50 Best Albums of 2012

Frank Ocean reimagined R&B; Dylan drenched us in blood; pop-punk vets, disco orchestras and Scottish oddballs made an election year bearable.

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Cat Power, 'Sun'

16. Cat Power, 'Sun'

The idea of the brilliantly morose Chan Marshall making a dance-rock record is almost absurd. Yet the groove-powered Sun is a perfect fit, channeling the spangled gloom of the Eighties post-punk and synth pop that Marshall grew up with, through chilly electronic color washes and pencil-neck drum-machine rhythms (imagine a femme Joy Division). When she sings "Your world is just beginning" with Iggy Pop on the Bowie-esque epic "Nothin But Time," it's clear the woman is steeling herself for some twists and turns – in her life and her music.

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