by (@unclegrambo)

The Best Albums Of 2012 (According To Your Friendly Neighborhood VH1 Staffers)

VH1 Best Albums Of 2012

Last week, we successfully brought you the VH1 staff’s favorite songs of 2011 without any bloodshed, and we’re happy to report that no one’s brain exploded while trying to narrow down the amazing albums of 2012 into a concise list. Again, what VH1 staffers enjoyed in 2012 was a rich and vibrant tapestry of genres, created both by newcomers and veterans.

As far as consensus is concerned, there were 23 LPs that appeared on multiple ballots, but only 6 that appeared on four or more lists: Miguel‘s Kaleidoscope Dream (7 ballots), Emeli Sandé‘s Our Version Of Events and Frank Ocean‘s channel ORANGE (6 ballots apiece), Kendrick Lamar‘s good kid, m.A.A.d. city (5 ballots), Taylor Swift‘s RED and Macklemore & Ryan LewisThe Heist (each with 4 ballots).

Now, on with the show!
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Artist Of The Day: Gossip Is Making Tongues Wag With New Album

Gossip

With five studio albums, four EPs and two live albums under their belt, Gossip is not new to the game. Since 2001, longtime lovers of the genre-twisting, dance-punk band have been savvy to frontwoman Beth Ditto‘s brazen stage presence and witnessed how thoroughly guitarist Brace Paine and drummer Hannah Blilie enhances the trinity’s high-powered sound.

Passion for Gossip is more of a slow burn in the U.S., while in Europe, especially Germany, the Portland-based band is virtually Hasselhoffian in their appeal. According to Ditto, they’re perfectly okay with that, because if all else fails, beauty school is an option. But it looks like with their first album in three years, A Joyful Noise, this best-kept secret may not fly under the radar for too much longer. So Ditto may have to shelve her shears for a while with critics like Idolator labeling their second major-label effort as “the best album of 2012 … so far.” Gossip even has a celebrity super fan in Sacha Baron Cohen. Read more…