The best (and worst) music of 2012

Frank Ocean approached consensus in a fractious year for music

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Frank Ocean at ATP

Frank Ocean at ATP Photograph: Loren Wohl

Your Time Out New York music crew is a diverse lot and always has been. Still, 2012 was the first year in recent memory in which not one single rock, pop, hip-hop, R&B or jazz album rallied a serious consensus among Team Music's constituents. Frank Ocean got two nods, including a number-one berth, for an album so strong we actually reviewed it twice; fun. snagged a spot on two lists, as well. Otherwise, you got a bit of everything, from sultry English electro to retro-metal from the Northwest, and onward to punk-infused magnetic-tape torture. We invite you to explore and debate our picks, and to listen up via Spotify playlists on each critic's page.


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