The 405's 25 Albums of The Year 2012

The 405's 25 Albums of The Year 2012

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25.

May 28, 2012
Critic Score
80
19 reviews

24.

October 22, 2012
Critic Score
69
11 reviews

23.

June 19, 2012
Critic Score
76
20 reviews

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

22.

March 26, 2012
Critic Score
82
24 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.

September 18, 2012
Critic Score
78
24 reviews

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

20.

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

19.

August 7, 2012
Critic Score
75
3 reviews

18.

August 28, 2012
Critic Score
77
23 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.

June 5, 2012
Critic Score
83
30 reviews

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

16.

February 7, 2012
Critic Score
79
28 reviews

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

15.

August 28, 2012
Critic Score
87
30 reviews

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

14.

June 26, 2012
Critic Score
77
22 reviews

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

13.

February 7, 2012
Critic Score
77
12 reviews

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

12.

May 22, 2012
Critic Score
82
30 reviews

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

11.

August 28, 2012
Critic Score
79
27 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.

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.

April 21, 2012
Critic Score
84
22 reviews

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

7.

October 9, 2012
Critic Score
87
30 reviews

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

6.

July 17, 2012
Critic Score
91
38 reviews

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

5.

October 29, 2012
Critic Score
83
16 reviews

4.

June 5, 2012
Critic Score
82
29 reviews

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

3.

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.

October 22, 2012
Critic Score
90
31 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.

October 2, 2012
Critic Score
83
30 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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