FACT Magazine's 50 Best Albums of 2012

FACT Magazine's 50 Best Albums of 2012

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49. Helm - Impossible Symmetry

Helm - Impossible Symmetry
July 6, 2012
Critic Score
80
1 review

47. The xx - Coexist

September 11, 2012
Critic Score
78
38 reviews

Neither spectacular or deflating, Coexist is simply the sound of the xx, more or less just as we left it: minimalist, intuitive, romantic and enchanting.

46. Purity Ring - Shrines

July 24, 2012
Critic Score
78
31 reviews

Without compromising their rustic, Grimm fairytale undertone, they’ve turned in a chromed, hi-tech pop album.

44. Triad God - NXB

Triad God - NXB
November 13, 2012
Critic Score
70
1 review

43. Carter Tutti Void - Transverse

March 26, 2012
Critic Score
78
9 reviews

Transverse is a deep, memorable experience, the pulses in particular guiding the music’s more familiar freeform guitar timbres into areas that are less predictable.

42. Schoolboy Q - Habits & Contradictions

January 14, 2012
Critic Score
78
13 reviews

Many of its strongest tracks are those that see Q take his foot off the gas, playing to more traditional communicative strengths in hip-hop.

40. Bat For Lashes - The Haunted Man

October 15, 2012
Critic Score
78
33 reviews

For the most part this is a composed, nourishing pop album.

38. Miguel - Kaleidoscope Dream

October 2, 2012
Critic Score
82
13 reviews

In its finished form, Miguel’s Kaleidoscope Dream is a testament to his evolved songwriting, reverence to the past, and refusal to be pigeonholed.

37. LE1F - Dark York

LE1F - Dark York
April 18, 2012
Critic Score
71
2 reviews

Ultimately, Dark York feels like a gauntlet thrown down to the straight hip-hop world, not an inward-looking one-off. 

36. Gunplay - Bogota Rich: The Prequel

Gunplay - Bogota Rich: The Prequel
March 9, 2012
Critic Score
77
2 reviews

The polish, variety, velocity and tightness of his flow is undeniable. Every word is as packed as tightly and precisely as bullets in a clip, and sounds as piercingly and bracingly upon release.

35. Young Smoke - Space Zone

Young Smoke - Space Zone
September 24, 2012
Critic Score
74
8 reviews

Space Zone keeps the bar propped up impressively high without treading back over old ground

34. Lorenzo Senni - Quantum Jelly

Lorenzo Senni - Quantum Jelly
October 8, 2012
Critic Score
70
1 review

33. Altered Natives - Tenement Yard Vol. 3

Altered Natives - Tenement Yard Vol. 3
October 3, 2012
Critic Score
85
2 reviews

31. Nas - Life is Good

July 17, 2012
Critic Score
79
23 reviews

30. Supreme Cuts - Whispers In The Dark

Supreme Cuts - Whispers In The Dark
July 10, 2012
Critic Score
64
6 reviews

29. Ricardo Villalobos - Dependent and Happy

September 25, 2012
Critic Score
79
4 reviews

This CD version has some outstanding moments, and at times is a masterful lesson in dream-like production.

28. Ariel Pink & R. Stevie Moore - Ku Klux Glam

Ariel Pink & R. Stevie Moore - Ku Klux Glam
February 12, 2012
Critic Score
60
1 review

26. Grimes - Visions

February 21, 2012
Critic Score
79
31 reviews

As time wears on you start to feel that things are a bit too ethereal, as ideas fall short of solidifying into concrete hooks and structures begin to feel just slightly aimless

25. Main Attrakionz - Bossalinis & Fooliyones

Main Attrakionz - Bossalinis & Fooliyones
October 23, 2012
Critic Score
69
9 reviews

On their label debut proper not only have Main Attrakionz protected their singular creation, they’ve also reaffirmed their style as something entirely new.

24. The Internet - Purple Naked Ladies

The Internet - Purple Naked Ladies
December 20, 2011
Critic Score
59
16 reviews

23. Heroin In Tahiti - Death Surf

Heroin In Tahiti - Death Surf
February 12, 2012
Critic Score
80
1 review

22. Future - Pluto

April 17, 2012
Critic Score
69
9 reviews

21. Dean Blunt & Inga Copeland - Black Is Beautiful

April 10, 2012
Critic Score
73
9 reviews

The result is a collection of intriguing, often beautiful miniatures – gems to be cherished and enjoyed, sonic curiosities that reward repeated listening.

20. Silent Servant - Negative Fascination

October 30, 2012
Critic Score
84
2 reviews

19. Lana Del Rey - Born To Die

January 31, 2012
Critic Score
59
30 reviews

I can’t think of an album since My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy that was this big and sounded this good.

17. I:Cube - "M" Megamix

I:Cube -
May 21, 2012
Critic Score
80
4 reviews

If you ever wanted a house or techno album as endlessly listenable, as varied, assured and as good value for money as Madvillain’s 2004 hip-hop classic Madvillainy, then your wish has been fulfilled.

16. Frank Ocean - Channel Orange

July 17, 2012
Critic Score
92
32 reviews

A largely beatific album, it propagates love over high living, but also shipped is the urban locale ... substituted for the same precocious wisdom, emotional intelligence, writerly nuance and reasoned portrayal of lust displayed on the Tumblr post.

15. Sand Circles - Motor City

April 10, 2012
Critic Score
70
1 review

14. Julia Holter - Ekstasis

March 6, 2012
Critic Score
82
17 reviews

Ekstasis sounds cleaner than its predecessor, Holter’s pop sensibilities and craft more sharply defined.

13. Madteo - Noi No

Madteo - Noi No
November 26, 2012
Critic Score
85
2 reviews

To take it all in at once requires the listener to pay attention closely, and committing to this is quite exhausting – not in the least because it feels like an unsolvable puzzle each step of the way.

12. Jeremih - Late Nights with Jeremih

August 7, 2012
Critic Score
90
1 review

11. Actress - R.I.P.

April 24, 2012
Critic Score
82
17 reviews

R.I.P is a fantastical, fascinating album: as Actress intended, it feels not really of this world. 

10. Wolfgang Voigt - Rückverzauberung 6

Wolfgang Voigt - Rückverzauberung 6
April 23, 2012
Critic Score
80
1 review

9. Swans - The Seer

August 28, 2012
Critic Score
87
29 reviews

The Seer is clearly brilliant, and may even be Swans’ finest album yet, three decades in.

8. Terrence Dixon - From the Far Future Pt. 2

Terrence Dixon - From the Far Future Pt. 2
October 9, 2012
Critic Score
85
2 reviews

6. How to Dress Well - Total Loss

September 18, 2012
Critic Score
78
21 reviews

What we’re treated to here is more coherent songs, while the onus has shifted from studio editing and loops to organic arrangements, another clarity-lending move.

4. Horrid Red - Celestial Joy

Horrid Red - Celestial Joy
November 15, 2011
Critic Score
70
2 reviews

3. Cooly G - Playin' Me

July 24, 2012
Critic Score
80
15 reviews

1. Kendrick Lamar - good kid, m.A.A.d. city

October 22, 2012
Critic Score
89
24 reviews

Good Kid, m.A.A.d City might be a wide-ranging, far-reaching success, but one suspects it won’t be his best record.

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