The Best Albums of 2014 (So Far)

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We've still got a lot of big releases on the horizon, but so far, 2014 hasn't been about the superstars. Almost half of our favorite albums of the year so far are debuts, and at this point last year, we didn't even know some of the artists who made our favorite music this year. What the year lacks in superstars, though, it makes up for with diversity. We've got experimental hip-hop, hook-driven pop, avant-garde rock, crossover dancehall, West Coast rap, and a handful of impossible-to-define blends in between. As our attention spans get shorter, our appetite for variation grows. Too much of one thing is boring, so we need a little of everything. Thanks for understanding, 2014.

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