The Needle Drop's Top 50 Albums of 2012



LIST SUMMARY
VIEW ORIGINAL LIST
List Rating
81
392 ratings
Genre Breakdown
Hip Hop (10), Experimental (7), Electronic (3), Indie Rock (2), Indie Pop (2), Black Metal (2), Post-Rock (2), Punk (1), Jazz (1), 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)

1. Death Grips - The Money Store

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

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
89
18 reviews
USER SCORE
88
259 ratings

3. Ondatrópica - Ondatrópica

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

4. Dope Body - Natural History

Dope Body - Natural History
May 22, 2012
Noise Rock
CRITIC SCORE
74
9 reviews
USER SCORE
81
2 ratings

5. Fiona Apple - The Idler Wheel

Fiona Apple - The Idler Wheel
June 19, 2012
Singer-Songwriter
CRITIC SCORE
87
20 reviews
USER SCORE
84
169 ratings

6. Portico Quartet - Portico Quartet

Portico Quartet - Portico Quartet
November 13, 2012
Jazz
CRITIC SCORE
83
3 reviews
USER SCORE
84
12 ratings

7. BADBADNOTGOOD - BBNG2

BADBADNOTGOOD - BBNG2
April 3, 2012
Experimental
CRITIC SCORE
80
1 review
USER SCORE
84
28 ratings

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
16 reviews
USER SCORE
80
68 ratings

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
84
17 reviews
USER SCORE
82
86 ratings

10. Ab-Soul - Control System

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

11. Swans - The Seer

Swans - The Seer
August 28, 2012
Post-Rock
CRITIC SCORE
89
20 reviews
USER SCORE
85
141 ratings

12. Billy Woods - History Will Absolve Me

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

13. Nachtmystium - Silencing Machine

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

14. 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
72 ratings

15. Spiritualized - Sweet Heart Sweet Light

Spiritualized - Sweet Heart Sweet Light
April 17, 2012
Space Rock
CRITIC SCORE
81
20 reviews
USER SCORE
82
97 ratings

16. Scott Walker - Bish Bosch

Scott Walker - Bish Bosch
December 4, 2012
Experimental
CRITIC SCORE
77
17 reviews
USER SCORE
79
18 ratings

17. Soap&Skin - Narrow

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

18. Krallice - Years Past Matter

Krallice - Years Past Matter
August 25, 2012
Black Metal
CRITIC SCORE
71
3 reviews
USER SCORE
82
2 ratings

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
82
59 ratings

20. Matthew Dear - Beams

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

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
83
31 ratings

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
1 rating

24. iamamiwhoami - Kin

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

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
9 ratings

26. Action Bronson / Party Supplies - Blue Chips

Action Bronson / Party Supplies - Blue Chips
March 12, 2012
Hip Hop
CRITIC SCORE
81
5 reviews
USER SCORE
77
17 ratings

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
76
11 reviews
USER SCORE
76
14 ratings

28. Cloud Nothings - Attack on Memory

Cloud Nothings - Attack on Memory
January 24, 2012
Indie Rock
CRITIC SCORE
80
17 reviews
USER SCORE
83
142 ratings

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
74
16 reviews
USER SCORE
79
73 ratings

31. Lone - Galaxy Garden

Lone - Galaxy Garden
May 1, 2012
Electronic
CRITIC SCORE
77
10 reviews
USER SCORE
76
22 ratings

32. The Evens - The Odds

The Evens - The Odds
November 20, 2012
Indie Rock
CRITIC SCORE
80
5 reviews
USER SCORE
75
9 ratings

33. Holograms - Holograms

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

34. Black Breath - Sentenced to Life

Black Breath - Sentenced to Life
March 26, 2012
CRITIC SCORE
79
5 reviews
USER SCORE
74
2 ratings

35. Wild Nothing - Nocturne

Wild Nothing - Nocturne
August 28, 2012
Indie Pop
CRITIC SCORE
77
18 reviews
USER SCORE
81
78 ratings

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
69
11 reviews
USER SCORE
80
173 ratings

38. Recondite - On Acid

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

39. Deerhoof - Breakup Song

Deerhoof - Breakup Song
September 4, 2012
Experimental
CRITIC SCORE
77
15 reviews
USER SCORE
76
21 ratings

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
72
14 reviews
USER SCORE
79
33 ratings

41. Tame Impala - Lonerism

Tame Impala - Lonerism
October 9, 2012
Psychedelic Rock
CRITIC SCORE
86
20 reviews
USER SCORE
87
307 ratings

42. Karriem Riggins - Alone Together

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

43. The Bad Plus - Made Possible

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

44. Torche - Harmonicraft

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

45. Beach House - Bloom

Beach House - Bloom
May 15, 2012
Dream Pop
CRITIC SCORE
81
18 reviews
USER SCORE
84
257 ratings

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
76
11 reviews
USER SCORE
78
18 ratings

48. John Talabot - ƒIN

John Talabot - ƒIN
February 14, 2012
Deep House
CRITIC SCORE
84
13 reviews
USER SCORE
80
74 ratings

49. The Gaslamp Killer - Breakthrough

The Gaslamp Killer - Breakthrough
September 18, 2012
Experimental
CRITIC SCORE
73
11 reviews
USER SCORE
80
9 ratings

50. THEESatisfaction - awE naturalE

THEESatisfaction - awE naturalE
March 27, 2012
Hip Hop
CRITIC SCORE
77
13 reviews
USER SCORE
71
12 ratings
Original Source: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lBdnBBgmCTM&list=UUt7fwAhXDy3oNFTAzF2o8Pw&index=3

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