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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Perfume Genius, 'Too Bright'

42. Perfume Genius, 'Too Bright'

On his third album, piano-playing art-gallery balladeer Mike Hadreas emerges as a potent glam rocker, with assistance from the Portishead and PJ Harvey camps. It's noisy, sexy, twisted and fierce; with Hadreas declaring, "No family is safe when I sashay."

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