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Pitchfork Reveals Top 50 Albums of 2012, Lists Kendrick Lamar Over Frank Ocean

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This year has turned out to be a big one for so-called urban music in the world of indie rock, with hip-hop artist Kendrick Lamar’s ‘good kid, m.A.A.d city’ album beating out Frank Ocean‘s ‘Channel Orange’ to top hipster bible Pitchfork’s Top 50 Albums of 2012 list. The rest of the Top 10, listed below, is rounded out by albums from several Pitchfork regulars, including Grimes, Beach House and Grizzly Bear.

Several Pitchfork Top 10 picks are also among the Album of the Year nominees in our own 2012 Music Awards, including albums by Fiona Apple, Tame Impala and Chromatics. Still haven’t voted in our end-of-year awards yet? Cast your ballot for Album of the Year here, or click here to weigh in on all of our categories. You have until Jan. 15 to vote — the winners will be announced the following day.

Pitchfork’s Top 10 Albums of 2012
10. Grizzly Bear, ‘Shields’
9. Death Grips, ‘The Money Store’
8. Chromatics, ‘Kill For Love’
7. Beach House, ‘Bloom’
6. Grimes, ‘Visions’
5. Swans, ‘The Seer’
4. Tame Impala, ‘Lonerism’
3. Fiona Apple, ‘The Idler Wheel…’
2. Frank Ocean, ‘Channel Orange’
1. Kendrick Lamar Good Kid, ‘m.A.A.d. City’

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