50 Best Albums of 2014

U2 unleashed a brilliant surprise, Bruce Springsteen hit a new peak, St. Vincent made deliciously weird noise and more

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Alvvays, 'Alvvays'

36. Alvvays, 'Alvvays'

The lyrics on this Toronto band's accomplished debut read like a great short-story collection, full of wild romance, quarter-life confusion and sly humor. Set to exquisitely yearning melodies and pitch-perfect guitar jangle and fuzz, songs like "Party Police," "Next of Kin" and "Archie, Marry Me" are as catchy as they are clever.

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