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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Japandroids, 'Celebration Rock'

Two punk-rock dudes from Vancouver bang out a classic of lion-hearted, red-blooded guitar blasts, barreling out of the gate with the manic chant they fire off in "The Nights of Wine and Roses": "Don't we have anything to live for?/Well, of course we do!" Japandroids' second album roars like the lost Replacements record between Tim and Pleased to Meet Me, except with any hint of self-defeating indie neurosis kicked to the curb – instead, singer-guitarist Brian King and singer-drummer David Prowse go for pure tonight-we-ride bravado.

 

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