Best Albums of 2012

A Listmania! list by Amazon Customer "Musicmanmike" (Ashburn, VA)
The list author says: "My List of the best albums of 2012 pt. 1"
Break It Yourself
1.  Break It Yourself by Andrew Bird
The list author says:
  "Masterful alt-folk. Great songwriting delivered with incredible musicianship.  My favorite album of 2012."
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Port of Morrow
2.  Port of Morrow by The Shins
The list author says:
  "Alternative rock.  The lyric content of this album is suburb very vivid."
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Animal Joy
3.  Animal Joy by Shearwater
The list author says:
  "Alternative rock. Cool vocals.  Very primal feeling."
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4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)

An Awesome Wave
4.  An Awesome Wave by alt-J
The list author says:
  "Alternative alternative is the only way to describe these guys.  The most innovative album of 2012.  Also critically acclaimed."
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Life Is Elsewhere
5.  Life Is Elsewhere by Little Comets
The list author says:
  "Alternative pop. Just fun.  Well mostly."
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A Church That Fits Our Needs
6.  A Church That Fits Our Needs by Lost in the Trees
The list author says:
  "Alternative folk.  Sad and uplifting at the same time.  A very deep album with a sad back story."
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4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)

Body Faucet
7.  Body Faucet by Reptar
The list author says:
  "Alternative rock.  Another very innovative album.  Lots of fun."
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Queen Of The Wave
8.  Queen Of The Wave by Pepé Deluxe
The list author says:
  "This one is just weird.  Awesomely weird.

If Quentin Tarantino did an underwater remake of Flash Gordon this would be the soundtrack."
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Shields
9.  Shields by Grizzly Bear
The list author says:
  "Modern hippie rock.  These guys sure know how to craft a song.  Many critics pick for album of the year."
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4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)

Unfaithfully Yours
10.  Unfaithfully Yours by General Fiasco
The list author says:
  "Brit rock.  Up beat and fun to play loud."
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Blak and Blu
11.  Blak and Blu by Gary Clark Jr.
The list author says:
  "Blues rock.  The new guitar god has arrived.  Listen to the second cut and you'll understand."
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4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (316 customer reviews)

Home Again
12.  Home Again by Michael Kiwanuka
The list author says:
  "Doesn't really fit any category.  The second coming of Van Morrison. A very relaxing listen."
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Rhythm And Repose
13.  Rhythm And Repose by Glen Hansard
The list author says:
  "Folk   Reminds me of Gordon Lightfoot."
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4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)

Sand & Snow
14.  Sand & Snow by Silent Film
The list author says:
  "Alternative rock.  Big polished sound."
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4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)

Hello Yes OK
15.  Hello Yes OK by right the stars
The list author says:
  "Alternative pop.  Bouncy."
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Dark Eyes
16.  Dark Eyes by Half Moon Run
The list author says:
  "Alternative rock.  Lush harmonies and great lyrical content."
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Milk Famous
17.  Milk Famous by White Rabbits
The list author says:
  "Alternative rock.  Very modern sounding."
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4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

Infinity Overhead
18.  Infinity Overhead by Minus the Bear
The list author says:
  "Alternative rock. Mostly up-beat"
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Mondo
19.  Mondo by Electric Guest
The list author says:
  "Alternative rock.  Produced by Danger Mouse.  Sounds a lot like Broken Bells."
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4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)

Something
20.  Something by Chairlift
The list author says:
  "Alternative rock.  Dreamy female vocals."
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Secret Rituals
21.  Secret Rituals by The Grates
The list author says:
  "Alternative rock.  Hole + The Go Go's = The Grates"
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Searching for Sugar Man (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
22.  Searching for Sugar Man (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) by Rodriguez
The list author says:
  "Old School singer songwriter.  Another album with a great back story.  Also a outstanding documentary film."
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4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (602 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

Fragrant World [+digital booklet]
23.  Fragrant World [+digital booklet] by Yeasayer
The list author says:
  "Alternative rock.  Very experimental sounding."
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This Is an Adventure
24.  This Is an Adventure by The Lighthouse And The Whaler
The list author says:
  "Alternative rock. Lush arrangements great vocals."
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4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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Transcendental Youth
25.  Transcendental Youth by The Mountain Goats
The list author says:
  "Folk? Rock? Ben Folds meets Weezer in Steven Stills house."
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A Tear In The Eye Is A Wound In The Heart
26.  A Tear In The Eye Is A Wound In The Heart by Black Prairie
The list author says:
  "Folkgrass   This album is all over the place but in a good way.  I can only describe it as a journey."
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4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)

Lonesome Dreams
27.  Lonesome Dreams by Lord Huron
The list author says:
  "Alternative folk rock.  Great soft yet powerful sound."
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4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (169 customer reviews)

Landing on a Hundred
28.  Landing on a Hundred by Cody Chesnutt
The list author says:
  "Old School R&B Innovative sounding throwback R&B"
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4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)

Boys & Girls
29.  Boys & Girls by Alabama Shakes
The list author says:
  "Bluesy Rock  Great great lead singer.  Did I mention she's great."
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4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (561 customer reviews) | 3 customer discussions

Voyeur
30.  Voyeur by Saint Motel
The list author says:
  "Alternative rock.  Precocious sounding is the best description I have.  These guys deserve more attention."
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Who's Feeling Young Now?
31.  Who's Feeling Young Now? by Punch Brothers
The list author says:
  "New Grass.  Yet another album by them full of great songs and some of the best musicianship to be found anywhere."
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4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)

We Don't Know Any Better
32.  We Don't Know Any Better by Black Taxi
The list author says:
  "Alternative pop rock  A great mash of many styles."
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Family
33.  Family by The Cast Of Cheers
The list author says:
  "Alternative rock up-beat and different."
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We Keep the Beat Found the Sound See the Need to
34.  We Keep the Beat Found the Sound See the Need to by Jonathan Boulet
The list author says:
  "Alternative rock. Great percussion on this one."
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Temper Trap
35.  Temper Trap by The Temper Trap
The list author says:
  "Alternative rock. Big sound great vocals"
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4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)

Wreck and Ruin
36.  Wreck and Ruin by Kasey Chambers
The list author says:
  "Bluegrass from a married Aussie couple.  Outstanding vocal harmonies."
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4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)

Negotiations
37.  Negotiations by The Helio Sequence
The list author says:
  "Alternative rock. Shoegaze for the modern age?"
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4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)

Banks
38.  Banks by Paul Banks
The list author says:
  "Alternative rock.  A great solo effort from Interpol's front man."
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4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

Borderland
39.  Borderland by The Chevin
The list author says:
  "Alternative rock.  Music custom made for arenas.  Think Coldplay meets U2."
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5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

Various Cruelties
40.  Various Cruelties by Various Cruelties
The list author says:
  "Alternative rock."
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