The Best Albums of 2014: Here's What They Have in Common.

December 4, 2014 12:51 AM

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For the past few years, my year-end music column has focused almost exclusively on lists of singles, from which I've tried my darndest to mine rubies in a slew of digital slush. Looking back on 2014, I was surprised to realize how many albums I fell in love with. I don't recall listening to dozens of whole albums fully and repeatedly since the 1990s or before, not to mention loving so many recordings released within the same twelve-month period.

In culling the best albums of 2014 (and even pairing my choices down to ten was difficult), I realized that each has something in common with the others: the musicians who created these albums share a profoundly deep struggle to make amends ... with the past, with a broken relationship, with the dea...

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