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30 of Pitchfork’s Top 50 Albums of 2012

Pitchfork Albums

Today Pitchfork posted the first half (well, first 30 albums) of their Top 50 Albums of 2012 list. There are some surprises on it, like Peaking Lights and Sharon Van Etten, who seemed more likely to end up on their Honorable Mentions list due to their relatively lower scores and the fact that most of the albums on this list were awarded Best New Music throughout the year. Cat Power and Hot Chip also make it, both of whose new albums seemed to have received less love from Pitchfork than previous releases by those artists. A Rustie Essential Mix also makes the list even though his actual album which came out last year didn’t make their 2011 list. And of course the expected ones end up there too like Purity Ring, Julia Holter, Schoolboy Q, Miguel, and more. The remaining 20 will be revealed tomorrow (Friday, 12/21).

Check out their 50-30 picks below…

Pitchfork’s Top 50 Albums of 2012 (50-30)
50. Lambchop – Mr. M
49. Crystal Castles – (III)
48. Peaking Lights – Lucifer
47. Pallbearer – Sorrow and Extinction
46. Rustie – Essential Mix
45. El-P – Cancer for Cure
44. Metz – Metz
43. Mac DeMarco – 2
42. Rick Ross – Rich Forever
41. Dum Dum Girls – End of Daze EP
40. DIIV – Oshin
39. Hot Chip – In Our Heads
38. Lotus Plaza – Spooky Action at a Distance
37. Future – Pluto
36. Sharon Van Etten – Tramp
34. Chairlift – Something
33. Actress – R.I.P.
32. Action Bronson/Party Supplies – Blue Chips
31. Spiritualized – Sweet Heart Sweet Light
30. The Men – Open Your Heart
29. Cat Power – Sun
28. How to Dress Well – Total Loss
27. John Talabot – ƒIN
26. Julia Holter – Ekstasis
25. Schoolboy Q – Habits & Contradictions
24. Purity Ring – Shrines
23. Miguel – Kaleidoscope Dream
22. Flying Lotus – Until the Quiet Comes
21. Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti – Mature Themes

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