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My Favorites From 2012

My favorite albums from this last year. I added some extra space in case I want to add some rmore/ decide to do honorable mentions. Let me know what I missed
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38Waka Flocka Flame
Triple F Life: Friends, Fans, & Family


(honorable mention) POW POW POW POW!!!! WAAAKAAAA!!! Probably waka's best album start to finish, so what the hell.
37Yeasayer
Fragrant World


(honorable mention) Almost wish they cut the bad songs out, but then it would just be an ep
36Jack White
Blunderbuss


(honorable mention) Dissappointing overall, but a handful of really great tracks gives it a spot on my list
35Best Coast
The Only Place


Though at first I didn't like the over production of this one, I have to admit that over all it?s a pretty good album. At least now Best Coast isnt sunk into the whole lo-fi thing
34Delay Trees
Doze


Not nearly as good or impactful as their debut, Doze showcases the ability of Delay Trees to build up ideas slowly. Sadly, some of these ideas arent given the chance to finish and abruptly just kinda end
33Muse
The 2nd Law


Not a bad album, but nothing compared to the first 2/3 of the Muse discography. The songs will sound good live, which is really what Muse is all about
32The Bouncing Souls
Comet


a good collection of songs, but some of these are pretty forgettable
31Bloc Party
Four


the best Bloc Party release since their debut, which isnt saying a ton, but this one is worth the listen
30Sigur Ros
Valtari


Not much to say about this one. It?s a sigur ros album, and a pretty good one at that
29The XX
Coexist


Coexist plays better than the XX's release, but lacks the singles that made the first one so likable
28Twin Shadow
Confess


Really solid album with a great retro feel to it
27Of Montreal
Paralytic Stalks


Pretty overlooked album that has a some really great moments hidden between forgettable tracks
26Sleigh Bells
Reign of Terror


The half of this album that is great out weighs the half that isn't. Curious how sleigh bells will follow this one up
25Alt-J
An Awesome Wave


Really interesting listen that?s strange in all the right ways
24Mumford and Sons
Babel


Sure its basically part two of their debut, but this is still a solid album
23The Shins
Port of Morrow


Adds a few great songs to the Shins deep catalog, but this album is lacking overall
22Jeff the Brotherhood
Hypnotic Nights


Definitely has a little of that Weezer sound it in, but Jeff the Brotherhood's release stands on its own with a strong output from the two piece group
21The Gaslight Anthem
Handwritten


Though lacking compared to the rest of their albums, Handwritten is a solid album
20Two Door Cinema Club
Beacon


Instead of trying to recreate their debut album, Two door Cinema Club decided to refine their sound to something that will be much more lasting in the long term. Several big highlights on this one, but lacking that one big pop single
19Animal Collective
Centipede Hz


Got pretty mixed reviews from the 'MPP is a perfect album' clan. Personally, I thought it was a better and more coherent album than MPP, but still not as good as their middle catelog
18Metz
Metz


The rare combination of in your face and great production value
17Hot Chip
In Our Heads


Hot Chip really stepped up their game on this album. Ive been a fan of their for a while but this really is new territory for them.
16Schoolboy Q
Habits and Contradictions


If Schoolboy Q took out the 5 or so filler songs this couldve been a truly memorable album. As it is, there are enough great tracks to warrant this ranking
15The Walkmen
Heaven


A few of the songs fall flat, but The Walkmen continue their trend of consistently great albums
14Chromatics
Kill for Love


I prefer Night Drive overall, but this album has some truly magnificent moments. Namely all 8:30+ of 'These Streets Will Never Look the Same'
13Dirty Projectors
Swing Lo Magellan


Such a well crafted album that grows on me each time I give it a spin
12Big Boi
Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors


Wanted to wait to hear this one before making this list, which was a good call. Some of the best pop rap (by my standards) songs of the year are on this record, which has a feature from just about everyone imaginable (UGK, Wavves, ASAP, Phantogram?). That said the album isnt very cohesive, and has a underwhelming ending
11Crystal Castles
(III)


Once again Crystal Castles change up their sound, but when you listen to this there is no doubt who it is. The best CC album easily, though Ill admit at times I still miss that 8 bitish sound
10Cloud Nothings
Attack on Memory


the first half of the album is a near masterpiece, the last few songs are just about average. Hopefully Cloud Nothings will be back with what made this album great
9Beach House
Bloom


Though not quite as pop focused as Teen Dream, Bloom doesn't have a single bad song on it and features tons of very well layered songs and melodies
8Killer Mike
R.A.P. Music


One of those few rap releases that make you do a 180 the first time you hear it. unique production and wild delivery make this entire album a hit
7Passion Pit
Gossamer


A huge improvement on his debut album, Passion Pit give us a solid album start to finish that fits perfectly into the 'happy music for sad people' category of pop
6Japandroids
Celebration Rock


I think I might be in the 'Japandriods is the last true rock band' group. Seriously though- just two guys, a guitar, and a drum kit create all this energy. This album isn't flawless, but it is really fucking good.
5Grizzly Bear
shields


Easily Grizzly Bear's best album, a few great pop songs, a few deeper cuts, but nothing to skip over
4Kishi Bashi
151a


One of the most underapreciated releases of 2012. Its hard to find anything wrong with this album. Beautiful melodies, catchy rhythms, and trippy interludes
3Divine Fits
A Thing Called Divine Fits


As far as straight up guitar based pop goes, this is one of the best. Every song has something to offer
2Kendrick Lamar
good kid, m.A.A.d city


These last two were very difficult to compare. If I could give two number one spots I would, but ended up going with Frank's because while Good Kid mAAd City gives you a front row seat to Kendrick's youth, Channel Orange gives you the full experience of living the events in each song
1Frank Ocean
Channel Orange


So there it is. My top list for 2012. The biggest difference from last year is that this year there were two masterpieces (instead of 5 really good albums) that will likely be in similar places at the decade end list.
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