I’m not going to try and be pretentious or indie with this. I’m going to break what seems to be a mortal sin in the world of music blogging: I’m going to accept that some of the songs that have given us the most enjoyment over the past year have come from the POP genre. Anyway, I hope you enjoy the list.
20. Passion Pit – Take A Walk:
This song is a solid juxtaposition between an upbeat pop sound and rather negative lyrics about an immigrant struggling to keep up with life in the United States economy.
So apparently there’s only a couple of weeks left of the world. Obviously that’s nonsense, but still, it’s always worth looking at the best music that’s come out this year. As dubstep continued it’s growth and spread into the world of pop, a lot of other genres were pushed under the radar. So it’s time to dig out some of the gems in what was actually a widely impressive year for music (despite the best efforts of those at X Factor); welcome to the best albums of 2012. Queue the Top of the Pops theme.
10. Two Door Cinema Club – Beacon
I hate myself for this. I was trying to think of things that were out there and inspiring. Then I realised; music is for enjoyment. And Beacon delivers for that, no doubt. Although lacking in musical creativity, the band from County Down seemed to have lost their nerves for this album and blasted out the catchiness present from Tourist History (2010) with newfound confidence. The lead single ‘Sleep Alone’ proved to be a little bland and almost another album track from Tourist History, but once you divulge yourself in the depths of this album, their new sounds comes clear. Tracks such as ‘Handshake’ and ‘Someday’ have that indie-disco sound that few have successfully found before. Quite a step forward for the band and a thoroughly enjoyable, if a little poppy, album.