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PopMatters' Best Indie Rock Albums of 2012

PopMatters' Best Indie Rock Albums of 2012

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10. Moonface - With Siinai: Heartbreaking Bravery

Moonface - With Siinai: Heartbreaking Bravery
April 17, 2012
Critic Score
76
20 reviews

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.

9. DIIV - Oshin

DIIV - Oshin
June 26, 2012
Critic Score
79
20 reviews

8. Lotus Plaza - Spooky Action at a Distance

Lotus Plaza - Spooky Action at a Distance
April 2, 2012
Critic Score
78
12 reviews

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

7. Cloud Nothings - Attack on Memory

Cloud Nothings - Attack on Memory
January 24, 2012
Critic Score
79
27 reviews

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

6. Divine Fits - A Thing Called Divine Fits

Divine Fits - A Thing Called Divine Fits
August 28, 2012
Critic Score
78
19 reviews

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.

5. Beach House - Bloom

Beach House - Bloom
May 15, 2012
Critic Score
78
31 reviews

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

4. METZ - METZ

METZ - METZ
October 9, 2012
Critic Score
81
19 reviews

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

3. Japandroids - Celebration Rock

Japandroids - Celebration Rock
June 5, 2012
Critic Score
83
27 reviews

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

2. Swans - The Seer

Swans - The Seer
August 28, 2012
Critic Score
87
29 reviews

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. 

1. Chromatics - Kill for Love

Chromatics - Kill for Love
March 26, 2012
Critic Score
80
23 reviews

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.

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