BEST OF
2014

The Guardian's Best Albums of 2012

Original Source

1. Frank Ocean - Channel Orange

Frank Ocean - Channel Orange
July 17, 2012
R&B
Critic Score
91
23 reviews
User Score
84
292 reviews

2. Grimes - Visions

Grimes - Visions
February 21, 2012
Synthpop
Critic Score
80
23 reviews
User Score
82
210 reviews

3. Jessie Ware - Devotion

Jessie Ware - Devotion
August 20, 2012
Soul
Critic Score
83
18 reviews
User Score
81
84 reviews

4. Dirty Projectors - Swing Lo Magellan

Dirty Projectors - Swing Lo Magellan
July 10, 2012
Experimental Rock
Critic Score
82
22 reviews
User Score
83
137 reviews

5. Kendrick Lamar - good kid, m.A.A.d. city

Kendrick Lamar - good kid, m.A.A.d. city
October 22, 2012
Hip Hop
Critic Score
89
18 reviews
User Score
88
281 reviews

6. Tame Impala - Lonerism

Tame Impala - Lonerism
October 9, 2012
Psychedelic Rock
Critic Score
86
20 reviews
User Score
87
333 reviews

7. Alt-J - An Awesome Wave

Alt-J - An Awesome Wave
May 28, 2012
Experimental
Critic Score
69
11 reviews
User Score
80
190 reviews

8. The xx - Coexist

The xx - Coexist
September 11, 2012
Indie Pop
Critic Score
76
21 reviews
User Score
76
119 reviews

9. Hot Chip - In Our Heads

Hot Chip - In Our Heads
June 11, 2012
Electropop
Critic Score
74
16 reviews
User Score
79
74 reviews

10. Bobby Womack - The Bravest Man in the Universe

Bobby Womack - The Bravest Man in the Universe
June 12, 2012
Soul
Critic Score
74
13 reviews
User Score
72
11 reviews

11. Miguel - Kaleidoscope Dream

Miguel - Kaleidoscope Dream
October 2, 2012
R&B
Critic Score
84
10 reviews
User Score
81
65 reviews

12. Django Django - Django Django

Django Django - Django Django
January 30, 2012
Psychedelic
Critic Score
77
13 reviews
User Score
78
84 reviews

13. Chromatics - Kill for Love

Chromatics - Kill for Love
March 26, 2012
Synthpop
Critic Score
82
18 reviews
User Score
82
129 reviews

14. Grizzly Bear - Shields

Grizzly Bear - Shields
September 18, 2012
Indie Folk
Critic Score
84
22 reviews
User Score
83
261 reviews

15. Cooly G - Playin' Me

Cooly G - Playin' Me
July 24, 2012
Dubstep
Critic Score
80
13 reviews
User Score
79
5 reviews

16. Taylor Swift - Red

Taylor Swift - Red
October 22, 2012
Pop
Critic Score
72
10 reviews
User Score
71
32 reviews

17. Lana Del Rey - Born To Die

Lana Del Rey - Born To Die
January 31, 2012
Chamber Pop
Critic Score
57
22 reviews
User Score
71
118 reviews

18. Saint Etienne - Words and Music by Saint Etienne

Saint Etienne - Words and Music by Saint Etienne
May 21, 2012
Indie Pop
Critic Score
72
11 reviews
User Score
72
9 reviews

19. Flying Lotus - Until the Quiet Comes

Flying Lotus - Until the Quiet Comes
October 2, 2012
Electronic
Critic Score
84
21 reviews
User Score
81
117 reviews

20. Plan B - Ill Manors

Plan B - Ill Manors
July 23, 2012
Hip Hop
Critic Score
74
6 reviews
User Score
69
8 reviews

21. Bat For Lashes - The Haunted Man

Bat For Lashes - The Haunted Man
October 15, 2012
Indie Pop
Critic Score
78
20 reviews
User Score
81
87 reviews

22. The Cribs - In the Belly of the Brazen Bull

The Cribs - In the Belly of the Brazen Bull
May 7, 2012
Indie Rock
Critic Score
69
14 reviews
User Score
72
8 reviews

23. Jam City - Classical Curves

Jam City - Classical Curves
June 5, 2012
Electronic
Critic Score
80
3 reviews
User Score
87
4 reviews

24. Dawn Richard - Armor On

Dawn Richard - Armor On
March 27, 2012
R&B
Critic Score
81
3 reviews
User Score
90
3 reviews

25. Actress - R.I.P.

Actress - R.I.P.
April 24, 2012
Experimental
Critic Score
83
14 reviews
User Score
74
47 reviews

26. Bright Light Bright Light - Make Me Believe in Hope

Bright Light Bright Light - Make Me Believe in Hope
June 4, 2012
Critic Score
75
3 reviews
User Score
NR

27. Poliça - Give You The Ghost

Poliça - Give You The Ghost
February 14, 2012
Indie Pop
Critic Score
76
11 reviews
User Score
73
21 reviews

28. Tribes - Baby

Tribes - Baby
January 16, 2012
Indie Rock
Critic Score
63
5 reviews
User Score
66
8 reviews

29. Jack White - Blunderbuss

Jack White - Blunderbuss
April 24, 2012
Rock
Critic Score
79
20 reviews
User Score
77
82 reviews

30. Angel Haze - Reservation EP

Angel Haze - Reservation EP
July 18, 2012
Hip Hop
Critic Score
85
4 reviews
User Score
83
10 reviews

31. Marina and the Diamonds - Electra Heart

Marina and the Diamonds - Electra Heart
April 30, 2012
Indie Pop
Critic Score
59
6 reviews
User Score
72
30 reviews

32. Farrah Abraham - My Teenage Dream Ended

Farrah Abraham - My Teenage Dream Ended
August 1, 2012
Critic Score
80
1 review
User Score
60
2 reviews

33. Mala - Mala in Cuba

Mala - Mala in Cuba
September 11, 2012
Dubstep
Critic Score
75
8 reviews
User Score
83
2 reviews

34. Dexys - One Day I'm Going to Soar

Dexys - One Day I'm Going to Soar
June 4, 2012
Soul
Critic Score
71
8 reviews
User Score
95
2 reviews

35. Nite Jewel - One Second of Love

Nite Jewel - One Second of Love
March 6, 2012
Electronic
Critic Score
68
11 reviews
User Score
74
7 reviews

36. Beach House - Bloom

Beach House - Bloom
May 15, 2012
Dream Pop
Critic Score
81
18 reviews
User Score
85
276 reviews

37. Orbital - Wonky

Orbital - Wonky
April 3, 2012
Electronic
Critic Score
74
14 reviews
User Score
77
8 reviews

38. Fiona Apple - The Idler Wheel

Fiona Apple - The Idler Wheel
June 19, 2012
Singer-Songwriter
Critic Score
87
20 reviews
User Score
84
174 reviews

39. Killer Mike - R.A.P. Music

Killer Mike - R.A.P. Music
May 15, 2012
Hip Hop
Critic Score
84
18 reviews
User Score
82
77 reviews

40. Godspeed You! Black Emperor - 'Allelujah! Don't Bend! Ascend!

Godspeed You! Black Emperor - 'Allelujah! Don't Bend! Ascend!
October 16, 2012
Post-Rock
Critic Score
84
17 reviews
User Score
82
95 reviews
Original Source: http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/musicblog/2012/dec/14/readers-best-album-2012

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