The 40 Best Albums of 2014 So Far
For those of you who haven't checked the calendar today, it is indeed July 1. That means we're halfway through the year (crazy, right?) and it's time to reflect on the first half of 2014 in the only way we know how--by ranking albums. This year has already seen a wide variety of worthwhile releases, from the stellar Medeski Martin and Wood collaborative record with Nels Cline to Jack White's record setting Lazaretto. We've also seen a few triumphant returns, most notably String Cheese Incident and Beck, both of whom released their first albums after several years out of the studio.
All in all, we can only hope the back half of 2014 is as good as the front half was. In honor of our 40th anniversary, here are our top 40 albums of the first half of the year.
40. Sonny Rollins | Road Shows, Volume Three
39. Hard Working Americans | Hard Working Americans
38. Phantogram | Voices
37. Old & In The Way | Live at the Boarding House
36. Chris Robinson Brotherhood | Phosphorescent Harvest
35. Railroad Earth | Last of the Outlaws
34. Bruce Springsteen | High Hopes
33. The Hold Steady | Teeth Dreams
32. John Butler Trio | Flesh & Blood
31. The Infamous Stringdusters | Let It Go
30. tUnE-yArDs | Nikki Nack