HMV’s Poll of Polls has revealed the best album of 2012 according to the nation’s music critics is the Def Jam released Channel Orange by Frank Ocean.
Channel Orange scored 22 nominations in total among critics. Five publications have voted it their ‘album of the year’, including the Guardian, the Evening Standard and Music Week, and a further seventeen, including the likes of Mojo, NME, The Fly, The Times, the BBC, and Rolling Stone have it featured in their top 5.
HMV music manager, John Hirst said: “It’s no surprise that Frank Ocean has come so high up in many critics’ top-tens – he’s hugely talented and his name’s been on a lot of people’s lips for a few years now.
“There’s a certain Stevie Wonder quality about him, and aside from having released a truly wonderful debut album, Frank has also earned a great deal of credit in the way he has challenged Hip Hop stereotypes. I think we’re going to hear a lot more from him in future.”
Second spot in the hmv poll is claimed by Jack White’s Blunderbuss. In third position are Tame Impala, whose album Lonerism secured ‘album of the year’ accolades from the NME and Filter, while Grimes is in fourth spot with 14 nominations for Visions, including a number one placing from Rough Trade.
Making up the top 5 is Grizzly Bear, who also attracted 14 nominations for their album Shields.
The rest of the top 10 in the survey include Jessie Ware – Devotion; Kendrick Lamar – Good Kid, m.A.A.d City; Beach House – Bloom; The Maccabees – Given to the Wild; and Mercury Prize winners Alt-J with An Awesome Wave.
Further down the list Bob Dylan makes it into the top 20 with Tempest, whilst Bruce Springsteen Wrecking Ball (no.23) and Leonard Cohen Old Ideas (no.30) secure a top 30 placing.
The Poll of Polls results are accumulated by collating, aggregating and weighting the various nominations published across thirty music titles, national press and online sites.