Gigwise's Top 50 Albums of 2012



LIST SUMMARY
VIEW ORIGINAL LIST

List Rating: 75
Based on 524 album ratings

Genre Breakdown:
Indie Rock (7), Indie Pop (6), Electronic (4), Experimental (3), Hip Hop (3), Electropop (2), Synthpop (2), Garage Rock (2), Rock (2), R&B (1), Folk (1), Post-Rock (1), Soul (1), Alternative Rock (1), Blues Rock (1), Dubstep (1), Shoegaze (1), Indietronica (1), Psychedelic Rock (1), Singer-Songwriter (1), Chamber Pop (1), Psychedelic (1), New Wave (1), Neo-Psychedelia (1), Jazz (1), Art Pop (1), Psychedelic Pop (1), Indie Folk (1)

1. Twin Shadow - Confess

Twin Shadow - Confess
July 10, 2012
New Wave
CRITIC SCORE
81
19 reviews
USER SCORE
79

2. Frank Ocean - Channel Orange

Frank Ocean - Channel Orange
July 17, 2012
R&B
CRITIC SCORE
92
22 reviews
USER SCORE
84

3. Alt-J - An Awesome Wave

Alt-J - An Awesome Wave
May 28, 2012
Experimental
CRITIC SCORE
70
11 reviews
USER SCORE
80

4. Alabama Shakes - Boys & Girls

Alabama Shakes - Boys & Girls
April 10, 2012
Blues Rock
CRITIC SCORE
73
16 reviews
USER SCORE
75

5. Sigur Rós - Valtari

Sigur Rós - Valtari
May 28, 2012
Post-Rock
CRITIC SCORE
76
21 reviews
USER SCORE
77

6. Best Coast - The Only Place

Best Coast - The Only Place
May 15, 2012
Indie Pop
CRITIC SCORE
64
15 reviews
USER SCORE
65

7. The Skints - Part & Parcel

The Skints - Part & Parcel
March 12, 2012
CRITIC SCORE
NR
USER SCORE
NR

8. The xx - Coexist

The xx - Coexist
September 11, 2012
Indie Pop
CRITIC SCORE
77
21 reviews
USER SCORE
75

9. Japandroids - Celebration Rock

Japandroids - Celebration Rock
June 5, 2012
Garage Rock
CRITIC SCORE
84
17 reviews
USER SCORE
83

10. The Vaccines - Come of Age

The Vaccines - Come of Age
September 4, 2012
Indie Rock
CRITIC SCORE
62
12 reviews
USER SCORE
69

11. Perfume Genius - Put Your Back N 2 It

Perfume Genius - Put Your Back N 2 It
February 21, 2012
Indie Pop
CRITIC SCORE
81
15 reviews
USER SCORE
80

12. Django Django - Django Django

Django Django - Django Django
January 30, 2012
Psychedelic
CRITIC SCORE
78
13 reviews
USER SCORE
78

13. Of Monsters and Men - My Head Is an Animal

Of Monsters and Men - My Head Is an Animal
April 3, 2012
Indie Pop
CRITIC SCORE
74
6 reviews
USER SCORE
75

14. Field Music - Plumb

Field Music - Plumb
February 14, 2012
Indie Pop
CRITIC SCORE
77
17 reviews
USER SCORE
69

15. G.O.O.D. Music - Cruel Summer

G.O.O.D. Music - Cruel Summer
September 18, 2012
Hip Hop
CRITIC SCORE
68
18 reviews
USER SCORE
73

16. Cave Painting - Votive Life

Cave Painting - Votive Life
September 24, 2012
CRITIC SCORE
75
1 review
USER SCORE
NR

17. Toy - Toy

Toy - Toy
September 10, 2012
Shoegaze
CRITIC SCORE
76
11 reviews
USER SCORE
79

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

Killer Mike - R.A.P. Music
May 15, 2012
Hip Hop
CRITIC SCORE
85
18 reviews
USER SCORE
82

19. Grimes - Visions

Grimes - Visions
February 21, 2012
Synthpop
CRITIC SCORE
81
23 reviews
USER SCORE
82

20. Passion Pit - Gossamer

Passion Pit - Gossamer
July 24, 2012
Synthpop
CRITIC SCORE
79
19 reviews
USER SCORE
76

21. Tame Impala - Lonerism

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

22. Muse - The 2nd Law

Muse - The 2nd Law
October 2, 2012
Alternative Rock
CRITIC SCORE
51
15 reviews
USER SCORE
56

23. The Maccabees - Given to the Wild

The Maccabees - Given to the Wild
January 6, 2012
Indie Rock
CRITIC SCORE
68
9 reviews
USER SCORE
78

24. Bright Light Bright Light - Make Me Believe in Hope

Bright Light Bright Light - Make Me Believe in Hope
June 4, 2012
CRITIC SCORE
75
3 reviews
USER SCORE
NR

25. Purity Ring - Shrines

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

26. Submotion Orchestra - Fragments

Submotion Orchestra - Fragments
October 8, 2012
CRITIC SCORE
50
1 review
USER SCORE
NR

27. Oberhofer - Time Capsules II

Oberhofer - Time Capsules II
March 26, 2012
Electronic
CRITIC SCORE
68
10 reviews
USER SCORE
78

28. Death Grips - The Money Store

Death Grips - The Money Store
April 24, 2012
Hip Hop
CRITIC SCORE
84
15 reviews
USER SCORE
85

29. Cooly G - Playin' Me

Cooly G - Playin' Me
July 24, 2012
Dubstep
CRITIC SCORE
80
13 reviews
USER SCORE
79

30. Tribes - Baby

Tribes - Baby
January 16, 2012
Indie Rock
CRITIC SCORE
63
5 reviews
USER SCORE
66

31. Jessie Ware - Devotion

Jessie Ware - Devotion
August 20, 2012
Soul
CRITIC SCORE
84
18 reviews
USER SCORE
80

32. Kindness - World, You Need A Change Of Mind

Kindness - World, You Need A Change Of Mind
March 20, 2012
Electronic
CRITIC SCORE
64
8 reviews
USER SCORE
78

33. Grizzly Bear - Shields

Grizzly Bear - Shields
September 18, 2012
Indie Folk
CRITIC SCORE
85
21 reviews
USER SCORE
84

34. The Shins - Port of Morrow

The Shins - Port of Morrow
March 20, 2012
Indie Rock
CRITIC SCORE
72
19 reviews
USER SCORE
74

35. TNGHT - TNGHT

TNGHT - TNGHT
July 24, 2012
Electronic
CRITIC SCORE
82
8 reviews
USER SCORE
78

36. Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti - Mature Themes

Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti - Mature Themes
August 21, 2012
Psychedelic Pop
CRITIC SCORE
74
20 reviews
USER SCORE
79

37. The Cribs - In the Belly of the Brazen Bull

The Cribs - In the Belly of the Brazen Bull
May 7, 2012
Indie Rock
CRITIC SCORE
70
14 reviews
USER SCORE
73

38. Darren Hayman - Lido

Darren Hayman - Lido
August 27, 2012
CRITIC SCORE
80
1 review
USER SCORE
NR

39. Santigold - Master of My Make-Believe

Santigold - Master of My Make-Believe
May 1, 2012
Electropop
CRITIC SCORE
69
17 reviews
USER SCORE
74

40. Ellie Goulding - Halcyon

Ellie Goulding - Halcyon
October 9, 2012
Indie Pop
CRITIC SCORE
68
8 reviews
USER SCORE
76

41. Jake Bugg - Jake Bugg

Jake Bugg - Jake Bugg
October 15, 2012
Singer-Songwriter
CRITIC SCORE
79
6 reviews
USER SCORE
77

42. Lana Del Rey - Born To Die

Lana Del Rey - Born To Die
January 31, 2012
Chamber Pop
CRITIC SCORE
56
18 reviews
USER SCORE
71

43. Portico Quartet - Portico Quartet

Portico Quartet - Portico Quartet
November 13, 2012
Jazz
CRITIC SCORE
84
3 reviews
USER SCORE
84

44. Cloud Nothings - Attack on Memory

Cloud Nothings - Attack on Memory
January 24, 2012
Indie Rock
CRITIC SCORE
81
16 reviews
USER SCORE
83

45. Mumford & Sons - Babel

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

46. The Orb - The Orbserver In The Star House

The Orb - The Orbserver In The Star House
August 28, 2012
CRITIC SCORE
67
8 reviews
USER SCORE
NR

47. Bruce Springsteen - Wrecking Ball

Bruce Springsteen - Wrecking Ball
March 5, 2012
Rock
CRITIC SCORE
76
15 reviews
USER SCORE
72

48. Clams Casino - Instrumental 2

Clams Casino - Instrumental 2
June 4, 2012
Electronic
CRITIC SCORE
81
7 reviews
USER SCORE
78

49. Miike Snow - Happy to You

Miike Snow - Happy to You
March 27, 2012
Electropop
CRITIC SCORE
66
12 reviews
USER SCORE
72

50. Jack White - Blunderbuss

Jack White - Blunderbuss
April 24, 2012
Rock
CRITIC SCORE
80
20 reviews
USER SCORE
77

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