Critics Look Back At 2012: A Big Year For Frank Ocean

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Frank Ocean's 'Channel Orange' is among this year's most acclaimed records.

For the next three nights, Soundcheck will look back at the past year in music with critics from NPR, Billboard and the New York Times revealing their answers to Soundcheck's 2012 Music survey, a series of questions about the highs and lows of 2012. 

Today on the show, Billboard editor Joe Levy, hip hop journalist Sowmya Krishnamurthy and KCRW DJ Anne Litt share their favorite albums, most memorable concerts, biggest musical disappointments and more. Spoiler alert: 2012 was a good year for Frank Ocean.