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2012 album reviews
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A Forest of Stars A Shadowplay for Yesterdays (Lupus Lounge) prog-metal 6/10
Abu Lahab Humid Limbs of the Torn Beadsman (self) industrial 7/10
Abyssal Denouement (self) metal 6/10
Actress R.I.P. (Honest Jon's) dance 6/10
Alabama Shakes Boys & Girls (Rough Trade) roots-rock 6/10
Alcest Les Voyages de l'ame (Prophecy) metalgaze 6/10
Algorithm Polymorphic Code (self) dance 7/10
Animal Collective Centipede Hz (Domino) psych-pop 4/10
Ichiko Aoba Utabiko (Speedstar) songwriter 6/10
Fiona Apple The Idler Wheel (Epic) songwriter 7/10
Baroness Yellow & Green (Relapse) grunge 6/10
Beach House Bloom (Subpop) pop 7/10
Behold the Arctopus Horrorscension (Black Market) post-metal 6/10
Belbury Poly The Belbury Tales (Ghost Box) synth-pop 5/10
Billy Bao Buildings from Bilbao (Burka for Everybody) collage 5/10
Brendan Benson What Kind of World (Lojinx) songwriter 6/10
Andrew Bird Break It Yourself (Mom & Pop) songwriter 5/10
Black Moth Super Rainbow Cobra Juicy (Rad Cult) dance-pop 5/10
Blu & Exile Give Me My Flowers While I Can Still Smell Them (Dirty Science) hip-hop 6/10
Blut Aus Nord 777 - Cosmosophy (Debemur Morti) gothic 6/10
Bosse De Nage III (Profound Lore) metal 5/10
Burial Kindred (Hyperdub) dubstep 7/10
Cat Power Sun (Matador) songwriter 6/10
Sarah Mary Chadwick Eating for Two (Sinderlyn) songwriter 7/10
Chromatics Kill for Love (Italians Do It Better) synth-pop 7/10
Cloud Nothings Attack On Memory (Carpark) emo 7/10
Clubroot III - MMXII (LoDubs) dance 6/10
Leonardo Cohen Old Ideas (Columbia) songwriter 5/10
Converge All We Love We Leave Behind (Epitaph) metalcore 6/10
Crystal Castles III (Fiction) synth-pop 6/10
Lucrecia Dalt Commotus (Human Ear Music) songwriter 7.5/10
Dan Deacon America (Domino) electronica 7/10
Dead Can Dance Anastasis (PIAS) world 5/10
Death Grips The Money Store (Epic) hip-hop 6/10
Deerhoof Breakup Song (Polyvinyl) dance 5/10
Vladislav Delay Kuopio (Raster-Norton) glitch 7/10
Demdike Stare Elemental (Modern Love) avant-dub 7/10
Alabaster dePlume Copernicus (Debt) songwriter 7/10
Dirty Projectors Swing Lo Magellan (Domino) pop 6/10
djTRIO 21 September 2002 (Cuneiform) avant 5/10
Dodecahedron Dodecahedron (Season Of Mist) post-metal 6/10
Dope Body Natural History (Drag City) noise-rock 6/10
Bob Dylan Tempest (Columbia) songwriter 5/10
Nick Edwards Plekzaktionz (Editions Mego) electronica 7/10
El-P Cancer for Cure (Fat Possum) hip hop 6/10
Brian Eno Lux (Warp) ambient 5/10
Ergo If Not Inertia (Cuneiform) post-bop 5/10
Eyesores Sister Death (Cuneiform) folk-rock 6/10
Fabulous Diamonds Commercial Music (Chapter Music) new wave 6/10
Flume Flume (Mom+Pop) dance-pop 7/10
Flying Lotus Until The Quiet Comes (Warp) hip hop 6/10
Forgas Band Phenomena Acte V (Cuneiform) jazz-rock 6/10
Four Tet Pink (Hostess Entertainment Unlimited 2012) techno 4/10
Glitterbug Privilege (c.sides) techno 6/10
Gnod Chaudelande Volume 1 (Tamed) post-rock 7.5/10
Goat World Music (Rocket) psych-rock 7/10
Godspeed You Black Emperor Allelujah Don't Bend Ascend (Constellation) post-rock 7/10
Golden Void Golden Void (Thrill Jockey) psych-rock 6/10
Good Willsmith 14 Years Of Desperate Research (Umor Rex) collage 6/10
Government Rabbittrap (Pop Katari) prog-rock 5/10
Government Periodsoup (Pop Katari) prog-rock 6/10
Grizzly Bear Shields (Warp) pop 5/10
Hildur Gudnadottir Leyfdu Ljosinu (Touch) ambient 7/10
Laurel Halo Quarantine (Hyperdub) songwriter 6/10
Sean Hayes Before We Turn to Dust (self) songwriter 4/10
Jim Haynes Kamchatka (Contour Editions) glitch 7/10
Here We Go Magic A Different Ship (Secretly Canadian) pop 5/10
Holly Herndon Movement (RVNG) digital pop 6/10
High On Fire De Vermis Mysteriis (Entertainment One) stoner 5/10
Julia Holter Ekstasis (RVNG) songwriter 7/10
Holy Other Held (Tri Angle) witch house 6/10
Anna Homler The Many Moods Of Bread And Shed (The Orchestra Pit Recording Co) avant 6/10
Horse Lords Horse Lords (Ehse) post-rock 6/10
Horseback Half Blood (Relapse) ambient 6/10
How To Dress Well Total Loss (Acephale) soul 5/10
Idylls Farewell All Joy (Monolith) metalcore 6/10
If Bwana E And Sometimes Why (Pogus) avant 6/10
Japandroids Celebration Rock (Polyvinyl) punk-pop 5/10
Simon Joyner Ghosts (Sing Eunuchs) songwriter 6/10
Ka Grief Pedigree (Iron Works) rap 6/10
Sven Kacirek Scarlet Pitch Dreams (Kompakt) dance 6/10
Kayo Dot Gamma Knife (Ice Level) post-rock 4/10
King Dude Burning Daylight (Dais) songwriter 6/10
King Gizzard and the Lizzard Wizard 12 Bar Bruise (Flightless) garage 7/10
King Tears Bat Trip King Tears Bat Trip (Hanged Man) tribal 7/10
Krallice Years Past Matter (Gilded Media) metal 6/10
Mark Lanegan Blues Funeral (4AD) songwriter 5/10
Laurel Halo Quarantine (Hyperdub) songwriter 7/10
Cate LeBon Cyrk (Control Group) songwriter 6/10
Liars WIXIW (Mute) synth-pop 5/10
Lil Ugly Mane Mista Thug Isolation (Hundebiss) hip-hop 6/10
Lower Dens Nootropics (Ribbon) synth-pop 7/10
Mako Sica Essence (La Societe Expeditionnaire) post-rock 6/10
Men Open Your Heart (Sacred Bones) garage 6/10
Metz Metz (Subpop) punk-rock 6/10
Roy Montgomery Music From The Film Hey Badfinger (Yellow Electric) instrumental 5/10
Steve Moore Light Echoes (Cuneiform) electronic 5/10
Motion Sickness of Time Travel Motion Sickness of Time Travel (Spectrum Spools) electronica 6/10
Bob Mould Silver Age (Merge) songwriter 6/10
Mount Eerie Ocean Roar (Elverum & Sun) songwriter 6/10
Mount Eerie Clear Moon (Elverum & Sun) songwriter 5/10
Mountain Goats Transcendental Youth (Merge) songwriter 6/10
Na-Hag Fragments Of Human (X-Line) IDM 6/10
Na-Hag Obscurant (X-Line) IDM 6/10
Neurosis Honor Found In Decay (Neurot) doom-metal 5/10
Nihill Verdonkermaan (Hydra Head) black metal 6/10
Kristin Norderval Aural Histories (Deep Listening) avantgarde 6/10
Frank Ocean Channel Orange (Def Jam) soul-hop 7/10
Of Montreal Paralytic Stalks (Polyvinyl) songwriter 6/10
Angel Olsen Half Way Home (Bathetic) songwriter 7/10
Om Advaitic Songs (Drag City) stoner 5/10
Oneirogen Hypnos (Denovali) post-ambient 7/10
Ono Albino (Moniker) prog-rock 7/10
Bob Ostertag The Book of Hours (self) avantgarde 7/10
Amanda Palmer Theatre Is Evil (8ft) songwriter 7/10
Parquet Courts Light Up Gold (Dull Tools) punk-rock 6/10
Passion Pit Gossamer (Columbia) dance-pop 4/10
People Of The North Steep Formations (Brah) Genre 6/10
Perfume Genius Put Your Back N 2 It (Matador) songwriter 7/10
Ariel Pink Mature Themes (4AD) pop 6/10
Raime Quarter Turns Over A Living Line (Blackest Ever Black) industrial 7/10
Rangda Formerly Extinct (Drag City) post-rock 5/10
Terry Riley Aleph (Tzadik) minimalism 5/10
Rolo Tomassi Astraea (Destination Moon) alt-rock 6/10
Frankie Rose Interstellar (Slumberland) songwriter 6/10
Santigold Master of My Make-Believe (Downtown) dance-pop 5/10
Ty Segall Slaughterhouse (In The Red) garage 7/10
Ty Segall Twins (Drag City) garage 6/10
Seirom 1973 (Aurora Borelis) ambient 7/10
Shackleton Music For The Quiet Hour/ The Drawbar Organ (Woe To The Septic Heart) electronica 6/10
Shalabi Effect Feign to Delight Gaiety of Gods (Annihaya) post-rock 6/10
Shins Port of Morrow (Aural Apothecary) pop 4/10
Slaves Spirits Of The Sun (Digitalis) slo-core 7/10
Sleigh Bells Reign of Terror (Mom+Pop) alt-rock 6/10
Patti Smith Banga (Col) songwriter 5/10
Soap And Skin Narrow (PIAS) songwriter 6/10
Soft Moon Zeros (Captured Tracks) dark punk 6/10
Spires That in the Sunset Rise Ancient Patience Wills It Again (Hairy Spider Legs) freak-folk 6/10
Spiritualized Sweet Heart Sweet Light (Fat Possum) psych 5/10
Bruce Springsteen Wrecking Ball (Columbia) songwriter 5/10
Stacian Songs For Cadets (Moniker) electronica 6/10
Storm Corrosion Storm Corrosion (Roadrunner) ambient 7/10
Andy Stott Luxury Problems (Modern Love) techno 7/10
Sutekh Hexen Behind The Throne (Magic Bullet) noise-metal 7/10
Sutekh Hexen Larvae (Analog Worship) noise-metal 6/10
Sutekh Hexen Breed In Me The Darkness (Aurora Borealis) abstract 6/10
Swans The Seer (Young God) new wave 6/10
John Talabot fIN (Permanent Vacation) dance 5/10
Tame Impala Lonerism (Modular) pop 6/10
Tea Rockers Quintet Ceremony (EnT-T) improv 7/10
Theologian The Chasms Of My Heart (Crucial Blast) industrial 7/10
Thinking Plague Decline And Fall (Cuneiform) prog-rock 4/10
Yann Tiersen Skyline (Mute) ambient 4/10
Titus Andronicus Local Business (XL) punk-rock 6/10
Aluk Todolo Occult Rock (Ajna Offensive) metal 7/10
Troum Grote Mandrenke (Beta-Lactam Ring) droning 6/10
Twin Shadow Confess (4AD) pop 5/10
US Girls Gem (Fat Cat) songwriter 6/10
Very Best MTMTMK (Moshi Moshi) pop 6/10
Anna Von Hausswolff Ceremony (Kning Disk) songwriter 6/10
Walkmen Heaven (Fat Possum) roots-rock 5/10
Johannes Welsch Sound Creation (Deep Listening) avant 6/10
Frances White In The Library Of Dreams (Pogus) avant 6/10
Jack White Blunderbuss (Third Man) songwriter 6/10
White Suns Sinews (Load) noise-rock 6/10
Wild Nothing Nocturne (Captured Tracks) dance-pop 4/10
Woven Hand The Laughing Stalk (Glitterhouse) roots-rock 6/10
Xiu Xiu Always (Polyvinyl) alt-rock 5/10
Neil Young Psychedelic Pill (Warner Bros) songwriter 7/10
Nick Zammuto Zammuto (Temporary Residence) songwriter 7/10

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