We're getting close now. Almost any of these could have easily made the top 20 in a lesser year.
Did I miss anything? Well, wait and tell me tomorrow when I reveal FTM's top 20 albums of 2012.
For now. 21-50:
Full of wit and askew approaches, Corb's Cabin Fever has nearly completed my transformation from respectful admirer to fan to obsessed fan. He's an acquired taste,
but it's well worth the effort coming around to his unique vibe and sound.
Standout tracks: Bible on the Dash, One Left in the Chamber, Cows Around
23. The Gaslight Anthem - Handwritten
Who'd have ever thought you'd see Kellie on a Farce the Music "best of" list and not just
in ridiculous memes and jokes about her "blonde-ness" and amplifications to her figure? Well here she is.
She said she'd put out a classic country album and she followed through. 100 Proof is not just an experiment either - it's full-blown, cry in your beer, lock your cheatin' spouse out, burn down the honky tonk country music. And for her effort? No hits and dropped from her label. Nashville sucks.
Standout tracks: Long As I Never See You Again, Mother's Day.
A late discovery that probably would have ended up much higher on this list if I'd had more time with it.
RIYL: Ryan Adams, Townes Van Zandt, Guy Clark.
Standout tracks: Jericho(!), Forgotten Flowers
30. Soundgarden - King Animal
31. Japandroids - Celebration Rock
Another album that might have climbed higher if I'd heard it earlier. Imagine Fleet Foxes with (100x)
the vitality and actual hooks. Makes sense because J. Tillman was a member of Fleet Foxes.
Fear Fun retains a lot of the indie vibe with its off-kilter lyrics but delivers for those of us who prefer a rootsier sound with a true alt-country delivery and even some Gram Parsons-esque desert rock.
Standout tracks: Nancy From Now On, Hollywood Forever Cemetery Sings
I can't say enough about this band. If you'd like Lucero by way of The Ramones, this is the album for you.
Passion, sorrow, humor and swagger. It's all here. And just look at that cover.
Standout tracks: White Bluff, Daddy's Breath
37. Rival Sons - Head Down
38. The Dirty Guv'nahs - Somewhere Beneath These Southern Skies
40. Alan Jackson - Thirty Miles West
43. Jack White - Blunderbuss
44. Kathleen Edwards - Voyageur
49. fun. - Some Nights
50. Frank Ocean - channel orange