NME's 50 Best Albums of 2012

NME's 50 Best Albums of 2012

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50. Purity Ring - Shrines

July 24, 2012
Critic Score
77
33 reviews

‘Shrines’ is a euphoric treat in its own right, made all the more thrilling by its heady potential. 

49. Flying Lotus - Until the Quiet Comes

October 2, 2012
Critic Score
83
27 reviews

Ultimately, this album is the sound of the future.

48. The 2 Bears - Be Strong

January 30, 2012
Critic Score
77
19 reviews

‘Be Strong’ is one of the smartest and funniest dance records you’ve heard in a long while.

47. John Talabot - ƒIN

February 14, 2012
Critic Score
85
16 reviews

45. Lana Del Rey - Born To Die

January 31, 2012
Critic Score
61
33 reviews

Although it’s not quite the perfect pop record ‘Video Games’ might have led us to wish for, ‘Born To Die’ still marks the arrival of a fresh – and refreshingly self-aware – sensibility in pop.

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

October 22, 2012
Critic Score
89
26 reviews

It might lack the raw appeal of Kendrick’s 2011 mixtape ‘Section.80’, but it’s also a big-budget reminder that the 25-year-old hasn’t forgotten his roots. 

43. Ratking - Wiki93

November 5, 2012
Critic Score
66
4 reviews

42. Paul Weller - Sonik Kicks

March 27, 2012
Critic Score
74
18 reviews

‘Sonik Kicks’ is the sound of Paul Weller growing old the only way he could – not particularly gracefully, but with no small amount of style. 

41. Ty Segall - Twins

October 9, 2012
Critic Score
78
19 reviews

It has the reckless spirit of a record that hasn’t been over-analysed, but with an intense flurry of ideas from someone in the absolute prime of their creativity.

40. Poliça - Give You The Ghost

February 14, 2012
Critic Score
78
19 reviews

A shyly introspective listen that, much like The xx’s first album, sits awkwardly with the industry furore surrounding it.

39. Liars - WIXIW

June 5, 2012
Critic Score
82
28 reviews

36. The Vaccines - Come of Age

September 4, 2012
Critic Score
63
16 reviews

‘…Come Of Age’, then, is not perfect, but it’s a damn fine specimen of a band on the way to something great.

35. METZ - METZ

October 9, 2012
Critic Score
80
19 reviews

34. Bat For Lashes - The Haunted Man

October 15, 2012
Critic Score
78
33 reviews

For large swathes, it's like being plunged into a fairytale soundtracked by skin-prickling electro and populated by downtrodden sods hunting for breadcrumbs of comfort.

33. Hot Chip - In Our Heads

June 11, 2012
Critic Score
74
30 reviews

32. Graham Coxon - A+E

April 2, 2012
Critic Score
78
16 reviews

Coxon has made one of the best albums of his career – a pop record with dangerously anti-social tendencies. 

31. G.O.O.D. Music - Cruel Summer

September 18, 2012
Critic Score
67
21 reviews

After the twin peaks of ‘Watch The Throne’ and ‘My Beautiful Twisted Dark Fantasy’’s rap-pop grandeur, ‘Cruel Summer’ feels slight in comparison. 

29. Mac DeMarco - 2

October 16, 2012
Critic Score
75
17 reviews

What '2' makes clear, quickly, is that DeMarco is a skilful songwriter.

28. Spiritualized - Sweet Heart Sweet Light

April 17, 2012
Critic Score
78
32 reviews

This record is, as you’d expect, by turns breathtaking, entrancing, deafening and challenging, and Spiritualized are still the Vatican of bands.

27. Jessie Ware - Devotion

August 20, 2012
Critic Score
81
30 reviews

Like all the great British pop records of the past five years, ‘Devotion’ combines the present and the past to make a record that sounds both contemporary and timeless.

26. Spector - Enjoy It While It Lasts

August 13, 2012
Critic Score
62
10 reviews

‘Enjoy It While It Lasts’ is a more than enjoyable collection of old-school indie gems.

25. Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti - Mature Themes

August 21, 2012
Critic Score
70
31 reviews

It’s a hardcore record from a top-shelf kind of a guy, but the work of a unique mind. 

24. Merchandise - Children of Desire

February 10, 2012
Critic Score
78
3 reviews

22. Beach House - Bloom

May 15, 2012
Critic Score
76
33 reviews

There’s also pleasure in hearing a band do what they do so peerlessly well: croon sweet, sweet lullabies to console us in our fleshy prisons. 

21. Cat Power - Sun

September 4, 2012
Critic Score
79
35 reviews

20. Howler - America Give Up

January 17, 2012
Critic Score
70
14 reviews

19. Toy - Toy

September 10, 2012
Critic Score
77
17 reviews

It’s weird and wonderful and you’ll want to listen again as soon as it’s over.

18. Tribes - Baby

January 16, 2012
Critic Score
67
12 reviews

17. Grizzly Bear - Shields

September 18, 2012
Critic Score
81
31 reviews

For all the strange twists and turns, the rich layers and dark beauty to be found, nothing here grabs you and sets up home in your heart like ‘Veckatimest’ did. 

16. Melody's Echo Chamber - Melody's Echo Chamber

September 25, 2012
Critic Score
76
14 reviews

Here are two people who already see the best in each other, and with ‘Melody’s Echo Chamber’ they’ve tried to make everyone else see it too. It shows.

15. Sharon Van Etten - Tramp

February 7, 2012
Critic Score
79
27 reviews

It has been a joy to see Van Etten growing in confidence as an artist – and this isn’t just her finest album, but one of early 2012’s best.

14. The xx - Coexist

September 11, 2012
Critic Score
78
40 reviews

It hides more than ‘xx’ did, sneaking its miserable joys behind bare spaces, surprise time signatures and subtle dramas.

13. DIIV - Oshin

June 26, 2012
Critic Score
78
21 reviews

12. David Byrne & St. Vincent - Love This Giant

September 11, 2012
Critic Score
75
28 reviews

The arrangements are exquisite from top to bottom, and producer Congleton – who worked with Clark on ‘Strange Mercy’ – helps make it easy for us all to love this giant of a record.

11. Django Django - Django Django

January 30, 2012
Critic Score
80
19 reviews

10. Jack White - Blunderbuss

April 24, 2012
Critic Score
81
33 reviews

While ‘Blunderbuss’ isn’t that definitive, unarguable document we’ve been seeking, it still feels like his most candid and personal record yet. 

9. Jake Bugg - Jake Bugg

October 15, 2012
Critic Score
77
9 reviews

8. The Cribs - In the Belly of the Brazen Bull

May 7, 2012
Critic Score
67
17 reviews

It still defiantly goes against the grain, but also explodes with immediate, attention-grabbing riffs.

7. Pond - Beard, Wives, Denim

March 6, 2012
Critic Score
70
9 reviews

It is also miles better than ‘Innerspeaker’, and quite possibly the best album released so far this year.

5. alt-J - An Awesome Wave

May 28, 2012
Critic Score
79
16 reviews

4. Crystal Castles - (III)

November 12, 2012
Critic Score
73
31 reviews

In toning down the shock and awe, they’ve revealed the beating heart at the centre of their work.

2. Grimes - Visions

February 21, 2012
Critic Score
79
34 reviews

It’s like skipping through a thousand excellent tracks on your iPod shuffle and isolating 13 perfect moments.

1. Tame Impala - Lonerism

October 9, 2012
Critic Score
87
28 reviews

Sounds phase in and out, drums thunder, guitars chime with warm, valve amp bite, voices are multi-tracked into luscious harmonies, snatched sentences of speech burble in the background, loops repeat and vocals echo distantly, like they’re drifting in from a radio in another room.

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