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SPIN's 50 Best Albums of 2012

SPIN's 50 Best Albums of 2012

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50. Fun. - Some Nights

February 21, 2012
Critic Score
57
13 reviews

49. Heems - Nehru Jackets

Heems - Nehru Jackets
January 17, 2012
Critic Score
70
5 reviews

48. Best Coast - The Only Place

May 15, 2012
Critic Score
60
23 reviews

The Only Place delivers riveting drama in a rousing pop package

47. Metric - Synthetica

June 12, 2012
Critic Score
70
24 reviews

45. Nicki Minaj - Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded

April 3, 2012
Critic Score
59
20 reviews

With such a gratifying front end, it's easy to dismiss Roman Reloaded's subsequent pop tracks as a paying of the piper

42. Lindstrøm - Smalhans

Lindstrøm - Smalhans
November 6, 2012
Critic Score
68
13 reviews

41. Purity Ring - Shrines

July 24, 2012
Critic Score
78
31 reviews

The contrast between Purity Ring's two halves is special and compelling, but Shrines goes over best when Roddick's reverent sound and James' lustful fury synchronize and break you off properly, womb-stem-style.

39. Roc Marciano - Reloaded

November 13, 2012
Critic Score
80
9 reviews

On Reloaded, he's written perhaps the most vivid rap album of the year — and possibly of his lifetime.

38. Taylor Swift - Red

October 22, 2012
Critic Score
73
15 reviews

37. R. Kelly - Write Me Back

R. Kelly - Write Me Back
June 26, 2012
Critic Score
68
7 reviews

36. Beak> - >>

June 2, 2012
Critic Score
76
16 reviews

The loopy paradox of >>, and what makes it so addictive, is the forward momentum that sounds both like spacing out and working hard.

35. Jack White - Blunderbuss

April 24, 2012
Critic Score
81
31 reviews

It's a comfortable shoe of a record, a distillation of everything he's done during the past decade, without the cultivated obstinacy. 

34. Mala - Mala in Cuba

September 11, 2012
Critic Score
76
8 reviews

33. Oh Sees - Putrifiers II

September 11, 2012
Critic Score
75
14 reviews

31. The xx - Coexist

September 11, 2012
Critic Score
78
38 reviews

What makes this music special is what Smith does with all that stylized sparseness, transforming it into something alive and dynamic instead of merely sleepy. Millions of late-night love-letter authors will be grateful.

30. Frankie Rose - Interstellar

February 21, 2012
Critic Score
75
28 reviews

29. Dinosaur Jr. - I Bet on Sky

Dinosaur Jr. - I Bet on Sky
September 18, 2012
Critic Score
77
24 reviews

28. Jessie Ware - Devotion

August 20, 2012
Critic Score
82
28 reviews

26. Tame Impala - Lonerism

October 9, 2012
Critic Score
87
28 reviews

For all the alienation implied by the album's continually warping and waving center of gravity, there are colors here brighter than a child's watercolor rainbow.

25. Action Bronson / Party Supplies - Blue Chips

March 12, 2012
Critic Score
81
5 reviews

24. Cat Power - Sun

September 4, 2012
Critic Score
78
34 reviews

21. Daphni - Jiaolong

October 16, 2012
Critic Score
74
16 reviews

19. Traxman - Da Mind of Traxman

April 17, 2012
Critic Score
80
7 reviews

17. Grizzly Bear - Shields

September 18, 2012
Critic Score
82
31 reviews

Beautiful as Grizzly Bear is, they remain an emotionally cloistered lover, willing only to speak in vagaries, never of concrete emotional needs.

11. Future - Pluto

April 17, 2012
Critic Score
69
9 reviews

10. Santigold - Master of My Make-Believe

May 1, 2012
Critic Score
71
26 reviews

Master of My Make-Believe turns friction into fire, its flippantly skewed pop anthems doubling as obviously personal documents of Santi White's unwillingness to let anyone get over on her.

9. Ty Segall - Twins

October 9, 2012
Critic Score
79
18 reviews

7. Swans - The Seer

August 28, 2012
Critic Score
87
29 reviews

5. Miguel - Kaleidoscope Dream

October 2, 2012
Critic Score
82
13 reviews

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

October 22, 2012
Critic Score
89
24 reviews

It's a completely exhausting listen, one that might prove easier to admire than enjoy. But at the very least, it's never anything less than fascinating.

1. Frank Ocean - Channel Orange

July 17, 2012
Critic Score
92
32 reviews

channel ORANGE feels like one long, moonlit, air-conditioned ride. Songs ease from one to the next, flowing together with ambient pieces of distant movie dialogue and the sound of electronics turning on and off.

Original Source: http://www.spin.com/articles/best-albums-2012
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