Greg Kot's top 10 albums of 2012
How to narrow down a year's worth of albums to a mere top 10? In the end, I went with the music that rewarded repeat visits. Here are my favorite albums of 2012. -- Greg Kot
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1. Frank Ocean, 'Channel Orange' (Def Jam)
The subtext for this album is a love affair that turned Ocean into an unintended icon for gay and bisexual rights. But Ocean's gift is in the way he makes his personal truth translate on a wider scale. With its yearning vocals, insinuating melodies, understated arrangements and wrenching honesty, "Channel Orange" defines soul.