The Underclassed pick the 50 best albums of 2012

31 Dec

AlbumsWhen we did the best of B-sides list the other week, we found it impossible to rank which was best. How do you take an Indie album like for example In The Belly of the Brazen Bull by The Cribs and then compare it to Frank Ocean’s album? I don’t personally think you can rank things in such a way. 

So again, because we’re so uncannily hipster (sigh) on The Underclassed, we’ve simply drawn up a list of 50 albums that were pretty damn special in 2012. A highlight for were Tame Impala’s second record ‘Lonerism’, which ticked every single box for me. But there were also superb efforts from Django Django, Field Music, Tall Ships, Melody’s Echo Chamber and Grimes. Here I am, waffling out the list before it’s even thrown at you! 

So without further ado, here is The Underclassed’s 50 best albums of 2012!

A Place To Bury Strangers – ‘Worship’



All The Fires – ‘Territories’ AllTheFires



Alt-J – ‘An Awesome Wave’



Band of Skulls – ‘Sweet Sour’bandofskulls@bandofskulls


The Big Pink – ‘Future This’

The Big Pink@thebigpink


Blind Atlas – ‘Kodiak Bear’



Born Blonde – ‘What The Desert Taught You’

Born Blonde@bornblondeband


The Cribs – ‘In The Belly of the Brazen Bull’ 

The Cribs@thecribs


Crocodiles – ‘Endless Flowers’




David Jones Esq. – ‘Hearts Will Fall’

David Jones Esq



Deep Sea Arcade – ‘Outlands’

deep sea arcade



Delay Trees – ‘Delay Trees’

Delay Trees@delaytrees


Diamond Rings – ‘Free Dimensional’

Diamond Rings@diamondrings


DIIV – ‘Oshin’



Django Django – ‘Django Django’

Django Django@thedjangos


Dry The River – ‘Shallow Bed’

Dry The River@drytheriver


Emperors – ‘Stay Frosty’



Feeder – ‘Generation Freakshow’



Field Music – ‘Plumb’ 

Field Music@fieldmusicmusic


First Aid Kit – ‘The Lion’s Roar’

First Aid Kit@FirstAidKitBand


The Fixx – ‘Beautiful Friction’

The Fixx@FixxOnline


Frank Ocean – ‘Channel Orange’ 

Frank Ocean@frank_ocean


Gaz Coombes Presents – ‘Here Come The Bombs’

Gaz Coombes@Gaz_Coombes


The Ghosts – ‘The End’

The Ghosts



Green Day – ‘¡UNO! ¡DOS! ¡TRÉ’

Green Day@GreenDay


Grimes – ‘Visions’ 



Grizzly Bear – ‘Shields’ 

Grizzly Bear@grizzlybear


The Heartbreaks – ‘Funtimes’

The Heartbreaks@theheartbreaks


Her Vanished Grace – ‘Star-Crossed’

Her Vanished Grace@hvgrace


The Heavy – ‘The Glorious Dead’

The Heavy@theheavy


Hot Chip – ‘In Our Heads’ 

Hot Chip@Hot_Chip


Howler – ‘America Give Up’



Ice Choir – ‘Afar’

Ice Choir@theicechoir


Jack White – ‘Blunderbuss’

Jack White@thirdmanrecords


Jake Bugg – ‘Jake Bugg’ 

Jake Bugg@JakeBugg


Janice Graham Band – ‘It’s Not Me’

Janice Graham Band@Getjgb


Josephine – ‘Portrait’



The KVB – ‘Always Then’



The Laurels – ‘Plains’

The Laurels@TheeLaurels


Lianne La Havas – ‘Is Your Love Big Enough?’

Lianne La Havas



Liars – WIXIW



Melody’s Echo Chamber – ‘Melody’s Echo Chamber’

Melody's Echo Chamber@MdyEchoChamber


The Milk – ‘Tales From The Thames Delta’ 

The Milk@thisisthemilk


Moon Duo – ‘Circles’

Moon Duo@moonduo


Nine Black Alps – ‘Sirens’

Nine Black Alps@NineBlackAlps


Of Monsters & Men ‘My Head Is An Animal’

Of Monsters And Men@monstersandmen


Pond – ‘Beard, Wives, Denim’



The Raveonettes – ‘Observator’

The Raveonettes@theraveonettes


Reverend & The Makers – ‘@Reverend_Makers’

 Reverend & The Makers@Reverend_Makers


Richard Hawley – ‘Standing At The Sky’s Edge’ 



Saint Motel – ‘Voyeur’

Saint Motel@SaintMotel


The Silents – ‘Sun A Buzz’

The Silents@thesilentsband


Sound of Guns – ‘Angels and Enemies’

Sound Of Guns@SoundOfGunsUK


Stagnant Pools – ‘Temporary Room’

Stagnant Pools@StagnantPools


Straight Lines – ‘Freaks Like Us’ 

Straight Lines@Straight_Lines


Tall Ships – ‘Everything Touching’ 

Tall Ships@tallshipsmusic


Tame Impala – ‘Lonerism’

Tame Impala@TameImpala


Tim Burgess – ‘Oh No I Love You’

Tim Burgess@Tim_Burgess


Tom Williams & The Boat – ‘Teenage Blood’

Tom Williams@tomwilliamsboat


Toy – ‘Toy’



Two Wounded Birds – ‘Two Wounded Birds’

Two Wounded Birds@twowoundedbirds


The Walkmen – ‘Heaven’



We Are Serenades – ‘CriminalHeaven’

We Are Serenades@weareserenades


Weird Dreams – ‘Choreography’

Weird Dreams@Weirdydreams


Wideboy Generation – ‘No Time To Be Shy’

Wideboy Generation@WideboyGen


Willy Mason – ‘Carry On’ 

Willy Mason@Wjjmason


Zebra and Snake – ‘Healing Music’

Zebra and Snake@zebraandsnake


Zulu Winter – ‘Language’

Zulu Winter@zuluwinter

By Chris PJ Martin & Trey Turbeville


2 Responses to “The Underclassed pick the 50 best albums of 2012”

  1. fergster73 February 4, 2013 at 10:58 AM #

    Reblogged this on Fergster's Other Blog.

  2. beatscribe February 9, 2013 at 1:22 PM #

    This is a great resource for finding music I’ve missed out on over the lat year. It is so hard to keep up with everything! Thanks!

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