The Best Albums of 2014….Thus Far (Jan-June).

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2014 has been a very interesting year in music throughout the first half of the year.  There have been some great albums and some albums I was excited for that did not live up to my expectations.  Here I have compiled a list of the 30 albums that I consider to be the best that 2014 has offered up so far.  My list Begins in January and goes through the first week of June.  Like last year I am not ranking these albums, but going in alphabetical order.  It is my believe that having a ranking system for the first half of the year is not worth my time because I have not given these albums the right time to breathe or grow on me.  That is why I prefer to do a traditional ranking at the end of the year.  I hope you enjoy this list, and that you find something worth your while that maybe you had missed over the last 6 months.

Alcest – Shelter

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Angel Olsen – Burn Your Fire for No Witness

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CEO – Wonderland

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Cloud Nothings – Here and Nowhere Else

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Crosses (+++)

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Eagulls – Eagulls

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Fucked Up – Glass Boys

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Future Islands – Singles

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The Hotelier – Home, Like Noplace Is There

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Liars – Mess

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Mac Demarco – Salad Days

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Mogwai – Rave Tapes

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Nothing – Guilty of Everything

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The Pains of Being Pure At Heart

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Parquet Courts – Sunbathing Animal

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Perfect Pussy – Say Yes To Love

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Phantogram – Voices

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Pure X – Angel

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Real Estate – Atlas

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Sharon Van Etten – Are We There

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Silver Mt. Zion – Fuck Off Get Free We Pour Light On Everything

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St. Vincent – St. Vincent

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Sun Kil Moon – Benji

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Swans – To Be Kind

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Trust – Joyland

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The War on Drugs – Lost in the Dream

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Warpaint – Warpaint

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Wild Beasts – Present Tense

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Woods – With Light And With Love

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You Blew It! – Keep Doing What You’re Doing

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Honorable Mentions – 15 Albums that you shouldn’t sleep on!

Actress – Ghettoville

The Body – I Shall Die Here

Ben Frost – AURORA

Cheatahs – Cheatahs

Coldplay – Ghost Stories

Dum Dum Girls – Too True

Freddie Gibbs & Madlib – Pinata

The Horrors – Luminous

I Break Horses – Chiaroscuro

Lost in the Trees – Past Life

The Men – Tomorrow’s Hits

Speedy Ortiz – Real Hair Ep

Sunn O))) & Ulver – Terrestrials

Todd Terje – It’s Album Time

Tycho – Awake

                                 Thanks for Reading,

                                Chuck Madden Jr (Nolan).

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