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Neon Limelight’s 18 Favorite Albums Of 2012

Frank Ocean – Channel Orange: Having worked with some of the biggest artists in the biz, Frank had a lot of buzz to live up to on his debut album. And he did just that. Channel Orange is everything we could have hoped for, and the boatload of Grammy nominations it’s garnered is everything Frank deserves.
4 Tracks You Need To Know: Super Rich Kids, Bad Religion, Pink Matter, Pyramids

Ed Sheeran – + (Plus): Ed’s album was originally released in 2011 overseas, but last year American’s finally got the chance to hear what all the fuss was about. The fuss (in the form of critical acclaim and screaming fans) was definitely warranted as this soulful set won us–and anyone who’s listened to it–completely over.
4 Tracks You Need To Know: The A Team, Wake Me Up, Give Me Love, Small Bump

Carrie Underwood – Blown Away: Carrie’s got a mixed bag of treats on her fifth album. She mixes her signature country sound with rock, pop, and even reggae. Through it all — ballads and up-tempos — her voice remains as pristine and gorgeous as ever.
4 Tracks You Need To Know: Blown Away, Two Black Cadillacs, One Way Ticket, Wine After Whiskey

Chris Brown – Fortune: Chris gives away a lot of free music (like, a lot) but his best work always appears on his albums. “Fortune,” the follow-up to his 2011 release “F.A.M.E.,” was no exception. While it’s not the most cohesive set he’s done, it definitely includes some real winners and showcases Breezy as a vocalist more than any other album/mixtape he’s done since “Exclusive.”
4 Tracks You Need To Know: Stuck On Stupid, Mirage, Bassline, 2012

Justin Bieber – Believe: Try as we might, we couldn’t deny the Bieber fever once we heard Believe. From the Jackson 5 nod “Die In Your Arms,” the synthtastic collab with Nicki Minaj, “Beauty And The Beat,” and the smooth R&B-leaning pop of “Right Here” with fellow Canadian sensation Drake, Bieber’s coming-of-age set is filled with winning moments.
4 Tracks You Need To Know: Die In Your Arms, As Long As You Love Me (featuring Big Sean), Thought Of You, Right Here (featuring Drake)

Maroon 5 – Overexposed: Infectious beats and Adam Levine’s distinctive vocals fill this album jammed with nothing but pop gems. Between the beautiful ballads like “Sad” and dancefloor-ready tunes like “Lucky Strike,” there’s something for everybody on M5′s latest set.
4 Tracks You Need To Know: Lucky Strike, Sad, Love Somebody, Beautiful Goodbye

2 Chainz – Based On A T.R.U. Story: There’s a reason why all of your favorite rappers called on 2 Chainz for a feature last year. Every verse he delivers is memorable. The self-proclaimed hair weave killer filled his highly-anticipated solo debut with more unforgettable verses and collaborations by some rap heavyweights, like Drake, Kanye West, and Nicki Minaj.
4 Tracks You Need To Know: No Lie (featuring Drake), Birthday Song (featuring Kanye West), I’m Different, Money Machine

Lana Del Rey – Born To Die: Her Saturday Night Live debut was not a shining moment and possibly one of the worst ways to head into an album release but the work speaks for its self. Lana’s “Born To Die” helped to erase the bad taste left in everyone’s mouth after the SNL debacle and the flawless music videos that would accompany the album’s singles made her one of the best artists introduced to the masses last year.
4 Tracks You Need To Know: Off To The Races, Video Games, National Anthem, Diet Mountain Dew

Bruno Mars – Unorthodox Jukebox: Sophomore slump? Not for Bruno Mars. Thanks to his seamless blend of retro and modern sounds, honest songwriting, and sinfully smooth vocals, Bruno’s second album is a huge hit already and easily one of the best of the year.
4 Tracks You Need To Know: Young Girls, Gorillas, Show Me, When I Was Your Man

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  1. Love Adam Lambert! “Shady” should be a top pick too!

  2. Adam Lambert- Trespassing album is incredible!!! I’m so addicted to it!! best album in years!!!

  3. trespassing, the best album of 2012 . adam lambert is the best!!!

  4. Adam has produced the most incredible album in the year 2012. He is receiving acclaim from all over the world and his fans are expecting the year 2013 to be the most exciting time for him, He is the best live entertainer and the most talented vocalist.

  5. Eriskay Cavan says:

    Trespassing is one of THE best I have heard in years!!
    Adam Lambert does not disappoint. I have a few favorites, like
    Trespassing, Shady, Naked Love, Broken English, Take Back
    Chokehold, Runnin’ Nirvana……Oh, why don’t I just admit
    I love them all!!

  6. Trespassing was my favorite album of the year…..I listen to it everyday. There is no other album in the world I can say that about!

  7. Trespassing is an awesome album! Looking forward to what else Adam Lambert can produce in the future – you can never tell what he’s going to do LOL Hope he goes more rock I feel his vocal chops get wasted sometimes – altho the musics good – just would like more of that great rock wail we know he can do! Pinks album is great too!! The girl can do no wrong in my eyes!! Carly Rae Jepson & Lana Del Ray tho??? ReallY? Oh well. Can’t agree on everything I guess…

  8. Adam Lambert’s Trespassing is my choice! It never gets old! Each song, including the bonus tracks, are exciting to listen to and I do that often! Adam has magic in his style and voice! The album makes me dance my ass off on the light side to emotions of love and tearing my soul a part on the dark side! Bonus tracks are beyond belief with lyrics that I so relate to like Take Back and Runnin and the texture of Adam’s voice is beyond compare!! Underneath just tears me to shreds! Adam makes life richer with the passion he brings to his music! Yea, this is definitely my favorite of 2012!!

  9. Trespassing by Adam Lambert is my choice. He put his heart and soul into this album and it shows.

  10. Many good choices. Can’t say I’ve heard them all or that I agree with all of them-personal preference. Enjoyed Ed Sheeran and Pink. Absolutely loved Trespassing by Adam Lambert. Favorite tracks: Runnin’, Underneath, Pop that Lock, Cuckoo and Better Than I Know Myself- Oh, let’s face it, loved them all. Kickin’ In was initially my least favorite, but now I love it too! Need to hear these tracks on radio!

  11. Trespassing is such a great album. I have it playing somewhere…in the house, in the car, earbuds…everyday. And, everyday a different song is my favorite because the album is about human emotions, fun, fantasy, dance, attitude, and relationships. But no matter what’s going on in my life that day, Pop That Lock, is my “go to”. It just pushes all the right buttons for me. Adam Lambert, Trespassing, perfect!

  12. “Trespassing” was definitely my favorite album of this year. It has music full of energy to dance to and the other side is heart wrenching ballads that made me tear up. Even the bonus tracks on the deluxe album are great. Runnin and Nirvana are fantastic songs. My favorite ones so far are “Cuckoo” “Shady” “pop that Lock ” “Broken English” “Underneath” “Chokehold” “Outlaws of Love” and “Kickin in”.

  13. adamluv1000 says:

    Trespassing album should have been nominated for a Grammy. Shady is my favorite song.

  14. Loved Adam Lambert’s Trespassing album! All the songs are great for every mood, but Kickin In and Chokehold get extra love.

  15. Miguel! Yes!

  16. I really do like Adam Lambert… Trespassing Album, I have it…

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