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The 40 Best Albums of 2014 So Far

July 01, 2014

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

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