Top Albums of 2012

I was going to make a Top 10 Albums of 2012 list, but I got kind of burnt out ranking my Top Tracks list. So I alphabetized (by artist) twenty-five albums, released during the past year, that I genuinely enjoyed. Some of them were much BIGGER for me than others, but I honestly just couldn’t find the time or the wherewithal to rank these.

Right now, I’m certain that when I think of 2012 I’ll be reminded mostly of Grimes, Chromatics – those albums were definitely my #1 and #2 when I did have a list going – Cloud Nothings, Dirty Projectors, ScHoolboy Q, Jessie Ware, Chairlift, Kendrick Lamar and La Sera (which I don’t think got the love it deserved this year). But who knows. I’m sure that as I comb through Best Of lists I’ll discover things I missed or albums that I should have given another listen to. (Though I do realize that this list is um VERY SIMILAR to a lot of Best Of lists that are already out there.)

Anyway, here we go:

Angel Olsen, Half Way Home

Beach House, Bloom

Chairlift, Something

Chromatics, Kill For Love

Cloud Nothings, Attack on Memory

Death Grips, The Money Store

DIIV, Oshin

Dinosaur Jr., I Bet On Sky

Dirty Projectors, Swing Lo Magellan

Fiona Apple, The Idler Wheel…

Frank Ocean, Channel Orange

Frankie Rose, Interstellar

Grimes, Visions

Jessica Pratt, Jessica Pratt

Jessie Ware, Devotion

Julia Holter, Ekstasis

Killer Mike, R.A.P. Music

King Tuff, King Tuff

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

La Sera, Sees the Light

Laurel Halo, Quarantine

Lower Dens, Nootropics

Purity Ring, Shrines

ScHoolboy Q, Habits & Contradictions

Sharon Van Etten,  Tramp

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