Pazz & Jop: Top 40 Albums

Pazz & Jop: Top 40 Albums

Artist—Title [Label]Points Mentions

1. Frank Ocean Channel Orange [Def Jam Recordings] 1,939 169

2. Kendrick Lamar good kid, m.A.A.d city [Top Dawg/Aftermath/Interscope] 1,431 123

#1 album: Frank Ocean
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#1 album: Frank Ocean

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See the full 2012 Pazz and Jop Critics Poll.

ESSAYS:

Miguel Is Living The Dream
Sex takes center stage on his sophomore album
By Brian McManus

Frank Ocean's Sea Change
His musical and personal honesty made waves in 2012
By Eric Sundermann

A Trip Through Fiona Apple's Wheelhouse
The singer-songwriter wrestles with the idea of mind as machine
By Audra Schroeder

Kendrick Lamar, Finally Compton's Most Wanted
It took quite some time for the rapper to become an overnight success
By Jeff Weiss

The Confounding, Inexplicable Splendor of Rapper Future
Space is the place
By Rob Harvilla

Pazz & Jop: Taylor Swift, Grimes, and Lana Del Rey: The Year in Blond Ambition
How dare they have an image
By Jessica Hopper

You Don't Know Jack (White)
After a dozen years in the public eye, the man proves he can still surprise us
By Alan Light

Riff Raff Is Keeping It Surreal
He's believable as a hip-hop star because nothing he says is true
By Ben Westhoff

Travel Tips From Touring Bands
By Kiernan Maletsky

A Note on Crap
True art lives where no one is paying attention. Or probably not.
By David Thorpe


COMMENTS:

Top 40 Albums
The year's big albums, from Frank Ocean on down

Top 42 Singles
"Call Me Maybe" kicks off the top of the pops

Pazz & Jop Comments
The who, the what, the where, and the why, why, why

The Top 25 Album Covers
A lovingly hand-assembled gallery

Tabulation Notes
Weak consensus versus inspiring diversity
By Glenn McDonald

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4. Japandroids Celebration Rock [Polyvinyl Records] 908 73

5. Miguel Kaleidoscope Dream [RCA] 716 66

6. Tame Impala Lonerism [Modular Records] 589 56

7. Swans The Seer [Young God Records] 543 51

8. Killer Mike R.A.P. Music [Williams Street Records] 522 50

9. Grimes Visions [4AD Records] 482 51

10. Beach House Bloom [Sub Pop Records] 396 39

11. Jack White Blunderbuss [Columbia Records Third Man Records] 387 41

12. Dirty Projectors Swing Lo Magellan [Domino Records] 387 34

13. Cloud Nothings Attack on Memory [Carpark Records] 364 37

14. Father John Misty Fear Fun [Sub Pop Records] 363 33

15. Bruce Springsteen Wrecking Ball [Columbia Records] 361 36

16. Bob Dylan Tempest [Columbia Records] 349 33

17. Taylor Swift Red [Big Machine Records] 337 33

18. Future Pluto [Epic Records] 329 28

19. Sharon Van Etten Tramp [Jagjaguwar] 327 34

20. Alabama Shakes Boys & Girls [Ato Records] 327 33

21. Dr. John Locked Down [Nonesuch Records] 313 32

22. Leonard Cohen Old Ideas [Columbia Records] 311 31

23. Cat Power Sun [Matador Records] 293 31

24. Scott Walker Bish Bosch [4AD Records] 278 22

25. El-P Cancer 4 Cure [Fat Possum Records] 262 29

26. Grizzly Bear Shields [Warp Records] 258 30

27. Baroness Yellow & Green [Relapse Records] 257 24

28. Chromatics Kill for Love [Italians Do Better] 242 22

29. Andy Stott Luxury Problems [Modern Love] 239 21

30. Jessie Ware Devotion [Universal Island] 234 23

31. Neil Young and Crazy Horse Psychedelic Pill [Reprise Records] 220 22

32. Loudon Wainwright III Older Than My Old Man Now [StorySound Records] 210  16

33. Mountain Goats Transcendental Youth [Merge Records] 205 22

34. Spiritualized Sweet Heart Sweet Light [Fat Possum Records] 202 18

35. Julia Holter Ekstasis [RVNG International] 192 19

36. Bat for Lashes The Haunted Man [Capitol Records] 192 18

37. Godspeed You! Black Emperor

Allelujah! Don't Bend! Ascend! [Constellation Records] 191 21

38. Hot Chip In Our Heads [Domino Records] 182 16

39. Carly Rae Jepsen Kiss [Interscope Records] 174 15

40. Todd Snider Agnostic Hymns & Stoner Fables [Aimless Records] 172 13

 
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