Rush, Rival Sons and ZZ Top Releases Named Top Albums of 2012
3. ZZ Top: La Futura: After a lean period lasting longer than most bands' entire careers, ZZ Top hooked up with producer Rick Rubin to cut their best album since 1983's Eliminator. La Futura delivered soulful blues and high-octane boogie as only these good ol' boys know how.
2. Rival Sons: Head Down: Anyone still doubting the relevance of classic guitar music in 2012 needed to look no further than this storming Californian four- piece. Head Down was unreconstructed rock'n'roll in the raw, borne aloft by euphoric Motown grooves and the kind of timeless riffs patented by John Fogerty circa Green River.
1. Rush: Clockwork Angels: In a year that has a special resonance for Rush, promoters offered big money for a tour based on the band's landmark 70s album 2112. But rather than trade on the past, Rush moved forward with their most ambitious project to date: a first full concept album, and a genuine late-career masterpiece. See who else made the list here.
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