Your favorite Album of 2012
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There will be plenty of year end geeklist for games, but I thought I'd explore the world of music. I enjoy music, books, and movies as much as I do games and think most of you do too. I can imagine that as varied as tastes are for games, it is probably even more so for music.

So, this geeklist is a chance to list your favorite music album of 2012. What did you think was the best and would like to share with your fellow geeks?
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1. Board Game: Rush [Average Rating:4.33 Unranked]
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Clockwork Angels.





Rush is one of my all time favorite bands.

My son had never been to a rock concert so for his birthday I got him and I tickets to the Clockwork Angels show at the Honda Center. What a better way to break him into the rock scene that with this show.

This was in November and this show was for it's Clockwork Angles tour. Somehow, this album had gone under my radar (probably cause I work so damn much) and I had not heard any of the songs.

It was a great concert to be sure and they played about three hours in three distinct sections. The first section, Rush played a lot of their long time favorites. I like that they opened their show with a lot big hits including opening with on my favorite songs "Subdivisions". After a break they came back to the 2nd part with a large part of this album. While I had not heard any, I was really surprised at the new material. I was impressed with how good they still sounded. Finally, they came out to an encore with all their biggest hits.

I was intrigued by the new stuff (they played the whole 2nd section with a string section behind them) and went off to find the new album to give it a better listen.

I must say, after at least 30-40 full album listens through, (and many re-listens to single songs) I am thoroughly impressed with this albums musicianship and lyrics. As with any great album my favorite song has switched many different times in that span. I don't want to get into too many details about the songs, but the trio of tracks 7, 8, and 9 (Seven Cities of Gold, The Wreckers, and Headlong Flight)are some of the finest songs on the album and I look forward to this section every time. It finishes up with beautiful track about life in "The Garden". This is a conceptual album that tells a story and does it well. I am still finding arrangements in the song or lyrics that still hit me as awesome.

Track List:
1. "Caravan" 5:40
2. "BU2B" 5:10
3. "Clockwork Angels" 7:31
4. "The Anarchist" 6:52
5. "Carnies" 4:52
6. "Halo Effect" 3:14
7. "Seven Cities of Gold" 6:32
8. "The Wreckers" 5:01
9. "Headlong Flight" 7:20
10. "BU2B2" 1:28
11. "Wish Them Well" 5:25
12. "The Garden" 6:59
Total length: 1:06:04

It was great to seem them live and coupled with my sons first concert it was a night to remember. It was his birthday so I'm glad I sprung for the great seats, tour t-shirts, and the very nice RUSH hoodie for my son.

There were some points on the album that sounded muddled to me, but it turns out that I was just listening to the album on my crappy car stereo and speaker on my drive to work. Do your self a favor if you get this and listen to it with good headphones or speakers.

If your a Rush fan like I am and have not heard this album, give it a listen, you might be surprised as I was.
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2. Board Game: The Indian Mutiny [Average Rating:5.40 Overall Rank:13547]
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Indian Handcrafts Civil Disobedience For Losers

Brawny riffs, desperate vocals and full speed ahead from the first few fuzzed out notes of the opening track Bruce Lee. Thirty eight minutes of smart, original fun.
I don't know anything about them except that they seem to be a duo, and I don't care.



WARNING: this vid contains one vulgar word and some cats being made fun of.
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3. Board Game: Dominoes [Average Rating:5.44 Overall Rank:15297]
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In 2012, reunited indie rockers Guided By Voices released THREE new albums. I'll narrowly pick Let's Go Eat the Factory as my favorite of the three, over Class Clown Spots a UFO and The Bears for Lunch.



Honorable mention for Blunderbuss, the first (official) solo album for Jack White.
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4. Board Game: Manalath [Average Rating:7.55 Unranked]
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Manala by finnish folk-rockers Korpiklaani

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5. Board Game: A Game of Thrones: The Card Game – Refugees of War [Average Rating:6.99 Unranked] [Average Rating:6.99 Unranked]
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I am going to cheat a little here. Liz Green's O, Devotion! was actually released in November 2011. I bought it in April this year and it's the most distinctive music I've listened to these last twelve months.

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6. Board Game: Carolina Rebels [Average Rating:5.17 Unranked]
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Leaving Eden by the Carolina Chocolate Drops

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7. Board Game: Swords & Dragons [Average Rating:6.14 Unranked]
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Apocryphon by The Sword. Imagine Black Sabbath, Metallica, and Dio got together and had a love child, and the metal gods were well pleased. cool



BTW, I have no idea what the video has to do with the song...

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8. Board Game: Om [Average Rating:5.50 Unranked]
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OM - Adviatic Songs:



An amalgamation of drone-heavy rock, Tibetan and Arabic chants and deep bass.

An amazing spiritual journey. Religious in its nature.

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9. Board Game: Thrift: A Banking Game [Average Rating:6.00 Unranked]
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I love the album, THE HEIST by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis.

One of my favourite songs on the album is "Thrift Shope". It is kinda related to board games...



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10. Board Game: Living Landscapes [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
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Matthew Perryman Jones, Land of the Living. One of those artists people have heard without realizing it. His songs have been used in 50+ shows.







From a previous album but maybe his best known. It was released as a song one year, on an album the next, and finally had a video a year after that.



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