50 Best Albums of 2012

Frank Ocean reimagined R&B; Dylan drenched us in blood; pop-punk vets, disco orchestras and Scottish oddballs made an election year bearable.

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Divine Fits, 'A Thing Called Divine Fits'

Featuring Spoon's Britt Daniel and Wolf Parade's Dan Boeckner, this is the rare super-group that is more than the sum of its promising parts. Daniel's jaggedly tuneful pop merges with Boeckner's rock classicism for a nervy chemical reaction on songs like the scuzzed-up synth-pop "My Love Is Real" and the neo-garage rock stomp "Would That Not Be Nice." But the secret weapon might be drummer Sam Brown, formerly of Ohio punks New Bomb Turks, who bashes and swings with wrecking-ball force. Let's hope this isn't a one-time thing.

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