The Wire's Top 50 Releases of 2012



LIST SUMMARY
VIEW ORIGINAL LIST

List Rating: 82
Based on 226 album ratings

Genre Breakdown:
Experimental (7), Electronic (4), Hip Hop (3), Singer-Songwriter (2), Juke (2), Ambient (1), Folk Rock (1), Freak Folk (1), Post-Rock (1), Jazz (1), Psychedelic Pop (1), Minimal (1), R&B (1), Dubstep (1), Dub Techno (1)

1. Laurel Halo - Quarantine

Laurel Halo - Quarantine
May 29, 2012
Electronic
CRITIC SCORE
78
14 reviews
USER SCORE
81



2. The Congos / Sun Araw / M. Geddes Gengras - Icon Give Thank

The Congos / Sun Araw / M. Geddes Gengras - Icon Give Thank
May 8, 2012
CRITIC SCORE
75
4 reviews
USER SCORE
72



3. Actress - R.I.P.

Actress - R.I.P.
April 24, 2012
Experimental
CRITIC SCORE
84
13 reviews
USER SCORE
73



4. Jakob Ullmann - Fremde Zeit Addendum

Jakob Ullmann - Fremde Zeit Addendum
May 22, 2012
CRITIC SCORE
NR
USER SCORE
NR



5. Jason Lescalleet - Songs About Nothing

Jason Lescalleet - Songs About Nothing
July 1, 2012
CRITIC SCORE
90
1 review
USER SCORE
90



6. Chora(s)san Time-Court Mirage - Live At The Grimm Museum Volume One

Chora(s)san Time-Court Mirage - Live At The Grimm Museum Volume One
August 28, 2012
CRITIC SCORE
NR
USER SCORE
NR



7. Bob Dylan - Tempest

Bob Dylan - Tempest
September 11, 2012
Singer-Songwriter
CRITIC SCORE
76
13 reviews
USER SCORE
67



8. Julia Holter - Ekstasis

Julia Holter - Ekstasis
March 6, 2012
Experimental
CRITIC SCORE
82
16 reviews
USER SCORE
81



9. Carter Tutti Void - Transverse

Carter Tutti Void - Transverse
March 26, 2012
Electronic
CRITIC SCORE
80
9 reviews
USER SCORE
82



10. Ricardo Villalobos - Dependent and Happy

Ricardo Villalobos - Dependent and Happy
September 25, 2012
Minimal
CRITIC SCORE
80
3 reviews
USER SCORE
80



11. Scott Walker - Bish Bosch

Scott Walker - Bish Bosch
December 4, 2012
Experimental
CRITIC SCORE
78
17 reviews
USER SCORE
76



12. Josephine Foster - Blood Rushing

Josephine Foster - Blood Rushing
September 18, 2012
Freak Folk
CRITIC SCORE
75
4 reviews
USER SCORE
75



13. Fushitsusha - Mabushii Itazura Na Inori

Fushitsusha - Mabushii Itazura Na Inori
September 18, 2012
CRITIC SCORE
NR
USER SCORE
NR



14. Oren Ambarchi / Keiji Haino / Jim O'Rourke - Imikuzushi

Oren Ambarchi / Keiji Haino / Jim O'Rourke - Imikuzushi
February 28, 2012
CRITIC SCORE
84
2 reviews
USER SCORE
81



15. Death Grips - The Money Store

Death Grips - The Money Store
April 24, 2012
Hip Hop
CRITIC SCORE
84
15 reviews
USER SCORE
85



16. Emptyset - Medium

Emptyset - Medium
April 10, 2012
CRITIC SCORE
NR
USER SCORE
NR



17. Dean Blunt and Inga Copeland - Black Is Beautiful

Dean Blunt and Inga Copeland - Black Is Beautiful
April 10, 2012
Experimental
CRITIC SCORE
74
9 reviews
USER SCORE
80



18. Andy Stott - Luxury Problems

Andy Stott - Luxury Problems
October 29, 2012
Dub Techno
CRITIC SCORE
86
10 reviews
USER SCORE
84



19. Various Artists - Wandelweiser und so Weiter

Various Artists - Wandelweiser und so Weiter
November 1, 2012
CRITIC SCORE
NR
USER SCORE
NR



20. Morton Feldman - Crippled Symmetry: at June in Buffalo

Morton Feldman - Crippled Symmetry: at June in Buffalo
September 25, 2012
CRITIC SCORE
NR
USER SCORE
NR



21. Richard Skelton - Verse of Birds

Richard Skelton - Verse of Birds
May 1, 2012
CRITIC SCORE
NR
USER SCORE
NR



22. The Bohman Brothers - Back on the Streets

The Bohman Brothers - Back on the Streets
July 1, 2012
CRITIC SCORE
NR
USER SCORE
NR



23. 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
90
17 reviews
USER SCORE
87



24. Michael Pisaro and Toshiya Tsunoda - Crosshatches

Michael Pisaro and Toshiya Tsunoda - Crosshatches
June 7, 2012
CRITIC SCORE
NR
USER SCORE
NR



25. Bass Clef - Reeling Skullways

Bass Clef - Reeling Skullways
April 30, 2012
CRITIC SCORE
NR
USER SCORE
NR



26. Aaron Dilloway - Modern Jester

Aaron Dilloway - Modern Jester
December 20, 2011
CRITIC SCORE
78
2 reviews
USER SCORE
88



27. Killer Mike - R.A.P. Music

Killer Mike - R.A.P. Music
May 15, 2012
Hip Hop
CRITIC SCORE
86
17 reviews
USER SCORE
82



28. Shackleton - Music For the Quiet Hour / The Drawbar Organ EPs

Shackleton - Music For the Quiet Hour / The Drawbar Organ EPs
April 30, 2012
Experimental
CRITIC SCORE
84
6 reviews
USER SCORE
NR



29. Rhodri Davies - Wound Response

Rhodri Davies - Wound Response
October 7, 2012
CRITIC SCORE
NR
USER SCORE
NR



30. Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti - Mature Themes

Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti - Mature Themes
August 21, 2012
Psychedelic Pop
CRITIC SCORE
74
19 reviews
USER SCORE
78



31. Wadada Leo Smith - Ten Freedom Summers

Wadada Leo Smith - Ten Freedom Summers
May 22, 2012
CRITIC SCORE
NR
USER SCORE
92



32. Thomas Köner - Novaya Zemlya

Thomas Köner - Novaya Zemlya
July 3, 2012
CRITIC SCORE
NR
USER SCORE
NR



33. Annea Lockwood - In Our Name

Annea Lockwood - In Our Name
June 1, 2012
CRITIC SCORE
NR
USER SCORE
NR



34. Earth - Angels of Darkness, Demons of Light II

Earth - Angels of Darkness, Demons of Light II
February 14, 2012
Experimental
CRITIC SCORE
83
14 reviews
USER SCORE
79



35. Lee Gamble - Diversions 1994-1996

Lee Gamble - Diversions 1994-1996
October 26, 2012
CRITIC SCORE
84
3 reviews
USER SCORE
NR



36. Heatsick - Déviation

Heatsick - Déviation
June 22, 2012
CRITIC SCORE
NR
USER SCORE
NR



37. Duane Pitre - Feel Free

Duane Pitre - Feel Free
April 10, 2012
CRITIC SCORE
NR
USER SCORE
NR



38. Raime - Quarter Turns Over a Living Line

Raime - Quarter Turns Over a Living Line
November 26, 2012
Ambient
CRITIC SCORE
82
7 reviews
USER SCORE
79



39. Swans - The Seer

Swans - The Seer
August 28, 2012
Post-Rock
CRITIC SCORE
90
19 reviews
USER SCORE
83



40. Mark Ernestus presents Jeri-Jeri with Mbene Diatta Seck - Mbeuguel Dafa Nekh

Mark Ernestus presents Jeri-Jeri with Mbene Diatta Seck - Mbeuguel Dafa Nekh
January 25, 2012
CRITIC SCORE
NR
USER SCORE
NR



41. Cooly G - Playin' Me

Cooly G - Playin' Me
July 24, 2012
Dubstep
CRITIC SCORE
80
13 reviews
USER SCORE
79



42. Traxman - Da Mind of Traxman

Traxman - Da Mind of Traxman
April 17, 2012
Juke
CRITIC SCORE
78
5 reviews
USER SCORE
83



43. DJ Rashad - Teklife Vol. 1: Welcome To The Chi

DJ Rashad - Teklife Vol. 1: Welcome To The Chi
June 5, 2012
Juke
CRITIC SCORE
84
3 reviews
USER SCORE
NR



44. Charles Gayle Trio - Streets

Charles Gayle Trio - Streets
February 14, 2012
Jazz
CRITIC SCORE
85
2 reviews
USER SCORE
NR



45. Frank Ocean - Channel Orange

Frank Ocean - Channel Orange
July 17, 2012
R&B
CRITIC SCORE
92
21 reviews
USER SCORE
84



46. Pye Corner Audio - Sleep Games

Pye Corner Audio - Sleep Games
October 19, 2012
Electronic
CRITIC SCORE
80
1 review
USER SCORE
NR



47. Peter Cusack - Sounds from Dangerous Places

Peter Cusack - Sounds from Dangerous Places
June 19, 2012
CRITIC SCORE
NR
USER SCORE
NR



48. Pelt - Effigy

Pelt - Effigy
October 29, 2012
CRITIC SCORE
NR
USER SCORE
NR



49. DVA - Pretty Ugly

DVA - Pretty Ugly
May 15, 2012
Experimental
CRITIC SCORE
68
5 reviews
USER SCORE
NR



50. Brotzmann / Satoh / Moriyama - Yatagarasu

Brotzmann / Satoh / Moriyama - Yatagarasu
July 1, 2012
CRITIC SCORE
NR
USER SCORE
NR



Original Source: http://www.thewire.co.uk/news/21457/rewind-2012-issue-out-now

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