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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Django Django, 'Django Django'

The Edinburgh art-school debutantes of Django Django use electronics to make strange new rock & roll shapes. See "Firewater," which sinks an acoustic folk-blues jam into a dub-reverb fish tank, or the single "Default," which digitally stutters the chorus of a British Invasion tribute. Drummer-producer David Maclean (younger brother of John Maclean, of the late, like-minded Beta Band) is the MVP, building trippy tracks around indelible grooves. Sometimes they involve coconut shells ("Love's Dart"). But they always involve sly pop smarts.

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