50 Best Songs of 2012

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Dwight Yoakam, 'A Heart Like Mine'

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Randee St. Nicholas

For his first album of originals in seven years, trad-country torchbearer Yoakam had the inspired idea to call on Beck to produce a couple of tracks. The result, in "A Heart Like Mine," hits you like a linebacker – a ringing, clattering blend of Buck Owens-style California country and Sixties garage psychedelia.

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