PopMatters: 75 Best Albums of 2012

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PopMatters: 75 Best Albums of 2012

  1. Frank Ocean – Channel Orange
  2. Japandroids – Celebration Rock
  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. Beach House – Bloom
  5. Swans – The Seer
  6. Killer Mike – R.A.P. Music
  7. Tame Impala – Lonerism
  8. Jessie Ware – Devotion
  9. Kendrick Lamar – good kid, m.A.A.d. city
  10. Chromatics – Kill for Love
  11. Grimes – Visions
  12. Carolina Chocolate Drops – Leaving Eden
  13. The Walkmen – Heaven
  14. Jack White – Blunderbuss
  15. Baroness – Yellow & Green
  16. Godspeed You! Black Emperor – ‘Allelujah! Don’t Bend! Ascend!
  17. Pepe Deluxé – Queen of the Wave
  18. Cloud Nothings – Attack on Memory
  19. Grizzly Bear – Shields
  20. The Avett Brothers – The Carpenter
  21. Spiritualized – Sweet Heart Sweet Light
  22. The Maccabees – Given to the Wild
  23. Taylor Swift – Red
  24. The Mountain Goats – Transcendental Youth
  25. Galactic – Carnivale Electricos
  26. Dr. John – Locked Down
  27. Father John Misty – Fear Fun
  28. Andy Stott – Luxury Problems
  29. Death Grips – The Money Store
  30. Robert Glasper – Black Radio
  31. Hot Chip – In Our Heads
  32. Esperanza Spalding – Chamber Music Society
  33. Bat for Lashes – The Haunted Man
  34. The Touré-Raichel Collective – The Tel Aviv Session
  35. El-P – Cancer 4 Cure
  36. Nas – Life is Good
  37. Miguel – Kaleidoscope Dream
  38. David Byrne & St. Vincent – Love This Giant
  39. Of Monsters and Men – My Head is an Animal
  40. The Men – Open Your Heart
  41. Quantic and Alice Russell – Look Around the Corner
  42. Flying Lotus – Until the Quiet Comes
  43. Metz – Metz
  44. Amanda Palmer & The Grand Theft Orchestra – Theatre Is Evil
  45. Bob Mould – Silver Age
  46. Julia Holter – Ekstasis
  47. Ryan Bingham – Tomorrowland
  48. Lambchop – Mr. M
  49. Iris DeMent – Sing the Delta
  50. Paul Weller – Sonik Kicks
  51. Todd Snider – Agnostic Hymns and Stoner Fables
  52. How to Dress Well – Total Loss
  53. John Talabot – fIN
  54. BBU – Bell Hooks
  55. Wadada Leo Smith – Ten Freedom Summers
  56. Bruce Springsteen – Wrecking Ball
  57. Dirty Projectors – Swing Lo Magellan
  58. Sleigh Bells – Reign of Terror
  59. Redd Kross – Researching The Blues
  60. The Gaslight Anthem – Handwritten
  61. ∆ (alt-J) – An Awesome Wave
  62. Debo Band – Debo Band
  63. Islands – A Sleep & A Forgetting
  64. Ty Segall – Twins
  65. Krallice – Years Past Matter
  66. Passion Pit – Gossamer
  67. Rush – Clockwork Angels
  68. Goat – World Music
  69. Allo Darlin’ – Europe
  70. Lianne La Havas – Is Your Love Big Enough?
  71. Purity Ring – Shrines
  72. Sun Araw/M. Geddes Gengras/The Congos – FRKWYS Vol. 9: Icon Give Thank
  73. The Tallest Man on Earth – There’s No Leaving Now
  74. Santigold – Master of My Make-Believe
  75. My Jerusalem – Preachers