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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FKA Twigs, 'LP1'

16. FKA Twigs, 'LP1'

For many, there was no sexier pop listen in 2014 than FKA Twigs' full-length debut. It's a feminist take on the Weeknd's druggy avant-R&B, with self-loathing and sleaze replaced by self-possession and hunger. The haunting mix of pop and EDM weirdness takes a while to kick in – which only makes it more delicious when it does.

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