A Fuss-Free Top 50 Albums of 2012

Hello. Yes, this may seem a little early to you. But right now – right now – calculations are underway to determine what will make, and what won’t make, the BBC Music top 25 albums of 2012. I know, because I’m the one doing the maths.

The BBC Music list will be published in early December – contributors have until later this month to submit their ‘votes’, in the form of individual top fives. It’s a very fair process, which will be explained on the BBC Music Blog around the time the top 25 is published.

I’ve received several top fives already, which makes for an interesting in-progress list (you’d be surprised what’s sneaking into the top 10, as things stand). Personally I find narrowing down my favourite albums of any period hard – I always have far too many. So to help me reach a top five, needed for the BBC Music list, I’ve drawn up this top 50. Which itself has taken me two weeks.

I’ve been quite strict, on myself. If I only played an album once, liked it (or loved it, at the time, even), but never really returned to it, it was out. If I loved one or two songs on a particular record, again, that one’s not making the cut. As far as genuine enjoyment goes, this 50 is, I think, my standout selection of the year that’s (almost) been. And play counts certainly back these releases. From it I’ll skim five… quite what that five will be, though.

I know there are further releases to come in 2012. Big Boi and Deftones are two I am keen to hear – but by the time these records reach me, and they’ve been properly processed, the BBC Music deadline (which I set) will have passed. Perhaps I’ll squeeze them into my monthly best-of round-ups instead.

Anyway, A Fuss-Free Top 50 Albums of 2012…

Aesop Rock – Skelethon
Angel Haze – Reservation
Baroness – Yellow & Green
Bigg Jus – Machines That Make Civilization Fun
Breton – Other People’s Problems

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Cadence Weapon – Hope In Dirt City
Childish Gambino – Royalty
Chilly Gonzales – Solo Piano II
Cooly G – Playin’ Me
Dean Blunt and Inga Copeland – Black Is Beautiful

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Death Grips – The Money Store
Dope Body – Natural History
Efterklang – Piramida
El-P – Cancer4Cure
Evan Caminiti – Dreamless Sleep

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Flying Lotus – Until the Quiet Comes
Frank Ocean – channel ORANGE
Gang Colours – The Keychain Collection
Halls – Ark
Hodgy Beats – Untitled EP

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Holy Other – Held
The Invisible – Rispah
Jessie Ware – Devotion
JJ DOOM – Key to the Kuffs
Joey Bada$$ – 1999

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John Talabot – fin
Kendrick Lamar – Good Kid, M.A.A.D City
Killer Mike – R.A.P. Music
Kindness – World, You Need a Change of Mind
Konx-om-Pax – Regional Surrealism

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Liars – WIXIW
Lorn – Ask the Dust
Mala – Mala in Cuba
The Men – Open Your Heart
Metz – Metz

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Mick Boogie & Beastie Boys – Grand Royal
Nas – Life is Good
NZCA/LINES – NZCA/LINES
Oddisee – People Hear What They See
Ombre – Believe You Me

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Perfume Genius – Put Your Back N 2 It
Poliça – Give You The Ghost
Quakers – Quakers
Rudi Zygadlo – Tragicomedies
Shed – The Killer

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Supreme Cuts and Haleek Maul – Chrome Lips
THEESatisfaction – awE naturalE
The Twilight Sad – No One Can Ever Know
The xx – Coexist
Young Magic – Melt

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Many of these are reviewed on BBC Music; seek and you may find.

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