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
29 reviews
User Score
85
408 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.

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
87
21 reviews
User Score
89
428 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.

3. Japandroids - Celebration Rock

Japandroids - Celebration Rock
June 5, 2012
Garage Rock
Critic Score
84
22 reviews
User Score
82
170 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
85
3 reviews
User Score
77
2 reviews

5. Miguel - Kaleidoscope Dream

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

6. Bat For Lashes - The Haunted Man

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

7. Swans - The Seer

Swans - The Seer
August 28, 2012
Post-Rock
Critic Score
87
24 reviews
User Score
85
194 reviews

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

Killer Mike - R.A.P. Music
May 15, 2012
Hip Hop
Critic Score
83
19 reviews
User Score
82
111 reviews

9. Ty Segall - Twins

Ty Segall - Twins
October 9, 2012
Garage Rock
Critic Score
79
16 reviews
User Score
78
43 reviews

10. Santigold - Master of My Make-Believe

Santigold - Master of My Make-Believe
May 1, 2012
Electropop
Critic Score
70
23 reviews
User Score
73
30 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
67
7 reviews
User Score
74
13 reviews

12. Death Grips - NO LOVE DEEP WEB

Death Grips - NO LOVE DEEP WEB
October 1, 2012
Hip Hop
Critic Score
74
9 reviews
User Score
82
113 reviews

13. Cloud Nothings - Attack on Memory

Cloud Nothings - Attack on Memory
January 24, 2012
Indie Rock
Critic Score
79
25 reviews
User Score
83
182 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
85
23 reviews
User Score
83
134 reviews

15. Baroness - Yellow & Green

Baroness - Yellow & Green
July 17, 2012
Sludge Metal
Critic Score
76
12 reviews
User Score
80
18 reviews

16. Fiona Apple - The Idler Wheel

Fiona Apple - The Idler Wheel
June 19, 2012
Singer-Songwriter
Critic Score
87
23 reviews
User Score
85
219 reviews

17. Grizzly Bear - Shields

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

18. King Tuff - King Tuff

King Tuff - King Tuff
May 29, 2012
Garage Rock
Critic Score
74
10 reviews
User Score
78
20 reviews

19. Traxman - Da Mind of Traxman

Traxman - Da Mind of Traxman
April 17, 2012
Juke
Critic Score
80
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
78
17 reviews

21. Daphni - Jiaolong

Daphni - Jiaolong
October 16, 2012
House
Critic Score
73
11 reviews
User Score
76
16 reviews

22. Torche - Harmonicraft

Torche - Harmonicraft
April 24, 2012
Sludge Metal
Critic Score
78
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
29 reviews
User Score
83
166 reviews

24. Cat Power - Sun

Cat Power - Sun
September 4, 2012
Indie Rock
Critic Score
77
29 reviews
User Score
76
68 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
78
25 reviews

26. Tame Impala - Lonerism

Tame Impala - Lonerism
October 9, 2012
Psychedelic Rock
Critic Score
87
23 reviews
User Score
87
470 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.

27. Sleigh Bells - Reign of Terror

Sleigh Bells - Reign of Terror
February 21, 2012
Noise Pop
Critic Score
74
24 reviews
User Score
70
61 reviews

28. Jessie Ware - Devotion

Jessie Ware - Devotion
August 20, 2012
Soul
Critic Score
83
25 reviews
User Score
81
102 reviews

29. Dinosaur Jr. - I Bet on Sky

Dinosaur Jr. - I Bet on Sky
September 18, 2012
Alternative Rock
Critic Score
77
22 reviews
User Score
79
35 reviews

30. Frankie Rose - Interstellar

Frankie Rose - Interstellar
February 21, 2012
Synthpop
Critic Score
74
24 reviews
User Score
76
34 reviews

31. The xx - Coexist

The xx - Coexist
September 11, 2012
Indie Pop
Critic Score
78
30 reviews
User Score
75
160 reviews

32. Goat - World Music

Goat - World Music
August 20, 2012
Psychedelic Rock
Critic Score
81
8 reviews
User Score
79
38 reviews

33. Thee Oh Sees - Putrifiers II

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

34. Mala - Mala in Cuba

Mala - Mala in Cuba
September 11, 2012
Dubstep
Critic Score
76
8 reviews
User Score
83
2 reviews

35. Jack White - Blunderbuss

Jack White - Blunderbuss
April 24, 2012
Rock
Critic Score
81
27 reviews
User Score
77
100 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
76
15 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
67
6 reviews
User Score
69
4 reviews

38. Taylor Swift - Red

Taylor Swift - Red
October 22, 2012
Pop
Critic Score
75
15 reviews
User Score
72
61 reviews

39. Roc Marciano - Reloaded

Roc Marciano - Reloaded
November 13, 2012
Hip Hop
Critic Score
80
9 reviews
User Score
72
11 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
29 reviews
User Score
76
137 reviews

41. Purity Ring - Shrines

Purity Ring - Shrines
July 24, 2012
Synthpop
Critic Score
79
27 reviews
User Score
79
177 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.

42. Lindstrøm - Smalhans

Lindstrøm - Smalhans
November 6, 2012
Electronic
Critic Score
69
11 reviews
User Score
72
12 reviews

42. Lindstrøm - Six Cups of Rebel

Lindstrøm - Six Cups of Rebel
February 6, 2012
Electronic
Critic Score
61
13 reviews
User Score
59
4 reviews

43. Kathleen Edwards - Voyageur

Kathleen Edwards - Voyageur
January 17, 2012
Alt-Country
Critic Score
73
17 reviews
User Score
82
6 reviews

44. Deftones - Koi No Yokan

Deftones - Koi No Yokan
November 13, 2012
Alternative Metal
Critic Score
79
15 reviews
User Score
79
35 reviews

45. Nicki Minaj - Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded

Nicki Minaj - Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded
April 3, 2012
Hip Hop
Critic Score
60
19 reviews
User Score
56
37 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
70
14 reviews
User Score
73
2 reviews

47. Metric - Synthetica

Metric - Synthetica
June 12, 2012
Indie Rock
Critic Score
69
20 reviews
User Score
72
34 reviews

48. Best Coast - The Only Place

Best Coast - The Only Place
May 15, 2012
Indie Pop
Critic Score
62
21 reviews
User Score
66
35 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
77
5 reviews
Original Source: http://www.spin.com/articles/best-albums-2012

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