by / December 17th, 2012 /

Top Story: State’s Albums of 2012: 50 – 41

Part one of our end of year run down brings us a healthy dose of authentic, old school passion with a dash of modern day style. Join us for the next ten this afternoon.

50. Glen Hansard – Rhythm and Repose

Solo album from Frames man finally arrives. Worth the wait.

49. First Aid Kit – Lion’s Roar

Swedish take on Americana proves a winning formula.

48. Melody’s Echo Chamber (pictured) – Melody’s Echo Chamber

Sweet jazz voice meets blissful dream pop.

47. Jake Bugg – Jake Bugg

UK wunderkind strikes gold with debut.

46. Dexys – One Day I’m Going To Soar

How to come back with style and panache.

45. John Talabot – ƒIN

Spanish producer lives up to his promise.

44. Saint Etienne – Words and Music

The sound of swinging London.

43. Dr. John – Locked Down

New Orleans legend puts his trust in the Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach. Good move.

42. Croupier – Croupier

Post-rock band from Wicklow make impressive debut.

41. Bob Dylan – Tempest

The veteran’s fine run of form continues.