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

Rufus Wainwright, 'Out of the Game'
3/40

Rufus Wainwright, 'Out of the Game'

The songwriting heir makes a big, friendly L.A.-pop album.

Read the RS review: "[Wainwright's] formal mastery is so complete it's hilarious, like Albert Pujols playing stickball . . . 'Barbara' (featuring Wilco guitarist Nels Cline) is an ace take on Michael McDonald yacht-rock fluff, while the title track disses mainstream 'suckers' in lush harmony over a Steely Dan-ish strut."

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