By the circumstances of our calendar, we culturally use the transition into the new year as a time to reflect. We reflect on how we have grown as people, about the ties to our friends new and old, about how we have conducted ourselves, of what we have liked and didn't like. We as people periodically reflect, and as people who love music, we periodically reflect on what moved us, sometimes with a little extra intensity. Our mood may change over time, but it's nice to know that in this moment at the end of 2012, we were able to put down some of the what we consider the music we've heard at this moment in time that moved us a little bit more that others who might one day do the same. It's nice at the end of the year to reflect on what we felt in that moment.
This has been a particularly strong year for music. I feel like I've been saying it more and more but do you remember how you felt at the beginning of this year when you heard you were going to get a new Robert Glasper album, two Brad Mehldau albums, and Christian Scott was making a comeback? You didn't even think about all the other surprises you'd encounter because it just seems like talent is coming from everywhere lately, isn't it? This has been a really strong year for music and it's been a lot of fun experiencing and sharing it with you.
To be honest, these are the top ten non-jazz albums as voted by our staff, but since ties are a habit with this year's lists, we're going to start things off at #8. We'd be a little more accurate in the title of our list, but the desire to make round numbers beat out the need for complete accuracy. It, much like our balloting, was a weighty decision. Nevertheless, these are the albums we felt quite strongly about, no matter the genre.
I've always loved the collective of voices we have here at Nextbop. This international group of talents has always been a sort of inspiration to me, shining a light on the things that I don't know. While we usually share in one another's knowledge in a jazz sense, that has always been but a microcosm of our interests. It is when we look at the rest of our taste that our diversity really gets to stand out.
You may notice that there are a lot of ties in these lists. That's due to the size of our little family. Everyone's vote is equal and that really gave a lot of releases the chance to get some coverage here. It'll all come together the higher up the list we'll go. It's been one hell of a ride putting these lists together. I speak for everyone on our staff here in saying that I really hope you enjoy them, remember what it is that you loved about the music of 2012, and maybe learn a little about the things you missed. I certainly have.