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The 50 Best Albums of 2012

6. Fiona Apple, The Idler Wheel...

Label: Epic
Released: June 18

Fiona Apple's The Idler Wheel... is not a fun album to listen to, but it's a reminder that music is more than just pure entertainment. In an environment so focused on gratification and superficiality, Fiona put together a body of work that cuts right to the core. It's an album constructed like muscles wrapped around bones—like a fleshy, complicated, and very human mass which has a fragility only matched by its strength. The Idler Wheel... is not be one of the most pleasurable albums of the year, in the traditional sense, and that's what makes it one of the most impactful. -JM

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