The Current's music editor reluctantly chooses the best of 2012 

Let's be honest, here: any "best-of" list you find out there is a subjective, incomplete, inaccurate and, often times, just plain funny concoction that says more about the person who compiled it than the music itself. There is no way anyone can listen to every single album that's released in a year, especially those who — like me— enjoy a wide range of styles in several languages. Even those who brag about having listened to every release probably spent very little time with each album; not a recommended thing to do, since the power of an album grows or diminishes the more you get to know them. Still, those lists (even the bad ones) serve a valuable purpose: here and there, you are able to discover some wonderful albums you may have missed.

Different writers have different methods to elaborate the list. Some, as Current contributor J.D. Swerzenski shared in this same issue, choose their "best" album of the year based on how many times the album was played in the last 12 months. Myself? I keep a list on the wall and, whenever something hits me (hits me really hard), I write it down. At the end of the year, I choose my "best" in each category.

Here they are. Don't agree? Share yours with us in the comments section of this story, and help us discover what this, yet another stupid list, left out.

1 - Nicolette Good
Monarch
On a pure songwriting and vocal basis, nothing can touch Nico's masterpiece. Nothing.

2 - Third Root
Stand for Something
A politically charged black/brown collaboration between Mojoe's Easy Lee and Mexican Stepgrandfather's Marco Cervantes.

3 - Pop Pistol
Animal Prisms
The magnus opus by SA's electropop power trio.

4 - Los Texmaniacs
Texas Towns & Tex-Mex Sounds

5 - Mrs. Howl
Lovie & A Yellow Lamp

6 - Karloz
Tex-Bop Deluxe

7 - Phonolux
Nashville Fires

8 - The Panic Division
Eternalism

9 - Bad Breaks
Bad Breaks

10 - Last Nighters
Animal Room

11 - Langton Drive
Langton Drive

12 - Whiskey Ships
Soft Enterprise

TOP 4 EPs FROM WHEREVER

1 - Little Brave's Wild
The first of three EPs that will
become an album. Get it NOW.

2 - Pep Squad
Get Outrageous (SA)

3 - Tom Tom Club
Downtown Rockers

4 - Garrett T. Capp
Radical Sabbatical (SA)

BEST TOURING SHOW

England in 1819 at Limelight

BEST LOCAL SHOW

The Heroine at White Rabbit

TOP 3 LATIN ALBUMS

1 - Café Tacuba
El Objeto Antes Llamado Disco
After five years, Mexico City's alternative kings returned with an album that ranks among their best.

2 - Gaby Moreno
Postales
Guatemala's top songstress and an album so great we even forgive her for singing with Ricardo Arjona.

3 - Natalia Lafourcade
Mujer Divina
Perhaps the best Agustín Lara tribute ever.

TOP 10 ALBUMS

1 - Mark Knopfler
Privateering
Unfairly ignored by most top 10 lists, this album solidifies the former Dire Straits leader's status as one of the most lucid songwriters out there, and one of the best guitarists.

2 - England in 1819
Alma

3 - Fiona Apple
The Idler Wheel Is Wiser Than the Driver of the Screw and Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Will Ever Do

4 - Metric
Synthetica

5 - Bat for Lashes
The Haunted Man

6 - Neil Young & CrazyHorse
Psychedelic Pill

7 - Bruce Springsteen
Wrecking Ball

8 - Bob Dylan
Tempest

9 - Cat Power
Sun

10 - Alejandro Escovedo
Big Station

TOP 6 SONGS

1 – Fiona Apple's "Hot Knife"
The sexiest track in Fiona's best album.

2 – Metric's "Speed the Collapse"

3 – England in 1819's "Waterfall"

4 - Amadou & Mariam's "Dougou Badia" (feat. Santigold)

5 - Café Tacuba's "Volcán"

6 - Gaby Moreno "Juegos y miedo"

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