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Spinner's 50 Best Albums of 2012

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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
69
14 reviews
User Score
77
26 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
75
3 reviews

48. Tame Impala - Lonerism

Tame Impala - Lonerism
October 9, 2012
Psychedelic Rock
Critic Score
87
24 reviews
User Score
87
699 reviews

47. The Hives - Lex Hives

The Hives - Lex Hives
June 5, 2012
Garage Rock
Critic Score
66
17 reviews
User Score
63
13 reviews

46. Four Tet - Pink

Four Tet - Pink
August 20, 2012
Electronic
Critic Score
75
8 reviews
User Score
76
32 reviews

45. Lana Del Rey - Born To Die

Lana Del Rey - Born To Die
January 31, 2012
Chamber Pop
Critic Score
59
27 reviews
User Score
72
283 reviews

44. Lee Fields & The Expressions - Faithful Man

Lee Fields & The Expressions - Faithful Man
March 13, 2012
Soul
Critic Score
70
5 reviews
User Score
83
4 reviews

43. The Walkmen - Heaven

The Walkmen - Heaven
May 29, 2012
Indie Rock
Critic Score
79
25 reviews
User Score
80
86 reviews

42. Dirty Ghosts - Metal Moon

Dirty Ghosts - Metal Moon
February 21, 2012
Critic Score
55
2 reviews
User Score
75
1 review

41. Neil Young and Crazy Horse - Psychedelic Pill

Neil Young and Crazy Horse - Psychedelic Pill
October 30, 2012
Rock
Critic Score
78
20 reviews
User Score
79
29 reviews

40. Stars - The North

Stars - The North
September 4, 2012
Indie Pop
Critic Score
71
10 reviews
User Score
76
17 reviews

39. Flying Lotus - Until the Quiet Comes

Flying Lotus - Until the Quiet Comes
October 2, 2012
Electronic
Critic Score
84
26 reviews
User Score
81
203 reviews

38. Zeus - Busting Visions

Zeus - Busting Visions
March 27, 2012
Indie Rock
Critic Score
68
7 reviews
User Score
73
1 review

37. Titus Andronicus - Local Business

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

36. Miguel - Kaleidoscope Dream

Miguel - Kaleidoscope Dream
October 2, 2012
R&B
Critic Score
84
12 reviews
User Score
80
117 reviews

35. Poliça - Give You The Ghost

Poliça - Give You The Ghost
February 14, 2012
Indie Pop
Critic Score
78
19 reviews
User Score
74
32 reviews

34. Crystal Castles - (III)

Crystal Castles - (III)
November 12, 2012
Electronic
Critic Score
74
27 reviews
User Score
75
141 reviews

33. El-P - Cancer 4 Cure

El-P - Cancer 4 Cure
May 22, 2012
Hip Hop
Critic Score
83
25 reviews
User Score
82
114 reviews

32. The xx - Coexist

The xx - Coexist
September 11, 2012
Indie Pop
Critic Score
78
32 reviews
User Score
75
215 reviews

31. Will Stratton - Post-Empire

Will Stratton - Post-Empire
April 12, 2012
Critic Score
NR
User Score
NR

30. Mac DeMarco - 2

Mac DeMarco - 2
October 16, 2012
Singer-Songwriter
Critic Score
77
14 reviews
User Score
82
225 reviews

29. Tennis - Young & Old

Tennis - Young & Old
February 14, 2012
Indie Pop
Critic Score
69
24 reviews
User Score
74
23 reviews

28. Schoolboy Q - Habits & Contradictions

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

27. Mumford & Sons - Babel

Mumford & Sons - Babel
September 25, 2012
Folk
Critic Score
56
23 reviews
User Score
58
103 reviews

26. Cloud Nothings - Attack on Memory

Cloud Nothings - Attack on Memory
January 24, 2012
Indie Rock
Critic Score
79
26 reviews
User Score
83
246 reviews

25. Grizzly Bear - Shields

Grizzly Bear - Shields
September 18, 2012
Indie Folk
Critic Score
82
27 reviews
User Score
83
378 reviews

24. Kathleen Edwards - Voyageur

Kathleen Edwards - Voyageur
January 17, 2012
Alt-Country
Critic Score
73
18 reviews
User Score
80
8 reviews

23. Purity Ring - Shrines

Purity Ring - Shrines
July 24, 2012
Synthpop
Critic Score
78
29 reviews
User Score
79
231 reviews

22. Pujol - United States of Being

Pujol - United States of Being
June 5, 2012
Critic Score
55
3 reviews
User Score
75
2 reviews

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

Lianne La Havas - Is Your Love Big Enough?
August 7, 2012
Soul
Critic Score
69
7 reviews
User Score
78
21 reviews

20. Bob Mould - Silver Age

Bob Mould - Silver Age
September 4, 2012
Alternative Rock
Critic Score
76
15 reviews
User Score
68
13 reviews

19. Screaming Females - Ugly

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

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

Killer Mike - R.A.P. Music
May 15, 2012
Hip Hop
Critic Score
83
19 reviews
User Score
83
151 reviews

17. Solange - True

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

16. Jack White - Blunderbuss

Jack White - Blunderbuss
April 24, 2012
Rock
Critic Score
81
29 reviews
User Score
77
125 reviews

15. Daphni - Jiaolong

Daphni - Jiaolong
October 16, 2012
House
Critic Score
74
13 reviews
User Score
74
23 reviews

14. Father John Misty - Fear Fun

Father John Misty - Fear Fun
May 1, 2012
Indie Folk
Critic Score
77
15 reviews
User Score
80
116 reviews

13. Metric - Synthetica

Metric - Synthetica
June 12, 2012
Indie Rock
Critic Score
69
20 reviews
User Score
72
45 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
76
9 reviews

11. Dirty Projectors - Swing Lo Magellan

Dirty Projectors - Swing Lo Magellan
July 10, 2012
Art Pop
Critic Score
82
29 reviews
User Score
82
199 reviews

10. Grimes - Visions

Grimes - Visions
February 21, 2012
Synthpop
Critic Score
80
29 reviews
User Score
81
434 reviews

9. Beach House - Bloom

Beach House - Bloom
May 15, 2012
Dream Pop
Critic Score
78
27 reviews
User Score
85
510 reviews

8. Alabama Shakes - Boys & Girls

Alabama Shakes - Boys & Girls
April 10, 2012
Blues Rock
Critic Score
72
22 reviews
User Score
76
95 reviews

7. Sharon Van Etten - Tramp

Sharon Van Etten - Tramp
February 7, 2012
Folk
Critic Score
79
23 reviews
User Score
81
104 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
78
17 reviews
User Score
75
30 reviews

5. Leonard Cohen - Old Ideas

Leonard Cohen - Old Ideas
January 31, 2012
Singer-Songwriter
Critic Score
81
22 reviews
User Score
76
38 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
88
22 reviews
User Score
90
759 reviews

3. Japandroids - Celebration Rock

Japandroids - Celebration Rock
June 5, 2012
Garage Rock
Critic Score
84
22 reviews
User Score
82
220 reviews

2. Frank Ocean - Channel Orange

Frank Ocean - Channel Orange
July 17, 2012
R&B
Critic Score
92
30 reviews
User Score
86
656 reviews

1. Fiona Apple - The Idler Wheel

Fiona Apple - The Idler Wheel
June 19, 2012
Singer-Songwriter
Critic Score
87
25 reviews
User Score
84
294 reviews
Original Source: http://www.spinner.com/2012/12/07/best-albums-2012/

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