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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Lana Del Rey, 'Ultraviolence'

7. Lana Del Rey, 'Ultraviolence'

Del Rey silenced her detractors with an intoxicating collection of indie-noir anthems. With more live instrumentation in her smoky glam grooves, she plays enough characters to fill a Raymond Chandler novel: On "Sad Girl," she's a sultry mistress; on "Brooklyn Baby," she's a snarky kid. Most of all, she's a pop voice like no other.

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