45 Best Albums of 2014 So Far

The best rock, hip-hop, EDM and country of this year's first half

Beck, 'Morning Phase'
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Courtesy of Capitol Records.40/45

Beck, 'Morning Phase'

On his remarkable 2002 album, Sea Change, Beck ditched his signature irony, break beats and jump cuts to vibe on the country-tinged singer-songwriter tradition of his L.A. hometown. Since then, the album's stature has only grown – even as Beck left his fringed-suede jacket tucked away in a closet. He has finally put it back on for Morning Phase, which features many of the same players and themes. The result is a set that feels like an instant folk-rock classic.

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