Spinner's 50 Best Albums of 2012



LIST SUMMARY
VIEW ORIGINAL LIST
List Rating
78
559 ratings
Genre Breakdown
Indie Rock (8), Hip Hop (5), Indie Pop (4), R&B (3), Electronic (3), Singer-Songwriter (3), Folk (3), Rock (2), Soul (2), Garage Rock (2), Dream Pop (2), Alternative Rock (2), Neo-Soul (1), Alt-Country (1), Chamber Pop (1), Art Pop (1), Psychedelic Rock (1), Synthpop (1), Experimental Rock (1), Neo-Psychedelia (1), Punk Rock (1), Indie Folk (1), Blues Rock (1), Experimental (1), House (1)

1. Fiona Apple - The Idler Wheel

Fiona Apple - The Idler Wheel
June 19, 2012
Singer-Songwriter
CRITIC SCORE
87
20 reviews
USER SCORE
84
170 ratings

2. Frank Ocean - Channel Orange

Frank Ocean - Channel Orange
July 17, 2012
R&B
CRITIC SCORE
91
23 reviews
USER SCORE
84
275 ratings

3. Japandroids - Celebration Rock

Japandroids - Celebration Rock
June 5, 2012
Garage Rock
CRITIC SCORE
84
19 reviews
USER SCORE
83
127 ratings

4. 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
259 ratings

5. Leonard Cohen - Old Ideas

Leonard Cohen - Old Ideas
January 31, 2012
Singer-Songwriter
CRITIC SCORE
82
16 reviews
USER SCORE
76
21 ratings

6. Divine Fits - A Thing Called the Divine Fits

Divine Fits - A Thing Called the Divine Fits
August 28, 2012
Indie Rock
CRITIC SCORE
77
14 reviews
USER SCORE
77
22 ratings

7. Sharon Van Etten - Tramp

Sharon Van Etten - Tramp
February 7, 2012
Folk
CRITIC SCORE
80
21 reviews
USER SCORE
82
75 ratings

8. Alabama Shakes - Boys & Girls

Alabama Shakes - Boys & Girls
April 10, 2012
Blues Rock
CRITIC SCORE
72
16 reviews
USER SCORE
75
33 ratings

9. Beach House - Bloom

Beach House - Bloom
May 15, 2012
Dream Pop
CRITIC SCORE
81
18 reviews
USER SCORE
84
258 ratings

10. Grimes - Visions

Grimes - Visions
February 21, 2012
Synthpop
CRITIC SCORE
80
23 reviews
USER SCORE
83
194 ratings

11. Dirty Projectors - Swing Lo Magellan

Dirty Projectors - Swing Lo Magellan
July 10, 2012
Experimental Rock
CRITIC SCORE
82
22 reviews
USER SCORE
83
133 ratings

12. P.O.S. - We Don't Even Live Here

P.O.S. - We Don't Even Live Here
October 22, 2012
Hip Hop
CRITIC SCORE
70
10 reviews
USER SCORE
78
8 ratings

13. Metric - Synthetica

Metric - Synthetica
June 12, 2012
Indie Rock
CRITIC SCORE
68
15 reviews
USER SCORE
72
27 ratings

14. Father John Misty - Fear Fun

Father John Misty - Fear Fun
May 1, 2012
Folk
CRITIC SCORE
77
12 reviews
USER SCORE
79
47 ratings

15. Daphni - Jiaolong

Daphni - Jiaolong
October 16, 2012
House
CRITIC SCORE
72
11 reviews
USER SCORE
75
15 ratings

16. Jack White - Blunderbuss

Jack White - Blunderbuss
April 24, 2012
Rock
CRITIC SCORE
79
20 reviews
USER SCORE
77
77 ratings

17. Solange - True

Solange - True
November 27, 2012
R&B
CRITIC SCORE
76
7 reviews
USER SCORE
82
20 ratings

18. 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
72 ratings

19. Screaming Females - Ugly

Screaming Females - Ugly
April 3, 2012
Punk Rock
CRITIC SCORE
81
9 reviews
USER SCORE
80
13 ratings

20. Bob Mould - Silver Age

Bob Mould - Silver Age
September 4, 2012
Alternative Rock
CRITIC SCORE
77
13 reviews
USER SCORE
67
11 ratings

21. Lianne La Havas - Is Your Love Big Enough?

Lianne La Havas - Is Your Love Big Enough?
August 7, 2012
Soul
CRITIC SCORE
66
5 reviews
USER SCORE
80
8 ratings

22. Pujol - United States of Being

Pujol - United States of Being
June 5, 2012
CRITIC SCORE
63
3 reviews
USER SCORE
75
2 ratings

23. Purity Ring - Shrines

Purity Ring - Shrines
July 24, 2012
Experimental
CRITIC SCORE
79
20 reviews
USER SCORE
80
128 ratings

24. Kathleen Edwards - Voyageur

Kathleen Edwards - Voyageur
January 17, 2012
Alt-Country
CRITIC SCORE
70
13 reviews
USER SCORE
82
6 ratings

25. Grizzly Bear - Shields

Grizzly Bear - Shields
September 18, 2012
Indie Folk
CRITIC SCORE
84
22 reviews
USER SCORE
84
252 ratings

26. Cloud Nothings - Attack on Memory

Cloud Nothings - Attack on Memory
January 24, 2012
Indie Rock
CRITIC SCORE
80
17 reviews
USER SCORE
83
142 ratings

27. Mumford & Sons - Babel

Mumford & Sons - Babel
September 25, 2012
Folk
CRITIC SCORE
55
15 reviews
USER SCORE
59
59 ratings

28. Schoolboy Q - Habits & Contradictions

Schoolboy Q - Habits & Contradictions
January 14, 2012
Hip Hop
CRITIC SCORE
80
12 reviews
USER SCORE
79
40 ratings

29. Tennis - Young & Old

Tennis - Young & Old
February 14, 2012
Indie Pop
CRITIC SCORE
66
16 reviews
USER SCORE
75
18 ratings

30. Mac DeMarco - 2

Mac DeMarco - 2
October 16, 2012
Singer-Songwriter
CRITIC SCORE
79
8 reviews
USER SCORE
83
89 ratings

31. Will Stratton - Post-Empire

Will Stratton - Post-Empire
April 12, 2012
CRITIC SCORE
NR
USER SCORE
NR

32. The xx - Coexist

The xx - Coexist
September 11, 2012
Indie Pop
CRITIC SCORE
76
21 reviews
USER SCORE
75
111 ratings

33. El-P - Cancer 4 Cure

El-P - Cancer 4 Cure
May 22, 2012
Hip Hop
CRITIC SCORE
85
21 reviews
USER SCORE
82
57 ratings

34. Crystal Castles - (III)

Crystal Castles - (III)
November 12, 2012
Electronic
CRITIC SCORE
73
20 reviews
USER SCORE
78
79 ratings

35. Poliça - Give You The Ghost

Poliça - Give You The Ghost
February 14, 2012
Indie Pop
CRITIC SCORE
76
11 reviews
USER SCORE
73
21 ratings

36. Miguel - Kaleidoscope Dream

Miguel - Kaleidoscope Dream
October 2, 2012
R&B
CRITIC SCORE
84
10 reviews
USER SCORE
81
60 ratings

37. Titus Andronicus - Local Business

Titus Andronicus - Local Business
October 23, 2012
Indie Rock
CRITIC SCORE
75
15 reviews
USER SCORE
74
18 ratings

38. Zeus - Busting Visions

Zeus - Busting Visions
March 27, 2012
Indie Rock
CRITIC SCORE
62
6 reviews
USER SCORE
NR

39. Flying Lotus - Until the Quiet Comes

Flying Lotus - Until the Quiet Comes
October 2, 2012
Electronic
CRITIC SCORE
84
21 reviews
USER SCORE
80
104 ratings

40. Stars - The North

Stars - The North
September 4, 2012
Indie Pop
CRITIC SCORE
73
9 reviews
USER SCORE
75
14 ratings

41. 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 ratings

42. Dirty Ghosts - Metal Moon

Dirty Ghosts - Metal Moon
February 21, 2012
CRITIC SCORE
55
2 reviews
USER SCORE
NR

43. The Walkmen - Heaven

The Walkmen - Heaven
May 29, 2012
Indie Rock
CRITIC SCORE
80
22 reviews
USER SCORE
82
63 ratings

44. Lee Fields & The Expressions - Faithful Man

Lee Fields & The Expressions - Faithful Man
March 13, 2012
Soul
CRITIC SCORE
74
4 reviews
USER SCORE
NR

45. Lana Del Rey - Born To Die

Lana Del Rey - Born To Die
January 31, 2012
Chamber Pop
CRITIC SCORE
57
22 reviews
USER SCORE
71
104 ratings

46. Four Tet - Pink

Four Tet - Pink
August 20, 2012
Electronic
CRITIC SCORE
71
7 reviews
USER SCORE
79
15 ratings

47. The Hives - Lex Hives

The Hives - Lex Hives
June 5, 2012
Garage Rock
CRITIC SCORE
66
17 reviews
USER SCORE
60
8 ratings

48. Tame Impala - Lonerism

Tame Impala - Lonerism
October 9, 2012
Psychedelic Rock
CRITIC SCORE
86
20 reviews
USER SCORE
87
308 ratings

49. Murder by Death - Bitter Drink Bitter Moon

Murder by Death - Bitter Drink Bitter Moon
September 25, 2012
Indie Rock
CRITIC SCORE
75
6 reviews
USER SCORE
NR

50. The Flaming Lips - The Flaming Lips and Heady Fwends

The Flaming Lips - The Flaming Lips and Heady Fwends
April 21, 2012
Alternative Rock
CRITIC SCORE
70
11 reviews
USER SCORE
79
20 ratings
Original Source: http://www.spinner.com/2012/12/07/best-albums-2012/

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