American Songwriter's Top 50 Albums of 2012

American Songwriter's Top 50 Albums of 2012

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1. Bob Dylan - Tempest

Bob Dylan - Tempest
September 11, 2012
Singer-Songwriter
Critic Score
77
15 reviews
User Score
70
29 reviews

2. Neil Young and Crazy Horse - Psychedelic Pill

Neil Young and Crazy Horse - Psychedelic Pill
October 30, 2012
Rock
Critic Score
77
18 reviews
User Score
79
24 reviews

3. Shovels & Rope - O' Be Joyful

Shovels & Rope - O' Be Joyful
July 31, 2012
Critic Score
NR
User Score
92
3 reviews

4. Leonard Cohen - Old Ideas

Leonard Cohen - Old Ideas
January 31, 2012
Singer-Songwriter
Critic Score
80
17 reviews
User Score
76
23 reviews

5. Bruce Springsteen - Wrecking Ball

Bruce Springsteen - Wrecking Ball
March 5, 2012
Rock
Critic Score
75
16 reviews
User Score
70
36 reviews

6. Sharon Van Etten - Tramp

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

7. The Avett Brothers - The Carpenter

The Avett Brothers - The Carpenter
September 11, 2012
Folk
Critic Score
71
10 reviews
User Score
80
9 reviews

8. Mumford & Sons - Babel

Mumford & Sons - Babel
September 25, 2012
Folk
Critic Score
54
19 reviews
User Score
56
79 reviews

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
19 reviews
User Score
75
58 reviews

11. Todd Snider - Agnostic Hymns & Stoner Fables

Todd Snider - Agnostic Hymns & Stoner Fables
March 6, 2012
Singer-Songwriter
Critic Score
80
7 reviews
User Score
80
2 reviews

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
74
25 reviews

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
71
2 reviews

16. Father John Misty - Fear Fun

Father John Misty - Fear Fun
May 1, 2012
Indie Folk
Critic Score
76
13 reviews
User Score
79
65 reviews

17. Fiona Apple - The Idler Wheel

Fiona Apple - The Idler Wheel
June 19, 2012
Singer-Songwriter
Critic Score
87
21 reviews
User Score
85
205 reviews

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
26 reviews
User Score
85
362 reviews

20. Andrew Bird - Break It Yourself

Andrew Bird - Break It Yourself
March 6, 2012
Indie Folk
Critic Score
78
21 reviews
User Score
80
30 reviews

21. Jack White - Blunderbuss

Jack White - Blunderbuss
April 24, 2012
Rock
Critic Score
80
24 reviews
User Score
77
97 reviews

22. The Shins - Port of Morrow

The Shins - Port of Morrow
March 20, 2012
Indie Rock
Critic Score
71
23 reviews
User Score
73
68 reviews

23. Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros - Here

Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros - Here
May 29, 2012
Indie Folk
Critic Score
63
13 reviews
User Score
64
13 reviews

24. Cory Branan - Mutt

Cory Branan - Mutt
May 22, 2012
Critic Score
74
2 reviews
User Score
80
1 review

25. Norah Jones - Little Broken Hearts

Norah Jones - Little Broken Hearts
May 1, 2012
Jazz
Critic Score
69
10 reviews
User Score
73
17 reviews

26. Michael Kiwanuka - Home Again

Michael Kiwanuka - Home Again
March 12, 2012
Soul
Critic Score
71
11 reviews
User Score
79
11 reviews

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
80
9 reviews
User Score
63
3 reviews

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
67
8 reviews
User Score
85
2 reviews

29. Andrew Combs - Worried Man

Andrew Combs - Worried Man
October 30, 2012
Critic Score
80
1 review
User Score
90
1 review

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
72
17 reviews

31. John Fullbright - From the Ground Up

John Fullbright - From the Ground Up
May 8, 2012
Critic Score
70
2 reviews
User Score
76
2 reviews

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
63
10 reviews
User Score
64
7 reviews

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 review

36. Kathleen Edwards - Voyageur

Kathleen Edwards - Voyageur
January 17, 2012
Alt-Country
Critic Score
73
17 reviews
User Score
82
6 reviews

37. Tame Impala - Lonerism

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

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
15 reviews
User Score
76
24 reviews

39. First Aid Kit - The Lion's Roar

First Aid Kit - The Lion's Roar
January 24, 2012
Folk
Critic Score
76
17 reviews
User Score
77
47 reviews

40. Diamond Rugs - Diamond Rugs

Diamond Rugs - Diamond Rugs
April 24, 2012
Garage Rock
Critic Score
59
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
68
7 reviews
User Score
40
1 review

42. Ben Howard - Every Kingdom

Ben Howard - Every Kingdom
April 3, 2012
Folk
Critic Score
75
5 reviews
User Score
81
33 reviews

43. Beth Orton - Sugaring Season

Beth Orton - Sugaring Season
October 2, 2012
Singer-Songwriter
Critic Score
74
14 reviews
User Score
72
4 reviews

44. Dr. Dog - Be The Void

Dr. Dog - Be The Void
February 7, 2012
Psychedelic Rock
Critic Score
72
12 reviews
User Score
77
16 reviews

45. Delta Spirit - Delta Spirit

Delta Spirit - Delta Spirit
March 13, 2012
Indie Rock
Critic Score
67
8 reviews
User Score
76
8 reviews

46. M. Ward - A Wasteland Companion

M. Ward - A Wasteland Companion
April 10, 2012
Folk
Critic Score
68
19 reviews
User Score
71
7 reviews

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 review

48. The Gaslight Anthem - Handwritten

The Gaslight Anthem - Handwritten
July 24, 2012
Alternative Rock
Critic Score
68
17 reviews
User Score
74
18 reviews

Not only is Handwritten The Gaslight Anthem's best album, but it's also one of the best albums of 2012.

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
15 reviews
User Score
58
27 reviews
Original Source: http://www.americansongwriter.com/2012/12/american-songwriters-top-50-albums-of-2012/

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