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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
14 reviews
User Score
70
25 reviews

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 reviews

3. Shovels & Rope - O' Be Joyful

Shovels & Rope - O' Be Joyful
July 31, 2012
Critic Score
NR
User Score
95
1 review

4. Leonard Cohen - Old Ideas

Leonard Cohen - Old Ideas
January 31, 2012
Singer-Songwriter
Critic Score
82
16 reviews
User Score
76
22 reviews

5. Bruce Springsteen - Wrecking Ball

Bruce Springsteen - Wrecking Ball
March 5, 2012
Rock
Critic Score
75
15 reviews
User Score
71
35 reviews

6. Sharon Van Etten - Tramp

Sharon Van Etten - Tramp
February 7, 2012
Folk
Critic Score
80
21 reviews
User Score
82
76 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
55
15 reviews
User Score
58
65 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
16 reviews
User Score
76
36 reviews

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 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
76
21 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
55
1 review

16. Father John Misty - Fear Fun

Father John Misty - Fear Fun
May 1, 2012
Folk
Critic Score
77
12 reviews
User Score
79
50 reviews

17. Fiona Apple - The Idler Wheel

Fiona Apple - The Idler Wheel
June 19, 2012
Singer-Songwriter
Critic Score
87
20 reviews
User Score
84
174 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
23 reviews
User Score
84
292 reviews

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 reviews

21. Jack White - Blunderbuss

Jack White - Blunderbuss
April 24, 2012
Rock
Critic Score
79
20 reviews
User Score
77
82 reviews

22. The Shins - Port of Morrow

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

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 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
68
9 reviews
User Score
71
13 reviews

26. Michael Kiwanuka - Home Again

Michael Kiwanuka - Home Again
March 12, 2012
Soul
Critic Score
70
8 reviews
User Score
77
9 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
81
8 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
69
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
75
16 reviews

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 review

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 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
70
13 reviews
User Score
82
6 reviews

37. Tame Impala - Lonerism

Tame Impala - Lonerism
October 9, 2012
Psychedelic Rock
Critic Score
86
20 reviews
User Score
87
333 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
13 reviews
User Score
77
19 reviews

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
38 reviews

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
82
26 reviews

43. Beth Orton - Sugaring Season

Beth Orton - Sugaring Season
October 2, 2012
Singer-Songwriter
Critic Score
73
10 reviews
User Score
67
3 reviews

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 reviews

45. Delta Spirit - Delta Spirit

Delta Spirit - Delta Spirit
March 13, 2012
Indie Rock
Critic Score
67
8 reviews
User Score
72
5 reviews

46. M. Ward - A Wasteland Companion

M. Ward - A Wasteland Companion
April 10, 2012
Folk
Critic Score
69
18 reviews
User Score
67
5 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
15 reviews
User Score
74
17 reviews

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
57
21 reviews
Original Source: http://www.americansongwriter.com/2012/12/american-songwriters-top-50-albums-of-2012/

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