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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Swans, 'To Be Kind'
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Courtesy of Young God Records.8/45

Swans, 'To Be Kind'

Experimental rockers Swans have only ever had one goal: to overwhelm. Their latest offers two straight hours of spook-house drones, battering-ram guitar blasts and Michael Gira's howled imperatives about love, sex and death. These days, they don't just crush – they hypnotize.

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