The #16 record on Q's Top 20 Albums of 2012 comes from an artist whose voice is synonymous in many ways with the mid-to-late 1990s, when she fused a beautiful, poetic, world-weariness with the emerging electronic sounds of the time. She also brought a widely-hailed lyrical quality to the high-octane electronica of the Chemical Brothers and William Orbit, among others. Her work over the past decade is a lush, pastoral canvas on which she's not afraid to slash her brushes from time to time. Her name is Beth Orton. On her latest record -- Sugaring Season -- she mixes her own stark renderings of human interaction and reflection of the natural world with those of a host of cross-generational contemporaries including M. Ward and William Blake. Sugaring Season's shine has earned it the #16 spot on Q's Top 20 Albums of 2012.