Is it really 2012's finest release?
Channel Orange

Frank Ocean's 'Channel Orange' has emerged as the winner of this year's HMV Poll of Polls.

Ah, critical polls. Although to some the idea of placing artistic endeavour in handy list format is something of a misnomer, those annual critical polls do nonetheless provide a handy talking point. Plus... they're fun.

Each year HMV aggregate lists from as many publications as possible to locate the overall critical champion. The Poll of Polls has returned once again, with 2012 succumbing to the charms of Frank Ocean.

Grabbing lists from publications as diverse as Clash (hello!) and The Sun's Bizarre column, this attempt at aggregation is fraught with difficulties. However if someone has to win it might as well be Frank Ocean, undoubtedly one of the year's most dissected newcomers.

HMV Music Manager, John Hirst, comments: “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.”

So where did 'Channel Orange' feature in our list? Click HERE.

HMV Poll of Polls Top Ten:
1. Frank Ocean - Channel Orange (22 noms)
2. Jack White - Blunderbuss (15 noms)
3. Tame Impala - Lonerism (15 noms)
4. Grimes - Visions (14 noms)
5. Grizzly Bear - Shields (14 noms)
6. Jessie Ware - Devotion (13 noms)
7. Kendrick Lamar - good kid, m.A.A.d city (13 noms)
8. Beach House - Bloom (11 noms)
9. The Maccabees - Given To The Wild (9 noms)
10. Alt-J - An Awesome Wave (9 noms)


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