Pretty Much Amazing's 60 Best Albums of 2012

Pretty Much Amazing's 60 Best Albums of 2012

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59. Porcelain Raft - Strange Weekend

January 24, 2012
Critic Score
74
19 reviews

58. Ab-Soul - Control System

May 11, 2012
Critic Score
79
10 reviews

57. Hot Chip - In Our Heads

June 11, 2012
Critic Score
74
31 reviews

56. Zammuto - Zammuto

April 3, 2012
Critic Score
77
13 reviews

55. METZ - METZ

October 9, 2012
Critic Score
80
19 reviews

54. iamamiwhoami - kin

June 12, 2012
Critic Score
77
10 reviews

53. Poliça - Give You The Ghost

February 14, 2012
Critic Score
78
20 reviews

52. Swans - The Seer

August 28, 2012
Critic Score
86
29 reviews

51. Cat Power - Sun

September 4, 2012
Critic Score
79
35 reviews

Marshall’s transformation has made her songwriting slightly less powerful but it has also added a new element to an already multi-faceted personality.

50. John Talabot - ƒIN

February 14, 2012
Critic Score
85
17 reviews

49. Liars - WIXIW

June 5, 2012
Critic Score
82
29 reviews

48. Chairlift - Something

January 24, 2012
Critic Score
76
23 reviews

47. alt-J - An Awesome Wave

May 28, 2012
Critic Score
80
17 reviews

46. The Shins - Port of Morrow

March 20, 2012
Critic Score
69
33 reviews

45. Peaking Lights - Lucifer

June 19, 2012
Critic Score
76
20 reviews

44. How to Dress Well - Total Loss

September 18, 2012
Critic Score
78
21 reviews

Total Loss can be more aesthetically interesting than genuinely moving and it’s almost always too cluttered with floating abstractions.

41. Dr. Dog - Be The Void

February 7, 2012
Critic Score
73
13 reviews

40. Naomi Punk - The Feeling

Naomi Punk - The Feeling
November 19, 2012
Critic Score
65
6 reviews

39. Animal Collective - Centipede Hz

September 4, 2012
Critic Score
75
36 reviews

Though it never escapes the shadow of its elder sibling, Centipede Hz is, in true black-sheep fashion, undeniably entertaining.

37. Niki & The Dove - Instinct

May 14, 2012
Critic Score
78
17 reviews

Though we may be familiar with its individual ingredients, Instinct is a potion of loopy mysticism and pop grandeur that tastes thrillingly new.

35. DIIV - Oshin

June 26, 2012
Critic Score
78
21 reviews

At its best, Oshin feels like standing in a cavernous room with hazy beams of light coming in from slits in the walls.

32. Bob Dylan - Tempest

September 11, 2012
Critic Score
82
25 reviews

31. Miguel - Kaleidoscope Dream

October 2, 2012
Critic Score
81
13 reviews

30. Bat For Lashes - The Haunted Man

October 15, 2012
Critic Score
77
34 reviews

While it’s hard to tell if Khan’s gentle coo heard throughout is meant to seduce or frighten away, one thing is certain: The Haunted Man is another near masterpiece.

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

September 11, 2012
Critic Score
75
28 reviews

Love This Giant poses a challenge to our music sensibilities, and listening to it feels like a learning experience rather than entertainment.

27. The Men - Open Your Heart

March 6, 2012
Critic Score
82
23 reviews

25. The xx - Coexist

September 11, 2012
Critic Score
78
40 reviews

What could have been an overly ambitious sophomore effort is instead a concise, novella of an album that makes a deep impression and leaves a mark as it drifts away.

23. Death Grips - The Money Store

April 21, 2012
Critic Score
83
22 reviews

These tracks work best when they invade your headspace, not your airspace. You want to get close to these tracks to admire the handiwork of producer Flatlander, who shines on The Money Store even more than he did on Death Grips excellent 2011 mixtape Exmilitary. It’s exquisite stuff, delivered with a sledgehammer.

22. Twin Shadow - Confess

July 10, 2012
Critic Score
77
30 reviews

20. El-P - Cancer 4 Cure

May 22, 2012
Critic Score
82
30 reviews

19. Dirty Projectors - Swing Lo Magellan

July 10, 2012
Critic Score
81
34 reviews

Where past Projectors releases have occasionally bordered on sterile – or at the very least clinical – this one hums with activity.

17. Lower Dens - Nootropics

May 1, 2012
Critic Score
79
21 reviews

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

May 15, 2012
Critic Score
84
23 reviews

Killer Mike's masterful R.A.P. Music is about questioning the genre's boundaries, pouring this unlabeled chemical into that one, and watching shit explode.

15. Beach House - Bloom

May 15, 2012
Critic Score
76
34 reviews

Though the pair would prefer you focus on their songwriting – and Legrand’s lyrics are beautiful – it is the overwhelming aesthetic that defines this band. Bloom is beautiful.

14. Jessie Ware - Devotion

August 20, 2012
Critic Score
81
30 reviews

13. Jack White - Blunderbuss

April 24, 2012
Critic Score
81
33 reviews

12. Flying Lotus - Until the Quiet Comes

October 2, 2012
Critic Score
83
28 reviews

This is not a collection of songs so much as it is a patchwork of different moods, sewn together to form a distorted stream of consciousness.

11. The Walkmen - Heaven

May 29, 2012
Critic Score
80
29 reviews
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