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Best of 2012 Pop Music: Albums

Best of 2012 Pop Music: Albums

What follows are the favorite 10 albums of 2012 as chosen by Times pop music staffer Todd Martens:

1. Frank Ocean, “Channel Orange” (Def Jam). No doubt this is Ocean's moment, what with his Grammy nominations and the romantic topicality of the his songs, but "Channel Orange" felt like an awakening for popular R&B as well. Fragile ideas, scattered electronics and understated orchestrations surround one of the most tender yet bold new voices in pop. 

2. Kelly Hogan, “I Like to Keep Myself in Pain” (Anti-). Working with an all-star cast of songwriters, Hogan dips into country, soul and...