Monday, January 14, 2013

The Best Albums of 2012

So of the 150 or so new albums I listened to last year, these are the top 20%.

  1.  Spoek Mathambo: Father Creeper
  2. P!nk: The Truth About Love [RCA]
  3. Frank Ocean: channel ORANGE [Def Jam]
  4. Jens Lekman: I Know What Love Isn’t [Secretly Canadian]
  5. Azealia Banks: 1991 EP [Interscope] 
  6. Burial: Kindred EP [Hyperdub]
  7. Death Grips: The Money Store [Epic]
  8. Beach House: Bloom [Sub Pop]
  9. Loudon Wainwright III: Older Than My Old Man Now [2nd Story Sound]
  10. Kendrick Lamar: good kid, m.A.A.d. City [Top Dawg/Aftermath/Interscope]
  11. The Mountain Goats: Transcendental Youth [Merge]
  12. Leonard Cohen: Old Ideas [Columbia]
  13. Allo Darlin’: Europe [Slumberland]
  14. Neil Young & Crazy Horse: Americana [Reprise]
  15. Lana Del Rey: Born to Die [Polydor/Interscope[
  16. Cloud Nothings: Attack On Memory [Carpark]
  17. Action Bronson: Blue Chips [Fool’s Gold]
  18. Disappears: Pre Language [Kranky]
  19. Serengeti: C.A.R. [Anticon]
  20. Elle Varner: Perfectly Imperfect [RCA]
  21. Saigon: The Greatest Story Never Told: Chapter Two: Bread and Circuses [Suburban Noize]
  22. s/s/s/: Beak & Claw EP [Anticon]
  23. Killer Mike: R.A.P. Music [Williams Street]
  24. Patti Smith: Banga [Columbia]
  25. Plug: Back in Time [Ninja Tune]
  26. Taylor Swift: Red [Big Machine
  27. Ab-Soul: Control System [Top Dawg]
  28. Skrillex: Bangarang EP [Atlantic]
  29. The Coup: Sorry to Bother You [ANTI-]
  30. Miguel: Kaleidoscope Dream [RCA]
  31. Fiona Apple: The Idler Wheel Is Wiser Than the Driver of the Screw and Whipping Cords Will Ever Do
  32. Japandroids: Celebration Rock [Polyvinyl]
  33. JJ Doom: Key to the Kuffs [Lex]

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