A.V. Club's Best Music of 2012

A.V. Club's Best Music of 2012

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24. Dion - Tank Full of Blues

Dion - Tank Full of Blues
January 24, 2012
Critic Score
90
1 review

23. Bob Dylan - Tempest

September 11, 2012
Critic Score
80
18 reviews

22. Cat Power - Sun

September 4, 2012
Critic Score
79
34 reviews

Sun isn’t the greatest collection of songs she’s ever released ... but even her B-game is always worth hearing. 

21. Sun Kil Moon - Among The Leaves

May 29, 2012
Critic Score
71
15 reviews

Kozelek’s usual self-flagellation shares space with relatively lighthearted lyrics, with mixed results

18. Field Music - Plumb

February 14, 2012
Critic Score
76
21 reviews

Like its predecessors, Plumb is polite and smart, arranging its unceasing collection of hooks like books on a shelf.

18. Future of the Left - The Plot Against Common Sense

June 12, 2012
Critic Score
80
15 reviews

Plot smoothes some edges and makes others more ragged, but the songs, shaped by the sharp guitars and martial drumming, are some of the strongest Falkous has ever written.

18. The Walkmen - Heaven

May 29, 2012
Critic Score
80
28 reviews

For The Walkmen, heaven is a place where the momentous has become mundane, and vice versa. 

17. The Men - Open Your Heart

March 6, 2012
Critic Score
82
22 reviews

Compared to Leave Home’s murky smear of scream-fueled, shoegaze-shrouded punk, Open Your Heart is practically a party album.

16. Leonard Cohen - Old Ideas

January 31, 2012
Critic Score
81
24 reviews

The album is all warmth, putting Cohen’s improbably expressive smoker’s purr in the middle of simple yet sumptuous instrumentation

15. Rush - Clockwork Angels

June 12, 2012
Critic Score
76
11 reviews

The highs are higher, the lows are lower, and the dynamic is even more exhilarating.

14. Grizzly Bear - Shields

September 18, 2012
Critic Score
81
31 reviews

Delicate beauty and refined presentation still rule on the Brooklyn mainstay’s fourth album, Shields, but the balance is subtly shifting.

13. Miguel - Kaleidoscope Dream

October 2, 2012
Critic Score
81
13 reviews

On his bolder follow-up, Kaleidoscope Dream, Miguel takes full advantage of his new commercial standing by abandoning genre conventions altogether. 

12. Divine Fits - A Thing Called Divine Fits

August 28, 2012
Critic Score
79
19 reviews

Game as Daniel is in a supporting role, his spotlight turns provide the album’s highlights. 

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

October 22, 2012
Critic Score
89
26 reviews

Good Kid is an exercise in tasteful restraint, with Lamar employing his boundless budget in creative ways.

10. P.O.S. - We Don't Even Live Here

October 22, 2012
Critic Score
69
11 reviews

We Don’t Even Live Here never sounds anything less than meaningful, yet manages to evade sounding self-important or overworked. P.O.S. has indeed never been better. 

8. Titus Andronicus - Local Business

October 23, 2012
Critic Score
75
19 reviews

Three guitars, a sense of humor in the face of despair, and an unwavering commitment to the underrated art of the rock ’n’ roll sing-along are what define Local Business.

8. Bob Mould - Silver Age

September 4, 2012
Critic Score
76
17 reviews

Rather than turning into something new, it settles into some comforting old sounds.

7. Swans - The Seer

August 28, 2012
Critic Score
86
29 reviews

With The Seer, one thing is certain: Even during its quietest lulls, Gira has never sounded louder. 

6. Jack White - Blunderbuss

April 24, 2012
Critic Score
81
33 reviews

There are at least five songs on Blunderbuss that match the excellence of The White Stripes’ best, and on the whole the album performs the tricky task of updating White’s musical aesthetic without euthanizing its primal nature.

5. Fiona Apple - The Idler Wheel

June 19, 2012
Critic Score
87
27 reviews

The Idler Wheel… is an innately private record, as Apple’s tend to be, but she has a way of drawing listeners in as she pushes them away, luring them, siren-like, into the maelstrom of her own reflection.

4. Sharon Van Etten - Tramp

February 7, 2012
Critic Score
79
26 reviews

Tramp is Van Etten’s most confident-sounding album to date, pushing at the boundaries of her music and suggesting a turn away from the romantic wound-licking that has dominated her lyrics.

3. Cloud Nothings - Attack on Memory

January 24, 2012
Critic Score
78
27 reviews

On Attack On Memory, he’s moved in the opposite direction, opening up wide spaces in his music and letting the fury beneath breathe and then bellow.

2. Japandroids - Celebration Rock

June 5, 2012
Critic Score
82
27 reviews

Celebration Rock finds that some of the best moments in life can come from uncertainty.

1. Frank Ocean - Channel Orange

July 17, 2012
Critic Score
91
33 reviews

Snubbing nearly every contemporary radio trend, it positions itself instead as the latest in a line of revelatory, late-period neo-soul albums

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