Musically speaking 2012 was such a mixed bag of a year.
Notably, what we lost in 2012 seemed to overshadow the great new music we gained.
It seemed that every week we lost at least one big name. From Adam Yauch, Whitney Houston, Etta James and Donna Summer to Dick Clark, Dave Brubeck, Raylene Rankin and Ravi Shankar, 2012 was sad year with heavy losses. May they all rest in peace.
On a brighter note, Canadian music had a great year internationally. Carly Rae Jepsen infected many heads across the globe with her hit “Call Me Maybe” while Justin Bieber managed to hit the top spot with his first “adult” album, Believe. Critics and audiences fell in love with Japandroids, Grimes, Cold Specks and Metz. Leonard Cohen proved he can still compete with the best of them with Old Ideas, while Neil Young did him one better by releasing two albums with Crazy Horse (Americana and the double disc Psychedelic Pill).
Gotye was omnipotent with his hit “Somebody I Used to Know” from his surprisingly strong album Making Mirrors, while Fun exploded with their sophomore album Some Nights featuring “We Are Young”. Adele owned the Grammys and Brit Awards and managed the…