Year-End Lists

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Category: 2012 Albums

Beats Per Minute: Top 50 Albums of 2012

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Beats Per Minute: Top 50 Albums of 2012

  1. Flying Lotus – Until the Quiet Comes
  2. Chromatics – Kill for Love
  3. Andy Stott – Luxury Problems
  4. Frank Ocean – Channel Orange
  5. Tame Impala – Lonerism
  6. Jens Lekman – I Know What Love Isn’t
  7. Kendrick Lamar – good kid, m.A.A.d city
  8. How to Dress Well – Total Loss
  9. Julia Holter – Ekstasis
  10. Swans – The Seer
  11. Mount Eerie – Ocean Roar
  12. [tie] Mount Eerie – Clear Moon
  13. Lost In The Trees – A Church That Fits Our Needs
  14. Ty Segall – Twins
  15. John Talabot – fIN
  16. Perfume Genius – Put Your Back N 2 It
  17. The Men – Open Your Heart
  18. Motion Sickness of Time Travel – Motion Sickness of Time Travel
  19. Spiritualized – Sweet Heart Sweet Light
  20. The Weeknd – Echoes of Silence
  21. Mac DeMarco – 2
  22. Purity Ring – Shrines
  23. Ty Segall Band – Slaughterhouse
  24. Killer Mike – R.A.P. Music
  25. Pallbearer – Sorrow and Extinction
  26. Beach House – Bloom
  27. Godspeed You! Black Emperor – ‘Allelujah! Don’t Bend! Ascend!
  28. Merchandise – Children of Desire
  29. Nü Sensae – Sundowning
  30. Holy Other – Held
  31. DIIV – Oshin
  32. 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
  33. Japandroids – Celebration Rock
  34. The xx – Coexist
  35. El-P – Cancer 4 Cure
  36. Bat for Lashes – The Haunted Man
  37. Jessie Ware – Devotion
  38. Animal Collective – Centipede Hz
  39. LHF – Keepers of the Light
  40. Lambchop – Mr. M
  41. Schoolboy Q – Habits & Contradictions
  42. Ital – Hive Mind
  43. Dirty Projectors – Swing Lo Magellan
  44. Cloud Nothings – Attack on Memory
  45. Dan Deacon – America
  46. Action Bronson – Blue Chips
  47. Death Grips – The Money Store
  48. Voices From The Lake – Voices From The Lake
  49. Sharon Van Etten – Tramp
  50. White Fence – Family Perfume Vol. 1 & 2
  51. Lone – Galaxy Garden

WUOG: Top 50 Albums of 2012

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WUOG: Top 50 Albums of 2012

  1. Cloud Nothings – Attack on Memory
  2. Frank Ocean – channel ORANGE
  3. Purity Ring – Shrines
  4. Kendrick Lamar – good kid m.A.A.d city
  5. Japandroids – Celebration Rock
  6. Beach House – Bloom
  7. Tame Impala – Lonerism
  8. Grimes – Visions
  9. Swans – The Seer
  10. Death Grips – The Money Store
  11. [tie] Death Grips – No Love Deep Web
  12. Grizzly Bear – Shields
  13. Ariel Pink – Mature Themes
  14. Miguel – Kaleidoscope Dream
  15. Dirty Projectors – Swing Lo Magellan
  16. Sharon Van Etten – Tramp
  17. Godspeed You! Black Emperor – ‘Allelujah! Don’t Bend! Ascend
  18. Crystal Castles – Crystal Castles III
  19. The Men – Open Your Heart
  20. Captain Murphy – Duality
  21. Killer Mike – R.A.P. Music
  22. Flying Lotus – Until The Quiet Comes…
  23. Nas – Life is Good
  24. Perfume Genius – Put Your Back N 2 It
  25. How to Dress Well – Total Loss
  26. Chairlift – Something
  27. Oberhofer – Time Capsules II
  28. Sleigh Bells – Reign of Terror
  29. Wild Nothing – Nocturne
  30. Jack White – Blunderbuss
  31. Ty Segall – Slaughterhouse
  32. Julia Holter – Ekstasis
  33. Lana Del Rey – Born To Die
  34. St. Vincent & David Byrne – Love this Giant
  35. The xx – Coexist
  36. Hot Chip – In Our Heads
  37. Title Fight – Floral Green
  38. Black Moth Super Rainbow – Cobra Juicy
  39. Schoolboy Q – Habits and Contradictions
  40. Future – Pluto
  41. The Shins – Port of Morrow
  42. Friends – Manifest!
  43. Hospitality – Hospitality
  44. The Mountain Goats – Transcendental Youth
  45. Scott Walker – Bish Bosch
  46. Matthew Dear – Beams
  47. Krystale & Kaytradamus – The Good Fight
  48. Hop Along – Get Disowned
  49. Josephine Foster – Blood Rushing
  50. Deerhoof – Breakup Song
  51. Dan Deacon – America

Death and Taxes: 25 Best Albums of 2012

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Death and Taxes: 25 Best Albums of 2012 (in no particular order)

  • Bat for Lashes – The Haunted Man
  • Burial – Kindred
  • Lambchop – Mister M
  • Tame Impala – Lonerism
  • Grimes – Visions
  • Brother Ali – Mourning in America
  • Andrew Bird – Break It Yourself
  • Norah Jones – Little Broken Hearts
  • Rone – Tohu Bohu
  • Frank Ocean – Channel Orange
  • Japandroids – Celebration Rock
  • Sam Willis – Winterval
  • Matthew E. White – Big Inner
  • Hot Chip – In Our Heads
  • Action Bronson – Blue Chips
  • Beach House – Bloom
  • Makeup & Vanity Set – 88:88
  • Wild Nothing – Nocturne
  • Minotaur Shock – Orchard
  • Death Grips – The Money Store
  • Squarepusher – Ufabulum
  • Azari & III – Azari & III
  • Macklemore and Ryan Lewis – The Heist
  • DIIV – Oshin
  • Sophia Knapp – Into The Waves

Sasha Frere-Jones: 40 Best Albums of 2012

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Sasha Frere-Jones of The New Yorker: 40 Best Albums of 2012 (listed chronologically, exceptional albums marked with asterisks) [see also 2013]

  • Rick Ross – Rich Forever
  • Heems – Nehru Jackets
  • Demdike Stare – Elemental: I-IV
  • Sleigh Bells – Reign of Terror
  • E-40 – The Block Brochure
  • * Sun Araw, MGG & Congos – Icon Give Thank
  • * Actress – R.I.P.
  • Death Grips – The Money Store
  • Kool A.D. – Fifty-One
  • Shackleton – Music For The Quiet Hour / The Drawbar Organ EPs
  • * Killer Mike – R.A.P. Music
  • El-P – Cancer For Cure
  • Swans – We Rose From Your Bed With The Sun In Our Head
  • * Neneh Cherry & The Thing – The Cherry Thing
  • * Fiona Apple – The Idler Wheel…
  • Christian Fennesz – Aun soundtrack
  • * Frank Ocean – channel ORANGE
  • * Mungolian Jetset – Mungodelics
  • * Swans – The Seer
  • Cat Power – Sun
  • Deadbeat – Eight
  • Nik Bärtsch’s Ronin – Live
  • * METZ – METZ
  • Godspeed You! Black Emperor – ‘Allelujah! Don’t Bend! Ascend!
  • Peace – The World Is Too Much With Us
  • * Daphni – Jiaolong
  • Tussle – Tempest
  • Jamey Johnson – Living for a Song: Tribute to Hank Cochran
  • Andy Stott – Luxury Problems
  • * Old Apparatus – 4 EPs (Derren, Harem, Alfur, Realise)
  • * Kendrick Lamar – good kid, m.A.A.d. city
  • Tayor Swift – Red
  • Karriem Riggins – Alone Together
  • * Christiaan Virant – Fistful of Buddha
  • Various – Get Lost V (mixed by Acid Pauli)
  • Neneh Cherry & The Thing – The Cherry Thing Remixes
  • Lana Del Rey – Paradise
  • * Brian Eno – Lux
  • Moon Wiring Club – Today Bread, Tomorrow Secrets
  • Scott Walker – Bish Bosch

AllMusic: 50 Best Albums of 2012

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AllMusic: 50 Best Albums of 2012

  1. Grimes – Visions
  2. Frank Ocean – Channel Orange
  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. Kendrick Lamar – good kid, m.A.A.d city
  5. Miguel – Kaleidoscope Dream
  6. Flying Lotus – Until the Quiet Comes
  7. Torche – Harmonicraft
  8. Jessie Ware – Devotion
  9. David Byrne & St. Vincent – Love This Giant
  10. Carly Rae Jepsen – Kiss
  11. Deerhoof – Breakup Song
  12. Dwight Yoakam – 3 Pears
  13. Tame Impala – Lonerism
  14. Robert Glasper Experiment – Black Radio
  15. Killer Mike – R.A.P. Music
  16. Donald Fagen – Sunken Condos
  17. Matthew Dear – Beams
  18. Death Grips – The Money Store
  19. Dan Deacon – America
  20. THEESatisfaction – Awe Naturale
  21. Lightships – Electric Cables
  22. Beach House – Bloom
  23. Beachwood Sparks – The Tarnished Gold
  24. Karriem Riggins – Alone Together
  25. Christian Scott – Christian aTunde Adjuah
  26. Converge – All We Love We Leave Behind
  27. Breakbot – By Your Side
  28. Chromatics – Kill for Love
  29. fun. – Some Nights
  30. Hot Chip – In Our Heads
  31. Cat Power – Sun
  32. The xx – Coexist
  33. Elle Varner – Perfectly Imperfect
  34. Redd Kross – Researching The Blues
  35. Jamey Johnson – Living For a Song. A Tribute To Hank Cochran
  36. Jack White – Blunderbuss
  37. Santigold – Master Of My Make-Believe
  38. Grizzly Bear – Shields
  39. Smashing Pumpkins – Oceania
  40. Kelly Hogan – I Like To Keep Myself In Pain
  41. Off! – Off!
  42. Bobby Womack – The Bravest Man in the Universe
  43. Swans – The Seer
  44. Bat for Lashes – The Haunted Man
  45. The Temper Trap – The Temper Trap
  46. Gravenhurst – The Ghost in Daylight
  47. Bob Mould – Silver Age
  48. The Walkmen – Heaven
  49. Blut Aus Nord – 777: Cosmosophy
  50. Bill Fay – Life is People

Kitty Empire: 10 Best Pop Albums of 2012

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Kitty Empire: 10 Best Pop Albums of 2012 (as published by The Observer, in no particular order)

  • The xx – Coexist
  • Dirty Three – Toward the Low Sun
  • The 2 Bears – Be Strong
  • Sharon Van Etten – Tramp
  • Bruce Springsteen – Wrecking Ball
  • Leonard Cohen – Old Ideas
  • Jack White – Blunderbuss
  • Frank Ocean – Channel Orange
  • Plan B – Ill Manors
  • Grizzly Bear – Shields

Cokemachineglow: Top 50 Albums of 2012

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Cokemachineglow: Top 50 Albums of 2012

  1. Swans – The Seer
  2. Grimes – Visions
  3. El-P – Cancer 4 Cure
  4. Julia Holter – Ekstasis
  5. Kendrick Lamar – good kid, m.A.A.D city
  6. Beach House – Bloom
  7. 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
  8. Tame Impala – Lonerism
  9. Killer Mike – R.A.P. Music
  10. Friendzone – Collection 1
  11. The Men – Open Your Heart
  12. Flying Lotus – Until the Quiet Comes
  13. Godspeed You! Black Emperor – ‘Allelujah! Don’t Bend! Ascend!
  14. Shackleton – Music for the Quiet Hour/The Drawbar Organ EPs
  15. L.W.H. – CIA TV
  16. Andy Stott – Luxury Problems
  17. Chromatics – Kill for Love
  18. Burial – Kindred EP
  19. Sharon Van Etten – Tramp
  20. Scott Walker – Bish Bosch
  21. Schoolboy Q – Habits & Contradictions
  22. Jessie Ware – Devotion
  23. Deerhoof – Breakup Song
  24. Spiritualized – Sweet Heart Sweet Light
  25. Frank Ocean – Channel Orange
  26. Liars – WIXIW
  27. Cloud Nothings – Attack on Memory
  28. Laurel Halo – Quarantine
  29. Mount Eerie – Clear Moon / Ocean Roar
  30. Solange – True EP
  31. John Talabot – fIN
  32. Disasterpeace – Fez OST
  33. White Lung – Sorry
  34. Dustin Wong – Dreams Say, View, Create, Shadow Leads
  35. Jens Lekman – I Know What Love Isn’t
  36. Future – Pluto
  37. Hot Chip – In Our Heads
  38. Merchandise – Children of Desire
  39. Here We Go Magic – A Different Ship
  40. Miguel – Kaleidoscope Dream
  41. Amanda Jo Williams – The Bear Eats Me
  42. Zammuto – Zammuto
  43. The Walkmen – Heaven
  44. Aesop Rock – Skelethon
  45. Japandroids – Celebration Rock
  46. Perfume Genius – Put Your Back N 2 It
  47. Purity Ring – Shrines
  48. Each Other – Heavily Spaced EP
  49. Action Bronson & Party Supplies – Blue Chips
  50. Lambchop – Mr. M

Pitchfork: Top 50 Albums of 2012

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Pitchfork: Top 50 Albums of 2012

  1. Kendrick Lamar – good kid, m.A.A.d city
  2. Frank Ocean – Channel Orange
  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. Tame Impala – Lonerism
  5. Swans – The Seer
  6. Grimes – Visions
  7. Beach House – Bloom
  8. Chromatics – Kill for Love
  9. Death Grips – The Money Store
  10. Grizzly Bear – Shields
  11. Japandroids – Celebration Rock
  12. Godspeed You! Black Emperor – ‘Allelujah! Don’t Bend! Ascend!
  13. Killer Mike – R.A.P. Music
  14. Andy Stott – Luxury Problems
  15. Dirty Projectors – Swing Lo Magellan
  16. Burial – Kindred EP
  17. Bat for Lashes – The Haunted Man
  18. Ty Segall Band – Slaughterhouse
  19. [tie] Ty Segall and White Hair – Hair
  20. Cloud Nothings – Attack on Memory
  21. Jessie Ware – Devotion
  22. Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti – Mature Themes
  23. Flying Lotus – Until the Quiet Comes
  24. Miguel – Kaleidoscope Dream
  25. Purity Ring – Shrines
  26. Schoolboy Q – Habits & Contradictions
  27. Julia Holter – Ekstasis
  28. John Talabot – fIN
  29. How to Dress Well – Total Loss
  30. Cat Power – Sun
  31. The Men – Open Your Heart
  32. Spiritualized – Sweet Heart Sweet Light
  33. Action Bronson – Blue Chips
  34. Actress – R.I.P.
  35. Chairlift – Something
  36. TNGHT – TNGHT EP
  37. Sharon Van Etten – Tramp
  38. Future – Pluto
  39. Lotus Plaza – Spooky Action at a Distance
  40. Hot Chip – In Our Heads
  41. DIIV – Oshin
  42. Dum Dum Girls – End of Daze EP
  43. Rick Ross – Rich Forever
  44. Mac DeMarco – 2
  45. Metz – Metz
  46. El-P – Cancer 4 Cure
  47. Rustie – Essential Mix
  48. Pallbearer – Sorrow and Extinction
  49. Peaking Lights – Lucifer
  50. Crystal Castles – Crystal Castles [III]
  51. Lambchop – Mr. M

L Magazine: 20 Best Albums of 2012

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The L Magazine: 20 Best Albums of 2012

  1. Allo Darlin – Europe
  2. Lambchop – Mr. M
  3. Father John Misty – Fear Fun
  4. Julia Holter – Ekstasis
  5. Hospitality – Hospitality
  6. The Men – Open Your Heart
  7. Grizzly Bear – Shields
  8. Swans – The Seer
  9. Cate Le Bon – CYRK
  10. Lotus Plaza – Spooky Action at a Distance
  11. Chromatics – Kill For Love
  12. Divine Fits – A Thing Called Divine Fits
  13. Dirty Projectors – Swing Lo Magellan
  14. Death Grips – The Money Store
  15. Terry Malts – Killing Time
  16. Japandroids – Celebration Rock
  17. The Babies – Our House on the Hill
  18. Titus Andronicus – Local Business
  19. The Fresh & Onlys – Long Slow Dance
  20. Saint Etienne – Word and Music by Saint Etienne

Complex: 50 Best Albums of 2012

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Complex: 50 Best Albums of 2012

  1. Kendrick Lamar – good kid, m.A.A.d city
  2. Frank Ocean – Channel Orange
  3. Rick Ross – Rich Forever
  4. Lana Del Rey – Born to Die
  5. Schoolboy Q – Habits & Contradictions
  6. 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
  7. Ka – Grief Pedigree
  8. Wiz Khalifa – Taylor Allderdice
  9. Future – Pluto
  10. El-P – Cancer 4 Cure
  11. Grimes – Visions
  12. Nas – Life is Good
  13. Beach House – Bloom
  14. Meek Mill – Dreamchasers 2
  15. Ty Dolla $ign – Beach House
  16. Rihanna – Unapologetic
  17. Miguel – Kaleidoscope Dream
  18. Action Bronson – Blue Chips
  19. Crystal Castles – Crystal Castles [III]
  20. Ab-Soul – Control System
  21. Mac DeMarco – 2
  22. Santigold – Master of My Make-Believe
  23. Bat for Lashes – The Haunted Man
  24. G.O.O.D. Music – Cruel Summer
  25. TNGHT – TNGHT EP
  26. Big Sean – Detroit
  27. The xx – Coexist
  28. Chief Keef – Finally Rich
  29. Purity Ring – Shrines
  30. Dom Kennedy – Yellow Album
  31. Japandroids – Celebration Rock
  32. Killer Mike – R.A.P. Music
  33. Jessie Ware – Devotion
  34. Ratking – Wiki93
  35. Cloud Nothings – Attack on Memory
  36. Lil Durk – I’m Still a Hitta
  37. Tame Impala – Lonerism
  38. Joey Bada$$ – 1999
  39. Titus Andronicus – Local Business
  40. Death Grips – The Money Store
  41. Captain Murphy – Duality
  42. Dirty Projectors – Swing Lo Magellan
  43. BJ The Chicago Kid – Pineapple Now-Laters
  44. Twin Shadow – Confess
  45. Game – Jesus Piece
  46. Michael Kiwanuka – Home Again
  47. Mr. Vegas – Sweet Jamaica
  48. Roc Marciano – Reloaded
  49. Norah Jones – Little Broken Hearts
  50. Mac Miller – Macadelic