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Gigwise's Top 50 Albums of 2012

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1. Twin Shadow - Confess

Twin Shadow - Confess
July 10, 2012
New Wave
Critic Score
80
19 reviews
User Score
79
62 reviews

2. Frank Ocean - Channel Orange

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

3. Alt-J - An Awesome Wave

Alt-J - An Awesome Wave
May 28, 2012
Experimental
Critic Score
69
11 reviews
User Score
80
190 reviews

4. Alabama Shakes - Boys & Girls

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

5. Sigur Rós - Valtari

Sigur Rós - Valtari
May 28, 2012
Post-Rock
Critic Score
75
21 reviews
User Score
77
53 reviews

6. Best Coast - The Only Place

Best Coast - The Only Place
May 15, 2012
Indie Pop
Critic Score
63
15 reviews
User Score
64
22 reviews

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
76
21 reviews
User Score
76
119 reviews

9. Japandroids - Celebration Rock

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

10. The Vaccines - Come of Age

The Vaccines - Come of Age
September 4, 2012
Indie Rock
Critic Score
61
12 reviews
User Score
67
25 reviews

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
16 reviews
User Score
81
70 reviews

12. Django Django - Django Django

Django Django - Django Django
January 30, 2012
Psychedelic
Critic Score
77
13 reviews
User Score
78
84 reviews

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
33 reviews

14. Field Music - Plumb

Field Music - Plumb
February 14, 2012
Indie Pop
Critic Score
76
17 reviews
User Score
70
12 reviews

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

G.O.O.D. Music - Cruel Summer
September 18, 2012
Hip Hop
Critic Score
67
18 reviews
User Score
74
24 reviews

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
25 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
77 reviews

19. Grimes - Visions

Grimes - Visions
February 21, 2012
Synthpop
Critic Score
80
23 reviews
User Score
82
209 reviews

20. Passion Pit - Gossamer

Passion Pit - Gossamer
July 24, 2012
Synthpop
Critic Score
78
19 reviews
User Score
77
81 reviews

21. Tame Impala - Lonerism

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

22. Muse - The 2nd Law

Muse - The 2nd Law
October 2, 2012
Alternative Rock
Critic Score
51
15 reviews
User Score
58
61 reviews

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
76
26 reviews

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
79
20 reviews
User Score
80
133 reviews

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
67
10 reviews
User Score
82
5 reviews

28. Death Grips - The Money Store

Death Grips - The Money Store
April 24, 2012
Hip Hop
Critic Score
84
16 reviews
User Score
85
173 reviews

29. Cooly G - Playin' Me

Cooly G - Playin' Me
July 24, 2012
Dubstep
Critic Score
80
13 reviews
User Score
79
5 reviews

30. Tribes - Baby

Tribes - Baby
January 16, 2012
Indie Rock
Critic Score
63
5 reviews
User Score
66
8 reviews

31. Jessie Ware - Devotion

Jessie Ware - Devotion
August 20, 2012
Soul
Critic Score
83
18 reviews
User Score
81
84 reviews

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
12 reviews

33. Grizzly Bear - Shields

Grizzly Bear - Shields
September 18, 2012
Indie Folk
Critic Score
84
22 reviews
User Score
83
261 reviews

34. The Shins - Port of Morrow

The Shins - Port of Morrow
March 20, 2012
Indie Rock
Critic Score
71
19 reviews
User Score
73
57 reviews

35. TNGHT - TNGHT

TNGHT - TNGHT
July 24, 2012
Electronic
Critic Score
82
8 reviews
User Score
78
48 reviews

36. Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti - Mature Themes

Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti - Mature Themes
August 21, 2012
Psychedelic Pop
Critic Score
73
20 reviews
User Score
79
59 reviews

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
69
14 reviews
User Score
72
8 reviews

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
68
17 reviews
User Score
73
28 reviews

40. Ellie Goulding - Halcyon

Ellie Goulding - Halcyon
October 9, 2012
Indie Pop
Critic Score
67
8 reviews
User Score
76
31 reviews

41. Jake Bugg - Jake Bugg

Jake Bugg - Jake Bugg
October 15, 2012
Singer-Songwriter
Critic Score
79
6 reviews
User Score
76
34 reviews

42. 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
118 reviews

43. Portico Quartet - Portico Quartet

Portico Quartet - Portico Quartet
November 13, 2012
Jazz
Critic Score
83
3 reviews
User Score
84
13 reviews

44. Cloud Nothings - Attack on Memory

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

45. Mumford & Sons - Babel

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

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
75
15 reviews
User Score
71
35 reviews

48. Clams Casino - Instrumental 2

Clams Casino - Instrumental 2
June 4, 2012
Electronic
Critic Score
81
7 reviews
User Score
78
15 reviews

49. Miike Snow - Happy to You

Miike Snow - Happy to You
March 27, 2012
Electropop
Critic Score
65
12 reviews
User Score
71
13 reviews

50. Jack White - Blunderbuss

Jack White - Blunderbuss
April 24, 2012
Rock
Critic Score
79
20 reviews
User Score
77
81 reviews
Original Source: http://www.gigwise.com/news/78337/albums-of-the-year-our-ten-top-picks-of-2012

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