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Uncut’s 75 Best Albums Of 2012

Tom Breihan | December 3, 2012 - 10:02 am

Along with Mojo, Uncut is the British magazine most concerned with all these old and crusty and blues-influenced. And even compared to Mojo’s kinda-musty year-end list, Uncut has given a ton of love to the senior citizens still out there and making substantive music. Uncut’s year-end list, part of the year-end issue that’s now out, is a veritable wrinkle-fest. Leonard Cohen, the man behind the excellent and list-topping Old Ideas, is probably the single oldest person ever to win album-of-the-year honors from a major music magazine, and “Old Ideas” is also a decent title for the list itself; I can’t think of any other reason for Bob Dylan’s Tempest to land at #2. Certain aspects of this list drive me absolutely nuts, like how it has no time for rap or metal or Fiona Apple. But going down the list, you’ll find plenty of solid recommendations for garage and psych-rock LPs; it’s a valuable resource that way. Check out the list below.

75 Carter Tutti Void – Transverse
74 Bat For Lashes – The Haunted Man
73 The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Meat + Bone
72 Rufus Wainwright – Out Of The Game
71 Lee Ranaldo – Between The Times And The Tides
70 Simone Felice – Simone Felice
69 Ty Segall – Twins
68 Woods – Bend Beyond
67 Cornershop – Urban Turban: The Singhles Club
66 Goat – World Music
65 Nite Jewel – One Second Of Love
64 Orbital – Wonky
63 Calexico – Algiers
62 Ian Hunter & The Rant Band – When I’m President
61 Thee Oh Sees – Putrifiers II
60 The Liminanas – Crystal Anis
59 Father John Misty – Fear Fun
58 Donald Fagen – Sunken Condos
57 David Byrne & St. Vincent – Love This Giant
56 Pond – Beard, Wives, Denim
55 The 2 Bears – Be Strong
54 Yeti Lane – The Echo Show
53 PiL – This Is PiL
52 Cate Le Bon – Cyrk
51 Lana Del Rey – Born To Die
50 Laetitia Sadier – Silencio
49 Damon Albarn – Dr. Dee
48 Howlin Rain – The Russian Wilds
47 Anais Mitchell – Young Man In America
46 Cat Power – Sun
45 Japandroids – Celebration Rock
44 Sun Araw & M. Geddes Gengras Meet The Congos – Icon Give Thank
43 Neil Young & Crazy Horse – Americana
42 Dirty Projectors – Swing Lo Magellan
41 Flying Lotus – Until The Quiet Comes
40 First Aid Kit – The Lion’s Roar
39 Dirty Three – Toward The Low Sun
38 Lightships – Electric Cables
37 Patterson Hood – Heat Lightning Rumbles In The Distance
36 Sun Kil Moon – Among The Leaves
35 Six Organs of Admittance – Ascent
34 Bobby Womack – The Bravest Man In Universe
33 Micachu & The Shapes – Never
32 Richard Hawley – Standing At The Sky’s Edge
31 Hot Chip – In Our Heads
30 Ry Cooder – Election Special
29 The Chris Robinson Brotherhood – Big Moon Ritual
28 Paul Weller – Sonik Kicks
27 Alabama Shakes – Boys & Girls
26 Graham Coxon – A&E
25 Patti Smith – Banga
24 Allah-Las – Allah-Las
23 Julia Holter – Ekstasis
22 Mark Lanegan Band - Blues Funeral
21 Beachwood Sparks – The Tarnished Gold
20 The xx – Coexist
19 Neneh Cherry And The Thing – The Cherry Thing
18 Sharon Van Etten – Tramp
17 Grimes – Visions
16 Ty Segall – Slaughterhouse
15 Field Music – Plumb
14 Paul Buchanan – Mid Air
13 Dexys Midnight Runners – One Day I’m Going To Soar
12 Go-Kart Mozart – On The Hot Dog Stands
11 Tame Impala – Lonerism
10 Bruce Springsteen - Wrecking Ball
09 Neil Young & Crazy Horse – Psychedelic Pill
08 Grizzly Bear – Shields
07 Ty Segall & White Fence – Hair
06 Bill Fay – Life is People
05 Frank Ocean – Channel Orange
04 Dr. John – Locked Down
03 Jack White – Blunderbuss
02 Bob Dylan – Tempest
01 Leonard Cohen – Old Ideas