The 10 best album releases of 2012

Norah Jones and Sharon Van Etten LP coversBY MIA JONES

Since the end of the year is almost here and the new releases have slowed down dramatically it’s the perfect time for a Best of 2012 list. At the beginning of this year I created a playlist to put all of my favorite albums into as I wrote this column every week. It turns out cross-genre and multi-instrumentalists had a great year this year! But, if I do say so myself, 2012 was the year of the fantastic breakup album. The power, emotion, lyricism, heartache, redemption and honesty of this year’s recorded relationship problems will help see me through whatever next failed relationship comes my way. So thanks for that, Universe! Please feel free to add your own suggestions in the comments!

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