BEST OF 2012 - Ted Billings "American Bedrooms" - The digital LP is short at just eight songs, but it's hard to argue "American Bedrooms" is abbreviated in any way. During its course, Billings manages to elevate the room and bring it down in the fashion of his choosing; track-to-track, this series of songs is an exercise in Billing's ability to manage a listener. Only Billings would put an audience in a House on Fire, but we're there quite happily!
VERDICT - An instant classic, harkening back to the personal records of the late 1980s by a mind that's contemporary and forward-moving. Listen to "American Bedrooms" and then listen to it again and you'll see what I mean.