Top 60 Albums of 2012 (40-21)

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QRO’s year-end list reflects the oddity and diversity of 2012 – the year the world didn’t end. Lots of releases, little agreement – it was 2012:

40 Frankie Rose
Interstellar

Your favorite garage-rock gal has grown into so much more.
Frankie Rose : Interstellar
39 Ringo Deathstarr
Mauve

Austin garage-rockers take it to the next level with getting over-produced.
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Ringo Deathstarr : Mauve
38 David Byrne & St. Vincent
Love This Giant

Annie Clark + The Talking Head = easily the classiest album of the year.
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David Byrne & St. Vincent : Love This Giant
37 Ben Howard
The Burgh Island EP

Dark, yet uplifting acoustic songs all the way through. Outstanding album.
Ben Howard : Burgh Island EP
36 Cat Power
Sun

Chan Marshall pulls together all of her messy life for a great record.
Cat Power : Sun
35 Dinowalrus
Best Behavior

The next Best band from Brooklyn – we knew them when…
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Dinowalrus : Best Behavior
34 David Crowder Band
Give Us Rest or (A Requiem Mass In C [The Happiest of All Keys])
The title is as epic as the album itself, this double disc offering was the band’s last. As sad as that is, what a way to go out.
Ben Crowder Band : Give Us Rest or (A Requiem Mass In C [The Happiest of All Keys])
33 Killing Joke
MMXII

Original line-up of the iconic post-punk act is killed it in 2012.
Killing Joke : MMXII
32 Lee Ranaldo
Between the Times & The Times
Reminding us once again who was the most important part of one of the most important bands ever.
Lee Ranaldo : Between the Times & The Times
31 Sharon Van Etten
Tramp

Brooklyn’s ‘it girl’ goes from success to success.
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Sharon Van Etten : Tramp
30 Bear In Heaven
I Love You, It’s Cool

The stylish synth rockers serve up their most polished sound yet – but my God, did a unicorn vomit on the album cover?
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Bear In Heaven : I Love You, It's Cool
29 Metric
Synthetica

Alt-stars just keep reaching higher & farther.
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Metric : Synthetica
28 Punch Brothers
Who’s Feeling Young Now?

Brooklyn bluegrass breakthrough.
Punch Brothers : Who's Feeling You Now?
27 Bruce Springsteen
Wrecking Ball

The talent of The Boss and his E Street Band is undeniable. Quite possibly his most honest and in-your-face release to date.
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Bruce Springsteen : Wrecking Ball
26 Ben Folds Five
The Sound of the Life of the Mind

It’s everything you loved about Ben Folds when he was Five.
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Ben Folds Five : The Sound of the Life of the Mind
25 Santigold
Master of My Make-Believe

No sophomore slump for Santigold. She tops her debut with a masterful versatile anthem.
Santigold : Master of My Make-Believe
24 Delta Spirit
Delta Spirit

Proving that alt-country can be both complex and a party.
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Delta Spirit : Delta Spirit
23 The Shins
Port of Morrow

James Mercer has returned to where you love him best – without missing a beat.
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The Shins : Port of Morrow
22 The xx
Coexist

Vignettes of life sing against a backdrop of simple atmospheric harmonies of Sim and Madley Croft.
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The xx : Coexist
21 Alabama Shakes
Boys & Girls

Southern rock & soul debut from such a sweet home.
Alabama Shakes : Boys & Girls

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