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.

Titus Andronicus, 'Local Business'

38. Titus Andronicus, 'Local Business'

These Jersey boys might be America's most desperately ambitious, righteously exciting punk-rock flamethrowers. On "My Eating Disorder," Patrick Stickles sings, "Screaming and convulsing, now I'm gonna spit it out"; the "it" in question (other than his lunch) is an album of brawling street-rock songs with titles like "Titus Andronicus vs. the Absurd Universe (3rd Round KO)." With as much love for Thin Lizzy as Black Flag, and wielding a tireless underdog howl, Stickles proves just how much mileage you can still get out of suburban self-disgust.

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