This year, we saw the return of some authentic names rise to compete against the top artists of now. They may have already had their fair share of the spotlight, but these musicians came back this year with some stellar albums, proving that their time never really stopped in the first place (and we are very, very grateful for that).
The winners for Best Comeback Albums of 2012 have been listed. Thank you for voting!
1. Fiona Apple- The Idler Wheel
Besides her haunting, melodic piano ballads, Fiona Apple is known for her seclusion. The Idler Wheel...
is her first album since 2005. It took years to piece together, making each moment on the album intricate and delicate- not in any way rushed. She just seems to have these dark vultures inside her that she releases through unmatched melodies effortlessly. It's pretty safe to say that Fiona Apple's art stands on a sky-scraping pedestal, amidst the trends of Rihanna and Ke$ha fans alike for female pop products of this year. Read Baeble's album review.
2. Cat Power - Sun
If you thought Fiona Apple's album took long enough, Cat Power's powerful comeback wasn't too far behind, taking years to complete. Chan Marshall's upbeat approach takes any listener on an enchanted series of clever lyrics and almost bipolar themes. She titles her most bold track "Peace and Love" and sprinkles it with lyrics like "Oh, youre a horror now, a visual foul/ When I was a teen, I had incredible dreams/ 99% y'all, it's in the wall y'all." Perhaps this song was written after the Occupy movement- but either way, it seems like Cat Power's Sun
comeback was made especially for 2012. Read Baeble's album review.
3. Neil Young - Psychedelic Pill; Neil Young & Crazy Horse - Americana
2012 marked a whirlwind year for the legendary Neil Young. He released his highly anticipated autobiography Waging Heavy Peace
, has been touring with Patti Smith, played Central Park's Global Citizen Festival in September, and has two albums out. June's release with Crazy Horse regenerated the faith Young fans have with his backing band. This folk album does a splendid job of providing this year with some music that applies to the politics of today- without throwing it in your face. The music is raw and heavy (what else do we need from Mr. Young?) and has some lengthy tunes- very well worth your time. Later in September, "Young's musical visions of dreams and the everlasting need for hope still echo in every track of Psychedelic Pill. His authenticity could never be tainted before, so this album is no exception. Read Baeble's album review.
4. Blur - Parklive
Fans were left in awe after Blur's Concert at the Olympic Closing Ceremony in Hyde Park, and with a valid reason. The band had allegedly called it quits, breaking the hearts of many who felt as if it was just too soon. In the wake of their sadness just a day later, fans were given the opportunity to hear the entire concert on this album consisting of their 25 song set list. Jam packed with incredible sounds, we cannot attribute it to the recording techniques or the sound system itself, but solely to this talented group of celebrated musicians. The energy and enthusiasm are all there, ready to listen to from the comforts of your living room. Read Baeble's album review of Blur's 21.
5. The Wallflowers - Glad All Over
Yet another come back that was due since 2005 was The Wallflower's Reboot the Mission
. The group of rockers invited Mick Jones of the Clash to help out on the album titled single. With a kick from Jones, a forward thinking energy apparent, and a positive attitude, the Wallflowers prevailed with success from this album. Without making a total leap to the dance crave fans have been seemingly craving, this album proves that band's don't have to sell their originality at the cost of making a successful record. Read Baeble's album review.