#1 – My Favorite Albums of 2012

Foxy Shazam – The Church of Rock and Roll Producer – Justin Hawkins If there were ever a church of rock and roll this album would be it’s hymn notes. Take some Led Zepplin, Queen, Rolling Stones, Elton John and Meatloaf put them in a blender and you get a Foxy Shazam. I discovered this…

#2 – My Favorite Albums of 2012

10 Years – Minus The Machine Producer – 10 Years Every so often an album comes from out of nowhere and instantly impresses the hell out of me. First listen to Minus The Machine reminded me of how much I crave to hear new music from Tool. Yes they sound a lot like Tool and…

#3 – My Favorite Albums of 2012

Fun. – Some Nights Producer – Jeff Bhasker, Emile Haynie, Jake One Some Nights has to be the most amazing modern rock record ever recorded. I fully expect Fun. to clean up on grammy night. Everything about this album smells of perfection. The production and engineering is top notch, layers upon layers of instruments and…

#4 – My Favorite Albums of 2012

John Mayer – Born and Raised Producer – John Mayer, Don Was John Mayer has recorded five very different studio albums and all of them have been masterpieces. Born and Raised unveils a more folk rock sound in the likes of James Taylor. It’s unfortunate that Mayer’s personal unbecoming  has affected how truly gifted he…

#5 – My Favorite Albums of 2012

Deftones – Koi No Yokan Producer – Nick Raskulinecz One of the major factors when rating my favorite albums is the quality of the engineering and production quality. Koi No Yokan wins the award this year. Stephen Carpenter’s signature curtain of layered guitars come through with unbelievable definition. Abe Cunningham’s drums are so finely tuned and…

#6 – My Favorite Albums of 2012

Keane – Strangeland Producer – Dan Grech-MargueratProbably one of the most underrated british bands in the US. Keane have yet to release an album that is anything less than brilliant. Strangeland continues where they left of 4 years ago with Perfect Symmetry. Piano and synth heavy pop rock songs with intelligent lyrics and catchy hooks. The…

#7 – My Favorite Albums of 2012

Van Halen – A Different Kind of Truth Producer – Van Halen, John Shanks I was always more of a Sammy era fan of Van Halen but after listening to the new album I am more satisfied with a David Lee Roth reunion. All of the elements of a great Van Halen album are contained…

#8 – My Favorite Albums of 2012

Charm City Devils – Sins Producer – Skidd Mills I have always been a sucker for a good mainstream hard rock album and that is exactly what Sins is. Driving hard rock anthems combined with powerful hard rock ballads supported by the unbelievable voice of John Allen. The biggest surprise is the metalized cover of…

#9 – My Favorite Albums of 2012

The Avett Brothers – The Carpenter Producer – Rick Rubin Part Bluegrass and part Soft Modern Rock, The Avett Brothers can best be compared to Mumford & Sons. Dare I say the unthinkable but The Carpenter is better than anything Mumford & Sons has ever done. Part of this reasoning is that The Avett Brothers…