The Runners-Up: All the Albums That Barely Missed the Cut for our Top Ten of 2012 Lists

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Because you've obviously already pored over our Best Albums of 2012 extravaganza, it should come as no surprise that whittling each of our lists down to ten was a task of Herculean intellectual fortitude, and a lot of great records were left out of the fun. Herewith, the also-rans, with streaming/download links where we could find them:

Lenika Cruz
Ab-Soul — Control System
Beach House — Bloom
Crystal Castles — III

Ellen Cushing
Le1f — Dark York
Islands — A Sleep & a Forgetting
Purity Ring — Shrines
Hot Chip — In Our Heads
Chromatics — Kill for Love
B. Hamilton — Everything I Own Is Broken*

Azeen Ghorayshi
Die Antwoord — Ten$ion
Purity Ring — Shrines
Metacomet — You Run Too EP
Azealia Banks — 1991 EP

Whitney Phaneuf
Matthew Dear — Beams
Jherek Bischoff — Composed
Jessica Pratt — Jessica Pratt
The Magnetic Fields — Love at the Bottom of the Sea
Frank Ocean — Channel Orange
Grimes — Visions
St. Vincent and David Byrne — Love This Giant
Father John Misty — Fear Fun
oOoOO — Our Love Is Hurting Us EP
Django Django — Django Django

Kathleen Richards
Kowloon Walled City — Container Ships
High on Fire — De Vermis Mysteriis
Wild Hunt — Before the Plane of Angles
Diiv — Oshin

*technically released last year on Soundcloud, but it's out on vinyl now. And it is SO GOOD. Also, full disclosure, frontman Ryan Parks is an acquaintance of mine and an occasional EBX contributor.

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