One of the signs that I have acted more as a straggler than as a blogger recently is the fact that my "favorite music of 2012" post did not go up until January 1, 2013. Rather than repeat that poor performance wholesale, this post will at least get The List qua List up and out in the world. I am continuing to work on more detailed commentary on each of the selections, in the hope that it too will see the light before we hear the chimes at midnight as the years move on.
This year, the list comes to a full 50 entries. I have abandoned any attempt to segregate by style or genre this time around: this is simply recorded music that was released in the past twelve months and that I particularly liked, arranged in a rough order of personal preference.
As always, fine distinctions of degree become more hazy as the list grows longer. That is, I feel more strongly about the rightness of the rankings in the upper half of the list than in the lower. As an added arbitrary touch, when one artist is represented by more than one choice, I have simply lumped them together with consecutive numbers. Since my purpose is to endorse all of this music, and to commend each and every item to your attention, the numbering hardly matters in the end. This catalogue is what this blog on the whole has become, an index of enthusiasms.
Eh bien, the List: