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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

Kendrick Lamar - good kid, m.A.A.d. city
October 22, 2012
Hip Hop
9.5
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2. Frank Ocean - Channel Orange

Frank Ocean - Channel Orange
July 17, 2012
R&B
9.5
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3. My Bloody Valentine - EPs 1988-1991

My Bloody Valentine - EPs 1988-1991
May 7, 2012
Shoegaze
9.5
Amazon
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4. Godspeed You! Black Emperor - 'Allelujah! Don't Bend! Ascend!

Godspeed You! Black Emperor - 'Allelujah! Don't Bend! Ascend!
October 16, 2012
Post-Rock
9.3
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5. Grizzly Bear - Shields

Grizzly Bear - Shields
September 18, 2012
Indie Folk
9.1
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6. Beach House - Bloom

Beach House - Bloom
May 15, 2012
Dream Pop
9.1
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7. Tame Impala - Lonerism

Tame Impala - Lonerism
October 9, 2012
Psychedelic Rock
9.0
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8. Swans - The Seer

Swans - The Seer
August 28, 2012
Post-Rock
9.0
iTunes
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9. Fiona Apple - The Idler Wheel

Fiona Apple - The Idler Wheel
June 19, 2012
Singer-Songwriter
9.0
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10. Dirty Projectors - Swing Lo Magellan

Dirty Projectors - Swing Lo Magellan
July 10, 2012
Experimental Rock
8.8
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11. Japandroids - Celebration Rock

Japandroids - Celebration Rock
June 5, 2012
Garage Rock
8.8
iTunes
Amazon
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12. Spiritualized - Sweet Heart Sweet Light

Spiritualized - Sweet Heart Sweet Light
April 17, 2012
Space Rock
8.8
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13. Andy Stott - Luxury Problems

Andy Stott - Luxury Problems
October 29, 2012
Dub Techno
8.7
iTunes
Amazon
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14. Ty Segall Band - Slaughterhouse

Ty Segall Band - Slaughterhouse
June 26, 2012
Garage Rock
8.7
iTunes
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15. Death Grips - The Money Store

Death Grips - The Money Store
April 24, 2012
Hip Hop
8.7
iTunes
Amazon
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16. Chromatics - Kill for Love

Chromatics - Kill for Love
March 26, 2012
Synthpop
8.7
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17. Burial - Kindred

Burial - Kindred
February 12, 2012
Dubstep
8.7
iTunes
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18. Converge - All We Love We Leave Behind

Converge - All We Love We Leave Behind
October 9, 2012
Metalcore
8.6
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19. Twin Shadow - Confess

Twin Shadow - Confess
July 10, 2012
New Wave
8.6
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20. Killer Mike - R.A.P. Music

Killer Mike - R.A.P. Music
May 15, 2012
Hip Hop
8.6
iTunes
Amazon
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21. Julia Holter - Ekstasis

Julia Holter - Ekstasis
March 6, 2012
Experimental
8.6
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22. Cloud Nothings - Attack on Memory

Cloud Nothings - Attack on Memory
January 24, 2012
Indie Rock
8.6
iTunes
Amazon
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23. The Weeknd - Trilogy

The Weeknd - Trilogy
November 13, 2012
R&B
8.5
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24. Blut Aus Nord - 777: Cosmosophy

Blut Aus Nord - 777: Cosmosophy
October 9, 2012
8.5
Amazon
Spotify
Rdio



25. METZ - METZ

METZ - METZ
October 9, 2012
Noise Rock
8.5
iTunes
Amazon
Spotify
Rdio



NOTE: This is not a year end list. This list is ordered by the ratings Pitchfork awarded albums throughout 2012.


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