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Best Albums of 2012!

Best Albums of 2012

2012 saw some huge breakthrough's in music. With the world of social media, faster Internet than ever, file sharing, YouTube, and more, it seems there are more bands on the market than ever and easier ways of reaching new audiences than possible before. This is why an exploration into the top albums of 2012 is worthwhile. Its hats off to Bruce Springsteen for his recent album Wrecking Ball. His seventeenth album, Springsteen has been a longstanding voice for Middle America and heartland music. The album tackles the current recession to an unusual extent laced with heartfelt American pride. Brazen and bold twenty-five year old rapper Frank Ocean made waves when he came out as being homosexual. He marks the first black and gay rapper in history and is at the top of his game. His album Channel Orange taps into his very personal journey in Los Angeles from having shallow girlfriends to liking men to fighting the prevalent materialism in Los Angeles. This hot album took radio stations by storm when it hit the airwaves last year. Another artist whose personal journey brought about stunning music was Jack White, formerly of the White Stripes. After a very painful and somewhat public break-up with his wife, Jack White is back as a solo-ist and his debut album Blunderbuss is filled with lyrics of anger and pain and heartbreak that seem to give us a peek into this very private and mysterious musician's heart for the first time.

Bob Dylan has long been a voice for change and peace. For fifty years, this incredible musician has been delivering thought provoking and unconventional hippie wisdom. Now you can hear his thirty-fifth album, Tempest, which sings of love and disaster. Many feel this album is Dylan's most outspoken, shocking, and bold yet. And who can forget Fiona Apple. This grunge queen known for her hard angst and gospel wails is back with her hottest album yet. Entitled Hot Knife, this album seems appropriately named for her usual doses of intensity and shock value filled with a more carnal approach to simple acoustics. Fiona Apple made her mark for being unique, individualized, and hit her peak at the height of the grunge era. But like her record of accomplishment, this album is alive, raw, and often times feels erratic and uncontrolled. It's delicious!

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