A Summation Of Sorts: The 75 Best Records Of 2012


1.  Loudon Wainwright III, Older Than My Old Man Now     (2nd Story Sound)

2.  Steve Lehman Trio, Dialect Flourescent     (Pi Recordings)

3.  Burial, Kindred     (Hyperdub)

4.  Vijay Iyer Trio, Accelerando     (ACT) 

5.  Pink, The Truth About Love     (RCA)

6.  Jens Lekman, I Know What Love Isn’t     (Secretly Canadian)

7.  Serengeti, C.A.R.     (Anticon)

8.  Spoek Mathambo, Father Creeper     (Sub Pop)

9.  Solange, True     (Terrible Records)

10.  Leonard Cohen, Old Ideas     (Columbia)


11.  Frank Ocean, Channel Orange (Def Jam)

12.  Beach House, Bloom     (Sub Pop)

13.  Death Grips, The Money Store     (Epic)

14.  The Coup, Sorry To Bother You     (Anti-)

15.  Todd Snider, Agnostic Hymns & Stoner Fables     (Aimless Records)   - 

16.  Chick Corea / Eddie Gomez / Paul Motian, Further Explorations    (Concord Jazz) 

17.  Dirty Projectors, Swing Lo Magellan     (Domino)

18.  Himanshu, Nehru Jackets     (Greedhead free download)

19.  Divine Fits, A Thing Called Divine Fits     (Merge)

20.  Kendrick Lamar, Good Kid M.A.A.D. City     (Top Dawg/Aftermath/Interscope)


21.  Dawn Richard, Armor On     (Our Dawn Entertainment) 

22.  Azealia Banks, 1991     (Interscope) 

23.  Low Cut Connie, Call Me Sylvia     (Low Cut Connie)

24.  Patti Smith, Banga     (Columbia)   -

25.  Oren Ambarchi, Audience Of One    (Touch)   -

26.  Donald Fagen, Sunken Condos     (Reprise)

27.  LV, Sebenza     (Hyperdub)

28.  Fred Hersch Trio, Alive At The Vanguard     (Palmetto)

29.  The Magnetic Fields, Love At The Bottom Of The Sea    (Merge)

30.  Pussy Riot, Kill The Sexist!     (free download)


31.  s / s/ s, Beak & Claw     (Anticon)

32.  Miguel, Kaleidoscope Dream     (RCA)

33.  Homeboy Sandman, First Of A Living Breed     (Stones Throw)

34.  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     (Epic)

35.  Iris DeMent, Sing The Delta     (FlariElla Records)

36.  Sonic Youth, Smart Bar: Chicago 1985     (Goofin’)

37.  Ben Allison, Union Square     (A-Beat Records)

38.  Elle Varner, Perfectly Imperfect     (RCA)

39.  Neil Young With Crazy Horse, Americana     (Reprise)  -

40.  Neneh Cherry / The Thing, The Cherry Thing     (Smalltown Superjazz)


41.  Quantic & Alice Russell With The Combo Barbaro, Look Around The Corner     (Tru Thoughts)

42.  Robert Glasper Experiment, Black Radio    (Blue Note)

43.  Ted Nash, The Creep     (Plastic Sax Records)

44.  Mike Reed’s People, Places & Things, Clean On The Corner    (482 Music)

45.  Homeboy Sandman, Subject: Matter     (Stone’s Throw)  +

46.  THEESatisfaction, awE naturalE     (Sub Pop)

47.  Jeremy Pelt, Soul     (Highnote Records)

48.  Branford Marsalis Quartet, Four MFs Playin’ Tunes     (Marsalis Music)

49.  Nicki Minaj, Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded     (Universal Republic)

50.  David Byrne and St. Vincent, Love This Giant     (4AD)


51.  Killer Mike, R.A.P. Music     (Williams Street)

52.  Carole King, The Legendary Demos     (Universal)

53.  The Corin Tucker Band, Kill My Blues     (Kill Rock Stars)

54.  JJ DOOM, Key To The Kuffs     (Lex Records) 

55.  Disappears, Pre Language     (Kranky)

56.  Andy Sheppard / Michel Benita / Sebastian Rochford, Trio Libero     (ECM)

57.  Joe Morris / William Parker / Gerald Cleaver, Altitude     (AUM Fidelity)

58.  Jim Black Trio, Somatic     (Winter & Winter)

59.  Kool A.D., 51     (Greedhead / Mishka / Veehead download)

60.  Lana Del Rey, Born To Die     (Universal Distribution)  +


61.  A Place To Bury Strangers, Worship     (Dead Oceans Records)

62.  Carter Tutti Void, Transverse     (Mute)   +

63.  The Ben Riley Quartet & Wayne Escoffery, Grown Folks Music     (Sunnyside)

64.  De La Soul’s Plug 1 & Plug 2 Present….First Serve    (Duckdown)

65.  Kid Koala, 12 Bit Blues     (Ninja Tune)

66.  Don’t Talk To The Cops!, Let’s Quit     (Out For Stardom)

67.  BBU, bell hooks    (Mad Decent / Mischka download)   +

68.  Cloud Nothings, Attack On Memory     (Carpark Records)

69.  Igor Lumpert Trio, Innertextures Live     (Clean Feed)

70.  The Quakers, Quakers     (Stones Throw)


71.  Carly Rae Jepsen, Kiss     (Interscope)    +

72.  Robert Glasper Experiment, Black Radio Recovered: The Remix EP    (Blue Note)

73.  Sleigh Bells, Reign Of Terror    (Mom & Pop)

74.  Usher, Looking 4 Myself     (RCA)   +

75.  Pet Shop Boys, Elysium     (Astralwerks)   +

[note: + / - indicates shift in ranking since original review penned. Most shifts are small.]