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2012 Albums of the Year: 45-36

December 15, 2012

A countdown of my favorite albums of 2012, in increments because of all the anticipation.

45. Wiz Khalifa – O.N.I.F.C.

45

Pitchfork: 4.8/10

Metacritic: 56/100

44. Zac Brown Band – Uncaged

44

Pitchfork: –

Metacritic: 72/100

43.Fiona Apple – The Idler Wheel Is Wiser Than the Driver of the Screw and Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Will Ever Do

43

Pitchfork: 9.0/10

Metacritic: 89/100

42. Japandroids – Celebration Rock

42

Pitchfork: 8.8/10

Metacritic: 83/100

41. Cloud Nothings – Attack On Memory

41

Pitchfork: 8.6/10

Metacritic: 83/100

40. Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti – Mature Themes

40

Pitchfork: 8.5/10

Metacritic: 74/100

39. Lotus Plaza – Spooky Action at a Distance

39

Pitchfork: 8.4/10

Metacritic: 74/100

38. Sleigh Bells – Reign of Terror

38

Pitchfork: 8.2/10

Metacritic: 77/100

37. Crystal Castles – (III)

37

Pitchfork: 8.0/10

Metacritic: 77/100

36. Night Moves – Colored Emotions

36

Pitchfork: 6.7/10

Metacritic: 70/100

Analysis

Average Pitchfork Score: 7.9/10

Average Metacritic Score: 76/100

Very reasonable average score for this end of the list. However, factoring out ONIFC as a score outlier here, we would be looking at slightly higher averages. This is also a pretty inconsistent section of the list because it seems to mainly consist of two types of albums: those that I listened to because I was familiar with the artists and liked their earlier stuff but was relatively disappointed by this year’s releases (ONIFCUncagedIIIReign of Terror) and those that I listened to because they seemed to be received well by critics and real people alike, but didn’t really sit so well with me (Celebration RockThe Idler Wheel…Attack on MemoryMature Themes). Finally, the two remaining albums (Spooky ActionColored Emotions) were new and fresh to me, just not special enough to crack the top 35. Night Moves, in particular, was pretty interesting to me, as the reverby, psychedelic country sound was very reminiscent of local favorite Futurebirds.

The rest of the list will be forthcoming.

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