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The Wire's Top 50 Releases of 2012

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1. Laurel Halo - Quarantine

Laurel Halo - Quarantine
May 29, 2012
Electronic
Critic Score
78
14 reviews
User Score
81
36 reviews

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
74
4 reviews
User Score
72
3 reviews

3. Actress - R.I.P.

Actress - R.I.P.
April 24, 2012
Experimental
Critic Score
83
14 reviews
User Score
74
47 reviews

4. Jakob Ullmann - Fremde Zeit Addendum

Jakob Ullmann - Fremde Zeit Addendum
May 22, 2012
Critic Score
NR
User Score
59
1 review

5. Jason Lescalleet - Songs About Nothing

Jason Lescalleet - Songs About Nothing
July 1, 2012
Critic Score
90
1 review
User Score
90
2 reviews

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
77
14 reviews
User Score
70
24 reviews

8. Julia Holter - Ekstasis

Julia Holter - Ekstasis
March 6, 2012
Experimental
Critic Score
82
16 reviews
User Score
81
55 reviews

9. Carter Tutti Void - Transverse

Carter Tutti Void - Transverse
March 26, 2012
Electronic
Critic Score
79
9 reviews
User Score
82
1 review

10. Ricardo Villalobos - Dependent and Happy

Ricardo Villalobos - Dependent and Happy
September 25, 2012
Minimal
Critic Score
79
3 reviews
User Score
80
1 review

11. Scott Walker - Bish Bosch

Scott Walker - Bish Bosch
December 4, 2012
Experimental
Critic Score
77
17 reviews
User Score
79
19 reviews

12. Josephine Foster - Blood Rushing

Josephine Foster - Blood Rushing
September 18, 2012
Freak Folk
Critic Score
75
4 reviews
User Score
75
1 review

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
86
2 reviews

15. Death Grips - The Money Store

Death Grips - The Money Store
April 24, 2012
Hip Hop
Critic Score
84
16 reviews
User Score
85
169 reviews

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
73
9 reviews
User Score
79
4 reviews

18. Andy Stott - Luxury Problems

Andy Stott - Luxury Problems
October 29, 2012
Dub Techno
Critic Score
85
11 reviews
User Score
83
63 reviews

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
89
18 reviews
User Score
88
271 reviews

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
2 reviews

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

Killer Mike - R.A.P. Music
May 15, 2012
Hip Hop
Critic Score
84
18 reviews
User Score
82
75 reviews

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
73
20 reviews
User Score
79
58 reviews

31. Wadada Leo Smith - Ten Freedom Summers

Wadada Leo Smith - Ten Freedom Summers
May 22, 2012
Critic Score
NR
User Score
92
1 review

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
82
14 reviews
User Score
82
11 reviews

35. Lee Gamble - Diversions 1994-1996

Lee Gamble - Diversions 1994-1996
October 26, 2012
Critic Score
83
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
81
7 reviews
User Score
79
5 reviews

39. Swans - The Seer

Swans - The Seer
August 28, 2012
Post-Rock
Critic Score
89
20 reviews
User Score
85
149 reviews

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
5 reviews

42. Traxman - Da Mind of Traxman

Traxman - Da Mind of Traxman
April 17, 2012
Juke
Critic Score
78
6 reviews
User Score
83
3 reviews

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
83
3 reviews
User Score
73
1 review

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
91
23 reviews
User Score
84
285 reviews

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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