture of Possessed By Paul James and Tim Barry.

McDougall - Ready     

4 Comments

  1. cindy melendez cindy melendez
    July 24, 2012    

    So glad you included Homefront. Love and totally agree with the rest of your picks as well but feel like The Great Unknowns are not given as much credit as the rest.

    • cindy melendez cindy melendez
      July 24, 2012    

      Oh and thanks for the visuals and dare I say suggestions for the Lee Bains disc .

  2. Kristine Kristine
    July 26, 2012    

    with how much you like Lucero I’m suprised Women and Work isn’t on this list too.

    totally stoked about the American Aquarium album tho cannot wait! 😀

  3. July 27, 2012    

    Great list! I still need to check out Arliss Nancy.

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