Readers' Poll: The 10 Best Albums of 2014

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Beck, 'Morning Phase'

6. Beck, 'Morning Phase'

The last time Beck released a new album, George W. Bush was president and Lehman Brothers was still standing, so people were more than ready to embrace his new LP Morning Phase this year. All 12 songs on the disc take place in the early hours of a new day. "There's this feeling of tumult and uncertainty, getting through that long, dark night of the soul – whatever you want to call it," he told Rolling Stone. "These songs were about coming out of that – how things do get better."

The roots of the album go all the way back to 2005, when Beck went to Nashville to begin a new record. "I recorded a bunch of things real quick," he said. "Then I thought, 'I need to come back and try this again.'" It took a little longer than he planned, but it was well worth the wait. 

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