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NPR Music's 25 Favorite Albums Of 2012 (So Far)

The NPR Music team presents its 25 favorite albums from the first half of 2012. Highlights include records by rockers Jack White and Sharon Van Etten, pianists Jeremy Denk and Vijay Iyer and debuts from Alabama Shakes and Exitmusic.

The albums that made the first half of our year came at us from every direction (often, more than one at a time). We've collected our favorites into a handy little list that we're happy to share with you today. (There's plenty more mid-year coverage over here, including a list of our 50 favorite songs and a discussion of 2012's highlights at its midpoint.) If you're looking for a summer road trip album, a soundtrack to your hot summer nights or your dreams of winter, start here.

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