Mid-Year Report: The Best Albums of 2012 So Far

From Bruce to Best Coast and beyond, 40 of our favorite albums from the last six months

Allo Darlin', 'Europe'
7/40

Allo Darlin', 'Europe'

The U.K. band makes old jangle-pop moves sound fresh, with sharp wit and tunes that don't quit.

Read the RS review: "What sets them apart are [singer Elizabeth Morris'] understated wit – 'They could name a star after you and you'd still be complaining,' she sings on 'Neil Armstrong' – and the clear enthusiasm of her bandmates, who hurtle through every jangly chord change like they're falling into a new romance."

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