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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The Black Keys, 'Turn Blue'
Courtesy of Nonesuch Records.39/45

The Black Keys, 'Turn Blue'

Turn Blue is a genuine turning point for the Black Keys – into a decisively original rock, with a deeper shade of blues. You still get the minimalist vigor of the Keys' first records a decade ago. But this is more brazen severity, richer and forward in its hip-hop allusions, super-size-rock dynamics, pictorial studio flourishes and offbeat commercial savvy. The Keys have been working up to this since their first LP with Brian "Danger Mouse" Burton, 2008's Attack & Release. Turn Blue sounds like arrival.

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