50 Best Albums of 2014

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Mac DeMarco, 'Salad Days'
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9/50

9. Mac DeMarco, 'Salad Days'

The 24-year-old Canadian singer-guitarist's second album – a warm, polished set of sun-drenched folk-rock jams – feels like it could have been a lost used-vinyl-bin treasure from the Seventies. DeMarco channels Harry Nilsson, the Beach Boys, Steely Dan and the Beatles, but the offbeat stoner vibes are all him.

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