10: Howler- America Give Up

Rough Trade

"Howler have made incredible headway, and I can’t wait for new material from these guys. America Give Up is incredible and energy filled, perfect for the cold, dark winter days and it sounds like it’s not even trying."


9: Crystal Castles- (iii)

Fiction / Polydor

"Its clear that there still exists remnants of the Crystal Castles that we know and love, but with the vocals taking a more minor role, and the lyrics shifting from imperceptible screeching to relaxed singing, they have created a more amicable, ordered and skilful album."


8: How To Dress Well- Total Loss

Acéphale Records / Weird World

"It’s hard to speak about this record without just becoming staggeringly astounded by what How To Dress Well wrote and sung about... an incomparably upright explanation of what is meant by Total Loss"


7. Beach House- Bloom

Sub Pop

"Their fourth effort demonstrates that the indie heavyweights are now fully comfortable in their own skin and whilst this record may not demonstrate a drastic reinvention of their music, it is nevertheless a positive evolution for the band."


6. The Xx- Coexist

Young Turks

"The album, is an honest and insightful look into a band... personally, it fills me with great pleasure that as a fan of The xx I can say that their second album although not as cutting edge, is every bit as wonderful as their debut."


5. Frank Ocean- Channel Orange

Def Jam

"This record almost muted all the hype that surrounded Frank Ocean, he had said what he needed to say and in doing so had put out an LP that was unshrinking, current and conclusive."

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4. Alt-J- An Awesome Wave


"An Awesome Wave is a sweepingly powerful gesture of Alt-J’s genius, and a big contender for the album of 2012. Personally, the band’s addictive riffs and joint harmonies (“Please don’t go, I love you so”) have been bringing me back all year."


3. Tame Impala- Lonerism

Modular Recordings

"Kevin Parker has delivered a streamlined 21st century production that, whilst drawing on 60’s and 70’s music (like all music since the 60’s and 70’s by the way), remains clear and independent. An apparent modern classic on first listen."


2. Kendrick Lamar- good kid, m.A.A.d city

TDE / Aftermath / Interscope

"A record that is heavy with storytelling and built less on the grandiose flossing that weighs the game down and hints at a craftsmanship that could go about salvaging it."


1. Grizzly Bear- Shields


"Rossen tells us he’s “never coming back”, you can’t help the feeling of dread when you imagine what life would be like if he and his cohorts took their own lyrics too literally. Grizzly Bear should be considered one of the world’s most vital bands; this is the album that proves it."

AuthorDuncan Harrison