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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 Albums
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  1. Abu Lahab: Humid Limbs of the Torn Beadsman (self)

  2. Seirom: 1973 (Aurora Borelis)
  3. King Gizzard and the Lizzard Wizard: 12 Bar Bruise (Flightless)
  4. Andy Stott: Luxury Problems (Modern Love)
  5. King Tears Bat Trip: King Tears Bat Trip (Hanged Man)
  6. Billy Woods: History Will Absolve Me (Backwoodz Studioz)
  7. Aluk Todolo: Occult Rock (Ajna Offensive)
  8. Nick Edwards: Plekzationz (Editions Mego)
  9. Julia Holter: Ekstasis (RVNG)
  10. Vladislav Delay: Kuopio (Raster-Norton)
  11. Godspeed You Black Emperor: Allelujah Don't Bend Ascend (Constellation)
  12. Tea Rockers Quintet: Ceremony (EnT-T)
  13. Beach House: Bloom (Subpop)
  14. Zammuto: Zammuto (Temporary Residence)
  15. Demdike Stare: Elemental (Modern Love)
  16. Jim Haynes: Kamchatka (Contour Editions)
  17. Fiona Apple: The Idler Wheel (Epic)
  18. Raime: Quarter Turns Over A Living Line (Blackest Ever Black)
  19. Ingenting Kollektiva: Fragments Of Night (Invisible Birds)
  20. Neil Young: Psychedelic Pill (Warner Bros)
  21. Cloud Nothings: Attack On Memory (Carpark)
  22. Perfume Genius: Put Your Back N 2 It (Matador)
  23. Ty Segall: Slaughterhouse (In The Red)
  24. Goat: World Music (Rocket)
  25. Lower Dens: Nootropics (Ribbon)
  26. Theologian: The Chasms Of My Heart (Crucial Blast)
  27. Frank Ocean: Channel Orange (Def Jam)
  28. Chromatics: Kill for Love (Italians Do It Better)
  29. Dan Deacon: America (Domino)
  30. Killer Mike: R.A.P. Music (2012)
  31. Skogen: Ist Gefallen in den Schnee (Another Timbre)
  32. Algorithm: Polymorphic Code (label)
  33. People Of The North: Steep Formations (Brah)
  34. Angel Olsen: Half Way Home (Bathetic)
  35. Flume: Flume (Mom+Pop)
  36. Igorr: Hallelujah (Ad Noiseam)
  37. Ono: Albino (Moniker)
  38. Ka: Grief Pedigree (Iron Works)

EPs and minis:

  1. Abu Lahab: We Beheld the Last Contraction of the Seraph (self) 7.5/10
  2. FKA Twigs: EP1 (self), 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. Burial: Kindred (Hyperdub) 7.5/10
  6. Slaves: Spirits Of The Sun (Digitalis), 7.5/10
  7. Hildur Gudnadottir: Leyfdu Ljosinu (Touch)
  8. Lapalux: When You're Gone (Brainfeeder) 7/10
  9. Carlton Melton: Smoke Drip 7/10
  10. Lee Gamble: Diversions 1994-1996 (Pan) 7/10
  11. Oren Ambarchi: Raga Ooty (Bo Weavil) 7/10
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  1. Lower Dens: Nova Anthem
  2. Mugstar: Axis Modulator
  3. Fiona Apple: Every Single Night
  4. Abu Lahab: And No Health Was Left in Us
  5. Julia Holter: Marienbad
  6. King Gizzard and the Lizzard Wizard: Elbow
  7. Zammuto: Yaj
  8. Eyesores: Fire Shuffle
  9. Foxygen: Abandon My Toys
  10. Fiona Apple: Hot Knife
  11. Julia Holter: Fur Felix
  12. Metz: Get Off
  13. Lapalux: Gutter Glitter
  14. Necro Deathmort: Imperial
  15. Titus Andronicus: Upon Viewing Oregon's Landscape with the Flood of Detritus
  16. Beach House: The Hours
  17. Tame Impala: Apocalypse Dreams,
  18. Ariel Pink: Symphony Of The Nymph
  19. Pete Swanson: Pro Style
  20. Perfume Genius: AWOL Marine
  21. Converge: Sadness Comes Home
  22. FKA Twigs: Weak Spot
  23. Lambchop: Gone Tomorrow
  24. Death Grips: I've Seen Footage
  25. Titus Andronicus: I am the Electric Man
  26. Ono: Veil
  27. Stacian: Orbit
  28. Metz: Wet Blanket
  29. Mark Lanegan: The Gravedigger's Song
  30. M Ward: Primitive Girl
  31. Beach House: Wild
  32. Actress: Caves Of Paradise
  33. Soft Moon: Zeros
  34. Japandroids: The House That Heaven Built
  35. Algorithm: Bouncing Dot
  36. Crystal Castles: Plague
  37. Ariel Pink: On My Dreams
  38. Dead Can Dance: Return of the She-King
  39. Ty Segall: You're The Doctor
  40. Black Moth Super Rainbow: Windshield Smasher
  41. Ono: Berlin Cowboy
  42. King Dude: Jesus In The Courtyard
  43. Arca: Covenant
  44. Woods: Cali In A Cup
  45. Free Radicals: Song for Riley
  46. Carly Rae Jepsen: Call Me Maybe
  47. The Men: Turn It Around
  48. Cigarettes After Sex: Nothing’s Gonna Hurt You Baby
  49. Father John Misty: Hollywood Forever Cemetery Sings
  50. Holy Other: Nothing Here
  51. Death Grips: Hacker
  52. Lil Ugly Mane: Slick Rick
  53. Azealia Banks: Luxury
  54. Odesza: Today
  55. oOoOO: i>NoWayBack
  56. Angel Olsen: Free
  57. Tame Impala: Elephant
  58. Billy Woods: Crocodile Tears
  59. Soap And Skin: Wonder
  60. Grimes: Genesis
  61. Sleigh Bells: Crush
  62. Flume: Insane
  63. A Tribe Called Red: MoombahWow
  64. Chief Keef: I Don't Like
  65. US Girls: Slim Baby
  66. Ka: Collage

Extended compositions
  1. Sutekh Hexen: Behind The Throne
  2. Dan Deacon: Manifest
  3. Hildur Gudnadottir: Leyfdu Ljosinu
  4. Nick Edwards: Chance Meets Causality Uptown
  5. Godspeed You Black Emperor: Mladic
  6. King Tears Bat Trip: Stolen Police Car
  7. Cloud Nothings: Wasted Days
  8. Tea Rockers Quintet: Three
  9. Demdike Stare: Kommunion
  10. Mount Eerie: Pale Lights
  11. Lower Dens: In The End Is The Beginning
  12. Frances White: The Ocean Inside
  13. Richard Garet: Areal
  14. Burial: Kindred
  15. Blanck Mass: White Math
  16. Slaves: Born Into Light
  17. Kristin Norderval: Nightcall
  18. Oren Ambarchi: Raga Ooty Slight Return
  19. Neil Young: Driftin' Back
  20. Man Forever: Ur Eternity
  21. Bob Dylan: Tempest
  22. Cat Power: Peace and Love
  23. Dodecahedron: View From Hverfell
  24. Ingenting Kollektiva: Fragments Of Night
  25. Janek Schaefer & Charlemagne Palestine: Raga de l'Apres Midi pour Aude
  26. Gnod: Tron
  27. Neil Young: Ramada Inn
  28. Nick Edwards: Inside The Analog Continuum
  29. Goat: Det Som Aldrig Forandras
  30. Aluk Todolo: Occult Rock I
  31. Black Dice: Carnitas
  32. Theologian: My Body Is Made Of Ash I Live As Ash
  33. Slaves: River
  34. Seirom: For Black Hearts
  35. Carlton Melton: Adrift
  36. Theologian: We Can't All Be Victims
  37. Gnod: Visions Of Load
  38. Cloudland Canyon: Aureliua
  39. Silent Servant: Utopian Disaster
  40. Drcarlsonalbion: Drunk On Angelspeech
  41. Vladislav Delay: Hetkonen
  42. Dan Deacon: True Thrush
  43. Guardian Alien: See the World Given to a One Love Entity
  44. Anna Von Hausswolff: Deathbed
  45. Bitchin Bajas: Prismatic Reflections
  46. Burial: Ashtray Wasp
  47. Jim Haynes: Lilith
  48. Good Willsmith: No-One Wants To End Up With Memory
  49. Murmer: Framework 3
  50. Ono: Albino
  51. Horseback: Hallucigenia III - The Emerald Tablet
  52. Toy: Kopter

  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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