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

Amadou & Mariam, 'Folila'

Amadou & Mariam, 'Folila'

The Malian duo make Afropop that stretches from Bamako to Bushwick.

Read the RS review: "Africa's great husband-wife duo bring their trance vocals and shredding guitar grooves to Brooklyn, where they rock out with Santigold, members of TV on the Radio and others . . . The result is cultural exchange with ears pricked high."

RS Playlist: Amadou & Mariam feat. Santigold, 'Dougou Badia' 

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