Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Top 50 Best Songs of 2012: #30-26

#30. "Live and Die" - The Avett Brothers
Known for their caravan rambling bluegrass and family folk, The Avett Brothers took a break from being festival favourites following I And Love And You to drop this adorable ditty off their latest album The Carpenter. Featuring a healthy mix of bouncy acoustic chords and their notoriously synced brotherly harmonies, the country twang of this goofily happy ballad is enough to lift any unwavering mood. Seth Avett being a total dreamboat doesn't hurt either.

#29. "Yet Again" - Grizzly Bear
Following the sickeningly contagious hits "Two Weeks" and "Knife" from one of Brooklyn's finest indie rock band's early releases, Grizzly Bear entered slightly new territory on this September's chilly and intriguing "Yet Again." Ed Droste's romantic vocals, dynamic songwriting and experimental rock elements already had laid the foundation as proof the quartet was capable of churning a likable but thought provoking dark flavour of rock 'n roll, and "Yet Again," an edgier blend of that, has only further solidified their force to be reckoned with.


#28. "Sweet" - Dave Matthews Band
A week shy of his 46th birthday - eight studio albums, handfuls of live ones, wife and kids - Davey J. Matthews has wholeheartedly embraced his mid-life musings and scripted them into refreshingly retrospective pieces of art on Away from the World. Taking musical bits and pieces from his arms-length discography of classics - including the same brilliant acoustics and his bellowing, instrument-like vocals - on "Sweet," Matthews daintily whispers about his young son's first swimming experience above music box chords; but a few seconds spent reading between the notes will reveal the coming-of-age wisdom is what Dad has inevitably realized himself.


#27. "New God Flow" - Kanye West and Pusha T.
Some may have wondered exactly where some of the year's hottest hip-hop singles even came from; "Mercy", "Clique" and this particular track seemed to have dropped with the help of the game's biggest personas but without any real forewarning. They were all a product of this year's popular crew album Cruel Summer, curated by Mr. West and featuring plenty of his own stylish rants; also the perfect chance to showcase the cocky spark plug's roster of rhymesters signed to his G.O.O.D. Music label. Like any deceiving movie trailer, the compilation's best songs made it onto the airwaves,  while the rest were mediocre. On this track, however, the label founder did anything but disappoint - unleashing a nasty beat, taste of gospel and his cleverly relentless growls to kick off the anticipated release. Only West would attempt "I believe there's a God above me/ I'm just the God of everything else." Only Him.

#26. "All Wash Out" - Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros
Whoever was lucky enough to catch the Big Easy Express documentary - narrating the cross-country rail travels of this hippie clan, Mumford & Sons and Old Crow Medicine Show - surfaced from their theatre seat desperate to claim half the soundtrack, especially unheard new tracks like this one. Unveiled through a scene in which scruffy front man Alex Ebert and his flower child collective are swaying, instruments in hand, in a roadside reed-filled field - the song and it's mellow, sunsetting whistle became an instant summer necessity.

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