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Stereogum's Top 50 Albums of 2012

Stereogum's Top 50 Albums of 2012

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1. Fiona Apple - The Idler Wheel

Fiona Apple - The Idler Wheel
June 19, 2012
Singer-Songwriter
Critic Score
87
20 reviews
User Score
84
173 reviews

2. Frank Ocean - Channel Orange

Frank Ocean - Channel Orange
July 17, 2012
R&B
Critic Score
91
23 reviews
User Score
84
290 reviews

3. 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
280 reviews

4. Swans - The Seer

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

5. Jessie Ware - Devotion

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

6. Cloud Nothings - Attack on Memory

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

7. Japandroids - Celebration Rock

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

8. The Walkmen - Heaven

The Walkmen - Heaven
May 29, 2012
Indie Rock
Critic Score
80
22 reviews
User Score
81
64 reviews

9. Chairlift - Something

Chairlift - Something
January 24, 2012
Electropop
Critic Score
76
14 reviews
User Score
80
42 reviews

10. Dirty Projectors - Swing Lo Magellan

Dirty Projectors - Swing Lo Magellan
July 10, 2012
Experimental Rock
Critic Score
82
22 reviews
User Score
83
136 reviews

11. Tame Impala - Lonerism

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

12. Miguel - Kaleidoscope Dream

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

13. 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

14. Chromatics - Kill for Love

Chromatics - Kill for Love
March 26, 2012
Synthpop
Critic Score
82
18 reviews
User Score
82
129 reviews

15. El-P - Cancer 4 Cure

El-P - Cancer 4 Cure
May 22, 2012
Hip Hop
Critic Score
85
21 reviews
User Score
82
61 reviews

16. Grizzly Bear - Shields

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

17. The Men - Open Your Heart

The Men - Open Your Heart
March 6, 2012
Noise Rock
Critic Score
84
17 reviews
User Score
81
62 reviews

18. Baroness - Yellow & Green

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

19. Taylor Swift - Red

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

20. Spiritualized - Sweet Heart Sweet Light

Spiritualized - Sweet Heart Sweet Light
April 17, 2012
Space Rock
Critic Score
81
20 reviews
User Score
82
99 reviews

21. Screaming Females - Ugly

Screaming Females - Ugly
April 3, 2012
Punk Rock
Critic Score
81
9 reviews
User Score
80
13 reviews

22. DIIV - Oshin

DIIV - Oshin
June 26, 2012
Shoegaze
Critic Score
79
15 reviews
User Score
80
106 reviews

23. 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
77 reviews

24. 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

25. Nude Beach - II

Nude Beach - II
August 14, 2012
Power Pop
Critic Score
74
7 reviews
User Score
85
1 review

26. Grimes - Visions

Grimes - Visions
February 21, 2012
Synthpop
Critic Score
80
23 reviews
User Score
82
210 reviews

27. Beach House - Bloom

Beach House - Bloom
May 15, 2012
Dream Pop
Critic Score
81
18 reviews
User Score
85
275 reviews

28. Cat Power - Sun

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

29. Purity Ring - Shrines

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

30. Torche - Harmonicraft

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

31. Schoolboy Q - Habits & Contradictions

Schoolboy Q - Habits & Contradictions
January 14, 2012
Hip Hop
Critic Score
80
12 reviews
User Score
79
43 reviews

32. Ty Segall - Twins

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

33. How to Dress Well - Total Loss

How to Dress Well - Total Loss
September 18, 2012
Experimental
Critic Score
79
16 reviews
User Score
80
56 reviews

34. Future - Pluto

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

35. Swearin' - Swearin'

Swearin' - Swearin'
August 15, 2012
Critic Score
79
2 reviews
User Score
80
1 review

36. Chris Cohen - Overgrown Path

Chris Cohen - Overgrown Path
September 25, 2012
Indie Pop
Critic Score
73
5 reviews
User Score
81
2 reviews

37. Joey Bada$$ - 1999

Joey Bada$$ - 1999
June 12, 2012
Hip Hop
Critic Score
78
4 reviews
User Score
76
20 reviews

38. Mount Eerie - Ocean Roar

Mount Eerie - Ocean Roar
September 4, 2012
Experimental
Critic Score
83
11 reviews
User Score
80
18 reviews

39. Jessica Pratt - Jessica Pratt

Jessica Pratt - Jessica Pratt
November 6, 2012
Singer-Songwriter
Critic Score
73
3 reviews
User Score
84
5 reviews

40. Converge - All We Love We Leave Behind

Converge - All We Love We Leave Behind
October 9, 2012
Metalcore
Critic Score
84
12 reviews
User Score
83
32 reviews

41. Sun Kil Moon - Among The Leaves

Sun Kil Moon - Among The Leaves
May 29, 2012
Folk
Critic Score
71
13 reviews
User Score
72
12 reviews

42. Sharon Van Etten - Tramp

Sharon Van Etten - Tramp
February 7, 2012
Folk
Critic Score
80
21 reviews
User Score
82
76 reviews

43. 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

44. 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

45. The Evens - The Odds

The Evens - The Odds
November 20, 2012
Indie Rock
Critic Score
80
5 reviews
User Score
75
9 reviews

46. Matthew E. White - Big Inner

Matthew E. White - Big Inner
August 21, 2012
Singer-Songwriter
Critic Score
81
9 reviews
User Score
81
19 reviews

47. Rick Ross - Rich Forever

Rick Ross - Rich Forever
January 6, 2012
Hip Hop
Critic Score
75
10 reviews
User Score
74
8 reviews

48. The Shins - Port of Morrow

The Shins - Port of Morrow
March 20, 2012
Indie Rock
Critic Score
71
19 reviews
User Score
74
56 reviews

49. Parquet Courts - Light Up Gold

Parquet Courts - Light Up Gold
August 18, 2012
Garage Rock
Critic Score
83
16 reviews
User Score
81
66 reviews

50. Flying Lotus - Until the Quiet Comes

Flying Lotus - Until the Quiet Comes
October 2, 2012
Electronic
Critic Score
84
21 reviews
User Score
81
117 reviews
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