Saturday, December 1

Albums Of 2012 - No. 10 to No. 1

1. The Maccabees 'Given to the Wild'
Bigger, stronger, slower: boys become men and one of the best bands around.





2. Spector 'Enjoy It While It Lasts'
2012 called; it wants indie back.





3. Mumford & Sons 'Babel'
More of the same but it's too inspiring to care.





4. Dry the River 'Shallow Bed'
Bible, shmible; this band are worth believing in.





5. Alt-J 'An Awesome Wave'
Hello, folk-step. Lovely to meet you...





6. Two Door Cinema Club 'Beacon'
See the self-help aisle if this doesn't shake you.





7. Keaton Henson 'Dear…'
Delicate is an overstatement. Heartbreaking.





8. Passion Pit 'Gossamer'
Depressing as shit, but it'll get you dancing.





9. Jake Bugg 'Jake Bugg'
More talent in his finger than Leona's back catalogue.





10. Mystery Jets 'Radlands'
Another solid effort; these are sold short.

Albums Of 2012 - No. 20 to No. 11

11. Plan B 'iLL Manors'
Every generation needs one; thank fuck it's him.





12. The Vaccines 'Come of Age'
Less ra-ra-ra, more conviction: a light for good.





13. The Cast of Cheers 'Family'
Weird, raw and fun; just excuse the band name.





14. Muse 'The 2nd Law'
Danny Boyle's next movie soundtrack is sorted.





15. Maverick Sabre 'Lonely Are the Brave'
Soul-stirring homeboying; where's that hype gone?





16. Labrinth 'Electronic Earth'
Simon Cowell in respectable signing shock.





17. The Killers 'Battle Born'
More cutthroat anthems loaded with Wembley in sight.





18. Nicki Minaj 'Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded'
Double album? NO. Second half? YES.





19. Reptar 'Body Faucet'
This does the job while Vampire Weekend are away.





20. Calvin Harris '18 Months'
Pre-Guetta genius and the best songs he's ever made.

Albums Of 2012 - No. 30 to No. 21

21. Frank Ocean 'channel ORANGE'
20 minutes less and then it's a great album.





22. Lucy Rose 'Like I Used To'
This does the job while Laura Marling is away.





23. The Gaslight Anthem 'Handwritten'
The Boss's biggest fans do more Boss-type goodness.





24. Sigur Ros 'Valtari'
Typically bewitching and prettier than Andrew Garfield.





25. Lana Del Rey 'Born to Die'
So what if her lips aren't real? Solid attempt.





26. Bloc Party 'Four'
Welcome back, just don't go all Fred Durst on our arse.





27. Kendrick Lamar 'good kid, m.A.A.d city'
Another new Dre; only this one's for realises.





28. Crystal Castles '(III)'
What fuck needs more of a stimulant than this?





29. Howler 'America Give Up'
Strokesian attitude with a slightly more pesky voice.





30. Dog Is Dead 'All Our Favourite Stories'
Good-ol slice of wholesome indie-pop.

Albums Of 2012 - No. 40 to No. 31

31. The xx 'Coexist'
If only the label wasn't so intimidated.





32. Michael Kiwanuka 'Home Again'
Too much spent in dullsville. Grrr.





33. Jessie Ware 'Devotion'
Lotta filler but when it hits, it hits.





34. Band of Horses 'Mirage Rock'
What's with the rush, lads? Careful that rep.





35. The Big Pink 'Future This'
Bit better than their debut, but no groundbreaker.





36. Grimes 'Visions'
There's, like, three good songs on this.





37. Madonna 'MDNA'
Gaga has at least made her interesting again.





38. Linkin Park 'Living Things'
Not terrible.





39. Example 'The Evolution of Man'
Hold back on the guitars next time.





40. Miike Snow 'Happy to You'
Fine, but it's not 2007 anymore.

Albums Of 2012 - No. 50 to No. 41

41. Young Guns 'Bones'
Keeping Kerrang! alive and well.





42. Tribes 'Baby'
Generic indie, sure. Darn good generic indie.





43. Django Django 'Django Django'
Mad-hype not justified; they're not that interesting.





44. Jack White 'Blunderbuss'
More proof he's best Meg-less.





45. The Cribs 'In the Belly of the Brazen Bull'
Still got it, but 14 tracks?! LESS = MORE.





46. Rihanna 'Unapologetic'
Stop rushing! At least she's something to say this time.





47. Nada Surf 'The Stars are Indifferent to Astronomy'
Couple sweet moments when they don't sound 45.





48. Benjamin Gibbard 'Former Lives'
Argh, solo Ben. Wish he'd save his heart for DC.





49. Eugene McGuinness 'The Invitation to the Voyage'
Bit confused. Pick a lane, Eugene!





50. Santigold 'The Master of My Make-Believe'
Meh. Still relevant-ish.