The 26 Albums of 2014 You Probably Didn't But Really Should Hear

From Dolly Parton's 'Blue Smoke' to Frankie Ballard's 'Sunshine & Whiskey,' the stellar albums you may have missed in 2014

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Martina McBride, 'Everlasting'
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Martina McBride, 'Everlasting'

On her second covers album, McBride strays from the timeless country songbook to explore classic soul songs. Only a brave soul would attempt putting a personal stamp on tunes like Sam Cooke's "Bring It on Home to Me" or Otis Redding's "I've Been Loving You too Long," but McBride's impressive pipes are up to the challenge. And with producer Don Was suffusing the project with warmth, McBride ably locates her inner R&B chanteuse. Like the cherry on top of a soul sundae, the equally fearless and gifted Kelly Clarkson helps sass up Etta James' "In the Basement."

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