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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Future Islands, 'Singles'
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Future Islands, 'Singles'

Baltimore's Future Islands could be just one more band of Eighties-y synth romantics. The difference is singer Samuel T. Herring, whose intense rasp evokes Broken English-era Marianne Faithfull if she came down with a serious case of Ian Curtis. He pours out sad-ballad syrup like he's using it to clog a fresh wound.

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