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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Tune-Yards, 'Nikki Nack'
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Tune-Yards, 'Nikki Nack'

On her critic-wowing 2011 breakout, Whokill, Merrill Garbus made sexy, kinetic pop out of avant-folk vocal technique and hip-hop flow. Following such head-rush originality ain't easy. But her third LP, cut with bass-minded partner Nate Brenner, suggests an innovator in for the long haul.

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