Bret’s Top Albums of 2012

R.E.M. – It’s The End Of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)

That’s great, it starts with an earthquake, birds and snakes,
an aeroplane – Lenny Bruce is not afraid.
Eye of a hurricane, listen to yourself churn,
world serves its own needs, dummy serve your own needs.
Feed it off an aux speak,, grunt, no, strength,
The ladder starts to clatter with fear fight down height.
Wire in a fire, representing seven games, a government for hire and a combat site.
Left of west and coming in a hurry with the furies breathing down your neck.
Team by team reporters baffled, trumped, tethered cropped.
Look at that low playing!
Fine, then.
Uh oh, overflow, population, common food, but it’ll do.
Save yourself, serve yourself. World serves its own needs, listen to your heart bleed dummy with the rapture and the revered and the right – right.
You vitriolic, patriotic, slam, fight, bright light, feeling pretty psyched.

It’s the end of the world as we know it.
It’s the end of the world as we know it.
It’s the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine.

Six o’clock – TV hour. Don’t get caught in foreign towers.
Slash and burn, return, listen to yourself churn.
Locking in, uniforming, book burning, blood letting.
Every motive escalate. Automotive incinerate.
Light a candle, light a votive. Step down, step down.
Watch your heel crush, crushed. Uh-oh, this means no fear cavalier.
Renegade steer clear! A tournament, a tournament, a tournament of lies.
Offer me solutions, offer me alternatives and I decline.

It’s the end of the world as we know it.
It’s the end of the world as we know it. (It’s time I had some time alone)
It’s the end of the world as we know it (It’s time I had some time alone) and I feel fine.
(I feel fine)

It’s the end of the world as we know it. (It’s time I had some time alone)
It’s the end of the world as we know it. (It’s time I had some time alone)
It’s the end of the world as we know it (It’s time I had some time alone) and I feel fine.

The other night I dreamt of knives, continental drift divide. Mountains sit in a line
Leonard Bernstein. Leonid Brezhnev. Lenny Bruce and Lester Bangs.
Birthday party, cheesecake, jelly bean, boom!
You symbiotic, patriotic, slam book neck, right? Right.

It’s the end of the world as we know it. (It’s time I had some time alone)
It’s the end of the world as we know it. (It’s time I had some time alone)
It’s the end of the world as we know it (It’s time I had some time alone) and I feel fine.

It’s the end of the world as we know it.
It’s the end of the world as we know it.
It’s the end of the world as we know it (It’s time I had some time alone) and I feel fine.

It’s the end of the world as we know it. (It’s time I had some time alone)
It’s the end of the world as we know it. (It’s time I had some time alone)
It’s the end of the world as we know it (It’s time I had some time alone) and I feel fine.

It’s the end of the world as we know it. (It’s time I had some time alone)
It’s the end of the world as we know it. (It’s time I had some time alone)
It’s the end of the world as we know it (It’s time I had some time alone) and I feel fine…

 

Listen to these songs to feel fine as the world comes crashing down around you

Scroll over the listings for CD reviews, interviews and photos of the artists. 

(In alphabetical order)

Airiel: Kid Games

Beach House: Bloom

Australasia: Sin4tr4

Buck Satan And The 666 Shooters: Bikers Welcome, Ladies Drink Free

El Ten Eleven: Transitions

Fantasmes: Redness Moon

The Hague: Black Rabbit

Josh Rouse And The Long Vacations: S/T

Junkie XL: Synthesis

Killing Joke: MMXII

Little People: We Are All But Hunks Of Wood

Maniac: Maniac Records Radio Sampler

Meshuggah: Koloss

Ministry: Relapse

My Bloody Valentine: Loveless Two Disc Remaster/Reissue

The Orb: The ORBserver In The Star House

Orbital: Wonky

Parallels: XII

Pelican: Ataraxia/Taraxis

Pet Shop Boys: Format Limited Edition

Porcupine: Octane Twisted (Live)

Public Image Limited: This Is PiL

Royal Baths: Better Luck Next Life

Rush: Clockwork Angels

School Of Seven Bells: Ghostory

Sea Above, Sky Below: Enchanted

Sea Dweller: Signs Of A Perfect Disaster

Sigur Ros: Valtari

Simian Mobile Disco: Unpatterns and A Form Of Change EP

Steve Hogarth and Richard Barbieri: Not The Weapon But The Hand

Toadies: Play.Rock.Music

Ulver: Childhood’s End

Underworld: A Collection and 1992-2012 (The Anthology)

Van Halen: A Different Kind Of Truth

Violens: True

(List Compiled by Bret Miller)

 

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