The Guardian's Best Albums of 2012

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37. Orbital - Wonky

April 3, 2012
Critic Score
74
15 reviews

36. Beach House - Bloom

May 15, 2012
Critic Score
78
31 reviews

It's beautiful, spectral, dreamy, but never makes your pulse quicken.

33. Mala - Mala in Cuba

September 11, 2012
Critic Score
76
8 reviews

32. Farrah Abraham - My Teenage Dream Ended

August 1, 2012
Critic Score
80
1 review

30. Angel Haze - Reservation EP

July 18, 2012
Critic Score
84
6 reviews

29. Jack White - Blunderbuss

April 24, 2012
Critic Score
81
31 reviews

28. Tribes - Baby

January 16, 2012
Critic Score
68
11 reviews

25. Actress - R.I.P.

April 24, 2012
Critic Score
82
17 reviews

24. Dawn Richard - Armor On

March 27, 2012
Critic Score
81
3 reviews

20. Plan B - Ill Manors

July 23, 2012
Critic Score
79
9 reviews

16. Taylor Swift - Red

October 22, 2012
Critic Score
73
15 reviews

15. Cooly G - Playin' Me

July 24, 2012
Critic Score
80
15 reviews

14. Grizzly Bear - Shields

September 18, 2012
Critic Score
82
31 reviews

More often, it sounds as if Grizzly Bear have spent their time away digging out the emotions that sometimes get buried beneath the technical fireworks.

11. Miguel - Kaleidoscope Dream

October 2, 2012
Critic Score
82
13 reviews

8. The xx - Coexist

September 11, 2012
Critic Score
78
38 reviews

For the most part Coexist's songs are defined as much by space as by sound. The gaps bring greater emphasis to the spidery guitar lines, the occasional steel pan, the distant icicles of piano, and the voices of Romy Madley-Croft and Oliver Sim.

6. Tame Impala - Lonerism

October 9, 2012
Critic Score
87
28 reviews

Virtually every instrument is caked in distortion, but not the warm, familiar fuzz of an overdriven amplifier. It feels digital, alien, the sound of modern machines going wrong. All this is underpinned by genuinely great songwriting. 

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

October 22, 2012
Critic Score
89
24 reviews

From its ambitious narrative arc to its fine linguistic detail, Good Kid, M.A.A.D City is a honed and deliberate major label debut.

3. Jessie Ware - Devotion

August 20, 2012
Critic Score
82
28 reviews

2. Grimes - Visions

February 21, 2012
Critic Score
79
31 reviews

It's fit to burst with bone-bending synths, insistent beats and a sometimes shrill vocal that manages to both charm and unsettle.

1. Frank Ocean - Channel Orange

July 17, 2012
Critic Score
92
32 reviews

In a formulaic era, his production is impressively idiosyncratic, heavy on hazy electronics and cavernous, dubby reverb, and packed with weird touches: the melodies never quite pan out as you expect them to, while the backing shifts and changes unpredicatably.

Original Source: http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/musicblog/2012/dec/14/readers-best-album-2012
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