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FILTER Magazine’s Top 25 Reviewed Records (and Reissues) of 2012

By Staff on December 3, 2012

 

FILTER Magazine’s Top 25 Reviewed Records (and Reissues) of 2012

December is upon us, which can only mean one thing here at FILTER: it’s time again for us (and everybody else) to reflect upon our favorite albums of the year. As much music comes across our desks in a whole year, it’s remarkable (and exhausting!) to stand back and look at it all at the end of it. We've taken on the challenge of sifting through the massive amount of quality tunes from the years’ new releases to find the good, the better and the best, to proudly announce not one, but two end-of-year lists. Below, you will find the magazine's Top 25 Reviewed Records of 2012. In addition, we also collected the FILTER staff's picks of the Top 10 Albums of 2012, as well as members' individual picks that contributed to the final 10.

It's been yet another great year in music and below, you'll find just a small collection of that: debut records, solo releases, English alt-folk and Canadian art-rock standing next to Swedish synth-pop and American hip-hop…it's been quite a 2012.

So, without further ado...


FILTER Magazine's Top 25 Reviewed Records of 2012

Frank Ocean
Channel Orange
DEF JAM
95%
from Good Music Guide 40

 

 

 

Air
Le Voyage Dans La Lune
ASTRALWERKS
91%
from FILTER 47

 

 

 

Andrew Bird
Break It Yourself
MOM + POP 
90%
from FILTER 47

 

 

 

Flying Lotus 
Until the Quiet Comes
WARP
90%
from Good Music Guide 41

 

 

 

Godspeed You! Black Emperor 
’Allelujah! Don’t Bend! Ascend!
CONSTELLATION
90%
from FILTER 50

 

 

 

Jack White
Blunderbuss

THIRD MAN/COLUMBIA
90%
from Good Music Guide 39

 

 

 

Diamond Rugs 
Diamond Rugs
PARTISAN
89%
from Good Music Guide 39

 

 

 

Dirty Three
Toward the Low Sun
DRAG CITY
89%
from FILTER 47

 

 

 

El-P
Cancer for Cure
FAT POSSUM
89%
from FILTER 48

 

 

 

Tame Impala
Lonerism
MODULAR
89%
 

 

 

 

Beach House 
Bloom
SUB POP
88%
from Good Music Guide 39

 

 

 

Bear In Heaven 
I Love You, It’s Cool
DEAD OCEANS/HOMETAPES
88%
from Good Music Guide 38

 

 

 

Dead Can Dance 
Anastasis

PIAS
88%
from Good Music Guide 40

 

 

 

Grizzly Bear 
Shields
WARP
88%
 

 

 

 

Patti Smith 
Banga
COLUMBIA
88%
from FILTER 48

 

 

 

Antony and the Johnsons 
Cut the World [live]

SECRETLY CANADIAN
87%
from Good Music Guide 40

 

 

 

Band of Horses 
Mirage Rock
BROWN/COLUMBIA
87%
from FILTER 49

 

 

 

Chairlift 
Something

COLUMBIA
87%
from FILTER 47

 

 

 

Dirty Projectors 
Swing Lo Magellan
DOMINO
87%
from Good Music Guide 40

 

 

 

A Place to Bury Strangers 
Worship

DEAD OCEANS
87%
from FILTER 48

 

 

 

P.O.S.
We Don't Even Live Here
RHYMESAYERS
87%
from Good Music Guide 41

 

 

 

Sleigh Bells 
Reign of Terror
MOM + POP
87%
from FILTER 47

 

 

 

Sun Kil Moon
Among The Leaves
CALDO VERDE
87%
from Good Music Guide 39

 

 

 

The Walkmen 
Heaven

FAT POSSUM
87%
from FILTER 48

 

 

 

Wild Nothing 
Nocturne

CAPTURED TRACKS
87%
from Good Music Guide 40

 

 

 

FILTER Magazine's Top Reissues of 2012

Pink Floyd 
The Wall [Immersion box set]
EMI
92%
from FILTER 47

 

 

 

CAN
The Lost Tapes: 1968-1977
SPOON/MUTE
90%
from FILTER 48

 

 

 

Smashing Pumpkins 
Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness [deluxe edition]
EMI
88%
from FILTER 50

 

 

 

Peter Gabriel
So [25th anniversary edition]
REAL WORLD/EMI
87%
from Good Music Guide 41

 

 

 

Swell Maps
Jane from Occupied Europe [reissue]
SECRETLY CANADIAN 
85%
from FILTER 47

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