American Songwriter's Top 50 Albums of 2012



LIST SUMMARY
VIEW ORIGINAL LIST
List Rating
74
373 ratings
Genre Breakdown
Folk (11), Singer-Songwriter (8), Alt-Country (3), Rock (3), Indie Rock (3), Indie Folk (2), Alternative Rock (2), Psychedelic Rock (2), Country (2), Blues Rock (1), R&B (1), Neo-Psychedelia (1), Bluegrass (1), Folk Rock (1), Jazz (1), Soul (1), Garage Rock (1), Indie Pop (1)

1. Bob Dylan - Tempest

Bob Dylan - Tempest
September 11, 2012
Singer-Songwriter
CRITIC SCORE
77
14 reviews
USER SCORE
69
24 ratings

2. Neil Young and Crazy Horse - Psychedelic Pill

Neil Young and Crazy Horse - Psychedelic Pill
October 30, 2012
Rock
CRITIC SCORE
78
10 reviews
USER SCORE
80
23 ratings

3. Shovels & Rope - O' Be Joyful

Shovels & Rope - O' Be Joyful
July 31, 2012
CRITIC SCORE
NR
USER SCORE
95
1 rating

4. Leonard Cohen - Old Ideas

Leonard Cohen - Old Ideas
January 31, 2012
Singer-Songwriter
CRITIC SCORE
82
16 reviews
USER SCORE
76
21 ratings

5. Bruce Springsteen - Wrecking Ball

Bruce Springsteen - Wrecking Ball
March 5, 2012
Rock
CRITIC SCORE
75
15 reviews
USER SCORE
71
34 ratings

6. Sharon Van Etten - Tramp

Sharon Van Etten - Tramp
February 7, 2012
Folk
CRITIC SCORE
80
21 reviews
USER SCORE
82
75 ratings

7. The Avett Brothers - The Carpenter

The Avett Brothers - The Carpenter
September 11, 2012
Folk
CRITIC SCORE
71
10 reviews
USER SCORE
80
9 ratings

8. Mumford & Sons - Babel

Mumford & Sons - Babel
September 25, 2012
Folk
CRITIC SCORE
55
15 reviews
USER SCORE
59
59 ratings

9. Bonnie Raitt - Slipstream

Bonnie Raitt - Slipstream
April 10, 2012
CRITIC SCORE
79
4 reviews
USER SCORE
NR

10. Alabama Shakes - Boys & Girls

Alabama Shakes - Boys & Girls
April 10, 2012
Blues Rock
CRITIC SCORE
72
16 reviews
USER SCORE
75
33 ratings

11. Todd Snider - Agnostic Hymns & Stoner Fables

Todd Snider - Agnostic Hymns & Stoner Fables
March 6, 2012
Singer-Songwriter
CRITIC SCORE
80
6 reviews
USER SCORE
80
2 ratings

12. Iris DeMent - Sing The Delta

Iris DeMent - Sing The Delta
October 2, 2012
CRITIC SCORE
73
3 reviews
USER SCORE
NR

13. The Lumineers - The Lumineers

The Lumineers - The Lumineers
April 3, 2012
Folk
CRITIC SCORE
72
3 reviews
USER SCORE
76
20 ratings

14. Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit - Live From Alabama

Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit - Live From Alabama
November 19, 2012
Alt-Country
CRITIC SCORE
80
1 review
USER SCORE
NR

15. Brandi Carlile - Bear Creek

Brandi Carlile - Bear Creek
June 5, 2012
Folk
CRITIC SCORE
80
2 reviews
USER SCORE
55
1 rating

16. Father John Misty - Fear Fun

Father John Misty - Fear Fun
May 1, 2012
Folk
CRITIC SCORE
77
12 reviews
USER SCORE
79
47 ratings

17. Fiona Apple - The Idler Wheel

Fiona Apple - The Idler Wheel
June 19, 2012
Singer-Songwriter
CRITIC SCORE
87
20 reviews
USER SCORE
84
170 ratings

18. Dwight Yoakam - 3 Pears

Dwight Yoakam - 3 Pears
September 18, 2012
Country
CRITIC SCORE
80
4 reviews
USER SCORE
NR

19. Frank Ocean - Channel Orange

Frank Ocean - Channel Orange
July 17, 2012
R&B
CRITIC SCORE
91
23 reviews
USER SCORE
84
275 ratings

20. Andrew Bird - Break It Yourself

Andrew Bird - Break It Yourself
March 6, 2012
Indie Folk
CRITIC SCORE
79
18 reviews
USER SCORE
79
25 ratings

21. Jack White - Blunderbuss

Jack White - Blunderbuss
April 24, 2012
Rock
CRITIC SCORE
79
20 reviews
USER SCORE
77
77 ratings

22. The Shins - Port of Morrow

The Shins - Port of Morrow
March 20, 2012
Indie Rock
CRITIC SCORE
71
19 reviews
USER SCORE
74
51 ratings

23. Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros - Here

Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros - Here
May 29, 2012
Indie Folk
CRITIC SCORE
62
10 reviews
USER SCORE
60
11 ratings

24. Cory Branan - Mutt

Cory Branan - Mutt
May 22, 2012
CRITIC SCORE
74
2 reviews
USER SCORE
80
1 rating

25. Norah Jones - Little Broken Hearts

Norah Jones - Little Broken Hearts
May 1, 2012
Jazz
CRITIC SCORE
68
9 reviews
USER SCORE
71
12 ratings

26. Michael Kiwanuka - Home Again

Michael Kiwanuka - Home Again
March 12, 2012
Soul
CRITIC SCORE
70
8 reviews
USER SCORE
75
8 ratings

27. Loudon Wainwright III - Older Than My Old Man Now

Loudon Wainwright III - Older Than My Old Man Now
April 17, 2012
Singer-Songwriter
CRITIC SCORE
81
8 reviews
USER SCORE
63
3 ratings

28. Justin Townes Earle - Nothing's Gonna Change The Way You Feel About Me Now

Justin Townes Earle - Nothing's Gonna Change The Way You Feel About Me Now
March 27, 2012
Folk
CRITIC SCORE
69
8 reviews
USER SCORE
85
2 ratings

29. Andrew Combs - Worried Man

Andrew Combs - Worried Man
October 30, 2012
CRITIC SCORE
80
1 review
USER SCORE
90
1 rating

30. Punch Brothers - Who's Feeling Young Now?

Punch Brothers - Who's Feeling Young Now?
February 14, 2012
Bluegrass
CRITIC SCORE
82
6 reviews
USER SCORE
75
16 ratings

31. John Fullbright - From the Ground Up

John Fullbright - From the Ground Up
May 8, 2012
CRITIC SCORE
70
2 reviews
USER SCORE
75
1 rating

32. Rodney Crowell & Mary Karr - Kin

Rodney Crowell & Mary Karr - Kin
June 5, 2012
Country
CRITIC SCORE
70
1 review
USER SCORE
NR

33. Ben Folds Five - The Sound of the Life of the Mind

Ben Folds Five - The Sound of the Life of the Mind
September 18, 2012
Alternative Rock
CRITIC SCORE
62
9 reviews
USER SCORE
61
6 ratings

34. Jay Farrar, Will Johnson, Anders Parker, Yim Yames - New Multitudes

Jay Farrar, Will Johnson, Anders Parker, Yim Yames - New Multitudes
February 28, 2012
CRITIC SCORE
77
4 reviews
USER SCORE
NR

35. Rhett Miller - The Dreamer

Rhett Miller - The Dreamer
June 5, 2012
Alt-Country
CRITIC SCORE
72
8 reviews
USER SCORE
78
1 rating

36. Kathleen Edwards - Voyageur

Kathleen Edwards - Voyageur
January 17, 2012
Alt-Country
CRITIC SCORE
70
13 reviews
USER SCORE
82
6 ratings

37. Tame Impala - Lonerism

Tame Impala - Lonerism
October 9, 2012
Psychedelic Rock
CRITIC SCORE
86
20 reviews
USER SCORE
87
308 ratings

38. Regina Spektor - What We Saw From The Cheap Seats

Regina Spektor - What We Saw From The Cheap Seats
May 29, 2012
Indie Pop
CRITIC SCORE
76
13 reviews
USER SCORE
77
19 ratings

39. First Aid Kit - The Lion's Roar

First Aid Kit - The Lion's Roar
January 24, 2012
Folk
CRITIC SCORE
76
12 reviews
USER SCORE
79
37 ratings

40. Diamond Rugs - Diamond Rugs

Diamond Rugs - Diamond Rugs
April 24, 2012
Garage Rock
CRITIC SCORE
58
8 reviews
USER SCORE
NR

41. Old Crow Medicine Show - Carry Me Back

Old Crow Medicine Show - Carry Me Back
July 17, 2012
Folk
CRITIC SCORE
65
6 reviews
USER SCORE
NR

42. Ben Howard - Every Kingdom

Ben Howard - Every Kingdom
April 3, 2012
Folk
CRITIC SCORE
75
5 reviews
USER SCORE
81
24 ratings

43. Beth Orton - Sugaring Season

Beth Orton - Sugaring Season
October 2, 2012
Singer-Songwriter
CRITIC SCORE
73
10 reviews
USER SCORE
67
3 ratings

44. Dr. Dog - Be The Void

Dr. Dog - Be The Void
February 7, 2012
Psychedelic Rock
CRITIC SCORE
72
11 reviews
USER SCORE
77
13 ratings

45. Delta Spirit - Delta Spirit

Delta Spirit - Delta Spirit
March 13, 2012
Indie Rock
CRITIC SCORE
67
8 reviews
USER SCORE
75
4 ratings

46. M. Ward - A Wasteland Companion

M. Ward - A Wasteland Companion
April 10, 2012
Folk
CRITIC SCORE
69
18 reviews
USER SCORE
67
5 ratings

47. Ben Kweller - Go Fly a Kite

Ben Kweller - Go Fly a Kite
February 7, 2012
Singer-Songwriter
CRITIC SCORE
64
9 reviews
USER SCORE
67
1 rating

48. The Gaslight Anthem - Handwritten

The Gaslight Anthem - Handwritten
July 24, 2012
Alternative Rock
CRITIC SCORE
68
15 reviews
USER SCORE
75
14 ratings

49. Matthew Ryan - In the Dusk of Everything

Matthew Ryan - In the Dusk of Everything
October 30, 2012
CRITIC SCORE
NR
USER SCORE
NR

50. Band of Horses - Mirage Rock

Band of Horses - Mirage Rock
September 18, 2012
Indie Rock
CRITIC SCORE
60
14 reviews
USER SCORE
56
18 ratings
Original Source: http://www.americansongwriter.com/2012/12/american-songwriters-top-50-albums-of-2012/

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