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Best Albums of 2012

Frank Ocean - Channel Orange

The year 2012 may be consigned to the past, but the music it served up most definitely isn’t. There were some excellent breakthrough artists and some stunning albums, so if you’re in the mood to sit back and chill out – iPod in hand, Beats by DRE perched on ears -here are some of last year’s most memorable albums for your enjoyment.

Frank Ocean – Channel Orange
Frank Ocean started out as a songwriter for the likes of Justin Bieber and John Legend, but his debut studio album, Channel Orange, released in July, has seen him prove himself in his own right. Ocean is something of a lyrical genius: painting vivid pictures and beautiful narratives with his storytelling. His take on R&B is fresh and original, with slow jam beats and unconventional melodies, and Ocean has already picked up a number of awards and celebrity fans.

Emeli Sandé – Our Version of Events
Last year was massive for Emeli Sandé in terms of prominence and recognition. She was handed big roles in the Olympic opening and closing ceremonies, catapulting herself into the global arena. Sande’s music is soft, captivating and moving, and it’s worth noting that she has re-released this album with the smash-hit Beneath Your Beautiful in all its poignant glory.

Swedish House Mafia – Until Now
Not the kind of music you’d choose to listen to whilst relaxing with your iPod, granted, but Swedish House Mafia’s 2012 album Until Now is a dancefloor classic, with Don’t You Worry Child surely claiming its place as one of the seminal tracks of the year. House music has many forms and guises, but this album has a great electro feel and a succession of brilliant anthems.

Maroon 5 – Overexposed
After their debut album back in 2002 went multi-platinum, Maroon 5 looked set to be one of the biggest bands on the planet. Sadly their follow-up efforts weren’t a patch on their first release, but their 2012 offering was easily the best yet. Payphone was a no.1 hit as well as one of the catchiest songs of the year, and helped shoot them back into stardom.

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