Top 60 Albums of 2012 (20-1)

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QRO’s year-end list reflects the oddity and diversity of 2012 – the year the world didn’t end. Lots of releases, little agreement – it was 2012:

20 Father John Misty
Fear Fun

2012 saw Joshua Tillman graduate from Fleet Foxes and graduate into his own alt-folk troubadour persona.
Father John Misty : Fear Fun
19 Jack White
Blunderbuss

Many wondered what Jack White’s first solo album would be like and, of course, it was great.
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Jack White : Blunderbuss
18 2:54
2:54

It’s just the right time for these shoegaze-meets-grunge sisters.
2:54 : 2:54
17 Divine Fits
A Thing Called Divine Fits

Britt Daniel of Spoon & Daniel Boeckner of Wolf Parade put another feather in their alt-caps.
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Divine Fits : A Thing Called Divine Fits
16 Bob Mould
Silver Age

Alt-punk ultra-veteran delivers some of his best work in decades. Would that we all could have this kind of Silver Age.
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Bob Mould : Silver Age
15 Lower Dens
Nootropics

Baltimore’s pride had a great year with a gutsy, intense, artsy-yet-approachable album and a nice spot at ATP.
Lower Dens : Nootropics
14 Passion Pit
Gossamer
Electro dance pop for the masses. After this release, it’s safe to say, “They made it”.
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Passion Pit : Gossamer
13 The Lumineers
The Lumineers

You’ve likely heard their stand out song, but you need to hear all of the folk rock goodness from this Denver trio.
The Lumineers : The Lumineers
12 Yeasayer
Fragrant World
Alt-darlings do it again, again, with yet more unclassifiable & incredible.
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Yeasayer : Fragrant World
11 Dinosaur Jr.
I Bet On Sky

It’s unprecedented how great their twenty-first century has been. Always Bet On Dinosaur Jr.
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Dinosaur Jr. : I Bet On Sky
10 Mumford & Sons
Babel

Enough folk and rock to hopefully last you until their third release.
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Mumford & Sons : Babel
9 Of Monsters and Men
My Heart Is an Animal

A perfect start for this Icelandic group. Hold onto this album.
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Of Monsters and Men : My Head Is an Animal
8 Ty Segall
Twins

Not only did he manage to put out no less than two singles and three full length recordings in 2012, but Twins was a culmination of polished distorted fuzz and reverb and from the one man songwriting powerhouse.
Ty Segall : Twins
7 A Place To Bury Strangers
Worship

‘The loudest band in New York’ is also one of the best – drawing in the listener while simultaneously pummeling him.
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A Place To Bury Strangers : Worship
6 Frank Ocean
Channel Orange

Ocean recites life back to us with Channel Orange – an unexpected experience to divulge in.
Frank Ocean : Channel Orange
5 Ariel Pink
Mature Themes

A traveling circus sideshow for most of 2012 thanks to the live antics of the frontman from another planet, but the shenanigans play well on record.
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Ariel Pink : Mature Themes
4 Grizzly Bear
Shields

Are these avant-auteurs even able to make a record that’s not a critical success?
Grizzly Bear : Shields
3 alt-J
An Awesome Wave

Satisfies your weird side and all of the cravings it has. A great blend of rock, hip hop, and electronic elements that make it a very satisfying listen.
alt-J : An Awesome Wave
2 DIIV
Oshin

An incredible release in spite of never intending to leave the bedroom. Thankfully something like this unlikely mix of beach pop psych and minimal krautrock can’t be easily contained.
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DIIV : Oshin
1 Japandroids
Celebration Rock

Runaway pick for #1 – everything that’s right about indie and rock.
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Japandroids : Celebration Rock

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