Best Albums of 2012 Individual Writer List: John Norris

Dec 21, 2012
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Each of our writers submitted their personal best albums of 2012 list for when we calculated Under the Radar’s master Top 100 Albums of 2012 list. Here are John Norris’ Top 45 albums of 2012. 

1

Frank Ocean

Channel Orange

Def Jam

2

Fiona Apple

The Idler Wheel…

Epic

3

Spiritualized

Sweet Heart Sweet Light

Fat Possum

4

DIIV

Oshin

Captured Tracks

5

Dan Deacon

America

Domino

6

The Men

Open Your

Sacred Bones

7

Godspeed You! Black Emperor

Allelujah! Don’t Bend! Ascend!

Constellation

8

Lotus Plaza

Spooky Action at a Distance

Kranky

9

Dirty Projectors

Swing Lo Magellan

Domino

10

Tame Impala

Lonerism

Modularc

11

Ty Segall Band

Slaughterhouse

In The Red

12

Swans

The Seer

Young God

13

Kendrick Lamar

good kid, m.A.A.d city

Interscope/Aftermath/Top Dawg

14

Deerhoof

Breakup Song

Polyvinyl

15

Julia Holter

Ekstasis

RVNG

16

Foxygen

Take the Kids Off Broadway EP

Jagjaguwar

17

Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti

Mature Themes

4AD

18

Moonface

With Siinai: Heartbreaking Bravery

Jagjaguwar

19

Death Grips

The Money Store

Epic

20

Japandroids

Celebration Rock

Polyvinyl

21

Flying Lotus

Until the Quiet Comes

Warp

22

Bill Ryder-Jones

If…

Domino

23

Animal Collective

Centipede Hz

Domino

24

Lower Dens

Nootropics

Ribbon Music

25

METZ

METZ

Sub Pop

26

Grizzly Bear

Shields

Warp

27

The Mountain Goats

Transcendental Youth

Merge

28

Cloud Nothings

Attack on Memory

Carpark

29

Perfume Genius

Put Your Back N 2 It

Matador

30

Melody’s Echo Chamber

Melody’s Echo Chamber

Fat Possum

31

Leonard Cohen

Old Ideas

Sony

32

Jherek Bischoff

Composed

Brassland

33

Chris Cohen

Overgrown Path

Captured Tracks

34

Ty Segall

Twins

Drag City

35

Woods

Bend Beyond

Woodsist

36

Xiu Xiu

Always

Polyvinyl

37

El-P

Cancer4Cure

Fat Possum

38

Liars

WIXIW

Mute

39

Patrick Wolf

Sundark and Riverlight

Bloody Chamber Music

40

Death Grips

No Love Deep Web

Self-Released

41

The Babies

Our House On the Hill

Woodsist

42

Frankie Rose

Interstellar

Slumberland

43

Mac DeMarco

Mac DeMarco 2

Captured Tracks

44

Pond

Beard, Wives, Denim

Modular/Fontana

45

Ty Segall/White Fence

Hair

Drag City

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