Rolling Stone's 50 Best Albums of 2012

Rolling Stone's 50 Best Albums of 2012

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49. Amadou & Mariam - Folila

Amadou & Mariam - Folila
April 10, 2012
Critic Score
76
13 reviews

45. Rick Ross - Rich Forever

January 6, 2012
Critic Score
75
10 reviews

43. Fun. - Some Nights

February 21, 2012
Critic Score
57
13 reviews

42. Allo Darlin' - Europe

April 17, 2012
Critic Score
79
14 reviews

41. The Avett Brothers - The Carpenter

September 11, 2012
Critic Score
71
10 reviews

40. Escort - Escort

Escort - Escort
November 15, 2011
Critic Score
75
9 reviews

39. Passion Pit - Gossamer

July 24, 2012
Critic Score
75
29 reviews

35. Grizzly Bear - Shields

September 18, 2012
Critic Score
82
31 reviews

With Shields, they still sound like Radiohead at a Buddhist retreat, but the songs are more muscular.

33. Grimes - Visions

February 21, 2012
Critic Score
79
31 reviews
Grimes isn't spooky enough to be "ghostly," and not substantial enough to hold your attention.

32. Hospitality - Hospitality

January 31, 2012
Critic Score
75
13 reviews

31. Taylor Swift - Red

October 22, 2012
Critic Score
73
15 reviews

30. Azealia Banks - 1991

May 29, 2012
Critic Score
73
8 reviews

28. Beach House - Bloom

May 15, 2012
Critic Score
78
31 reviews

The melodies, guitar­scapes and thrift-shop organ swells make for exquisite comfort.

27. Gary Clark Jr. - Blak & Blu

Gary Clark Jr. - Blak & Blu
October 22, 2012
Critic Score
74
11 reviews

24. G.O.O.D. Music - Cruel Summer

September 18, 2012
Critic Score
66
20 reviews

19. Band of Horses - Mirage Rock

September 18, 2012
Critic Score
61
22 reviews

18. Nas - Life is Good

July 17, 2012
Critic Score
79
23 reviews

17. John Mayer - Born and Raised

John Mayer - Born and Raised
May 22, 2012
Critic Score
72
7 reviews

16. Cat Power - Sun

September 4, 2012
Critic Score
78
34 reviews

15. Dr. John - Locked Down

April 3, 2012
Critic Score
81
17 reviews

12. Jimmy Cliff - Rebirth

July 17, 2012
Critic Score
78
10 reviews

11. Mumford & Sons - Babel

September 25, 2012
Critic Score
55
27 reviews

8. Green Day - ¡Uno!

Green Day - ¡Uno!
September 25, 2012
Critic Score
69
19 reviews

6. Kendrick Lamar - good kid, m.A.A.d. city

October 22, 2012
Critic Score
89
24 reviews

Lamar is an unlikely star: a storyteller, not a braggart or punch-line rapper, setting spiritual yearnings and moral dilemmas against a backdrop of gang violence and police brutality.

3. Jack White - Blunderbuss

April 24, 2012
Critic Score
81
31 reviews

2. Frank Ocean - Channel Orange

July 17, 2012
Critic Score
92
32 reviews

When Ocean reins himself in, tucking his words and melodies into tighter verse-chorus structures, the songs have startling force.

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