1. Kimbra … Vows … 2012

    Brazenly poppy pop. It’s so in-your-face with its shopping mall antics that I almost like it. Not bad!

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  2. 2:54 … 2:54 … 2012

    Sister duo out of the UK. 80s-influenced dark rock. It’s pretty cool! Reminds me a lot of the movie The Craft, about teenage witches in the city. Good!

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  3. Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros … Here … 2012

    Banjo plucking in the Appalachian mountains is the lifestyle Edward Sharpe & his cult of smiley people are trying to emulate — and they’re succeeding. This album is soulful, almost religious in tone, and full of love.

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  4. Six to the Wheels … All These Roads … 2012

    Pop-oriented country music. This is pretty infectious stuff, folks.

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  5. Ribouem … Jazz Giriot … 2012

    Born in the Republic of Cameroon, Aime Roger Ribouem launched his musical career playing night clubs in the 80s. His jazz is influenced by the Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, Jimmy Smith, Dizzy Gillespie and Charlie Parker.

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