Beats Per Minute's Top 50 Albums of 2012

Beats Per Minute's Top 50 Albums of 2012

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50. Lone - Galaxy Garden

May 1, 2012
Critic Score
78
14 reviews

The jump from one record to the next is made even more revelatory by the English producer’s refinement and assuredness. 

49. White Fence - Family Perfume Vol. 2

White Fence - Family Perfume Vol. 2
May 15, 2012
Critic Score
77
6 reviews

49. White Fence - Family Perfume Vol. 1

White Fence - Family Perfume Vol. 1
April 3, 2012
Critic Score
76
7 reviews

48. Sharon Van Etten - Tramp

February 7, 2012
Critic Score
79
27 reviews

Tramp is simply her most fully-realized album yet, and that’s all there is to it.

47. Voices From the Lake - Voices From the Lake

Voices From the Lake - Voices From the Lake
March 13, 2012
Critic Score
85
5 reviews

The Italian duo have put together a timeless and beautiful dance record that slides easily to the top of 2012's best.

46. Death Grips - The Money Store

April 21, 2012
Critic Score
83
21 reviews

Despite the unwelcoming persona, repeated listens will uncover an embarrassment of spine-tingling details and hidden corners that any headphone enthusiast will revel in.

45. Action Bronson / Party Supplies - Blue Chips

March 12, 2012
Critic Score
81
5 reviews

44. Dan Deacon - America

August 28, 2012
Critic Score
80
26 reviews

Everything here is bigger, and feels more important and wise, even than the spectrum of ego on Bromst.

42. Dirty Projectors - Swing Lo Magellan

July 10, 2012
Critic Score
81
34 reviews

Swing Lo Magellan is generally celebratory, relishing in life, music, collaboration, and creativity.

41. Ital - Hive Mind

Ital - Hive Mind
March 6, 2012
Critic Score
76
11 reviews

Hive Mind, offers a more arresting and intricate, at-home listening experience.

40. Schoolboy Q - Habits & Contradictions

January 14, 2012
Critic Score
77
13 reviews

He’s now picked what tricks he could from Lamar, and grown beyond his input.

39. Lambchop - Mr. M

February 21, 2012
Critic Score
77
24 reviews

It manages to sound familiar while sounding entirely new, all the while making it clear that this is a sound only Lambchop could create.

38. LHF - Keepers of the Light

LHF - Keepers of the Light
April 2, 2012
Critic Score
83
2 reviews

It plays like the best dubstep singles collection never released, typifying the genre’s bruised and reclusive paranoia while transcending it.

37. Animal Collective - Centipede Hz

September 4, 2012
Critic Score
75
36 reviews

Centipede Hz is dense and unforgivingly full-throttle ... and home to some of the band’s best and most involved lyrics to date.

36. Jessie Ware - Devotion

August 20, 2012
Critic Score
81
30 reviews

Ware might still be feeling out her surroundings, but considering the results, getting to see that evolution take place is an exciting and exceedingly worthwhile prospect

35. Bat For Lashes - The Haunted Man

October 15, 2012
Critic Score
78
33 reviews

If Khan’s last two albums were tapestries, this one is a prayer book, adorned with pictures of the exalted, stained with tears, and almost too personal for the eyes of strangers to look upon.

34. El-P - Cancer 4 Cure

May 22, 2012
Critic Score
82
27 reviews

This is a high point in his already illustrious career; a labyrinthine and ultramodern take on hip-hop that will likely age like a Cabernet.

33. The xx - Coexist

September 11, 2012
Critic Score
78
40 reviews

The end result is a quieted, more suppressed record that steps delicately from one note to the next and shines even more of a spotlight on the twin vocal sentiments of longing and crumbled romance. 

32. Japandroids - Celebration Rock

June 5, 2012
Critic Score
82
27 reviews

Celebration Rock is in perpetual motion, driven by a visceral sense of urgency that most modern guitar music is so sorely lacking.

31. Fiona Apple - The Idler Wheel

June 19, 2012
Critic Score
87
28 reviews

Since there’s so little to grab onto, The Idler Wheel might be better understood as an emotional statement rather than a musical one.

30. DIIV - Oshin

June 26, 2012
Critic Score
78
21 reviews

Oshin is undeniably a record tailored for driving around with some friends in the dead heat of summer, but the music also packs a range of raw emotions

29. Holy Other - Held

August 28, 2012
Critic Score
79
19 reviews

This kind of high-emotion, omni-genre electronic music is becoming the measure of artists working without geographical or scene ties and Held is one of the best examples. 

28. Nü Sensae - Sundowning

Nü Sensae - Sundowning
August 7, 2012
Critic Score
79
4 reviews

Nü Sensae are one of the most formidable punk outfits working right now and Sundowning is the work of a band whittling themselves down to occupy the very tip of fury.

27. Merchandise - Children of Desire

February 10, 2012
Critic Score
78
3 reviews

26. Godspeed You! Black Emperor - 'Allelujah! Don't Bend! Ascend!

October 16, 2012
Critic Score
84
26 reviews

Allelujah! seems more immediate and more organic, but instead of feeling blown away by it’s unreachable drama and grandeur, with a decade of age behind us and the band, it feels inhabitable in a way Godspeed never has before.

25. Beach House - Bloom

May 15, 2012
Critic Score
76
33 reviews

The aching sweetness of Bloom’s ten tracks should override any misgivings one might have about the band’s seeming lack of stylistic evolution.

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

May 15, 2012
Critic Score
84
22 reviews

The resulting album is one that is deceptively simple, a send-up to the aggressive cultural awareness of old-school rap on the surface, filtered through a hundred different post-apocalyptic scenarios, musical and lyrical.

22. Ty Segall Band - Slaughterhouse

June 26, 2012
Critic Score
80
18 reviews

Ty Segall Band bring a sharpened and astonishing lighting-in-a-jar kind of intensity to the proceedings others are hard pressed to capture.

21. Purity Ring - Shrines

July 24, 2012
Critic Score
77
33 reviews

Shrines often operates like a series of paintings, each of its pieces a variation on a theme, the full breadth of the artist’s vision only realized within the context of the whole.

20. Mac DeMarco - 2

October 16, 2012
Critic Score
75
17 reviews

Free of any hip genre-signifiers, 2 sees DeMarco find his home in an endless jangle, humming down the Main Street of your brain with a guitar slung over his shoulder.

19. The Weeknd - Echoes of Silence

The Weeknd - Echoes of Silence
December 21, 2011
Critic Score
80
17 reviews

Echoes of Silence is arguably The Weeknd’s most fully formed album-oriented statement thus far.

18. Spiritualized - Sweet Heart Sweet Light

April 17, 2012
Critic Score
78
32 reviews

Spiritualized have mastered the use of these instruments to be able to lift a song effortlessly from its standard verse into a magnificent chorus.

17. Motion Sickness of Time Travel - Motion Sickness of Time Travel

May 14, 2012
Critic Score
77
4 reviews

It functions, without a doubt, as Evans most accomplished release of her career and one of the more accomplished ambient albums in recent memory.

16. The Men - Open Your Heart

March 6, 2012
Critic Score
82
22 reviews

It rages, rages more, tapers off, creeps up behind you, knocks your block off, takes a step back, then does those last two simultaneously – and that’s just the first half of the album.

15. Perfume Genius - Put Your Back N 2 It

February 21, 2012
Critic Score
80
25 reviews

While there are utterly heartbreaking moments throughout, they are usually balanced with enough optimism and hope to make every tear a little easier to swallow.

14. John Talabot - ƒIN

February 14, 2012
Critic Score
85
16 reviews

The album is vital and alive, and it culminates into these unsuspecting breathless, religious moments that reach well beyond its surface qualities.

13. Ty Segall - Twins

October 9, 2012
Critic Score
78
19 reviews

With Twins, Ty Segall has once again tapped into the well of 60's garage rock and come out with something vital, new, and undeniably his own. 

12. Lost In The Trees - A Church That Fits Our Needs

Lost In The Trees - A Church That Fits Our Needs
March 20, 2012
Critic Score
78
9 reviews

It’s also one of the most cohesive and powerful records to come around in a long time, and it doesn’t tire after multiple spins.

11. Mount Eerie - Clear Moon

May 22, 2012
Critic Score
83
16 reviews

This record, as much of Elverum’s work is, is a grower in the most beautiful sense, and one that I can’t imagine will lose its brilliance any time soon.

11. Mount Eerie - Ocean Roar

September 4, 2012
Critic Score
80
12 reviews

It’s complex, destructive, and infinite.

10. Swans - The Seer

August 28, 2012
Critic Score
86
29 reviews

Just be thankful that the new Swans are as clever, as terrifying, and as proficient in their craft as presented on The Seer. There still aren’t any other bands out there quite like this.

9. Julia Holter - Ekstasis

March 6, 2012
Critic Score
80
20 reviews

Ekstasis is a challenging listen, but a rewarding one. It’s fiercely experimental and aggressively unfamiliar. Yet it’s an album that doesn’t try to intimidate or hide within its unfamiliarity.

8. How to Dress Well - Total Loss

September 18, 2012
Critic Score
78
21 reviews

It’s an album that ceaselessly overflows with love and a desire to reach out and relate, and it’s this that makes such a heavy album so accessible and so resoundingly good.

6. Jens Lekman - I Know What Love Isn't

September 4, 2012
Critic Score
76
24 reviews

I Know What Love Isn’t is more than a great pop album – it’s the most singularly rewarding statement from one of the more uniquely gifted songwriting voices of the past decade.

5. Tame Impala - Lonerism

October 9, 2012
Critic Score
87
28 reviews

This album is meditative, layered and confident, simultaneously cooler and more temperate than its predecessor.

4. Frank Ocean - Channel Orange

July 17, 2012
Critic Score
91
33 reviews

Frank’s strengths are his versatile voice, the breadth of his songwriting capabilities, the way he mixes and matches old aesthetics and ends up with strange new combinations

3. Andy Stott - Luxury Problems

October 29, 2012
Critic Score
83
14 reviews

The record has an engrossing, alternately glassy and foggy tactility, as if you’re groping blindly through a dark, thick dream logic-riddled haze only to find something smooth and cool and comforting at its center to wrap your sweaty limbs around.

2. Chromatics - Kill for Love

March 26, 2012
Critic Score
81
23 reviews

Kill for Love‘s pop numbers are leaps and bounds better than almost anything else released this year, and when the album pulls away from them, it can’t help but lose quite a bit of its strength.

1. Flying Lotus - Until the Quiet Comes

October 2, 2012
Critic Score
83
27 reviews

UTQC is a testament to imagination and vision and the capabilities of the human soul by way of music.

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