2012′s Best Albums
9. Carly Rae Jepsen, Kiss
Sam says: History may ultimately remember Carly as a one-hit-wonder (that Owl City collab doesn't really count), but there's a difference between a "hit" and a "damn good song" — and Jepsen's LP Kiss had more than its share of those. Consider the J-pop dazzle of the under-performing second single "This Kiss," the thrilling stampede of "Tonight I'm Getting Over You," the wistful charms of "More Than a Memory" and the heartbreaking "Your Heart Is a Muscle," and it's clear that there's more pluck and breezy sincerity on Kiss than nearly any mainstream pop release this year. Audiences didn't "get it," of course, but no matter. Pop geeks will be playing these songs long after "Call Me Maybe" has been reduced to little more than a memory.