Well, here we are. The time of year where you go to a bunch of holiday parties, and talk about things that matter: politics, the fiscal cliff, movies — and the year in music... on an international level.
And what a year it has been. But you've been so busy, you found it hard to keep up with the most critically acclaimed albums of 2012. And now here comes your jerk cousin, the self-described World's Biggest Music Snob. And he's coming over, and you just don't know what to do if he asks you about how you think Frank Ocean's Channel Orange will rank in the history of soul music. You've never even heard of Frank Ocean. Or what to say if he asks you about Mumford & Sons and the resurgence of English folk.
Fear not. To help you battle the music snobs you will inevitably run into this year, CBC Music presents this handy guide to some of the biggest water cooler releases of the year, illustrated by one of our designers, Heather Collett.
Click the image below to read it, and let us know how it goes!
(Illustrations by Heather Collett/CBC Music)
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on Dec 27, 2012