[YEAR-END] Top 50 Albums of 2012 (50-41)

As we approach the end of 2012, a look at some of the year’s greatest albums must be done. Check out TUA’s top 50 albums of the year, beginning with the first 10 below:

50. Ellie Goulding – Halycon

no50Serving as her second official release, Ellie’s ‘Halycon’ is a great hybrid of #britpop mixed with dark songwriting.

49. Miguel – Kaleidoscope Dream


Miguel’s sophomore release has proven to be more commercially successful than ‘All I Want Is You’, but could it be enough to win his first Grammy?

48. Christina Aguilera – Lotusno48

‘Lotus’ may be great vocally, but its songs suffer from an extreme lack of cohesion.

47. Estelle – All Of Meno47

My favorite #urbanbrit scores with another solid release, this time featuring production from the Roots on half of the album.

46. Michael Kiwanuka – Home Againno46

After being compared to Bob Dylan and Otis Redding, there’s no way that British newcomer Michael Kiwanuka could ever fail in my eyes.

45. Solange’ – True


Solo’s first release on Terrible Records proves its own promise, but I’m not sure she’ll garner the commercial success that she’s anticipating from a seven song EP.

44. Elle Varner – Perfectly Imperfect


I’m still not quite sure what sold more records – her ass on the album cover or “Refill” in the hood.

43. The Killers – Battle Born


The Killers’ lead singer Brandon Flowers never disappoints with his powerful vocals over his own enchanted songwriting.

42. 2Chainz – Based On A T.R.U. Story


2Chainz had everyone saying his name in his own signature fashion, with #grownman lyrics and beats to match.

41. Nelly Furtado – The Spirit Indestructible


Despite its massive major label flop, Nelly’s album definitely sits among the most cohesive sets of the year.

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