It’s pretty incredible to consider how quickly Spotify has solidified itself in our culture since its U.S. launch in July of 2011. Reminders Spotify’s increasing ubiquity are everywhere, from your friend’s listening choices showing up in your Facebook feed, or the receipt of e-mails alerting you that someone you know has altered one of their Spotify playlists.
The success of Spotify is no great mystery; the streaming music service offers an incredible variety of artists and albums at prices that range from pretty cheap to totally free. Opting for a free streaming membership limits you to ten hours of listening per month, but you can choose to upgrade whenever you’d like.
Enjoy Spotify’s Amazing Streaming Music Service From Anywhere in the World
Though Spotify is available all over America and in much of Europe (Germany, UK, Spain and more), there are still plenty of music-loving nations around the world in Asia, South America and the Middle East without access Spotify’s amazing library of high-quality free streaming music.
When you have a computer IP address that originates in a country with Spotify access, no matter where you are physically, your computer or mobile phone can be located in the correct country to gain full access to Spotify’s expansive library of free streaming music.
Spotify with VPN is a must for true music lovers who love immediate access to the latest and greatest American bands and albums. That’s all it takes to get access to the best free streaming music service from anywhere around the world.
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The Top Ten Albums of 2012 Streaming On Spotify
With so many free streaming music options available on Spotify, catching up on some of the best music of the past year can be difficult. Fortunately for you, our resident music enthusiast Dan has given us his top ten albums of 2012 to share with you. (NOTE: Clicking on the album title will open the album up in Spotify for you.)
10. Frank Ocean – Channel Orange
Maybe you heard about this guy this year? While Ocean’s personal life certainly garnered a lot of attention, it’s a mere sideshow compared to his work. Channel Orange is one of the most ambitious and thoughtful soul albums of recent memory.
9. Godspeed You! Black Emperor – Allelujah! Don’t Bend! Ascend!
Maybe you thought, understandably, that a decade away would lessen this band’s ear for texture or blunt their righteous power. You’d be wrong.
8. Kendrick Lamar – good kid, m.A.A.d city
Lamar conceptualized the hell out of his proper debut album, working tirelessly to wring every last ounce of humanity and pathos out of every last character he chronicles. All that effort paid off. Too few mainstream hip-hop records are as fully, exhaustively realized as good kid, m.A.A.d city (a title that never gets less annoying to type).
7. Aesop Rock – Skelethon
Whereas other hip-hop records on this list work to lure you into their worlds so that you may better understand them, Skelethon is a sinister madhouse that would operate with the same spiked lunacy whether you’re there or not. Aesop Rock’s mind has always been thorny terrain, fraught with barbed twists and tricky lyrical trapdoors, but Skelethon is his first record that suggests what a nightmare it must be to be stuck in there.
6. Killer Mike – R.A.P. Music
The always mighty Killer Mike has been on the periphery of greatness for a while now, showing up on great tracks on great records (Stankonia), or releasing mind-blowing singles (“That’s Life”), but has never had a great record to call his own. Producer El-P harnesses Mike’s incomparable power, helping him create a focused and relentless bulldozer of an album.
5. Spiritualized – Sweet Heart, Sweet Light
Though the cover of this record (to the left) is undeniably goofy, something about it captures the essence of this thrillingly joyful album. After years of issues with drugs, and an illness-related brush with death, Jason Pierce has shaken away much of the melancholy of his previous work and is left almost stupefied by the sheer jubilation in his music. “Huh?” indeed.
4. Japandroids – Celebration Rock
Or how about Pile Driver of Joy? Wrecking Ball Party? Nah, Celebration Rock is better. Believe me, how thoroughly these two crushed it in terms of just naming this album only sort of prepares you for the ecstatic rush Celebration Rock provides from beginning to end.
3. Ka – Grief Pedigree
A sad, weary album, delivered in a gruff, weary whisper by an industry vet, Ka’s Grief Pedigree shuffles from track to track with minimal energy. It may not be anyone’s idea of a blast, but Ka beautifully fills out the “gritty arteries” of Brownsville, Brooklyn in stark, vivid detail. A cold classic in the vein of Nas’ Illmatic and Mobb Deep’s Hell On Earth.
2. The Walkmen – Heaven
Music focused on the joys and pains of maturing tends to be mocked as somehow inherently less vital, but The Walkmen don’t seem to be bothered by that notion. They know, and communicate beautifully, that the weight of everything, joy and pain, resonate more powerfully with age. Heaven is filled with spite, longing, terror and, most importantly, love. What does a teenager know of these things?
1. Swans – The Seer
To attempt to sum up this album’s power is to set oneself up to fail. It’s unearthly; It’s terrifying; It’s grandiose; It declares its’ lunacy and commits. Wholly. Considering its’ aims, its’ two-hour run-time not only seems reasonable, but insufficient. On a list of intense albums, The Seer stands willfully above the rest. You’ve been warned.
If you want to see an entire playlist of these songs, check out of Dan K’s Top Ten Playlist streaming on Spotify right now!
This is one man’s well thought out opinion but we are open to suggestions on the best albums on Spotify from 2012. Got an album you think we should give a listen to? Let us know down below in the comments. We are always on the hunt for an overlooked gem.
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