If you recognize Sleigh Bells and The-Dream, we applaud your wide-ranging musical taste!
To help you weed through the hundreds (make that thousands!) of new releases, SPIN's editors picked the top records of the first half of the year. Click through the gallery to see who made our list -- and read our reasons why. -- William Goodman
Artists dependent on tradition as muse and subject gamble on fate. Eventually the marketplace will deal — so they think. Well, Dwight Yoakam has won twice. After a hell of an '80s run, he spent the '90s in Hollywood and released distracted albums before 2003’s superb Population Me marked his return. The revelation was 2012’… More »