2012 was a great year for music. During the year, many great albums were released. Because of this, it made the job of choosing what would appear on my Best Of list that much more difficult than usual. The ten albums included in this year's list include two releases not reviewed on the Rock And Roll Report. And while Poema from Romina Di Gasbarra and Everywhere All the Time from Jackopierce did not get reviewed here, I had to include them in my year end list because of how strong they were. Please check out these great albums.
Prior to my becoming a music journalist and reviewer, I was still paying attention to the more unusual and unknown bands and artists; the ones that were being promoted by the record stores and not really being promoted by the mainstream radio. The self-titled release from the band Naked, the album Notwithstanding from Chalk Farm and the mostly ignored band The Family Cat and their Magic Happens release are three such albums that were better than the coverage they received. Each of these three releases was well done, enjoyable to listen to and were impossible to understand why they didn’t receive the attention and respect they deserved. Another band around during that time period that was all but ignored in the U.S. music industry (so much so, I never even heard of them at that time) was Austin, Texas-based Cotton Mather. It was in 1997 that they released a classic pop/rock album entitled Kontiki. At the time, this album was almost completely ignored here in the U.S.