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RARB Picks of 2012

Welcome to RARB Picks of the Year, 2012 Edition!

Reviewers who published at least seven reviews in 2012 were asked to select one Pick of the Year and one Honorable Mention from albums that they personally reviewed for RARB. Reviewers with fewer published reviews could choose only a Pick of the Year. (Albums chosen in both categories are listed as Picks only; the full listing may be found under individual reviewers.) Reviewers could submit descriptions of their picks, but were not required to. Reviewers were also asked to select Songs of the Year on a similar principle, again restricted to the songs that they personally reviewed for RARB. Reviewers could also abstain from making selections in any or all categories.

Editor's note: Though the review was published in early 2013, Busted. was eligible for 2012 Picks due to our adjusted end-of-year publishing schedule.


  1. Pust — Julero
  2. Basix — Hjemmebane
  3. The Chordials (Cornell University) — Pulse
  4. The Duke's Men of Yale — Busted.
  5. John K Brown — Unplugged
  6. Midnight Ramblers (University of Rochester) — Revival
  7. MIT Logarhythms — BAM
  8. Postyr Project — Postyr Project

Honorable Mentions

  1. Casual Harmony — Take III
  2. The Clef Hangers (University of North Carolina) — House Rules
  3. Mixed Company (Stanford University) — The Rush
  4. The Persuasions — Persuasions of the Dead
  5. Redline — Inbound
  6. The Sil'hooettes (University of Virginia) — Playing With Lightning
  7. SONO — Playground
  8. X-Factors (Northwestern University) — The Pink Album

Songs of the Year

  1. * * *, Out of the Blue (Duke University) — Still Point
  2. Begynderballistik, Basix — Hjemmebane
  3. Born This Way, A Cappella Records — The A Cappella Guide to Lady Gaga
  4. Elpa (Breath), Postyr Project — Postyr Project
  5. Emtzah Halailah, Tizmoret (Queens College) — Transitory
  6. Et barn er født i Bethlehem, Pust — Julero
  7. ganz ganz oben, muSix — fhainkost
  8. Halo, Mixed Company (Stanford University) — The Rush
  9. Honesty, 'Round Midnight — New York State Of Mind
  10. Innan isen lägger sig, Vocado — Northern Lights
  11. Lil' Red Riding Hood, Home Free — Live from the Road
  12. My Hero/Beside You, Midnight Ramblers (University of Rochester) — Revival
  13. Også Om Dagen, SONO — Playground
  14. Papa Was a Rollin' Stone, The Chordials (Cornell University)- Pulse
  15. Rolling in the Deep, The Duke's Men of Yale — Busted.
  16. Russian Roulette, The Cocktails (University of South Carolina) — Another Round
  17. Sincerely, Jane, The Chordials (Cornell University — Pulse
  18. Telephone, Ithacapella (Ithaca College) — Off The Hook!
  19. What Turns You On, Twisted Measure (Elon University) — And the Rest is Twistory
  20. When Love Takes Over, Itacappella (Ithaca College) — Off The Hook!

Nick Anderson-Frey

Rebecca Christie

John Colton

Patrick Hockberger

Thomas "TeKay" King

Elie Landau

Catherine Lewis

Nicole Marie Milano

Jonathan Minkoff

Malcolm Piper

Kimmie Raschka Sailor

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