The first great CD I heard in 2012 was released in 2011: I absolutely love finding great music that stops me cold from everything else I’m doing and forces me to listen to the entire CD. Few artists have done that in my life with an entire CD.
The Unforgettable Fire – U2, Bitter – Me’shell N’degeocello, For Emma, Forever Ago – Bon Iver, The Speckless Sky – Jane Siberry, Tunnel of Love – Bruce Springsteen, Quadrophenia – The Who, and Pirates – Rickie Lee Jones are a few.
Slave Ambient is a sonic song cycle bridging life and hope in a decaying country along the highway. Gorgeous organ, guitars and a voice that’s embedded in the melody that echoes Tom Petty years ago. Take a listen. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FMqWSFNC1jU
I’m not a music reviewer, but Pitchfork has a great review here: http://pitchfork.com/reviews/albums/15733-slave-ambient/