23 best albums of 2012 so far

Jack White – ‘Blunderbuss’

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.

Tribes – ‘Baby’

Tribes – ‘Baby’. NME said: “Not only an early contender for album of 2012 but a formidable salvo in the guitar rock fightback.” 9/10.

Lana Del Rey – ‘Born To Die’

Lana Del Rey – ‘Born To Die’. NME said: “(It) marks the arrival of a fresh – and refreshingly self-aware- sensibility in pop.” 8/10.


Enter Shikari – ‘A Flash Flood Of Colour’

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.

Grimes – ‘Visions’

Grimes - 'Visions'

Grimes – ‘Visions’. NME said: “‘Visions’ drips with instinct, an eerie sixth sense, a stream of consciousness mental state.” 8/10.

Django Django – ‘Django Django’

Django Django – ‘Django Django’. NME said: “An album characterised by its sharp stylistic swerves but never feels jumbled or incoherent.” 8/10.

Pulled Apart By Horses – ‘Tough Love’

Pulled Apart By Horses – ‘Tough Love’. NME said: “This is a record you’ll be revisiting for years to come.” 8/10.


Sleigh Bells – ‘Reign Of Terror’

Sleigh Bells – ‘Reign Of Terror’. NME said: “The way they’ve leapfrogged their contemporaries in terms of ambition and scope is terrifying.” 8/10.

Hodgy Beats – ‘Untitled’

Hodgy Beats – ‘Untitled’. NME said: “Hodgy’s making good use to his chance to shine.” 8/10.

Flats – ‘Better Living’

Flats – ‘Better Living’.
NME said: “Punk as it should be: courageously self destructive.” 8/10.

Actress – ‘RIP’

Actress – ‘RIP’. NME said: “Essentially alien – yet, very probably, that is the source of their strange, uncanny power.” 8/10.


Perfume Genius – ‘Put Your Back N 2 It’

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.

Breton – ‘Other People’s Problems’

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.

Polica – ‘Give You The Ghost’

Polica – ‘Give You The Ghost’. NME said: “Beautifully poignant.”

Oberhofer – ‘Time Capsules II’

Oberhofer – ‘Time Capsules II’. NME said: “It gleams like a skate-park erected in the clouds.” 8/10.

Pond – ‘Beard Wives Denim’

Pond – ‘Beard Wives Denim’. NME said: “Quite possibly the best album release so far this year.” 9/10.

Mystery Jets – ‘Radlands’

Mystery Jets – ‘Radlands’. NME said: “About as authentically Yankee as Christian Bale’s mid-Atlantic drawl, and just dandy for it.” 8/10.

Paul Weller – ‘Sonik Kicks’

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.

Graham Coxon – ‘A+E’

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

Maccabees – ‘Given To The Wild’

Maccabees – ‘Given To The Wild’. NME said: “A band we’ve loved from the start grasp their potential.” 9/10.

The Cribs – ‘In The Belly Of The Brazen Bull’

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.

Purity Ring- ‘Shrines’

Purity Ring- 'Shrines'

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

Plan B- ‘Ill Manors’

Plan B- 'Ill Manors'

Plan B- ‘Ill Manors’ NME said: ” These songs contain the record’s protest element as well as its exemplary musicality: heartbreaking soul choruses, classical samples and ’80s rocksteady rhythms.” 8/10