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

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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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Cover of Billy Hart's All Our Reasons

Cover of Billy Hart's All Our Reasons

Cover of Bobby Womack's The Bravest Man in the World

Cover of Bobby Womack's The Bravest Man in the World

Cover of Killer Mike's R.A.P. Music

Cover of Killer Mike's R.A.P. Music

Cover of Spiritualized's Sweet Heart Sweet Light

Cover of Spiritualized's Sweet Heart Sweet Light

Cover of Ab-Soul's Control System

Cover of Ab-Soul's Control System

Cover of DJ Burn One's Where There's Smoke

Cover of DJ Burn One's Where There's Smoke

Cover of Berlin Philharmonic: Bach's St. Matthew Passion

Cover of Berlin Philharmonic: Bach's St. Matthew Passion

Cover of Fun.'s Some Nights.

Cover of Fun.'s Some Nights.

Some of the album covers for NPR Music's 25 Favorite Albums Of 2012 (So Far).

Some of the album covers for NPR Music's 25 Favorite Albums Of 2012 (So Far).

Covers of albums on NPR Music's 25 Favorite Albums Of 2012 (So Far) list.

Covers of albums on NPR Music's 25 Favorite Albums Of 2012 (So Far) list.

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