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Frank Ocean tops the AV Club’s Top 25 LPs of 2012 list

by Bill Pearis

Frank Ocean at Angel Orensanz Center, 9/24/2012 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
Frank Ocean

One of the saddest losses of 2012 for me was the NYC print edition of The Onion which I always looked forward to picking up on Wednesdays and browsing while on the subway or getting some food on the neighborhood. (I still have my copy of the “CHINA STRONG” issue, easily one of the funniest they’ve ever done.) I lament of it for the AV Club half as well, as I’ve long found it to be amongst the best pop culture criticism/journalism out there. While NYC can no longer get physical copies, you can still read it online where the AV Club has really flourished.

It’s Year-End season there too and have just published their Top 25 LPs of 2012 list, which was tallied by a complicated system that led to a lot of ties, including three albums claiming the #18 spot. There was no doubt who was getting the top slot, though, as Frank Ocean‘s Channel Orange got the most votes by a wide margin. There’s no stopping that album on year end polls. Elsewhere on the list, you’ll find more than a few records that cater to the late-’30s indie rock fan crowd (The Walkmen, Bob Mould, Field Music) and even Rush‘s Clockwork of Angels. You can look at individual writers’ ballots as well. Check out the whole list below.

The AV Club’s Top 25 Albums of 2012
24. (tie) Pilot To Gunner, Guilty Guilty
24. (tie) Dion, Tank Full Of Blues
23. Bob Dylan, Tempest
22. Cat Power, Sun
21. Sun Kil Moon, Among The Leaves
18. (tie) The Walkmen, Heaven
18. (tie) Future Of The Left, The Plot Against Common Sense
18. (tie) Field Music, Plumb
17. The Men, Open Your Heart
16. Leonard Cohen, Old Ideas
15. Rush, Clockwork Angels
14. Grizzly Bear, Shields
13. Miguel, Kaleidoscope Dream
12. Divine Fits, A Thing Called Divine Fits
11. Kendrick Lamar, Good Kid, M.A.A.D. City
10. P.O.S., We Don’t Even Live Here
8. (tie) Titus Andronicus, Local Business
8. (tie) Bob Mould, Silver Age
7. Swans, The Seer
6. Jack White, Blunderbuss
5. Fiona Apple, The Idler Wheel…
4. Sharon Van Etten, Tramp
3. Cloud Nothings, Attack On Memory
2. Japandroids, Celebration Rock
1. Frank Ocean, Channel Orange

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