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'

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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