The Guardian's Best Albums of 2012

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39.

May 15, 2012
Critic Score
84
23 reviews

37.

April 3, 2012
Critic Score
72
18 reviews

36.

May 15, 2012
Critic Score
76
37 reviews

It's beautiful, spectral, dreamy, but never makes your pulse quicken.

33.

September 11, 2012
Critic Score
77
8 reviews

31.

MARINA - Electra Heart
April 30, 2012
Critic Score
55
13 reviews

30.

July 18, 2012
Critic Score
84
6 reviews

29.

April 24, 2012
Critic Score
80
38 reviews

28.

January 16, 2012
Critic Score
67
12 reviews

27.

February 14, 2012
Critic Score
78
22 reviews

25.

April 24, 2012
Critic Score
81
18 reviews

24.

March 27, 2012
Critic Score
81
4 reviews

21.

October 15, 2012
Critic Score
77
38 reviews

20.

July 23, 2012
Critic Score
77
12 reviews

17.

January 31, 2012
Critic Score
62
36 reviews

16.

October 22, 2012
Critic Score
74
18 reviews

15.

July 24, 2012
Critic Score
80
15 reviews

14.

September 18, 2012
Critic Score
80
37 reviews

More often, it sounds as if Grizzly Bear have spent their time away digging out the emotions that sometimes get buried beneath the technical fireworks.

13.

March 26, 2012
Critic Score
82
24 reviews

12.

January 30, 2012
Critic Score
80
21 reviews

11.

October 2, 2012
Critic Score
80
14 reviews

9.

June 11, 2012
Critic Score
75
36 reviews

8.

September 11, 2012
Critic Score
78
42 reviews

For the most part Coexist's songs are defined as much by space as by sound. The gaps bring greater emphasis to the spidery guitar lines, the occasional steel pan, the distant icicles of piano, and the voices of Romy Madley-Croft and Oliver Sim.

7.

May 28, 2012
Critic Score
80
19 reviews

6.

October 9, 2012
Critic Score
87
31 reviews

Virtually every instrument is caked in distortion, but not the warm, familiar fuzz of an overdriven amplifier. It feels digital, alien, the sound of modern machines going wrong. All this is underpinned by genuinely great songwriting. 

5.

October 22, 2012
Critic Score
90
31 reviews

From its ambitious narrative arc to its fine linguistic detail, Good Kid, M.A.A.D City is a honed and deliberate major label debut.

3.

August 20, 2012
Critic Score
82
31 reviews

2.

February 21, 2012
Critic Score
80
37 reviews

It's fit to burst with bone-bending synths, insistent beats and a sometimes shrill vocal that manages to both charm and unsettle.

1.

July 17, 2012
Critic Score
91
38 reviews

In a formulaic era, his production is impressively idiosyncratic, heavy on hazy electronics and cavernous, dubby reverb, and packed with weird touches: the melodies never quite pan out as you expect them to, while the backing shifts and changes unpredicatably.

Original Source: http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/musicblog/2012/dec/14/readers-best-album-2012
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