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The 50 Best Albums of 2012

44. Twin Shadow, Confess

Label: 4AD
Released: July 10

While his debut, Forget, was a stunning look into the past, George Lewis Jr. opts to focus on the present for his sophomore album as Twin Shadow. In particular, Confess was heavily inspired by his motorcycle trips throughout the country. Those journeys clearly led to some heavy introspection regarding his life and friendships, like on standout single "Five Seconds."

Just as important as the lyrics, though, is the instrumentation. Lewis' vocals on Confess are his strongest to date, and they perfectly complement his '80s-indebted musical style that touches on new wave, R&B, and Brit-pop. -AM

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