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45 Best Albums of 2014 So Far

The best rock, hip-hop, EDM and country of this year’s first half

Skrillex, Recess

Skrillex, "Recess" album cover, 2014.

Courtesy of Big Beat Records, Asylum Records, and Atlantic Records.

From Skrillex's massive drops to Beck's sensitive simmer, from Miranda Lambert's rustic bite to Future's robotic croon, 2014's proving to have no shortage of excellent music across all genres. Here's an unranked list of the year's best so far.

Sturgill Simpson, Metamodern Sounds in Country Music

Courtesy of High Top Mountain.

Sturgill Simpson, ‘Metamodern Sounds in Country Music’

Picture what Waylon would have sounded like if he had taken Willie's drugs: Kentucky's Sturgill Simpson made a is a record that is equal parts haunted, tender and trippy.

Read our full review.