December 20, 2012 11:06 AM
The year in music: Best/favorite albums
Kendrick Lamar's “Good Kid, M.A.A.D. City” was one of this year's popular favorites
Kendrick Lamar's “Good Kid, M.A.A.D. City” was one of this year's popular favorites. In 2012, the onslaught continued. Long gone are the years in which tastemakers and gatekeepers of new music releases would reach at least an ambiguous consensus. These days, so many worthwhile recordings are released from so many places — big labels to small, boutique labels — that it’s nearly impossible for one person to give an attentive listen to every record that merits it. In fact, an informal, unofficial count of this year’s local releases topped 190. If you listened to nothing but those albums straight through,...