The Guardian's Best Albums of 2012

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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
85
23 reviews
User Score
83
175 reviews

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

Killer Mike - R.A.P. Music
May 15, 2012
Hip Hop
Critic Score
83
19 reviews
User Score
83
141 reviews

38. Fiona Apple - The Idler Wheel

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

37. Orbital - Wonky

Orbital - Wonky
April 3, 2012
Electronic
Critic Score
74
15 reviews
User Score
76
12 reviews

36. Beach House - Bloom

Beach House - Bloom
May 15, 2012
Dream Pop
Critic Score
78
27 reviews
User Score
85
484 reviews

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

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35. Nite Jewel - One Second of Love

Nite Jewel - One Second of Love
March 6, 2012
Synthpop
Critic Score
67
15 reviews
User Score
74
10 reviews

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

Dexys - One Day I'm Going to Soar
June 4, 2012
Soul
Critic Score
73
10 reviews
User Score
95
2 reviews

33. Mala - Mala in Cuba

Mala - Mala in Cuba
September 11, 2012
Dubstep
Critic Score
76
8 reviews
User Score
80
5 reviews

32. Farrah Abraham - My Teenage Dream Ended

Farrah Abraham - My Teenage Dream Ended
August 1, 2012
Critic Score
80
1 review
User Score
63
4 reviews

31. Marina and the Diamonds - Electra Heart

Marina and the Diamonds - Electra Heart
April 30, 2012
Indie Pop
Critic Score
54
10 reviews
User Score
75
82 reviews

30. Angel Haze - Reservation EP

Angel Haze - Reservation EP
July 18, 2012
Hip Hop
Critic Score
84
6 reviews
User Score
81
15 reviews

29. Jack White - Blunderbuss

Jack White - Blunderbuss
April 24, 2012
Rock
Critic Score
81
29 reviews
User Score
77
117 reviews

28. Tribes - Baby

Tribes - Baby
January 16, 2012
Indie Rock
Critic Score
69
10 reviews
User Score
69
9 reviews

27. Poliça - Give You The Ghost

Poliça - Give You The Ghost
February 14, 2012
Indie Pop
Critic Score
79
18 reviews
User Score
75
31 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
76
5 reviews
User Score
NR

25. Actress - R.I.P.

Actress - R.I.P.
April 24, 2012
Experimental
Critic Score
83
16 reviews
User Score
75
56 reviews

24. D∆WN - Armor On

D∆WN - Armor On
March 27, 2012
R&B
Critic Score
81
3 reviews
User Score
93
5 reviews

23. Jam City - Classical Curves

Jam City - Classical Curves
June 5, 2012
Electronic
Critic Score
80
4 reviews
User Score
76
7 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
16 reviews
User Score
73
12 reviews

21. Bat For Lashes - The Haunted Man

Bat For Lashes - The Haunted Man
October 15, 2012
Indie Pop
Critic Score
78
29 reviews
User Score
80
128 reviews

20. Plan B - Ill Manors

Plan B - Ill Manors
July 23, 2012
Hip Hop
Critic Score
76
8 reviews
User Score
69
11 reviews

19. Flying Lotus - Until the Quiet Comes

Flying Lotus - Until the Quiet Comes
October 2, 2012
Electronic
Critic Score
84
26 reviews
User Score
81
193 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
74
13 reviews
User Score
72
12 reviews

17. Lana Del Rey - Born To Die

Lana Del Rey - Born To Die
January 31, 2012
Chamber Pop
Critic Score
59
27 reviews
User Score
72
244 reviews

16. Taylor Swift - Red

Taylor Swift - Red
October 22, 2012
Pop
Critic Score
74
15 reviews
User Score
72
106 reviews

15. Cooly G - Playin' Me

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

14. Grizzly Bear - Shields

Grizzly Bear - Shields
September 18, 2012
Indie Folk
Critic Score
82
27 reviews
User Score
83
366 reviews

13. Chromatics - Kill for Love

Chromatics - Kill for Love
March 26, 2012
Synthpop
Critic Score
81
21 reviews
User Score
81
193 reviews

12. Django Django - Django Django

Django Django - Django Django
January 30, 2012
Psychedelic
Critic Score
79
16 reviews
User Score
77
118 reviews

11. Miguel - Kaleidoscope Dream

Miguel - Kaleidoscope Dream
October 2, 2012
R&B
Critic Score
84
12 reviews
User Score
80
107 reviews

10. Bobby Womack - The Bravest Man in the Universe

Bobby Womack - The Bravest Man in the Universe
June 12, 2012
Soul
Critic Score
76
21 reviews
User Score
73
14 reviews

9. Hot Chip - In Our Heads

Hot Chip - In Our Heads
June 11, 2012
Electropop
Critic Score
73
27 reviews
User Score
79
102 reviews

8. The xx - Coexist

The xx - Coexist
September 11, 2012
Indie Pop
Critic Score
78
32 reviews
User Score
76
190 reviews

7. Alt-J - An Awesome Wave

Alt-J - An Awesome Wave
May 28, 2012
Experimental
Critic Score
72
13 reviews
User Score
79
284 reviews

6. Tame Impala - Lonerism

Tame Impala - Lonerism
October 9, 2012
Psychedelic Rock
Critic Score
87
24 reviews
User Score
87
642 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. 

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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
88
22 reviews
User Score
90
690 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.

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4. Dirty Projectors - Swing Lo Magellan

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

3. Jessie Ware - Devotion

Jessie Ware - Devotion
August 20, 2012
Soul
Critic Score
83
26 reviews
User Score
82
126 reviews

2. Grimes - Visions

Grimes - Visions
February 21, 2012
Synthpop
Critic Score
80
29 reviews
User Score
82
393 reviews

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

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1. Frank Ocean - Channel Orange

Frank Ocean - Channel Orange
July 17, 2012
R&B
Critic Score
92
30 reviews
User Score
86
574 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.

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

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