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Guitar World Magazine’s Top 50 Albums of 2012

Guitar World Magazine unveils its picks for the top 50 new releases this year, did your favorite make the cut?


By Alex Baker


In the music world at large Adele’s 21 might be garnering all the end-of-the-year acclaim and sales figures. But when it comes to Guitar World Magazine, it didn’t even make it into the top 50.


As you might expect, the axe-mad mag kept its list pretty much on the rock tip with high honors going to classic rock mainstays like Rush, ZZ Top, Neil Young, and Aerosmith,


However indie and alt rock bands were also well-represented with the likes of Jack White, Smashing Pumpkins, Soundgarden, and Green Day all making the cut. One of our favorite new artists Gary Clark Jr. also made the list thankfully. We won’t tell you who’s number one or give the whole thing away.


Here’s a brief excerpt from the online piece. For the complete rundown, be sure to click the link after the jump.


 Guitar World’s Top 50 Albums of 2012


by Guitar World Staff


Everyone from the Mayans to Nostradamus allegedly prophesied the end of the world in 2012, but who could have predicted Green Day’s epic trilogy of new albums, or Joe Walsh‘s first solo effort in two decades, or Rush churning out their heaviest record this side of 2112?


For a year that was supposed to mark the end of an era, it’s quite fitting that 2012 ended up being very much a nexus of past and future.


Aerosmith and Kiss kept the classic rock flame alive, releasing their 15th and 20th studio albums respectively, and ZZ Top issued their finest showing of fuzzed-out Texas blues in years. Meanwhile, excellent debuts from Gary Clark Jr. and Alabama Shakes — not to mention Jack White’s debut solo record hitting No. 1 — proved the blues is still a vital force in the hands of true believers.


Read more at Guitar World online. . . .

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