by / December 18th, 2012 /

Top Story: State’s Albums of 2012: 20 – 11

So we reach the business end of this year’s album poll, as voted for by the State writers and photographers. This next selection features a total of six debuts, proving that new talent is still the lifeblood of the music world. In addition there’s the return of an elder statesman and a sparkling release from a pair of Irish siblings.

20. Passion Pit – Gossamer

Michael Angelakos digs deep.

19. Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs – Trouble

Summery dance vibes meets pop nous.

18. The 2 Bears – Be Strong

Hot Chip side project bring the party.

17. Of Monsters And Men – My Head Is An Animal

The sound of young Iceland.

16. Kendrick Lamar (pictured) – good kid, m.a.a.d city

This year’s hip-hop hotshot makes his entrance.

15. Angel Olsen – Half Way Home

Beautiful debut from Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy protege.

14. Bat For Lashes – The Haunted Man

An ambitious record from the cover onwards.

13. Heathers – Kingdom

Our Irish album of the year.

12. Paul Buchanan – Mid Air

Stylish, elegant return from The Blue Nile frontman.

11. Lana Del Rey – Born To Die

Do believe the hype.