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Critics Look Back At 2012: A Big Year For Frank Ocean

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Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Frank Ocean's 'Channel Orange' is among this year's most acclaimed records. Frank Ocean's 'Channel Orange' is among this year's most acclaimed records. (Nabil Elderkin/Courtesy of the artist)

For the next three nights, Soundcheck will look back at the past year in music with critics from NPR, Billboard and the New York Times revealing their answers to Soundcheck's 2012 Music survey, a series of questions about the highs and lows of 2012. 

Today on the show, Billboard editor Joe Levy, hip hop journalist Sowmya Krishnamurthy and KCRW DJ Anne Litt share their favorite albums, most memorable concerts, biggest musical disappointments and more. Spoiler alert: 2012 was a good year for Frank Ocean. 



Sowmya Krishnamurthy, Joe Levy and Anne Litt, KCRW DJ

Frank Ocean, Social Media Phenoms, And Wussy: Joe Levy's 2012 Music Survey

The Billboard editor and Soundcheck regular gives us his take on the year in music, from Frank Ocean, to social media phenoms, and the long-running rock band called Wussy.


A Year For Newcomers: Sowmya Krishnamurthy's 2012 Music Survey

Hip hop journalist Sowmya Krishnamurthy says 2012 was all about newcomers -- namely, the young rapper Kendrick Lamar, and R&B singers The Weeknd and Frank Ocean.


Gary Clark Jr., Psychedelic Sounds, And Deadmau5: Anne Litt's 2012 Music Survey

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