The Needle Drop's Top 50 Albums of 2012

The Needle Drop's Top 50 Albums of 2012

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50. THEESatisfaction - awE naturalE

THEESatisfaction - awE naturalE
March 27, 2012
Neo-Soul
Critic Score
76
18 reviews
User Score
73
23 reviews

49. The Gaslamp Killer - Breakthrough

The Gaslamp Killer - Breakthrough
September 18, 2012
Experimental
Critic Score
73
14 reviews
User Score
78
19 reviews

48. John Talabot - ƒIN

John Talabot - ƒIN
February 14, 2012
Deep House
Critic Score
85
16 reviews
User Score
81
105 reviews

47. Zammuto - Zammuto

Zammuto - Zammuto
April 3, 2012
Electronic
Critic Score
77
13 reviews
User Score
76
25 reviews

46. Murder Construct - Results

Murder Construct - Results
August 28, 2012
Critic Score
77
3 reviews
User Score
65
1 review

45. Beach House - Bloom

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

44. Torche - Harmonicraft

Torche - Harmonicraft
April 24, 2012
Sludge Metal
Critic Score
78
13 reviews
User Score
76
9 reviews

43. The Bad Plus - Made Possible

The Bad Plus - Made Possible
September 25, 2012
Critic Score
73
7 reviews
User Score
81
5 reviews

42. Karriem Riggins - Alone Together

Karriem Riggins - Alone Together
October 22, 2012
Hip Hop
Critic Score
77
5 reviews
User Score
73
3 reviews

41. Tame Impala - Lonerism

Tame Impala - Lonerism
October 9, 2012
Psychedelic Rock
Critic Score
87
28 reviews
User Score
87
832 reviews

With a more colorful recording, bolder experiments, and more expansive jams, Australia's Tame Impala shows nothing but improvement on their sophomore effort, Lonerism.

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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
19 reviews
User Score
78
72 reviews

39. Deerhoof - Breakup Song

Deerhoof - Breakup Song
September 4, 2012
Experimental
Critic Score
78
17 reviews
User Score
78
38 reviews

38. Recondite - On Acid

Recondite - On Acid
April 2, 2012
Critic Score
77
4 reviews
User Score
81
3 reviews

37. alt-J - An Awesome Wave

alt-J - An Awesome Wave
May 28, 2012
Experimental
Critic Score
75
16 reviews
User Score
79
356 reviews

36. Xibalba - Hasta La Muerte

Xibalba - Hasta La Muerte
August 14, 2012
Critic Score
74
4 reviews
User Score
70
1 review

35. Wild Nothing - Nocturne

Wild Nothing - Nocturne
August 28, 2012
Dream Pop
Critic Score
77
21 reviews
User Score
81
151 reviews

34. Black Breath - Sentenced to Life

Black Breath - Sentenced to Life
March 26, 2012
Death Metal
Critic Score
78
8 reviews
User Score
75
6 reviews

33. Holograms - Holograms

Holograms - Holograms
July 10, 2012
Punk
Critic Score
75
12 reviews
User Score
76
26 reviews

32. The Evens - The Odds

The Evens - The Odds
November 20, 2012
Indie Rock
Critic Score
80
6 reviews
User Score
76
18 reviews

31. Lone - Galaxy Garden

Lone - Galaxy Garden
May 1, 2012
Electronic
Critic Score
79
14 reviews
User Score
77
37 reviews

30. Hot Chip - In Our Heads

Hot Chip - In Our Heads
June 11, 2012
Electropop
Critic Score
74
30 reviews
User Score
79
114 reviews

29. Pile - Dripping

Pile - Dripping
October 23, 2012
Post-Hardcore
Critic Score
80
2 reviews
User Score
80
4 reviews

28. Cloud Nothings - Attack on Memory

Cloud Nothings - Attack on Memory
January 24, 2012
Indie Rock
Critic Score
79
27 reviews
User Score
82
273 reviews

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
75
13 reviews
User Score
77
29 reviews

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
35 reviews

25. High on Fire - De Vermis Mysteriis

High on Fire - De Vermis Mysteriis
April 3, 2012
Stoner Metal
Critic Score
82
10 reviews
User Score
75
14 reviews

24. iamamiwhoami - Kin

iamamiwhoami - Kin
June 12, 2012
Electropop
Critic Score
77
10 reviews
User Score
80
78 reviews

23. White Suns - Sinews

White Suns - Sinews
April 17, 2012
Critic Score
83
3 reviews
User Score
85
2 reviews

22. Loma Prieta - I.V.

Loma Prieta - I.V.
January 17, 2012
Critic Score
85
2 reviews
User Score
84
6 reviews

21. Converge - All We Love We Leave Behind

Converge - All We Love We Leave Behind
October 9, 2012
Metalcore
Critic Score
82
15 reviews
User Score
82
73 reviews

20. Matthew Dear - Beams

Matthew Dear - Beams
August 28, 2012
Electronic
Critic Score
79
23 reviews
User Score
78
45 reviews

19. Death Grips - NO LOVE DEEP WEB

Death Grips - NO LOVE DEEP WEB
October 1, 2012
Hip Hop
Critic Score
75
11 reviews
User Score
81
242 reviews

18. Krallice - Years Past Matter

Krallice - Years Past Matter
August 25, 2012
Black Metal
Critic Score
73
4 reviews
User Score
81
8 reviews

17. Soap&Skin - Narrow

Soap&Skin - Narrow
February 13, 2012
Experimental
Critic Score
77
5 reviews
User Score
78
19 reviews

16. Scott Walker - Bish Bosch

Scott Walker - Bish Bosch
December 4, 2012
Experimental
Critic Score
76
24 reviews
User Score
78
38 reviews

15. Spiritualized - Sweet Heart Sweet Light

Spiritualized - Sweet Heart Sweet Light
April 17, 2012
Space Rock
Critic Score
80
31 reviews
User Score
81
148 reviews

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

Killer Mike - R.A.P. Music
May 15, 2012
Hip Hop
Critic Score
84
22 reviews
User Score
82
185 reviews

13. Nachtmystium - Silencing Machine

Nachtmystium - Silencing Machine
July 31, 2012
Black Metal
Critic Score
79
6 reviews
User Score
80
2 reviews

12. Billy Woods - History Will Absolve Me

Billy Woods - History Will Absolve Me
April 10, 2012
Hip Hop
Critic Score
80
1 review
User Score
80
14 reviews

11. Swans - The Seer

Swans - The Seer
August 28, 2012
Post-Rock
Critic Score
87
29 reviews
User Score
85
296 reviews

10. Ab-Soul - Control System

Ab-Soul - Control System
May 11, 2012
Hip Hop
Critic Score
80
9 reviews
User Score
80
93 reviews

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
25 reviews
User Score
83
233 reviews

8. Perfume Genius - Put Your Back N 2 It

Perfume Genius - Put Your Back N 2 It
February 21, 2012
Indie Pop
Critic Score
80
22 reviews
User Score
82
151 reviews

7. BADBADNOTGOOD - BBNG2

BADBADNOTGOOD - BBNG2
April 3, 2012
Experimental
Critic Score
85
2 reviews
User Score
83
75 reviews

6. Portico Quartet - Portico Quartet

Portico Quartet - Portico Quartet
November 13, 2012
Jazz
Critic Score
83
4 reviews
User Score
80
27 reviews

5. Fiona Apple - The Idler Wheel

Fiona Apple - The Idler Wheel
June 19, 2012
Singer-Songwriter
Critic Score
87
27 reviews
User Score
84
355 reviews

4. Dope Body - Natural History

Dope Body - Natural History
May 22, 2012
Noise Rock
Critic Score
75
11 reviews
User Score
82
9 reviews

3. Ondatrópica - Ondatrópica

Ondatrópica - Ondatrópica
July 16, 2012
Critic Score
85
2 reviews
User Score
75
10 reviews

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
24 reviews
User Score
90
1026 reviews

With good kid, m.A.A.d. city, Compton rapper Kendrick Lamar drops what's easily hip hop's most cinematic album of 2012.

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1. Death Grips - The Money Store

Death Grips - The Money Store
April 24, 2012
Hip Hop
Critic Score
82
21 reviews
User Score
86
521 reviews
I got got got got got.
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