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The Best Albums Of 2012 (So Far)

We selected the 50 albums that impressed us the most so far this year

This time of year is a good time to stand still for a second and reflect on what 2012 has brought us so far, music-wise. Today we take a look at the album crop. The fifty best titles from the first half of this season, according to PlayGround, in chronological order - rather than properly ranked, which we'll do in December.

After the record sleeves, songs and EPs, today we bring you our selection of the best full-lengths released so far this year. We don't intend to offer you an exhaustive overview or analysis. These albums may or may not be in the definitive lists at the end of this course. What's important is that these are the 50 LPs that, right now, blow our minds, the ones we're playing in the office all day and accompany us on our way to work. We've put them in chronological order for you, starting in January and ending in July. In December, we'll give you our final verdicts.

Schoolboy Q: “Habits And Contradictions” (Top Dawg Entertainment)

14th January

Review

Chairlift: “Something” (Young Turks)

23rd January

Review

Django Django: “Django Django” (Because Music)

30th January

Review

Voices From The Lake feat. Donato Dozzy & Neel: “Voices From The Lake” (Prologue)

30th January

Review

John Talabot: “Fin” (Permanent Vacation)

6th February

Review

Blondes: “Blondes” (RVNG Intl.)

6th February

Review

Ital: “Hive Mind” (Planet Mu)

13th February

Review

Sleigh Bells: “Reign Of Terror” (Mom + Pop Music)

21st February

Review

Grimes: “Visions” (4AD)

21th February

Review

Perfume Genius: “Put Your Back N 2 It” (Matador)

21st February

Review

Monolake: “Ghosts” (Imbalance Computer Music)

24th February

Review

Scuba: “Personality” (Hotflush Recordings)

27th February

Review

Demdike Stare: “Elemental” (Modern Love)

27th February

Review

Belbury Poly: “The Belbury Tales” (Ghost Box)

27th February

Review

Trust: “TRST” (Arts & Crafts)

28th February

Review

Nite Jewel: “One Second Of Love” (Secretly Canadian)

6th March

Review

Big K.R.I.T.: “4Eva N A Day” (Self-Released)

6th March

Review

Julia Holter: “Ekstasis” (RVNG Intl.)

8th March

Review

The Shins: “Port Of Morrow” (Columbia)

19th March

Review

Petar Dundov: “Ideas From The Pond” (Music Man)

26th March

Review

Symmetry: “Themes For An Imaginary Film” (Italians Do It Better)

Chromatics: “Kill For Love” (Italians Do It Better)

27th March

Review

Lotus Plaza: “Spooky Action At A Distance” (Kranky)

3rd April

Review

Traxman: “Da Mind Of Traxman” (Planet Mu)

Dean Blunt & Inga Copeland: “Black Is Beautiful” (Hyperdub)

16th April

Review

Spiritualized: “Sweet Heart Sweet Light” (Double Six)

16th April

Review

Actress: “R.I.P.” (Honest Jon's)

23rd April

Review

Death Grips: “The Money Store” (Columbia)

24th April

Review

KA: “Grief Pedigree” (Iron Works Records)

24th April

Review

Daughn Gibson: “All Hell” (White Denim)

25th April

Review

Shackleton: “Music For The Quiet Hour / The Drawbar Organ” (Woe To The Septic Heart)

27th April

Review

Lone: “Galaxy Garden” (R&S Records)

30th April

Review

Squarepusher: “Ufabulum” (Warp)

14th May

Review

Beach House: “Bloom” (Bella Union)

14th May

Review

Killer Mike: “R.A.P. Music” (Williams Street)

15th May

Review

Saint Etienne: “Words And Music By Saint Etienne” (Heavenly)

21 de mayo

Crítica

Laurel Halo: “Quarantine” (Hyperdub)

21st May

Review

El-P: “Cancer For Cure” (Fat Possum)

22nd May

Review

Sigur Rós: “Valtari” (XL Recordings)

28th May

Review

Japandroids: “Celebration Rock” (Polyvinyl)

1st June

Review

Liars: “Wixiw” (Mute)

4th June

Review

Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs: “Trouble” (Polydor)

11th June

Review

Fiona Apple: “The Idler Wheel...” (Epic)

19th June

Review

DIIV: “Oshin” (Captured Track)

Beak>: “>>” (Invada)

2nd July

Review

Dirty Projectors: “Swing Lo Magellan” (Domino)

9th July

Review

Frank Ocean: “Channel Orange” (Def Jam)

10th July

Review

Nas: “Life Is Good” (Def Jam)

16th July

Review

Cooly G: “Playin Me” (Hyperdub)

17th July

Review

Purity Ring: “Shrines” (4AD)

24th July

Review

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