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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Todd Terje, 'It's Album Time'
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Todd Terje, 'It's Album Time'

While the biggest names in dance music are raging on the blacktop, delivering hard beats to parking lots filled with sweaty festival-goers, Todd Terje is poolside, offering a cabana-ready combination of Patrick Cowley disco synths and Herb Alpert's Tijuana kitsch. Though the Norwegian remix champ has a few proven dancefloor fillers like "Inspector Norse" and "Strandbar," his debut's most affecting moment is "Johnny and Mary," a half-time Robert Palmer cover on which a weary Bryan Ferry sings of two people treading water in life's deep end.

 

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