A Dozen for ’12: Guitar Moderne’s Top Records of the Year

People love lists; at least the majority of publications seem to think so. They stir up controversy, which attracts attention. Thus I feel almost obligated to offer a year’s best list, for this, our first year of publication.

Keep in mind that the top twelve, listed in no particular order, merely represents the recordings, released this year (ish), that I found myself returning to over the course of time. In the spirit of Guitar Moderne, I list them primarily to incite readers to check them out. They by no means are meant to be an “objective” list of the “best” recordings of the year, but only the ones that I heard and personally responded to—my best, if you will. They very much reflect my own taste and your list will undoubtedly vary. By all means chime in and let me know what you think I missed.
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Spotlight: Ryan Ferreira

The delicate, ambient vignettes on Ryan Ferreira’s solo record, ‘music for images’ belie his early interest in bands like Tesla, Skid Row, Poison, and Motley Crue. These reverb-drenched miniatures reflect his interest in film music, lasting no longer than they need to get the emotional job done. Here he relates how his music developed through experience and solitude.

Reversed: Ferreira is right-handed

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