AllMusic's Top 50 Albums of 2012

AllMusic's Top 50 Albums of 2012

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50. Bill Fay - Life Is People

August 21, 2012
Critic Score
82
15 reviews

49. Blut Aus Nord - 777: Cosmosophy

Blut Aus Nord - 777: Cosmosophy
October 9, 2012
Critic Score
85
3 reviews

48. The Walkmen - Heaven

May 29, 2012
Critic Score
80
28 reviews

47. Bob Mould - Silver Age

September 4, 2012
Critic Score
76
17 reviews

45. The Temper Trap - The Temper Trap

The Temper Trap - The Temper Trap
June 5, 2012
Critic Score
52
9 reviews

A sophisticated, epic, slow burn of an album, The Temper Trap finds the band taking the creative long view, and updating its bombastic guitar rock with a moody, somewhat synth-oriented sound.

44. Bat For Lashes - The Haunted Man

October 15, 2012
Critic Score
78
33 reviews

43. Swans - The Seer

August 28, 2012
Critic Score
86
29 reviews

41. OFF! - OFF!

May 8, 2012
Critic Score
76
17 reviews

38. Grizzly Bear - Shields

September 18, 2012
Critic Score
81
31 reviews

While it's not as obviously big a statement as Veckatimest was, Shields is plenty ambitious in its own right, and its complexity demands and rewards patient listening.

36. Jack White - Blunderbuss

April 24, 2012
Critic Score
81
33 reviews

33. Elle Varner - Perfectly Imperfect

Elle Varner - Perfectly Imperfect
August 7, 2012
Critic Score
85
2 reviews

32. The xx - Coexist

September 11, 2012
Critic Score
78
40 reviews

Coexist's exploration of isolation and intimacy is demanding and rewarding in its bold subtlety and eloquent simplicity.

31. Cat Power - Sun

September 4, 2012
Critic Score
79
35 reviews

30. Hot Chip - In Our Heads

June 11, 2012
Critic Score
74
30 reviews

29. Fun. - Some Nights

February 21, 2012
Critic Score
57
13 reviews

28. Chromatics - Kill for Love

March 26, 2012
Critic Score
81
23 reviews

27. Breakbot - By Your Side

Breakbot - By Your Side
September 17, 2012
Critic Score
67
3 reviews

24. Karriem Riggins - Alone Together

October 22, 2012
Critic Score
76
5 reviews

22. Beach House - Bloom

May 15, 2012
Critic Score
76
33 reviews

It's not the band's most immediate music, but the album's challenging mix of heartbroken words and aloof sounds rewards patient and repeated listening.

19. Dan Deacon - America

August 28, 2012
Critic Score
80
26 reviews

18. Death Grips - The Money Store

April 21, 2012
Critic Score
83
21 reviews

The Money Store is an important record that's also compelling, loaded with kinetic blows against the empire and fully stuffed with that attractive maverick spirit.

17. Matthew Dear - Beams

August 28, 2012
Critic Score
80
23 reviews

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

May 15, 2012
Critic Score
84
22 reviews

While R.A.P. Music is filled with all the heartbreak, pain, anger, and earnestness praised above, it's also an incredibly fly and fun record, filled with that prime MC/producer chemistry while striking that perfect balance of persuasive and powerful. Revolutionary stuff and absolutely no fluff, R.A.P. Music is outstanding.

13. Tame Impala - Lonerism

October 9, 2012
Critic Score
87
28 reviews

This combination gives Lonerism the best of both worlds, allowing it the creative freedom to emerge as one of the most impressive albums of the home-recording era while still feeling superbly refined.

12. Dwight Yoakam - 3 Pears

September 18, 2012
Critic Score
82
5 reviews

11. Deerhoof - Breakup Song

September 4, 2012
Critic Score
78
17 reviews

10. Carly Rae Jepsen - Kiss

September 18, 2012
Critic Score
62
10 reviews

8. Jessie Ware - Devotion

August 20, 2012
Critic Score
81
30 reviews

7. Torche - Harmonicraft

April 24, 2012
Critic Score
78
13 reviews

5. Miguel - Kaleidoscope Dream

October 2, 2012
Critic Score
81
13 reviews

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

October 22, 2012
Critic Score
89
26 reviews
Any hesitation about the horror of it all is quickly wiped away by Kendrick's mix of true talk, open heart, open mind, and extended hand. Add it all up and even without the hype, this one is still potent and smart enough to rise to the top of the pile.

2. Frank Ocean - Channel Orange

July 17, 2012
Critic Score
91
33 reviews

One listen to Channel Orange makes it obvious that he is as free as an artist as he is as a man. The album doesn't have as many slyly powerful hooks as Nostalgia, Ultra, but Ocean's descriptive and subtle storytelling is taken to a higher level. 

1. Grimes - Visions

February 21, 2012
Critic Score
79
34 reviews

Fresh and surprisingly accessible despite its quirks, Visions is bewitching.

Original Source: http://www.allmusic.com/lists/best-of/albums/2012/50
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