SPIN's 50 Best Albums of 2012



LIST SUMMARY
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List Rating: 78
Based on 553 album ratings

Genre Breakdown:
Hip Hop (8), Garage Rock (4), Indie Rock (4), Indie Pop (4), R&B (3), Experimental (3), Post-Rock (2), Electronic (2), Psychedelic Rock (2), Sludge Metal (2), Juke (2), Alternative Rock (1), Alt-Country (1), Synthpop (1), Soul (1), House (1), Experimental Rock (1), Krautrock (1), Dubstep (1), Electropop (1), Singer-Songwriter (1), Pop (1), Noise Pop (1), Doom Metal (1), Neo-Psychedelia (1), Rock (1), Metal (1), Indie Folk (1), Alternative Metal (1)

1. Frank Ocean - Channel Orange

Frank Ocean - Channel Orange
July 17, 2012
R&B
CRITIC SCORE
92
22 reviews
USER SCORE
84

2. 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
90
18 reviews
USER SCORE
88

3. Japandroids - Celebration Rock

Japandroids - Celebration Rock
June 5, 2012
Garage Rock
CRITIC SCORE
84
17 reviews
USER SCORE
83

4. DJ Rashad - Teklife Vol. 1: Welcome To The Chi

DJ Rashad - Teklife Vol. 1: Welcome To The Chi
June 5, 2012
Juke
CRITIC SCORE
84
3 reviews
USER SCORE
73

5. Miguel - Kaleidoscope Dream

Miguel - Kaleidoscope Dream
October 2, 2012
R&B
CRITIC SCORE
84
10 reviews
USER SCORE
81

6. Bat For Lashes - The Haunted Man

Bat For Lashes - The Haunted Man
October 15, 2012
Indie Pop
CRITIC SCORE
79
20 reviews
USER SCORE
81

7. Swans - The Seer

Swans - The Seer
August 28, 2012
Post-Rock
CRITIC SCORE
90
20 reviews
USER SCORE
84

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

Killer Mike - R.A.P. Music
May 15, 2012
Hip Hop
CRITIC SCORE
85
18 reviews
USER SCORE
82

9. Ty Segall - Twins

Ty Segall - Twins
October 9, 2012
Garage Rock
CRITIC SCORE
81
15 reviews
USER SCORE
81

10. Santigold - Master of My Make-Believe

Santigold - Master of My Make-Believe
May 1, 2012
Electropop
CRITIC SCORE
69
17 reviews
USER SCORE
74

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.


11. Future - Pluto

Future - Pluto
April 17, 2012
Hip Hop
CRITIC SCORE
66
7 reviews
USER SCORE
64

12. Death Grips - NO LOVE DEEP WEB

Death Grips - NO LOVE DEEP WEB
October 1, 2012
Hip Hop
CRITIC SCORE
75
9 reviews
USER SCORE
82

13. Cloud Nothings - Attack on Memory

Cloud Nothings - Attack on Memory
January 24, 2012
Indie Rock
CRITIC SCORE
81
16 reviews
USER SCORE
83

14. 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
17 reviews
USER SCORE
82

15. Baroness - Yellow & Green

Baroness - Yellow & Green
July 17, 2012
Sludge Metal
CRITIC SCORE
77
12 reviews
USER SCORE
81

16. Fiona Apple - The Idler Wheel

Fiona Apple - The Idler Wheel
June 19, 2012
Singer-Songwriter
CRITIC SCORE
88
20 reviews
USER SCORE
84

17. Grizzly Bear - Shields

Grizzly Bear - Shields
September 18, 2012
Indie Folk
CRITIC SCORE
85
21 reviews
USER SCORE
84

18. King Tuff - King Tuff

King Tuff - King Tuff
May 29, 2012
Garage Rock
CRITIC SCORE
75
9 reviews
USER SCORE
80

19. Traxman - Da Mind of Traxman

Traxman - Da Mind of Traxman
April 17, 2012
Juke
CRITIC SCORE
78
6 reviews
USER SCORE
83

20. Pallbearer - Sorrow and Extinction

Pallbearer - Sorrow and Extinction
February 21, 2012
Doom Metal
CRITIC SCORE
83
2 reviews
USER SCORE
78

21. Daphni - Jiaolong

Daphni - Jiaolong
October 16, 2012
House
CRITIC SCORE
72
11 reviews
USER SCORE
75

22. Torche - Harmonicraft

Torche - Harmonicraft
April 24, 2012
Sludge Metal
CRITIC SCORE
77
11 reviews
USER SCORE
79

23. Dirty Projectors - Swing Lo Magellan

Dirty Projectors - Swing Lo Magellan
July 10, 2012
Experimental Rock
CRITIC SCORE
83
22 reviews
USER SCORE
83

24. Cat Power - Sun

Cat Power - Sun
September 4, 2012
Indie Rock
CRITIC SCORE
77
21 reviews
USER SCORE
76

25. Action Bronson / Party Supplies - Blue Chips

Action Bronson / Party Supplies - Blue Chips
March 12, 2012
Hip Hop
CRITIC SCORE
82
5 reviews
USER SCORE
77

26. Tame Impala - Lonerism

Tame Impala - Lonerism
October 9, 2012
Psychedelic Rock
CRITIC SCORE
87
20 reviews
USER SCORE
87

27. Sleigh Bells - Reign of Terror

Sleigh Bells - Reign of Terror
February 21, 2012
Noise Pop
CRITIC SCORE
77
18 reviews
USER SCORE
70

28. Jessie Ware - Devotion

Jessie Ware - Devotion
August 20, 2012
Soul
CRITIC SCORE
84
18 reviews
USER SCORE
80

29. Dinosaur Jr. - I Bet on Sky

Dinosaur Jr. - I Bet on Sky
September 18, 2012
Alternative Rock
CRITIC SCORE
79
14 reviews
USER SCORE
78

30. Frankie Rose - Interstellar

Frankie Rose - Interstellar
February 21, 2012
Synthpop
CRITIC SCORE
76
22 reviews
USER SCORE
76

31. The xx - Coexist

The xx - Coexist
September 11, 2012
Indie Pop
CRITIC SCORE
77
21 reviews
USER SCORE
75

32. Goat - World Music

Goat - World Music
August 20, 2012
Psychedelic Rock
CRITIC SCORE
79
6 reviews
USER SCORE
78

33. Thee Oh Sees - Putrifiers II

Thee Oh Sees - Putrifiers II
September 11, 2012
Garage Rock
CRITIC SCORE
76
11 reviews
USER SCORE
81

34. Mala - Mala in Cuba

Mala - Mala in Cuba
September 11, 2012
Dubstep
CRITIC SCORE
76
8 reviews
USER SCORE
83

35. Jack White - Blunderbuss

Jack White - Blunderbuss
April 24, 2012
Rock
CRITIC SCORE
80
20 reviews
USER SCORE
77

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


36. Beak> - >>

Beak> - >>
June 2, 2012
Krautrock
CRITIC SCORE
77
9 reviews
USER SCORE
76

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


37. R. Kelly - Write Me Back

R. Kelly - Write Me Back
June 26, 2012
R&B
CRITIC SCORE
68
6 reviews
USER SCORE
63

38. Taylor Swift - Red

Taylor Swift - Red
October 22, 2012
Pop
CRITIC SCORE
76
9 reviews
USER SCORE
69

39. Roc Marciano - Reloaded

Roc Marciano - Reloaded
November 13, 2012
Hip Hop
CRITIC SCORE
79
9 reviews
USER SCORE
74

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


40. Animal Collective - Centipede Hz

Animal Collective - Centipede Hz
September 4, 2012
Experimental
CRITIC SCORE
77
21 reviews
USER SCORE
76

41. Purity Ring - Shrines

Purity Ring - Shrines
July 24, 2012
Experimental
CRITIC SCORE
80
20 reviews
USER SCORE
80

42. Lindstrøm - Smalhans

Lindstrøm - Smalhans
November 6, 2012
Electronic
CRITIC SCORE
71
11 reviews
USER SCORE
72

42. Lindstrøm - Six Cups of Rebel

Lindstrøm - Six Cups of Rebel
February 6, 2012
Electronic
CRITIC SCORE
61
13 reviews
USER SCORE
59

43. Kathleen Edwards - Voyageur

Kathleen Edwards - Voyageur
January 17, 2012
Alt-Country
CRITIC SCORE
71
13 reviews
USER SCORE
82

44. Deftones - Koi No Yokan

Deftones - Koi No Yokan
November 13, 2012
Alternative Metal
CRITIC SCORE
80
11 reviews
USER SCORE
79

45. Nicki Minaj - Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded

Nicki Minaj - Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded
April 3, 2012
Hip Hop
CRITIC SCORE
59
13 reviews
USER SCORE
55

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


46. Spoek Mathambo - Father Creeper

Spoek Mathambo - Father Creeper
March 13, 2012
Experimental
CRITIC SCORE
69
10 reviews
USER SCORE
73

47. Metric - Synthetica

Metric - Synthetica
June 12, 2012
Indie Rock
CRITIC SCORE
69
15 reviews
USER SCORE
72

48. Best Coast - The Only Place

Best Coast - The Only Place
May 15, 2012
Indie Pop
CRITIC SCORE
64
15 reviews
USER SCORE
65

The Only Place delivers riveting drama in a rousing pop package


49. Heems - Nehru Jackets

Heems - Nehru Jackets
January 17, 2012
Hip Hop
CRITIC SCORE
69
4 reviews
USER SCORE
76

50. Fun. - Some Nights

Fun. - Some Nights
February 21, 2012
Indie Pop
CRITIC SCORE
48
7 reviews
USER SCORE
51

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

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