PopMatters' Best Indie Rock Albums of 2012



LIST SUMMARY
VIEW ORIGINAL LIST
List Rating
82
134 ratings
Genre Breakdown
Indie Rock (2), Shoegaze (2), Lo-Fi (1), Post-Rock (1), Experimental (1), Noise Rock (1), Dream Pop (1), Synthpop (1), Garage Rock (1)

1. Chromatics - Kill for Love

Chromatics - Kill for Love
March 26, 2012
Synthpop
CRITIC SCORE
82
18 reviews
USER SCORE
82
123 ratings

Kill for Love is a heavy-hearted but eternally romantic midnight road movie for the mind that’ll haunt you long after those taillights fade.

2. Swans - The Seer

Swans - The Seer
August 28, 2012
Post-Rock
CRITIC SCORE
89
20 reviews
USER SCORE
85
141 ratings

The Seer ... is a brave record, one that at times threatens to lose its hold on you, but in the end one that manages to be self indulgent without being self serving. 

3. Japandroids - Celebration Rock

Japandroids - Celebration Rock
June 5, 2012
Garage Rock
CRITIC SCORE
84
19 reviews
USER SCORE
83
127 ratings

Celebration Rock isn’t a final stand, it’s a push forward.

4. METZ - METZ

METZ - METZ
October 9, 2012
Noise Rock
CRITIC SCORE
81
13 reviews
USER SCORE
80
46 ratings

Undeniably one of my favorite albums of the year, METZ shines brightly, like a Molotov cocktail at the moment of impact.

5. Beach House - Bloom

Beach House - Bloom
May 15, 2012
Dream Pop
CRITIC SCORE
81
18 reviews
USER SCORE
84
259 ratings

Bloom is a gushing collection of top tier songs that have been carefully knitted together for maximum impact, and is absolutely gorgeous and stunning.

6. Divine Fits - A Thing Called the Divine Fits

Divine Fits - A Thing Called the Divine Fits
August 28, 2012
Indie Rock
CRITIC SCORE
77
14 reviews
USER SCORE
77
22 ratings

They’re not there yet, but with Boeckner’s insistence that the group will be the primary focus of its members for the foreseeable future, they might just get it right next time.

7. Cloud Nothings - Attack on Memory

Cloud Nothings - Attack on Memory
January 24, 2012
Indie Rock
CRITIC SCORE
80
17 reviews
USER SCORE
83
143 ratings

It’s great, catchy as hell, and bristling with retro rage and vitriol.

8. Lotus Plaza - Spooky Action at a Distance

Lotus Plaza - Spooky Action at a Distance
April 2, 2012
Shoegaze
CRITIC SCORE
77
10 reviews
USER SCORE
77
41 ratings

In many ways, we’ve heard all these songs before, in slightly tighter fashion, on the last two Deerhunter albums.

9. DIIV - Oshin

DIIV - Oshin
June 26, 2012
Shoegaze
CRITIC SCORE
79
15 reviews
USER SCORE
81
102 ratings

10. Moonface - With Siinai: Heartbreaking Bravery

Moonface - With Siinai: Heartbreaking Bravery
April 17, 2012
Experimental
CRITIC SCORE
78
18 reviews
USER SCORE
78
12 ratings

Rather than leading Krug to indulge in his noodling fantasies, Siinai seems to have forced him to the other end of the spectrum, the place where hooks reign supreme.

Original Source: http://www.popmatters.com/pm/feature/165829-best-indie-rock-of-2012/

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