30-Second Reviews: The Top 10 Records of 2012, "The Late Late Show" and a Private Meek Mill Party

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Frank Ocean's debut LP, "channel Orange," was selected as top album of the year.

ON THE RECORD: TOP 10 OF 2012

1. Frank Ocean
channel ORANGE
(Def Jam)
Sounds like: A startlingly unique vision from a promising new R&B rookie.
Free association: Pop music’s been waiting for a voice like his for years.
For fans of: Marvin Gaye x Odd Future, Miguel/Pharrell/Prince, gay heroes. (Bill Chenevert)

 

 

 

2. Hot Chip
In Our Heads
(Domino)
Sounds like: The fifth from the U.K. dance mavens may be their most fun yet.
Free association: They get better with age and keep their sense of humor.
For fans of: LCD Soundsystem, Simian Mobile Disco, !!!, classy, arty EDM. (B.C.)

 

 

 

3. Fiona Apple
The Idler Wheel...
(Epic)
Sounds like: The Wild Woman of indie made a perfect, hushed masterpiece.
Free association: A hash possession arrest may have made us love her more.
For fans of: Tori/Alanis/Feist, Patti Smith x Joni Mitchell, madness in music. (B.C.)

 

 

 

4. Here We Go Magic
A Different Ship
(Secretly Canadian)
Sounds like: An underrated killer batch of Nigel Godrich-produced folk jams.
Free association: A Johnny Brenda’s set confirmed suspicions: Sickening.
For fans of: Stereolab x David Byrne + the Shins, groove-heavy indie folk. (B.C.)

 

 

 

5. Kendrick Lamar
good kid, m.A.A.d city.
(Top Dawg/Aftermath/Interscope)
Sounds like: A dazzling and coherent debut from a gifted Compton emcee.
Free association: He and Killer Mike singlehandedly revive faith in rappers.
For fans of: Dr. Dre x Ab-Soul/ScHoolboy Q/Curren$y, young brilliance. (B.C.)

 

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