50 Best Albums of 2014

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Benjamin Booker, 'Benjamin Booker'
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37. Benjamin Booker, 'Benjamin Booker'

This 25-year-old punk-blues guitar hero bowled over future tourmate Jack White, and you can see why. Booker's raw-throated boogie blues proves rock & roll can still function as crazy-ass party music – when he confesses to wasting time on "a five-year bender" in the midst of "Violent Shiver," you may be tempted to join him.

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