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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Skrillex, 'Recess'
Courtesy of Big Beat Records, Asylum Records, and Atlantic Records.43/45

Skrillex, 'Recess'

To all the skeptics: Skrillex has heard your complaints. The first full-length release of his six-year solo career shows him fitter, happier and more well-adjusted – it turns out he actually wants to make you dance, not just mosh like a maniac. Compared to the geysers of grinding noise Skrillex used to specialize in, Recess' climaxes are sleek and friendly – more like a playful game of laser tag than the hungry roar of a robot T. rex.

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