The Needle Drop's Top 50 Albums of 2012



LIST SUMMARY
VIEW ORIGINAL LIST

List Rating: 81
Based on 392 album ratings

Genre Breakdown:
Hip Hop (10), Experimental (7), Electronic (3), Indie Rock (2), Indie Pop (2), Black Metal (2), Post-Rock (2), Metal (1), Psychedelic Rock (1), Sludge Metal (1), Neo-Psychedelia (1), Space Rock (1), Folk (1), Acid House (1), Deep House (1), Noise Rock (1), Electropop (1), Singer-Songwriter (1), Post-Hardcore (1), Metalcore (1), Dream Pop (1), Stoner Metal (1), Punk (1), Jazz (1)

1. Death Grips - The Money Store

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



2. 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
90
17 reviews
USER SCORE
87



3. Ondatrópica - Ondatrópica

Ondatrópica - Ondatrópica
July 16, 2012
CRITIC SCORE
NR
USER SCORE
85



4. Dope Body - Natural History

Dope Body - Natural History
May 22, 2012
Noise Rock
CRITIC SCORE
73
8 reviews
USER SCORE
89



5. Fiona Apple - The Idler Wheel

Fiona Apple - The Idler Wheel
June 19, 2012
Singer-Songwriter
CRITIC SCORE
89
19 reviews
USER SCORE
84



6. Portico Quartet - Portico Quartet

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



7. BADBADNOTGOOD - BBNG2

BADBADNOTGOOD - BBNG2
April 3, 2012
Experimental
CRITIC SCORE
80
1 review
USER SCORE
85



8. Perfume Genius - Put Your Back N 2 It

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



9. Godspeed You! Black Emperor - 'Allelujah! Don't Bend! Ascend!

Godspeed You! Black Emperor - 'Allelujah! Don't Bend! Ascend!
October 16, 2012
Post-Rock
CRITIC SCORE
85
16 reviews
USER SCORE
81



10. Ab-Soul - Control System

Ab-Soul - Control System
May 11, 2012
Hip Hop
CRITIC SCORE
80
7 reviews
USER SCORE
83



11. Swans - The Seer

Swans - The Seer
August 28, 2012
Post-Rock
CRITIC SCORE
90
19 reviews
USER SCORE
83



12. Billy Woods - History Will Absolve Me

Billy Woods - History Will Absolve Me
April 10, 2012
Hip Hop
CRITIC SCORE
NR
USER SCORE
83



13. Nachtmystium - Silencing Machine

Nachtmystium - Silencing Machine
July 31, 2012
Black Metal
CRITIC SCORE
80
3 reviews
USER SCORE
80



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

Killer Mike - R.A.P. Music
May 15, 2012
Hip Hop
CRITIC SCORE
86
17 reviews
USER SCORE
82



15. Spiritualized - Sweet Heart Sweet Light

Spiritualized - Sweet Heart Sweet Light
April 17, 2012
Space Rock
CRITIC SCORE
83
19 reviews
USER SCORE
82



16. Scott Walker - Bish Bosch

Scott Walker - Bish Bosch
December 4, 2012
Experimental
CRITIC SCORE
78
17 reviews
USER SCORE
76



17. Soap&Skin - Narrow

Soap&Skin - Narrow
February 13, 2012
Experimental
CRITIC SCORE
78
4 reviews
USER SCORE
79



18. Krallice - Years Past Matter

Krallice - Years Past Matter
August 25, 2012
Black Metal
CRITIC SCORE
72
3 reviews
USER SCORE
82



19. Death Grips - NO LOVE DEEP WEB

Death Grips - NO LOVE DEEP WEB
October 1, 2012
Hip Hop
CRITIC SCORE
75
9 reviews
USER SCORE
81



20. Matthew Dear - Beams

Matthew Dear - Beams
August 28, 2012
Electronic
CRITIC SCORE
81
18 reviews
USER SCORE
80



21. Converge - All We Love We Leave Behind

Converge - All We Love We Leave Behind
October 9, 2012
Metalcore
CRITIC SCORE
84
12 reviews
USER SCORE
82



22. Loma Prieta - I.V.

Loma Prieta - I.V.
January 17, 2012
CRITIC SCORE
NR
USER SCORE
NR



23. White Suns - Sinews

White Suns - Sinews
April 17, 2012
CRITIC SCORE
85
2 reviews
USER SCORE
89



24. iamamiwhoami - Kin

iamamiwhoami - Kin
June 12, 2012
Experimental
CRITIC SCORE
74
5 reviews
USER SCORE
82



25. High on Fire - De Vermis Mysteriis

High on Fire - De Vermis Mysteriis
April 3, 2012
Stoner Metal
CRITIC SCORE
83
8 reviews
USER SCORE
77



26. Action Bronson / Party Supplies - Blue Chips

Action Bronson / Party Supplies - Blue Chips
March 12, 2012
Hip Hop
CRITIC SCORE
82
5 reviews
USER SCORE
76



27. Big K.R.I.T. - 4eva N a Day

Big K.R.I.T. - 4eva N a Day
March 5, 2012
Hip Hop
CRITIC SCORE
77
10 reviews
USER SCORE
76



28. Cloud Nothings - Attack on Memory

Cloud Nothings - Attack on Memory
January 24, 2012
Indie Rock
CRITIC SCORE
81
15 reviews
USER SCORE
82



29. Pile - Dripping

Pile - Dripping
October 23, 2012
CRITIC SCORE
NR
USER SCORE
NR



30. Hot Chip - In Our Heads

Hot Chip - In Our Heads
June 11, 2012
Electropop
CRITIC SCORE
75
15 reviews
USER SCORE
79



31. Lone - Galaxy Garden

Lone - Galaxy Garden
May 1, 2012
Electronic
CRITIC SCORE
78
10 reviews
USER SCORE
77



32. The Evens - The Odds

The Evens - The Odds
November 20, 2012
Indie Rock
CRITIC SCORE
81
5 reviews
USER SCORE
75



33. Holograms - Holograms

Holograms - Holograms
July 10, 2012
Punk
CRITIC SCORE
75
9 reviews
USER SCORE
77



34. Black Breath - Sentenced to Life

Black Breath - Sentenced to Life
March 26, 2012
CRITIC SCORE
79
5 reviews
USER SCORE
73



35. Wild Nothing - Nocturne

Wild Nothing - Nocturne
August 28, 2012
Indie Pop
CRITIC SCORE
78
18 reviews
USER SCORE
81



36. Xibalba - Hasta La Muerte

Xibalba - Hasta La Muerte
August 14, 2012
CRITIC SCORE
72
3 reviews
USER SCORE
NR



37. ∆ (Alt-J) - An Awesome Wave

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



38. Recondite - On Acid

Recondite - On Acid
April 2, 2012
CRITIC SCORE
79
1 review
USER SCORE
80



39. Deerhoof - Breakup Song

Deerhoof - Breakup Song
September 4, 2012
Experimental
CRITIC SCORE
78
13 reviews
USER SCORE
76



40. The Tallest Man On Earth - There's No Leaving Now

The Tallest Man On Earth - There's No Leaving Now
June 12, 2012
Folk
CRITIC SCORE
73
14 reviews
USER SCORE
79



41. Tame Impala - Lonerism

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



42. Karriem Riggins - Alone Together

Karriem Riggins - Alone Together
October 22, 2012
Hip Hop
CRITIC SCORE
76
4 reviews
USER SCORE
83



43. The Bad Plus - Made Possible

The Bad Plus - Made Possible
September 25, 2012
CRITIC SCORE
70
2 reviews
USER SCORE
81



44. Torche - Harmonicraft

Torche - Harmonicraft
April 24, 2012
Sludge Metal
CRITIC SCORE
77
11 reviews
USER SCORE
79



45. Beach House - Bloom

Beach House - Bloom
May 15, 2012
Dream Pop
CRITIC SCORE
82
17 reviews
USER SCORE
84



46. Murder Construct - Results

Murder Construct - Results
August 28, 2012
CRITIC SCORE
75
2 reviews
USER SCORE
NR



47. Zammuto - Zammuto

Zammuto - Zammuto
April 3, 2012
Electronic
CRITIC SCORE
77
11 reviews
USER SCORE
78



48. John Talabot - ƒIN

John Talabot - ƒIN
February 14, 2012
Deep House
CRITIC SCORE
84
13 reviews
USER SCORE
79



49. The Gaslamp Killer - Breakthrough

The Gaslamp Killer - Breakthrough
September 18, 2012
Experimental
CRITIC SCORE
74
11 reviews
USER SCORE
80



50. THEESatisfaction - awE naturalE

THEESatisfaction - awE naturalE
March 27, 2012
Hip Hop
CRITIC SCORE
78
13 reviews
USER SCORE
70



Original Source: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lBdnBBgmCTM&list=UUt7fwAhXDy3oNFTAzF2o8Pw&index=3

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