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Very Late Top 50 Of 2012

I still have a few albums left to re-listen to, so this is subject to change, but here's my top 50 of the year.
50Macklemore and Ryan Lewis
The Heist

fun and diverse hip-hop album that got unexpectedly huge. Thrift Shop is one of the best songs of the year.
I Am Gemini

Don't know why this didn't get more love. It's classic Cursive guitar play that just lacks any big standout moments.
Yellow and Green

I definitely prefer their older sound, but this is a great album to chill out too. I just hope they don't keep getting softer.
47Alabama Shakes
Boys & Girls

Solid roots rock revival. Surprised at the lack of attention it received on this site.
46If These Trees Could Talk
Red Forest

An improvement from their very solid debut.
45You Slut!
Medium Bastard

Always need at least one silly math rock album in the mix.
44Love American

This grew off me, but a solid album from Adam Thomas and company. I do miss Javier's vocals though.
43Death Grips
No Love Deep Web

Grew on me, but not as good as the Money Store. It will be interesting to see how they follow up on 2012.
King Animal

See review.
In Somniphobia

Honestly I was bored and disappointed the first time I listened to his. But upon further listening it's actually one of Sigh's better albums (though the worst since Gallows Gallery). Gotta love the Transfiguration Fear.
40Napalm Death

Surprised how much I liked this. Much better production than Time Waits For No Slave, and something about Barney Greenway's vocals really get me.
Life is Good

A solid offering from an all-time great MC who has finally found a good mix of rhymes and beats.

So it was a little monotonous and badly produced. Who cares? This is death fucking metal, right? MVD kicks ass eternally.
37Dinosaur Jr.
I Bet On Sky

A step down from Farm, but J Mascis is probably my favorite modern guitar player. His solos can improve any song tenfold.
Waking Season

A very solid post-rock album in a year that was lacking in them.
Failed States

I don't like this as much as Supporting Caste, but this record is furious. I don't know if there's as much to be pissed about in Canada as there is here, but Propagandhi can turn anything into a rallying cry for change.
34 Gojira
L'enfant Sauvage

They finally figured out when to end songs!
Celebration Rock

One RYM reviewer said "where others see merriment and celebration in this record, i'm reminded of a damp, wet, overcast day in may, wearing sweatpants. you wake up and your sinuses hurt. your boyfriend is gone. and then there's celebration rock doing a keg stand across the room, and you kind of just want to watch him fall over."
That's not entirely inaccurate, but on the other hand: fuck that guy. I could jam the House That Heaven Built any day.
32Suis La Lune

Very heartfelt screamo with some surprisingly great bass playing.
Teenage Haze

Just a solid 30 minutes of emotional hardcore.
30 P.O.S.
We Don't Even Live Here

Stephan trades in guitar riffs for loud electro beats, but it's mostly good. Not as mind-blowing as Never Better or Audition, but he's still my favorite MC.
29Indian Handcrafts
Civil Disobedience For Losers

Tremendously underrated stoner metal duo. Definitely have to thank this site for turning me on to them.
Koi No Yokan

Deftones always sound the same, but something about it is always good.
27Christian Mistress

Great female-fronted heavy metal revival. This band will probably be solid for a while.
26Death Grips
The Money Store

I feel like I should hate everything about Death Grips. MC Ride sounds like Special Ed. Their fanbase doesn't seem to listen to other hip-hop. They try way too hard to be shocking. But something about hearing YO WE CAME TO BLOW YOUR SYSTEM followed by harsh blasts of electronic noise just works for me.
25Dark Time Sunshine

A big step forward from Vessel with an array of great guest spots. Onry can hold the mic with the best of them too, and the beats are fantastic.
The Sleep of Reason

Almost makes we want to take science classes again.
23Aesop Rock

A little overlong, but Aesop keeps your attention as he takes on everything from bathroom scrawls to vegetables.
22The Saddest Landscape
After the Lights

A step up from You Will Not Survive. Solid skramz.
21Code Orange Kids
Love is Love // Return to Dust

Heavy as hell, and I'm really looking forward to this band's career.
Cancer 4 Cure

Hell of a year for El Producto, huh? The beats here are insane.
Ten Stories

Weird concept executed brilliantly through Weiss' always-wonderful storytelling.
Sorrow and Extinction

Seems like every website's metal album of the year, and it's a deserving candidate. Fantastic sorrowful doom.
17Black Breath
Sentenced to Life

A great kick in the ass that gets a little monotonous by the end.
16Witch Mountain
Cauldron of the Wild

Uta Plotkin deserves some serious attention for her vocals. WM are a solid band instrumentally, but she could push them to do great things.
15Wo Fat
The Black Code

Riffs riffs riffs
Key to the Kuffs

I was over the moon the first time I heard this, but it's fallen off a bit since the summer. Still, DOOM is on top of his game and the beats are mostly strong. Love the Regular Show sampling in Guv'nor.
13Killer Mike
R.A.P. Music

That stretch of songs from Reagan to Butane is the best sequence on any album this year. But it starts a bit too slowly to make it into top 10. Still, if you listen to one hip-hop album this year, make it this one.
12Loma Prieta

Suffocating and intense.

A step up from Songs For Singles, Torche have really hit their stride in the cross between doom and pop.
10...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead
Lost Songs

Can't pinpoint what I love about this album, but it's got a great atmosphere and rolls through in its 45 minutes.
The Chills

Fantastic OSDM in the Swedish mold.
No Absolutes in Human Suffering

Fuck you
7Every Time I Die
Ex Lives

Was surprised at how this resonated with me. It's weird that I'm enjoying ETID more with age and not less, considering their style.
6High On Fire
De Vermis Mysteriis

Their best album, but not much to describe here if you already know High on Fire. Riffs everywhere, bitchin' drums.
All We Love We Leave Behind

Dear lord this album was like being hit by a freight train. I still think Jane Doe is highly overrated (though good), but I definitely consider myself a bigger Converge fan after listening to this.
4Between the Buried and Me
The Parallax II: Future Sequence

More cohesive songwriting makes it easier to get through the long, long songs here. Not as good as Alaska or Colors, but a solid album from one of my all-time favorites.
Clockwork Angels

I don't think any band can be expected to produce something this good on album number 19. This is one of their heaviest records, with a killer bass tone and meaty riffs galore.
2Ne Obliviscaris
Portal of I

They threw everything at the wall and it worked. A high school musician's wet dream with songwriting to back it up.
1Pig Destroyer
Book Burner

Every once in a while a metal album just totally kicks my ass while reminding me why I listen to the genre in the first place. No, it doesn't have the atmosphere of PitY or Terrifyer, but I don't care. This rules.
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