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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St. Vincent, 'St. Vincent'
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Courtesy of Loma Vista and Republic Records.32/45

St. Vincent, 'St. Vincent'

Annie Clark (a.k.a. St. Vincent) isn't just a great songwriter. She's a great song dissector, breaking down pop's essential rhythmic, melodic and emotional components, retooling every impulse. St. Vincent is her tightest, tensest, best set of songs to date, with wry, twisty beats pushing her lovably ornery melodies toward grueling revelations. This album is haunted by isolation, dark hungers, regret and even death. But the playful way these songs contort makes pain feel like a party.

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