The 405's 25 Albums of The Year 2012

The 405's 25 Albums of The Year 2012

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25. alt-J - An Awesome Wave

May 28, 2012
Critic Score
79
16 reviews

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

October 22, 2012
Critic Score
69
11 reviews

23. Peaking Lights - Lucifer

June 19, 2012
Critic Score
76
19 reviews

Peaking Lights have succeeded in crafting a blissfully cohesive album, teeming with sounds that only bubble to the surface on subsequent listens.

22. Chromatics - Kill for Love

March 26, 2012
Critic Score
81
23 reviews

The album is such an entirely immersive experience from the beginning to the end that it seems somehow inappropriate to assert the superiority of one track over another.

21. How to Dress Well - Total Loss

September 18, 2012
Critic Score
78
21 reviews

I'm not ashamed to say that listening to this album gave me goose bumps

20. Port St. Willow - Holiday

Port St. Willow - Holiday
May 15, 2012
Critic Score
75
6 reviews

19. Arca - Stretch 2

August 7, 2012
Critic Score
75
3 reviews

18. Wild Nothing - Nocturne

August 28, 2012
Critic Score
77
21 reviews

... it is a soothing and ethereal listen with songs that would do well in the charts as well as songs meant for private and reflective listening.

17. Japandroids - Celebration Rock

June 5, 2012
Critic Score
82
27 reviews

With Celebration Rock, King and Prowse have constructed an album that's near impossible to dislike.

16. Sharon Van Etten - Tramp

February 7, 2012
Critic Score
79
27 reviews

It is an album full of passion, beauty, talent and fantastic songs.

15. Swans - The Seer

August 28, 2012
Critic Score
86
29 reviews

The Seer is a superlative album which ranks amongst the very best work released under Swans name. 

14. DIIV - Oshin

June 26, 2012
Critic Score
78
21 reviews

It's this evocative approach to songwriting, rather than anything happening sonically, that suggests the infinite promise of DIIV's future.

13. Blondes - Blondes

February 7, 2012
Critic Score
78
11 reviews

Blondes is an impressive journey, one that you may wish to take numerous times

12. El-P - Cancer 4 Cure

May 22, 2012
Critic Score
82
27 reviews

Cancer 4 Cure grounds hip hop, taking it back to when it was seen as the new punk rock.

11. Dan Deacon - America

August 28, 2012
Critic Score
80
26 reviews

It's so rare that an artist can coherently and completely address themes so inherently personal and immensely relatable as those Deacon has tackled on America.

9. Holy Other - Held

August 28, 2012
Critic Score
79
19 reviews

From start to finish there isn't a bad moment on this album really and I can easily say so far it is the best thing I have heard in a long time.

8. Death Grips - The Money Store

April 21, 2012
Critic Score
83
21 reviews

The Money Store thrusts countless adjectives towards the listener. It's eccentric, confrontational, disorientating. Crucially, however, it's fresh.

7. Tame Impala - Lonerism

October 9, 2012
Critic Score
87
28 reviews

Only two albums into their careers as Tame Impala, they've birthed a record on the precipice of their personal perfection.

6. Frank Ocean - Channel Orange

July 17, 2012
Critic Score
91
33 reviews

Channel Orange is a superbly forward-thinking piece of work that places Ocean lightyears ahead of his peers.

5. Andy Stott - Luxury Problems

October 29, 2012
Critic Score
83
14 reviews

4. Liars - WIXIW

June 5, 2012
Critic Score
82
28 reviews

The outcome is a record which is self-contained; cohesive despite its eclecticism, and wonderfully arresting as a result. 

3. Efterklang - Piramida

September 25, 2012
Critic Score
75
20 reviews

It would be hard to see this album not making any end-of-year lists, partly down to the fact that this is one of the most beautiful albums to come out of 2012 so far, and also partly down to the fact that this is Efterklang's landmark album. 

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

October 22, 2012
Critic Score
89
26 reviews

Naysayers who thought that Lamar's shift from independent to major label would risk the grit found on Overly Dedicated and Section.80 have been proven wrong.

1. Flying Lotus - Until the Quiet Comes

October 2, 2012
Critic Score
83
27 reviews

Ellison struck out into uncharted territories, taking the basic elements that have shaped his landmark works and applying them to this new, dreamy and subdued affair.

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