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The Needle Drop's Top 50 Albums of 2012

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1. Death Grips - The Money Store

Death Grips - The Money Store
April 24, 2012
Hip Hop
Critic Score
84
16 reviews
User Score
85
174 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
18 reviews
User Score
88
280 reviews

3. Ondatrópica - Ondatrópica

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

4. Dope Body - Natural History

Dope Body - Natural History
May 22, 2012
Noise Rock
Critic Score
74
9 reviews
User Score
81
2 reviews

5. Fiona Apple - The Idler Wheel

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

6. Portico Quartet - Portico Quartet

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

7. BADBADNOTGOOD - BBNG2

BADBADNOTGOOD - BBNG2
April 3, 2012
Experimental
Critic Score
80
1 review
User Score
84
31 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
81
16 reviews
User Score
81
70 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
84
17 reviews
User Score
82
95 reviews

10. Ab-Soul - Control System

Ab-Soul - Control System
May 11, 2012
Hip Hop
Critic Score
80
7 reviews
User Score
83
41 reviews

11. Swans - The Seer

Swans - The Seer
August 28, 2012
Post-Rock
Critic Score
89
20 reviews
User Score
85
150 reviews

12. Billy Woods - History Will Absolve Me

Billy Woods - History Will Absolve Me
April 10, 2012
Hip Hop
Critic Score
NR
User Score
82
3 reviews

13. Nachtmystium - Silencing Machine

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

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
77 reviews

15. Spiritualized - Sweet Heart Sweet Light

Spiritualized - Sweet Heart Sweet Light
April 17, 2012
Space Rock
Critic Score
81
20 reviews
User Score
82
99 reviews

16. Scott Walker - Bish Bosch

Scott Walker - Bish Bosch
December 4, 2012
Experimental
Critic Score
77
17 reviews
User Score
79
19 reviews

17. Soap&Skin - Narrow

Soap&Skin - Narrow
February 13, 2012
Experimental
Critic Score
78
4 reviews
User Score
80
8 reviews

18. Krallice - Years Past Matter

Krallice - Years Past Matter
August 25, 2012
Black Metal
Critic Score
71
3 reviews
User Score
82
2 reviews

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
69 reviews

20. Matthew Dear - Beams

Matthew Dear - Beams
August 28, 2012
Electronic
Critic Score
80
18 reviews
User Score
80
32 reviews

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
32 reviews

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 review

24. iamamiwhoami - Kin

iamamiwhoami - Kin
June 12, 2012
Experimental
Critic Score
74
5 reviews
User Score
82
42 reviews

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 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
19 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
76
12 reviews
User Score
76
14 reviews

28. Cloud Nothings - Attack on Memory

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

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
74 reviews

31. Lone - Galaxy Garden

Lone - Galaxy Garden
May 1, 2012
Electronic
Critic Score
77
10 reviews
User Score
77
23 reviews

32. The Evens - The Odds

The Evens - The Odds
November 20, 2012
Indie Rock
Critic Score
80
5 reviews
User Score
75
9 reviews

33. Holograms - Holograms

Holograms - Holograms
July 10, 2012
Punk
Critic Score
75
9 reviews
User Score
77
14 reviews

34. Black Breath - Sentenced to Life

Black Breath - Sentenced to Life
March 26, 2012
Critic Score
79
5 reviews
User Score
74
2 reviews

35. Wild Nothing - Nocturne

Wild Nothing - Nocturne
August 28, 2012
Indie Pop
Critic Score
77
18 reviews
User Score
81
79 reviews

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
190 reviews

38. Recondite - On Acid

Recondite - On Acid
April 2, 2012
Critic Score
77
3 reviews
User Score
80
1 review

39. Deerhoof - Breakup Song

Deerhoof - Breakup Song
September 4, 2012
Experimental
Critic Score
77
15 reviews
User Score
77
25 reviews

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
80
36 reviews

41. Tame Impala - Lonerism

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

42. Karriem Riggins - Alone Together

Karriem Riggins - Alone Together
October 22, 2012
Hip Hop
Critic Score
76
4 reviews
User Score
83
1 review

43. The Bad Plus - Made Possible

The Bad Plus - Made Possible
September 25, 2012
Critic Score
70
2 reviews
User Score
81
1 review

44. Torche - Harmonicraft

Torche - Harmonicraft
April 24, 2012
Sludge Metal
Critic Score
77
11 reviews
User Score
79
6 reviews

45. Beach House - Bloom

Beach House - Bloom
May 15, 2012
Dream Pop
Critic Score
81
18 reviews
User Score
85
275 reviews

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
19 reviews

48. John Talabot - ƒIN

John Talabot - ƒIN
February 14, 2012
Deep House
Critic Score
84
13 reviews
User Score
80
74 reviews

49. The Gaslamp Killer - Breakthrough

The Gaslamp Killer - Breakthrough
September 18, 2012
Experimental
Critic Score
73
11 reviews
User Score
80
9 reviews

50. THEESatisfaction - awE naturalE

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

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