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posted: 12/28/2012 6:00 AM

Three critics give their picks for best music of the year

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  • Nas, "Life is Good"

      Nas, "Life is Good"

  • Of Monsters and Men, "My Head is an Animal"

      Of Monsters and Men, "My Head is an Animal"

  • Elle Varner, "Perfectly Imperfect"

      Elle Varner, "Perfectly Imperfect"

  • Emeli Sande, "Our Version of Events"

      Emeli Sande, "Our Version of Events"

  • Alabama Shakes, "Boys & Girls"

      Alabama Shakes, "Boys & Girls"

  • "The Hunger Games"

      "The Hunger Games"

  • Natural Child, "Hard in Heaven"

      Natural Child, "Hard in Heaven"

  • Esperanza Spalding's, "Radio Music Society"

      Esperanza Spalding's, "Radio Music Society"

By Mesfin Fekadu, Chris Talbott and Nekesa Mumbi Moody
Associated Press

2012 was packed with hot new releases from current artists. three associated press critics narrow down the field to their 10 best albums of the year.

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