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Page 1 of 5 Paste’s Best of 2012 series continues through Dec. 31 and is made possible by our friends at Tretorn . With Thanksgiving in our rearview mirror and very few albums left on the release calendar, it’s time to look back at the best of 2012 in music. We asked 32 different staff members and music writers for their favorite albums this year. They voted for 345 different LPs—representing just a fraction of the recorded music released since Jan. 1—and we’ve narrowed it down to the 50 best.
The 25 best-reviewed albums of 2012 so far (min. 15 reviews) Now that we've reached the halfway point of the year, it's time to see which of the year's releases have impressed critics the most. We start with the year's major releases, which have received at least 15 reviews.
Part of me hopes you'll click play before you read this. Michael Kiwanuka's voice should speak for itself. It should be allowed to surprise you. It's so rich, so extraordinarily soulful, that piling up a bunch of hyperbolic adjectives seems like a disservice. The other part of me wants to suggest that he's "2012's Best New Artist," "the male Adele," or "Bill Withers's rightful heir."
Though a picture can speak a thousand words, there’s nothing quite like taking a video. Capturing a picture is one thing, but a video can tell viewers a whole lot more, not to mention really immerse them in the memory. Social media has expanded way beyond just telling people what you’re doing or thinking of in 140 characters or less and taking pictures of where you are and what you’re eating and throwing a filter on it for a chic look. YouTube allowed people to create video blogs (vlogs) so that they could connect better, and services like Keek let users take a 36-second video of whatever they wanted to share. There’s another way of keeping in touch now: through the Telly app for Android. If you’re thinking of the slang term for television, you’re not exactly wrong.
In November of 1958, John Steinbeck — the renowned author of, most notably, The Grapes of Wrath , East of Eden , and Of Mice and Men — received a letter from his eldest son, Thom , who was attending boarding school.