50 Best Albums of 2014

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Sharon Van Etten, 'Are We There'
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20. Sharon Van Etten, 'Are We There'

On her fourth album, the New Jersey-native singer-songwriter took the heartbreak she'd explored on past records and blew it up to massive scale. Bringing chilly synth beats into her mix for the first time, Van Etten gives songs like "Your Love Is Killing Me" a morbid grandness, all the better to complement her passionate vocals.

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