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Best Albums Of 2012

Remade this list since last one had a few bugs
15Suns
The Engine Room


Saw this band live and that's when their 2012 release finally clicked with me. The Engine Room focuses on trying to stay aggressive while being in a constricted environment. For fans of Cursive, definitely give this one a listen.
14Literature
Arab Spring


This is a perfect example of what I wish indie music was like these days. Loud, aggressive, and fun. One of my biggest pet peeves of indie music is how it typically focuses on nostalgia and indecipherable vocals. But with Arab Spring, Literature focuses on immediacy and abrasive vocals. Very fun listen.
13Code Orange Kids
Love is Love // Return To Dust


A Slightly disappointing, but still impressive first full length effort from Pittsburgh's Code Orange Kids. They combine many elements of hardcore, sludge, and thrash, but also focus on beauty. Really interesting album.
12Dads
American Radass (this is important)


This year was a little lacking from the emo genre, but Dads definitely made a stand out effort this year with their first release. It's everything you'd expect from a new emo bands' first official effort, thought i'm not saying it's bad, it's just a little predictable.
11TNGHT
TNGHT


Two great producers proving what they're best at. This short taste-test of a release really shows that Hudson Mohawke and Lunice know what makes greatly produced beats. "Higher Ground" is an amazing example of this.
10Purity Ring
Shrines


A really refreshing take on indie/electronica music. Purity Ring has definitely made a very strong release that combines strong elements of hip-hop and pop music. Some of these beats are worthy from the likes of Danny Brown and Ab Soul.
9Death Grips
NO LOVE DEEP WEB


I find no love deep web to be more of a relevant album than The Money Store. With nldw, Death Grips definitely reached the sound (and purpose) of what they were trying to achieve in the first place.
8Gaza
No Absolutes in Human Suffering


Face-melting, greatly produced sludge/hardcore release from Salt Lake City's own Gaza.
7Killer Mike
R.A.P. Music


A great hip hop album that I feel will go under that radar this year. A lot of standout moments on this album like "Reagan" and "Don't Die".
6Converge
All We Love We Leave Behind


A great album from the most consistently good hardcore/metal band. Nothing really to say about it, other than it's fantastic.
5Pity Sex
Dark World


A lot of people probably aren't fond of this release, and i understand their reasoning for it. But I just love the catchy hooks and sadness, don't know why.
4Kendrick Lamar
good kid, m.A.A.d city


No one can deny that Kendrick is one of the most talented rappers out there. And he put together a rap masterpiece with some of the best producers in the genre.
3Swearin'
Swearin'


Love those punchy guitar tones. Great song writing and pop structure too. In my opinion the best pop-structured album of the year.
2Glocca Morra
Just Married


I love their take on the emo genre. This year I've grown a little tired of the genre, but Just Married brings a new level to the very predictable type of music. Also a very well put together album.
1Frank Ocean
Channel Orange


Always an exceptional listen from beginning to end. It's one of those albums that will stick with me for the rest of my life. A classic in my opinion.
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