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The Best Rock Albums of 2012

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Ratings: 10=best rock album ever; 9=masterpiece; 8=buy it now; 7=buy it eventually; 6=buy it if you are a fan
Best of Rock
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    8/10
    7.5/10
  1. Abu Lahab: Humid Limbs of the Torn Beadsman (self)

  2. Seirom: 1973 (Aurora Borelis)
  3. Andy Stott: Luxury Problems (Modern Love)
  4. King Tears Bat Trip: King Tears Bat Trip (Hanged Man)
    7/10
  5. Aluk Todolo: Occult Rock (Ajna Offensive)
  6. Nick Edwards: Plekzationz (Editions Mego)
  7. Julia Holter: Ekstasis (RVNG)
  8. Godspeed You Black Emperor: Allelujah Don't Bend Ascend (Constellation)
  9. Tea Rockers Quintet: Ceremony (EnT-T)
  10. Beach House: Bloom (Subpop)
  11. Zammuto: Zammuto (Temporary Residence)
  12. Demdike Stare: Elemental (Modern Love)
  13. Jim Haynes: Kamchatka (Contour Editions)
  14. Fiona Apple: The Idler Wheel (Epic)
  15. Raime: Quarter Turns Over A Living Line (Blackest Ever Black)
  16. Ingenting Kollektiva: Fragments Of Night (Invisible Birds)
  17. Neil Young: Psychedelic Pill (Warner Bros)
  18. Cloud Nothings: Attack On Memory (Carpark)
  19. Perfume Genius: Put Your Back N 2 It (Matador)
  20. Ty Segall: Slaughterhouse (In The Red)
  21. Goat: World Music (Rocket)
  22. Theologian: The Chasms Of My Heart (Crucial Blast)
  23. Frank Ocean: Channel Orange (Def Jam)
  24. Chromatics: Kill for Love (Italians Do It Better)
  25. Dan Deacon: America (Domino)
  26. Killer Mike: R.A.P. Music (2012)
  27. Skogen: Ist Gefallen in den Schnee (Another Timbre)
  28. Algorithm: Polymorphic Code (label)

EPs and minis:

  1. Abu Lahab: We Beheld the Last Contraction of the Seraph (2012) 7.5/10
  2. FKA Twigs: EP1 (2012), 7.5/10 (EP)
  3. Arca: Baron Libre (Uno), 7.5/10 (EP)
  4. Sutekh Hexen: Behind The Throne (Magic Bullet), 7.5/10
  5. Slaves: Spirits Of The Sun (Digitalis), 7.5/10
  6. Burial: Kindred (Hyperdub) 7/10
  7. Lapalux: When You're Gone (Brainfeeder) 7/10
  8. Carlton Melton: Smoke Drip 7/10
  9. Lee Gamble: Diversions 1994-1996 (Pan) 7/10
  10. Oren Ambarchi: Raga Ooty (2012) 7/10
Playlist
  1. Mugstar: Axis Modulator
  2. Fiona Apple: Every Single Night
  3. Abu Lahab: And No Health Was Left in Us
  4. Julia Holter: Marienbad
  5. Zammuto: Yaj
  6. Eyesores: Fire Shuffle
  7. Foxygen: Abandon My Toys
  8. Fiona Apple: Hot Knife
  9. Julia Holter: Fur Felix
  10. Metz: Get Off
  11. Lapalux: Gutter Glitter
  12. Necro Deathmort: Imperial
  13. Titus Andronicus: Upon Viewing Oregon's Landscape with the Flood of Detritus
  14. Beach House: The Hours
  15. Tame Impala: Apocalypse Dreams,
  16. Ariel Pink: Symphony Of The Nymph
  17. Pete Swanson: Pro Style
  18. Perfume Genius: AWOL Marine
  19. Converge: Sadness Comes Home
  20. FKA Twigs: Weak Spot
  21. Lambchop: Gone Tomorrow
  22. Death Grips: I've Seen Footage
  23. Titus Andronicus: I am the Electric Man
  24. Stacian: Orbit
  25. Metz: Wet Blanket
  26. Mark Lanegan: The Gravedigger's Song
  27. M Ward: Primitive Girl
  28. Beach House: Wild
  29. Actress: Caves Of Paradise
  30. Soft Moon: Zeros
  31. Japandroids: The House That Heaven Built
  32. Algorithm: Bouncing Dot
  33. Crystal Castles: Plague
  34. Ariel Pink: On My Dreams
  35. Dead Can Dance: Return of the She-King
  36. Ty Segall: You're The Doctor
  37. Black Moth Super Rainbow: Windshield Smasher
  38. King Dude: Jesus In The Courtyard
  39. Arca: Covenant
  40. Woods: Cali In A Cup

Extended tracks
  1. Sutekh Hexen: Behind The Throne
  2. Dan Deacon: Manifest
  3. Nick Edwards: Chance Meets Causality Uptown
  4. Godspeed You Black Emperor: Mladic
  5. King Tears Bat Trip: Stolen Police Car
  6. Cloud Nothings: Wasted Days
  7. Tea Rockers Quintet: Three
  8. Demdike Stare: Kommunion
  9. Mount Eerie: Pale Lights
  10. Frances White: The Ocean Inside
  11. Richard Garet: Areal
  12. Burial: Kindred
  13. Slaves: Born Into Light
  14. Kristin Norderval: Nightcall
  15. Oren Ambarchi: Raga Ooty Slight Return
  16. Neil Young: Driftin' Back
  17. Man Forever: Ur Eternity
  18. Bob Dylan: Tempest
  19. Cat Power: Peace and Love
  20. Dodecahedron: View From Hverfell
  21. Ingenting Kollektiva: Fragments Of Night
  22. Janek Schaefer & Charlemagne Palestine: Raga de l'Apres Midi pour Aude
  23. Gnod: Tron
  24. Neil Young: Ramada Inn
  25. Nick Edwards: Inside The Analog Continuum
  26. Goat: Det Som Aldrig Forandras
  27. Aluk Todolo: Occult Rock I
  28. Black Dice: Carnitas
  29. Theologian: My Body Is Made Of Ash I Live As Ash
  30. Slaves: River
  31. Seirom: For Black Hearts
  32. Carlton Melton: Adrift
  33. Theologian: We Can't All Be Victims
  34. Gnod: Visions Of Load
  35. Cloudland Canyon: Aureliua
  36. Silent Servant: Utopian Disaster
  37. Drcarlsonalbion: Drunk On Angelspeech
  38. Dan Deacon: True Thrush
  39. Guardian Alien: See the World Given to a One Love Entity
  40. Bitchin Bajas: Prismatic Reflections
  41. Burial: Ashtray Wasp
  42. Jim Haynes: Lilith
  43. Good Willsmith: No-One Wants To End Up With Memory
Jazz
  1. Leo Smith: Ten Freedom Summers (Cuneiform)
  2. Fire Orchestra: Exit
  3. Rhodri Davies: Wound Response
  4. Martin Archer: Orchestra Of The Upper Atmosphere
  5. Phantom Orchard: Trouble In Paradise (Tzadik)
  6. Matt Ulery: By A Little Light
  7. Mary Halvorson Quintet: Bending Bridges
  8. Vijay Iyer: Accelerando
  9. Darius Jones Quartet: Book of Mae'bul
  10. Christian Scott: Christian aTunde Adjuah
  11. Jonah Parzen-Johnson: Michiana
  12. Robert Glasper Experiment: Black Radio
  13. Geri Allen: A Child Is Born
  14. David Virelles: Continuum
  15. Brad Mehldau Trio: Ode
  16. Masabumi Kikuchi: Sunrise
  17. Henry Threadgill: Tomorrow Sunny/The Revelry
  18. Scott Dubois: Landscape Scripture
  19. Miles Okazaki: Figurations

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