45 Best Albums of 2014 So Far

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

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EMA, 'The Future's Void'
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Courtesy Matador Records12/45

EMA, 'The Future's Void'

Erika Anderson's excellent second album builds on the stark confessional style of her low-fi 2011 debut, Past Life Martyred Saints, exploring piano ballads ("3Jane") and industrial rants ("Neuromancer") about social-media paranoia. ("Making a living off of taking selfies" is bad, TBH.) But the Hole-style "When She Comes" really sums up EMA's sinister charisma. Meet the new Miss World.

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