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23 best albums of 2012 so far

  • We're nearing the half way point of 2012, so we thought it'd be a good time to look back at the best long players we've had so far. Let's start with Jack White - 'Blunderbuss'. NME said: "His most candid and personal record yet." 8/10.

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    Added: 02 Apr 2012

  • Tribes - 'Baby'. NME said: "Not only an early contender for album of 2012 but a formidable salvo in the guitar rock fightback." 9/10.

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    Added: 12 Jan 2012

  • Lana Del Rey - 'Born To Die'. NME said: "(It) marks the arrival of a fresh - and refreshingly self-aware- sensibility in pop." 8/10.

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    Added: 16 Dec 2011

  • Enter Shikari - 'A Flash Flood Of Colour'. NME said: "They respond to the challenge in explosive style to deliver something like their defining statement." 8/10.

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    Added: 05 Jan 2012

  • Grimes - 'Visions'. NME said: "'Visions' drips with instinct, an eerie sixth sense, a stream of consciousness mental state." 8/10.

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    Added: 07 Mar 2012

  • Django Django - 'Django Django'. NME said: "An album characterised by its sharp stylistic swerves but never feels jumbled or incoherent." 8/10.

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    Added: 26 Jan 2012

  • Pulled Apart By Horses - 'Tough Love'. NME said: "This is a record you'll be revisiting for years to come." 8/10.

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    Added: 25 Nov 2011

  • Sleigh Bells - 'Reign Of Terror'. NME said: "The way they've leapfrogged their contemporaries in terms of ambition and scope is terrifying." 8/10.

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    Added: 15 Feb 2012

  • Hodgy Beats - 'Untitled'. NME said: "Hodgy's making good use to his chance to shine." 8/10.

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    Added: 15 Mar 2012

  • Flats - 'Better Living'. NME said: "Punk as it should be: courageously self destructive." 8/10.

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    Added: 26 Apr 2012

  • Actress - 'RIP'. NME said: "Essentially alien - yet, very probably, that is the source of their strange, uncanny power." 8/10.

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    Added: 26 Apr 2012

  • Perfume Genius - 'Put Your Back N 2 It'. NME said: "(The) troubled kid never went away. It's just that this time, he's more concerned with reaching towards the light." 8/10.

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    Added: 15 Feb 2012

  • Breton - 'Other People's Problems'. NME said: "Breton have barely scratched the surface of what they want to do, and what they can achieve." 8/10.

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    Added: 22 Mar 2012

  • Polica - 'Give You The Ghost'. NME said: "Beautifully poignant."

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    Added: 26 Apr 2012

  • Oberhofer - 'Time Capsules II'. NME said: "It gleams like a skate-park erected in the clouds." 8/10.

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    Added: 12 Apr 2012

  • Pond - 'Beard Wives Denim'. NME said: "Quite possibly the best album release so far this year." 9/10.

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    Added: 07 Mar 2012

  • Mystery Jets - 'Radlands'. NME said: "About as authentically Yankee as Christian Bale's mid-Atlantic drawl, and just dandy for it." 8/10.

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    Added: 26 Apr 2012

  • Paul Weller - 'Sonik Kicks'. NME said: "The sound of Paul Weller growing old the only way he could – not particularly gracefully, but with no small amount of style." 8/10.

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    Added: 15 Mar 2012

  • Graham Coxon - 'A+E'. NME said: "one of the best albums of his career – a pop record with dangerously anti-social tendencies." 9/10.

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    Added: 30 Mar 2012

  • Maccabees - 'Given To The Wild'. NME said: "A band we’ve loved from the start grasp their potential." 9/10.

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    Added: 05 Jan 2012

  • The Cribs - 'In The Belly Of The Brazen Bull'. NME said: "No longer victims of their own ideals. They are masters of them." 8/10. To listen to a selection of tracks from these albums click here.

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    Added: 13 Mar 2012

  • Purity Ring- 'Shrines' NME said: "It’s crisp and precise, but dense with feeling, filling a gulf between clinical sheen and lung-collapse heartbreak." 9/10

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    Added: 27 Jul 2012