musicOMH's Top 50 Albums of 2012

musicOMH's Top 50 Albums of 2012

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50. 2:54 - 2:54

May 29, 2012
Critic Score
71
12 reviews

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

October 16, 2012
Critic Score
84
25 reviews

‘Allelujah! Don’t Bend! Ascend! rewards immersive, though somewhat uncritical, listening: a glorious hymn to the visceral and transformative power of sound.

48. Dan Deacon - America

August 28, 2012
Critic Score
80
26 reviews

USA - and by extension, Deacon - deserves plaudits for taking as many risks as it does and coming out the other side completely unscathed.

47. Wadada Leo Smith - Ten Freedom Summers

May 22, 2012
Critic Score
92
6 reviews

In this globalised but fragmented world, now so obsessed with immediacy, rapidity and digestibility, Ten Freedom Summers is a visionary work of protest and power.

45. Actress - R.I.P.

April 24, 2012
Critic Score
81
17 reviews

R.I.P. seeks to deny electronic music many of its powerful and most recognisable conventions. 

44. Saint Etienne - Words and Music by Saint Etienne

May 21, 2012
Critic Score
76
18 reviews

Words And Music isn’t just a celebration of popular music, but a hymnal ode to a loss of innocence, an end to the passions of our childhood.

43. Shackleton - Music For the Quiet Hour / The Drawbar Organ EPs

April 30, 2012
Critic Score
87
7 reviews

It’s a brilliant exploration of the inevitable interaction between sound, the passing of time and the active process of listening.

42. Susanne Sundfør - The Silicone Veil

Susanne Sundfør - The Silicone Veil
October 15, 2012
Critic Score
85
3 reviews

41. Sam Lee - Ground of Its Own

June 25, 2012
Critic Score
90
1 review

This is an album that deals in both violent and emotionally painful territory, but which also comes bathed in hope and compassion.

40. Bat For Lashes - The Haunted Man

October 15, 2012
Critic Score
78
33 reviews

It’s safe to say that Natasha Khan has once again managed to craft an album that ticks all the boxes, while also showing a maturity and evolution from her Mercury nominated sophomore album.

39. Cooly G - Playin' Me

July 24, 2012
Critic Score
80
15 reviews

38. First Aid Kit - The Lion's Roar

January 24, 2012
Critic Score
75
21 reviews

Beneath the toe-tapping slices of traditional country and folk are heartbreakingly sad lyrics that defy the Soderbergs’ ages

37. Cat Power - Sun

September 4, 2012
Critic Score
79
35 reviews

Sun is an album that conveys the full spectrum of emotions, but at the same time it manages to never sound convoluted or patched together. 

36. Beach House - Bloom

May 15, 2012
Critic Score
76
33 reviews

Beach House are equipped to leave the nods to shoegaze behind and embrace a far more holistic aesthetic – pop music. 

35. Swans - The Seer

August 28, 2012
Critic Score
86
29 reviews

34. Public Image Ltd. - This is PiL

May 29, 2012
Critic Score
66
19 reviews

This is Public Image Ltd continuing to be what it has always been: an endless, enthralling exploration of Lydon’s ever-roiling mind. 

33. Perfume Genius - Put Your Back N 2 It

February 21, 2012
Critic Score
80
25 reviews

With an overall feel that suggests an ever-growing sense of confidence and belief in his compositions, it presents an intriguing picture of where he may go in future.

32. Jessie Ware - Devotion

August 20, 2012
Critic Score
81
30 reviews

Any quibbles are minor here though, for Devotion is a truly impressive debut album from yet another talented British singer.

31. Lindstrøm - Six Cups of Rebel

February 6, 2012
Critic Score
63
13 reviews

It might not be as cultured as previous efforts, but it's hugely entertaining - even more so when played at high volume.

28. Sweet Billy Pilgrim - Crown and Treaty

Sweet Billy Pilgrim - Crown and Treaty
April 30, 2012
Critic Score
76
5 reviews

27. Julia Holter - Ekstasis

March 6, 2012
Critic Score
80
20 reviews

Although it’s possible to find minor disappointments and flaws in Ekstasis’ skilfully woven tapestry, this should not obscure Holter’s manifest talents.

26. alt-J - An Awesome Wave

May 28, 2012
Critic Score
79
16 reviews

24. Grimes - Visions

February 21, 2012
Critic Score
79
34 reviews

It's an album to live in and love, to dance to and to wallow in.

23. Flying Lotus - Until the Quiet Comes

October 2, 2012
Critic Score
83
27 reviews

With this record, Flying Lotus has continued his explorations of the outer regions of sonic experience whilst simultaneously creating a playful, and thrillingly visceral, listening experience

22. Beachwood Sparks - The Tarnished Gold

June 26, 2012
Critic Score
74
17 reviews

The Tarnished Gold sees them return sounding fresh and revitalised, delivering an album that more than matches their earlier output. 

21. Jack White - Blunderbuss

April 24, 2012
Critic Score
81
33 reviews

Lovelorn, honest, poignant and emotional in the best way imaginable.

20. Poliça - Give You The Ghost

February 14, 2012
Critic Score
78
19 reviews

18. Field Music - Plumb

February 14, 2012
Critic Score
76
21 reviews

Despite the obvious comparisons, it's not a case of simply replicating bands or sounds; above all else Field Music are rock fans who absorb and remould the noises they love.

17. Neil Halstead - Palindrome Hunches

Neil Halstead - Palindrome Hunches
September 11, 2012
Critic Score
75
11 reviews

16. Toy - Toy

September 10, 2012
Critic Score
77
17 reviews

Toy is an epic, psychedelic, droning, wonder. Every track takes the germ of an idea and then repeats it at you with ever deepening insistence and almost imperceptibly subtle evolutions.

15. Bruce Springsteen - Wrecking Ball

March 5, 2012
Critic Score
77
28 reviews

It's an impressive work from a genuine legend and as a response to our current situation, leaves us with a pertinent message: in Bruce we trust.

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

September 11, 2012
Critic Score
75
28 reviews

For all of the missteps, it’s the moments of dizzying brass playing from the backing musicians, the otherworldly pomp of Byrne and the stellar chops of Clark that saves the day. 

12. Anaïs Mitchell - Young Man in America

February 28, 2012
Critic Score
84
10 reviews

With every track having what sounds like an infinite level of care lavished upon it, Young Man In America is already an early contender to be one of the best albums of 2012.

11. Portico Quartet - Portico Quartet

November 13, 2012
Critic Score
78
5 reviews

10. VCMG - Ssss

March 13, 2012
Critic Score
64
14 reviews

9. Carter Tutti Void - Transverse

March 26, 2012
Critic Score
80
9 reviews

There's endless fun picking away at each track, and it's amazing how often you can find new strands.

8. Liars - WIXIW

June 5, 2012
Critic Score
82
28 reviews

WIXIW is a wonder of an album of endless layers and contrasts to get caught up and lost in.

7. DIIV - Oshin

June 26, 2012
Critic Score
78
21 reviews

There is also something extremely fresh in the way DIIV take an age old sound and turn it into something magical and at times deeply beautiful.

6. John Talabot - ƒIN

February 14, 2012
Critic Score
85
16 reviews

A remarkably assured and instinctive piece of work, one that speaks of good times on the dancefloor while not being afraid to throw in more poignant and affecting emotions

5. Blondes - Blondes

February 7, 2012
Critic Score
78
11 reviews

Blondes' debut album is great on first listen, but it takes on a whole different life when you listen more closely and let your brain follow behind.

4. Chromatics - Kill for Love

March 26, 2012
Critic Score
81
23 reviews

Kill For Love shows that synth/dream/chill/call-it-what-you will pop can be as visceral as rock; the synth as driven and nuanced as the guitar, perhaps more so. 

3. Matthew Dear - Beams

August 28, 2012
Critic Score
80
23 reviews

This album is unapologetic in its singularity, yet listening to this record is an experience that is as rewarding as it is exhausting.

2. Tame Impala - Lonerism

October 9, 2012
Critic Score
87
28 reviews

An album that’s likely to appeal to fifty quid blokes who’ll dig the retro influences, people to whom the term ‘chillwave’ actually means something, dance fans and everyone in between.

1. Frank Ocean - Channel Orange

July 17, 2012
Critic Score
91
33 reviews

As Channel Ocean reaches its end, every emotion associated with it can be traced back to one: fulfilment. 

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