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1. Fiona Apple - The Idler Wheel

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

2. Frank Ocean - Channel Orange

Frank Ocean - Channel Orange
July 17, 2012
R&B
Critic Score
91
23 reviews
User Score
84
285 reviews

3. Japandroids - Celebration Rock

Japandroids - Celebration Rock
June 5, 2012
Garage Rock
Critic Score
84
19 reviews
User Score
83
132 reviews

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
271 reviews

5. Leonard Cohen - Old Ideas

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

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
23 reviews

7. Sharon Van Etten - Tramp

Sharon Van Etten - Tramp
February 7, 2012
Folk
Critic Score
80
21 reviews
User Score
82
76 reviews

8. Alabama Shakes - Boys & Girls

Alabama Shakes - Boys & Girls
April 10, 2012
Blues Rock
Critic Score
72
16 reviews
User Score
75
34 reviews

9. Beach House - Bloom

Beach House - Bloom
May 15, 2012
Dream Pop
Critic Score
81
18 reviews
User Score
85
272 reviews

10. Grimes - Visions

Grimes - Visions
February 21, 2012
Synthpop
Critic Score
80
23 reviews
User Score
83
207 reviews

11. Dirty Projectors - Swing Lo Magellan

Dirty Projectors - Swing Lo Magellan
July 10, 2012
Experimental Rock
Critic Score
82
22 reviews
User Score
83
135 reviews

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 reviews

13. Metric - Synthetica

Metric - Synthetica
June 12, 2012
Indie Rock
Critic Score
68
15 reviews
User Score
72
27 reviews

14. Father John Misty - Fear Fun

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

15. Daphni - Jiaolong

Daphni - Jiaolong
October 16, 2012
House
Critic Score
72
11 reviews
User Score
75
15 reviews

16. Jack White - Blunderbuss

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

17. Solange - True

Solange - True
November 27, 2012
R&B
Critic Score
76
7 reviews
User Score
83
23 reviews

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
75 reviews

19. Screaming Females - Ugly

Screaming Females - Ugly
April 3, 2012
Punk Rock
Critic Score
81
9 reviews
User Score
80
13 reviews

20. Bob Mould - Silver Age

Bob Mould - Silver Age
September 4, 2012
Alternative Rock
Critic Score
77
13 reviews
User Score
67
11 reviews

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 reviews

22. Pujol - United States of Being

Pujol - United States of Being
June 5, 2012
Critic Score
63
3 reviews
User Score
75
2 reviews

23. Purity Ring - Shrines

Purity Ring - Shrines
July 24, 2012
Experimental
Critic Score
79
20 reviews
User Score
80
131 reviews

24. Kathleen Edwards - Voyageur

Kathleen Edwards - Voyageur
January 17, 2012
Alt-Country
Critic Score
70
13 reviews
User Score
82
6 reviews

25. Grizzly Bear - Shields

Grizzly Bear - Shields
September 18, 2012
Indie Folk
Critic Score
84
22 reviews
User Score
84
257 reviews

26. Cloud Nothings - Attack on Memory

Cloud Nothings - Attack on Memory
January 24, 2012
Indie Rock
Critic Score
80
17 reviews
User Score
83
149 reviews

27. Mumford & Sons - Babel

Mumford & Sons - Babel
September 25, 2012
Folk
Critic Score
55
15 reviews
User Score
58
64 reviews

28. Schoolboy Q - Habits & Contradictions

Schoolboy Q - Habits & Contradictions
January 14, 2012
Hip Hop
Critic Score
80
12 reviews
User Score
79
41 reviews

29. Tennis - Young & Old

Tennis - Young & Old
February 14, 2012
Indie Pop
Critic Score
66
16 reviews
User Score
75
18 reviews

30. Mac DeMarco - 2

Mac DeMarco - 2
October 16, 2012
Singer-Songwriter
Critic Score
79
8 reviews
User Score
83
93 reviews

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
115 reviews

33. El-P - Cancer 4 Cure

El-P - Cancer 4 Cure
May 22, 2012
Hip Hop
Critic Score
85
21 reviews
User Score
82
61 reviews

34. Crystal Castles - (III)

Crystal Castles - (III)
November 12, 2012
Electronic
Critic Score
73
20 reviews
User Score
78
82 reviews

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 reviews

36. Miguel - Kaleidoscope Dream

Miguel - Kaleidoscope Dream
October 2, 2012
R&B
Critic Score
84
10 reviews
User Score
81
63 reviews

37. Titus Andronicus - Local Business

Titus Andronicus - Local Business
October 23, 2012
Indie Rock
Critic Score
75
15 reviews
User Score
74
18 reviews

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
81
113 reviews

40. Stars - The North

Stars - The North
September 4, 2012
Indie Pop
Critic Score
73
9 reviews
User Score
75
14 reviews

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 reviews

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
81
64 reviews

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
72
114 reviews

46. Four Tet - Pink

Four Tet - Pink
August 20, 2012
Electronic
Critic Score
71
7 reviews
User Score
79
16 reviews

47. The Hives - Lex Hives

The Hives - Lex Hives
June 5, 2012
Garage Rock
Critic Score
66
17 reviews
User Score
60
8 reviews

48. Tame Impala - Lonerism

Tame Impala - Lonerism
October 9, 2012
Psychedelic Rock
Critic Score
86
20 reviews
User Score
87
325 reviews

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 reviews
Original Source: http://www.spinner.com/2012/12/07/best-albums-2012/

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