Top 25 Albums of 2012: Expert Witness Pazz & Jop

Robert Christgau’s MSN blog, Expert Witness, has a comment section filled with some of the best music discussion I’ve come across.  Last year, I hosted a poll of commenters’ favorite albums and songs of 2011.  Now, I’ve hosted a second poll there to find commenters’ favorite albums and songs of 2012.  Users voted for exactly ten albums, distributing 100 points among them and awarding each album no more than 30 but no fewer than 5 points.   The top albums here are chosen from 57 ballots, 6 more than last year.  ”Big supporters” indicates voters who gave an album >10 points.  ”First place mentions” indicates voters who had an album in their top slot.  You can find the fifty-seven ballots that were cast here, and you can look at the tally of the top 74 albums and top 84 songs here.

24. Swing Lo Magellan – Dirty Projectors

swing lo magellan

Points: 59

Mentions: 7

Points per mention: 8.4

Big supporters (2): John Speranza (15), Dan Weiss (12)

First place mentions (1): John Speranza (15)

24. Europe – Allo Darlin’

europe

Points: 59

Mentions: 7

Points per mention: 8.4

Big supporters (2): KT Lindemann (11), Markus Rauchenwald (13)

First place mentions (2): Chris Hurst (10), Markus Rauchenwald (13)

22. Perfectly Imperfect – Elle Varner

perfectly imperfect

Points: 62

Mentions: 7

Points per mention: 8.9

Big supporters (1): Alex Wolf (15)

First place mentions (1): Alex Wolf (15)

22. 4evaNaDay – Big K.R.I.T.

4eva

Points: 62

Mentions: 7

Points per mention: 8.9

Big supporters (1): Raul Roque (15)

21. Sorry to Bother You – The Coup

sorry to bother you

Points: 68

Mentions: 8

Points per mention: 8.5

20. I Know What Love Isn’t – Jens Lekman

i know what love isn't

Points: 69

Mentions: 7

Points per mention: 9.9

Big supporters (3): Tom Lane (15), Brad Luen (16), Markus Rauchenwald (11)

First place mentions (1): Brad Luen (16)

19. “Kill My Blues” – The Corin Tucker Band

kill my blues

Points: 70

Mentions: 8

Points per mention: 8.8

Big supporters (1): Peter Gorman (11)

18. Kindred – Burial

kindred

Points: 74

Mentions: 7

Points per mention: 10.6

Big supporters (2): Jason Gubbels (14), Dan Weiss (22)

Points for Street Halo/Kindred37

Mentions for Street Halo/Kindred3

Points per mention for Street Halo/Kindred12.3

17. Wrecking Ball – Bruce Springsteen

death to my hometown

Points: 90

Mentions: 10

Points per mention: 9.0

Big supporters (4): Paul Hayden (15), Greg Morton (17), Zach Philips (15), Markus Rauchenwald (13)

First place mentions: Paul Hayden (15), Greg Morton (17)

16. Attack on Memory – Cloud Nothings

attack on memory

Points: 95

Mentions: 11

Points per mention: 8.6

Big supporters (1): Felix Lorenz (16)

15. Old Ideas – Leonard Cohen

old ideas

Points: 102

Mentions: 12

Points per mention: 8.5

Big supporters (1): Paul Hayden (14)

14. Tempest – Bob Dylan

tempest

Points: 104

Mentions: 9

Points per mention: 11.6

Big supporters (4): Jacob Bailis (11), Zach Philips (15), John Speranza (13), Jerry Withrow (30)

First place mentions: Jerry Withrow (30)

13. Red – Taylor Swift

red

Points: 104

Mentions: 10

Points per mention: 10.4

Big supporters (5): Jacob Bailis (12), Scott Coleman (15), Brad Luen (11), Ryan Maffei (11), Michael Swallop (13)

First place mentions (1): Mike Imes (10)

12. Dialect Fluorescent – Steve Lehman Trio

dialectfluoro

Points: 111

Mentions: 8

Points per mention: 13.9

Big supporters (5): Jason Gubbels (19), Tom Hull (15), Brad Luen (16), Christopher Monsen (20), Dan Weber (11)

First place mentions (1): Christopher Monsen (20)

11. Celebration Rock – Japandroids

celebration rock

Points: 124

Mentions: 13

Points per mention: 9.5

Big supporters (3): Paul Hayden (14), Jon LaFollette (12), KT Lindemann (12)

10. The Idler Wheel Is Wiser Than the Driver of the Screw and Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Will Ever Do – Fiona Apple

idler wheel

Points: 131

Mentions: 15

Points per mention: 8.7

Big supporters (4): Nah-Tieh Bropleh (12), Joey Daniewicz (11), Will Hanson (15), KT Lindemann (16)

First place mentions (1): Kt Lindemann (16)

9. 1991 – Azealia Banks

1991

Points: 141

Mentions: 12

Points per mention: 11.8

Big supporters (5): Justin Little (11), Joe Lunday (19), Michael Tatum (16), Rodney Taylor (30), Alex Wolf (13)

First place mentions (2): Joe Lunday (19), Rodney Taylor (30)

8. Americana – Neil Young & Crazy Horse

americana

Points: 153

Mentions: 16

Points per mention: 9.6

Big supporters (4): Scott Coleman (15), Mitch Fujita (13), Richard Ross (20), John Smallwood (12)

First place mention (3): Kevin John Bozelka (10), Jeff Melnick (10), Richard Ross (20)

7. The Truth About Love – P!nk

the truth about love

Points: 153

Mentions: 17

Points per mention: 9

Big supporters (4): Phil Brasor (20), Scott Coleman (16), Jimmy Cook (24), Rob Cooper (12)

First place mentions (3): Phil Brasor (20), Scott Coleman (16), Jimmy Cook (24)

6. Father Creeper – Spoek Mathambo

Print

Points: 167

Mentions: 17

Points per mention: 9.8

Big supporters (6): Chuck Bromley (15), Justin Little (18), Nick M (11), Kenny Mostern (15), Jaimie Stone (15), Dan Weber (11)

First place mentions (2): Justin Little (18), Kenny Mostern (15)

5. Transcendental Youth – The Mountain Goats

transcendental youth

Points: 185

Mentions: 18

Points per mention: 10.3

Big supporters (7): Jacob Bailis (18), Rob Cooper (12), Joey Daniewicz (11), Peter Gorman (11), Felix Lorenz (14), John Smallwood (20), Michael Tatum (12)

First place mentions (2): Jacob Bailis (18), John Smallwood (20)

4. good kid, m.A.A.d. city – Kendrick Lamar

good kid

Points: 196

Mentions: 17

Points per mention: 11.5

Big supporters (8): Chuck Bromley (13), Nah-Tieh Bropleh (15), Joey Daniewicz (14), Nick Farruggia (18), Will Hanson (16), KT Lindemann (11), Alexander Nevermind (25), Alex Wolf (11)

First place mentions (4): Nah-Tieh Bropleh (15), Will Hanson (16), Alexander Nevermind (25), Matt Rice (10)

3. Agnostic Hymns & Stoner Fables – Todd Snider

new york banker

Points: 263

Mentions: 22

Points per mention: 12.0

Big supporters: 11

First place mentions (4): Jeff Callahan (10), Mitch Fujita (16), Jon LaFollette (17), Tom Lane (21)

2. channel ORANGE – Frank Ocean

channel orange

Points: 358

Mentions: 28

Points per mention: 12.8

Big supporters: 18

First place mentions (5): Chuck Bromley (15), Joey Daniewicz (15), Nick Farruggia (20), Felix Lorenz (16), Raul Roque (20)

1. Older Than My Old Man Now – Loudon Wainwright III

older than my old man now

Points: 458

Mentions: 30

Points per mention: 15.3

Big supporters: 21

First place mentions (11): Paul Albone (30), Richard Cobeen (24), Rob Cooper (20), Jason Gubbels (23), Glen Hadwen (10), Tom Hull (15), Liam Smith (15), Michael Tatum (20), Dan Weber (18), Dan Weiss (22), Joe Yanosik (10)

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