The Guardian's Best Albums of 2012

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

May 15, 2012
Critic Score
84
22 reviews

37. Orbital - Wonky

April 3, 2012
Critic Score
72
16 reviews

36. Beach House - Bloom

May 15, 2012
Critic Score
76
33 reviews

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

33. Mala - Mala in Cuba

September 11, 2012
Critic Score
77
8 reviews

30. Angel Haze - Reservation EP

July 18, 2012
Critic Score
84
6 reviews

29. Jack White - Blunderbuss

April 24, 2012
Critic Score
81
33 reviews

28. Tribes - Baby

January 16, 2012
Critic Score
67
12 reviews

27. Poliça - Give You The Ghost

February 14, 2012
Critic Score
78
19 reviews

25. Actress - R.I.P.

April 24, 2012
Critic Score
81
17 reviews

24. D∆WN - Armor On

March 27, 2012
Critic Score
81
4 reviews

21. Bat For Lashes - The Haunted Man

October 15, 2012
Critic Score
78
33 reviews

20. Plan B - Ill Manors

July 23, 2012
Critic Score
79
10 reviews

17. Lana Del Rey - Born To Die

January 31, 2012
Critic Score
61
33 reviews

16. Taylor Swift - Red

October 22, 2012
Critic Score
73
16 reviews

15. Cooly G - Playin' Me

July 24, 2012
Critic Score
80
15 reviews

14. Grizzly Bear - Shields

September 18, 2012
Critic Score
81
31 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. Chromatics - Kill for Love

March 26, 2012
Critic Score
81
23 reviews

12. Django Django - Django Django

January 30, 2012
Critic Score
80
19 reviews

11. Miguel - Kaleidoscope Dream

October 2, 2012
Critic Score
81
13 reviews

9. Hot Chip - In Our Heads

June 11, 2012
Critic Score
74
30 reviews

8. The xx - Coexist

September 11, 2012
Critic Score
78
40 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. alt-J - An Awesome Wave

May 28, 2012
Critic Score
79
16 reviews

6. Tame Impala - Lonerism

October 9, 2012
Critic Score
87
28 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. Kendrick Lamar - good kid, m.A.A.d. city

October 22, 2012
Critic Score
89
26 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. Jessie Ware - Devotion

August 20, 2012
Critic Score
81
30 reviews

2. Grimes - Visions

February 21, 2012
Critic Score
79
34 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. Frank Ocean - Channel Orange

July 17, 2012
Critic Score
91
33 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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