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SPIN's 50 Best Albums of 2012

SPIN's 50 Best Albums of 2012

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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. 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

3. Japandroids - Celebration Rock

Japandroids - Celebration Rock
June 5, 2012
Garage Rock
Critic Score
84
19 reviews
User Score
83
133 reviews

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
83
3 reviews
User Score
73
1 review

5. Miguel - Kaleidoscope Dream

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

6. 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

7. Swans - The Seer

Swans - The Seer
August 28, 2012
Post-Rock
Critic Score
89
20 reviews
User Score
85
150 reviews

8. 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
78 reviews

9. Ty Segall - Twins

Ty Segall - Twins
October 9, 2012
Garage Rock
Critic Score
80
15 reviews
User Score
81
31 reviews

10. Santigold - Master of My Make-Believe

Santigold - Master of My Make-Believe
May 1, 2012
Electropop
Critic Score
68
17 reviews
User Score
73
28 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.

11. Future - Pluto

Future - Pluto
April 17, 2012
Hip Hop
Critic Score
65
7 reviews
User Score
69
5 reviews

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
71 reviews

13. Cloud Nothings - Attack on Memory

Cloud Nothings - Attack on Memory
January 24, 2012
Indie Rock
Critic Score
80
17 reviews
User Score
83
151 reviews

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
84
17 reviews
User Score
82
95 reviews

15. Baroness - Yellow & Green

Baroness - Yellow & Green
July 17, 2012
Sludge Metal
Critic Score
76
12 reviews
User Score
81
16 reviews

16. 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

17. Grizzly Bear - Shields

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

18. King Tuff - King Tuff

King Tuff - King Tuff
May 29, 2012
Garage Rock
Critic Score
75
9 reviews
User Score
79
17 reviews

19. Traxman - Da Mind of Traxman

Traxman - Da Mind of Traxman
April 17, 2012
Juke
Critic Score
78
6 reviews
User Score
83
3 reviews

20. Pallbearer - Sorrow and Extinction

Pallbearer - Sorrow and Extinction
February 21, 2012
Doom Metal
Critic Score
83
2 reviews
User Score
79
15 reviews

21. Daphni - Jiaolong

Daphni - Jiaolong
October 16, 2012
House
Critic Score
72
11 reviews
User Score
76
16 reviews

22. Torche - Harmonicraft

Torche - Harmonicraft
April 24, 2012
Sludge Metal
Critic Score
77
11 reviews
User Score
79
6 reviews

23. 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

24. Cat Power - Sun

Cat Power - Sun
September 4, 2012
Indie Rock
Critic Score
76
21 reviews
User Score
76
58 reviews

25. Action Bronson / Party Supplies - Blue Chips

Action Bronson / Party Supplies - Blue Chips
March 12, 2012
Hip Hop
Critic Score
81
5 reviews
User Score
77
19 reviews

26. Tame Impala - Lonerism

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

27. Sleigh Bells - Reign of Terror

Sleigh Bells - Reign of Terror
February 21, 2012
Noise Pop
Critic Score
76
18 reviews
User Score
69
51 reviews

28. Jessie Ware - Devotion

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

29. Dinosaur Jr. - I Bet on Sky

Dinosaur Jr. - I Bet on Sky
September 18, 2012
Alternative Rock
Critic Score
78
14 reviews
User Score
78
28 reviews

30. Frankie Rose - Interstellar

Frankie Rose - Interstellar
February 21, 2012
Synthpop
Critic Score
75
22 reviews
User Score
76
32 reviews

31. The xx - Coexist

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

32. Goat - World Music

Goat - World Music
August 20, 2012
Psychedelic Rock
Critic Score
79
6 reviews
User Score
78
32 reviews

33. Thee Oh Sees - Putrifiers II

Thee Oh Sees - Putrifiers II
September 11, 2012
Garage Rock
Critic Score
75
11 reviews
User Score
81
23 reviews

34. Mala - Mala in Cuba

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

35. Jack White - Blunderbuss

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

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
11 reviews

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
69
4 reviews

38. Taylor Swift - Red

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

39. Roc Marciano - Reloaded

Roc Marciano - Reloaded
November 13, 2012
Hip Hop
Critic Score
79
9 reviews
User Score
74
10 reviews

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
76
21 reviews
User Score
76
111 reviews

41. Purity Ring - Shrines

Purity Ring - Shrines
July 24, 2012
Experimental
Critic Score
79
20 reviews
User Score
80
133 reviews

42. Lindstrøm - Smalhans

Lindstrøm - Smalhans
November 6, 2012
Electronic
Critic Score
70
11 reviews
User Score
72
12 reviews

42. Lindstrøm - Six Cups of Rebel

Lindstrøm - Six Cups of Rebel
February 6, 2012
Electronic
Critic Score
60
13 reviews
User Score
59
4 reviews

43. Kathleen Edwards - Voyageur

Kathleen Edwards - Voyageur
January 17, 2012
Alt-Country
Critic Score
70
13 reviews
User Score
82
6 reviews

44. Deftones - Koi No Yokan

Deftones - Koi No Yokan
November 13, 2012
Alternative Metal
Critic Score
80
11 reviews
User Score
80
27 reviews

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
26 reviews

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
68
10 reviews
User Score
73
2 reviews

47. Metric - Synthetica

Metric - Synthetica
June 12, 2012
Indie Rock
Critic Score
68
15 reviews
User Score
72
27 reviews

48. Best Coast - The Only Place

Best Coast - The Only Place
May 15, 2012
Indie Pop
Critic Score
63
15 reviews
User Score
64
22 reviews

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
3 reviews

50. Fun. - Some Nights

Fun. - Some Nights
February 21, 2012
Indie Pop
Critic Score
50
8 reviews
User Score
52
51 reviews
Original Source: http://www.spin.com/articles/best-albums-2012

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