Pitchfork's Highest Rated Albums of 2012

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This is an ordered list of Pitchfork's highest rated albums of 2012. Check out Pitchfork's Year End List.

1. Kendrick Lamar - good kid, m.A.A.d. city

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Kendrick Lamar - good kid, m.A.A.d. city
October 22, 2012
Hip Hop
Score
95

2. Frank Ocean - Channel Orange

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Frank Ocean - Channel Orange
July 17, 2012
R&B
Score
95

3. My Bloody Valentine - EPs 1988-1991

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My Bloody Valentine - EPs 1988-1991
May 7, 2012
Shoegaze
Score
95

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

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Godspeed You! Black Emperor - 'Allelujah! Don't Bend! Ascend!
October 16, 2012
Post-Rock
Score
93

5. Grizzly Bear - Shields

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Grizzly Bear - Shields
September 18, 2012
Indie Folk
Score
91

6. Beach House - Bloom

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Beach House - Bloom
May 15, 2012
Dream Pop
Score
91

7. Tame Impala - Lonerism

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Tame Impala - Lonerism
October 9, 2012
Psychedelic Rock
Score
90

8. Swans - The Seer

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Swans - The Seer
August 28, 2012
Post-Rock
Score
90

9. Fiona Apple - The Idler Wheel

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Fiona Apple - The Idler Wheel
June 19, 2012
Singer-Songwriter
Score
90

10. Moss Icon - Complete Discography

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Moss Icon - Complete Discography
May 15, 2012
Score
89

11. Dirty Projectors - Swing Lo Magellan

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Dirty Projectors - Swing Lo Magellan
July 10, 2012
Experimental Rock
Score
88

12. Japandroids - Celebration Rock

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Japandroids - Celebration Rock
June 5, 2012
Garage Rock
Score
88

13. Spiritualized - Sweet Heart Sweet Light

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Spiritualized - Sweet Heart Sweet Light
April 17, 2012
Space Rock
Score
88

14. Andy Stott - Luxury Problems

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Andy Stott - Luxury Problems
October 29, 2012
Dub Techno
Score
87

15. Ty Segall Band - Slaughterhouse

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Ty Segall Band - Slaughterhouse
June 26, 2012
Garage Rock
Score
87

16. Death Grips - The Money Store

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Death Grips - The Money Store
April 24, 2012
Hip Hop
Score
87

17. Chromatics - Kill for Love

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Chromatics - Kill for Love
March 26, 2012
Synthpop
Score
87

18. Burial - Kindred

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Burial - Kindred
February 12, 2012
Dubstep
Score
87

19. Converge - All We Love We Leave Behind

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Converge - All We Love We Leave Behind
October 9, 2012
Metalcore
Score
86

20. Twin Shadow - Confess

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Twin Shadow - Confess
July 10, 2012
New Wave
Score
86

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

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Killer Mike - R.A.P. Music
May 15, 2012
Hip Hop
Score
86

22. Julia Holter - Ekstasis

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Julia Holter - Ekstasis
March 6, 2012
Art Pop
Score
86

23. Cloud Nothings - Attack on Memory

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Cloud Nothings - Attack on Memory
January 24, 2012
Indie Rock
Score
86

24. The Weeknd - Trilogy

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The Weeknd - Trilogy
November 13, 2012
R&B
Score
85

25. Metz - Metz

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Metz - Metz
October 9, 2012
Noise Rock
Score
85
NOTE: This is not a year end list. This list is ordered by the ratings Pitchfork awarded albums throughout 2012.


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