Gummy Awards

The Gummy Awards: Your Top 20 Albums Of 2012

Stereogum | December 19, 2012 - 2:13 pm

Two weeks ago, we crowned Fiona Apple with the honor of Stereogum’s Top Album Of 2012. Today, you guys gave your award, the vaunted Best Album Gummy, to another. We could have seen it coming, given this week’s Mr. Indie Rock reveal. We also could have seen it coming since it’s been his year all along. He’s built a demographic coalition and transcended “genre” restrictions on the back of stirring live performances, tremendous talent, and a very brave Tumblr post. (Also: that face.) His is a contemporary epic mining a very modern sort of intimacy. Hails to Frank Ocean, and his Channel Orange, winner of your 2012 Gummy for Best Album.

And with the other 19 slots on this list, you guys offered a referendum on a few records we left off ours: Father John Misty, Death Grips, Jack White, Alt-J, and Animal Collective. The rest of our lists essentially line up: Fiona and Kendrick and Dirty Projectors’ lyrical headspins are Top 10 material. You gave it up to Tame Impala, and Grizzly Bear, and Beach House. The Walkmen and Chromatics made it. You have good taste. Scan the entire list here:

Jack White - Blunderbuss20 Jack WhiteBlunderbuss (Third Man/Columbia)

Alt-J An Awesome Wave19 Alt-JAn Awesome Wave (Infectious Music)

Purity Ring - Shrines18 Purity RingShrines (4AD/Last Gang)

Animal Collective - Centipede Hz17 Animal CollectiveCentipede Hz (Domino)

Death Grips - The Money Store16 Death GripsThe Money Store (Epic)

The Walkmen - Heaven15 The WalkmenHeaven (Fat Possum)

Grimes - Visions14 GrimesVisions (4AD/Arbutus)

Chromatics - Kill For Love13 ChromaticsKill For Love (Italians Do It Better)

Father John Misty - Fear Fun12 Father John MistyFear Fun (Sub Pop)

Sharon Van Etten - Tramp11 Sharon Van EttenTramp (Jagjaguwar)

Swans - The Seer10 SwansThe Seer (Young God)

Cloud Nothings - Attack On Memory09 Cloud NothingsAttack On Memory (Carpark)

Dirty Projectors - Swing Lo Magellan08 Dirty ProjectorsSwing Lo Magellan (Domino)

Kendrick Lamar - good kid, m.A.A.d. City07 Kendrick Lamargood kid, m.A.A.d. City (TDE/Interscope)

Japandroids - Celebration Rock06 JapandroidsCelebration Rock (Polyvinyl)

Beach House - Bloom05 Beach HouseBloom (Sub Pop)

Fiona Apple - The Idler Wheel…04 Fiona AppleThe Idler Wheel… (Epic)

Tame Impala - Lonerism03 Tame ImpalaLonerism (Modular)

Grizzly Bear - Shields02 Grizzly BearShields (Warp)

Frank Ocean - Channel Orange01 Frank OceanChannel Orange (Def Jam)

Here’s the list in simpler form:
20. Jack White – Blunderbuss
19. Alt-J – An Awesome Wave
18. Purity Ring – Shrines
17. Animal Collective – Centipede Hz
16. Death Grips – The Money Store
15. The Walkmen – Heaven
14. Grimes – Visions
13. Chromatics – Kill For Love
12. Father John Misty – Fear Fun
11. Sharon Van Etten – Tramp
10. Swans – The Seer
09. Cloud Nothings – Attack On Memory
08. Dirty Projectors – Swing Lo Magellan
07. Kendrick Lamar – good kid, m.A.A.d city
06. Japandroids – Celebration Rock
05. Beach House – Bloom
04. Fiona Apple – The Idler Wheel
03. Tame Impala – Lonerism
02. Grizzly Bear – Shields
01. Frank Ocean – Channel Orange

And, in case you missed a category these past few days, or in case you just want to relive the magic all over again, here are the results of all our Gummys categories this year:

In summary: GOOD JOB, EVERYBODY. These were very good results! We had a good voter turnout this year, and your selections confirmed and confronted ours in perfect measure. It always feels good for us to know we are writing for, and participating in, a passionate community. But Gummys time is when we get confirmation that our community is not just passionate, but tasteful and informed at that. You were good in ’12. Looking forward to more xo.