NPR Music’s 50 Favorite Albums Of 2014

by Rachel Baker on December 8, 2014

Here’s a good look at some of NPR Music’s 50 Favorite Albums of the year. Enjoy!

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NPR Music’s 50 Favorite Albums Of 2014

Was the music of 2014 heavier than usual, or is it just us? When the staff of NPR Music and our member station partners gather to collect our favorite albums of the year, we don’t start out with a theme. We don’t intend to come to an absolute consensus. We begin with questions: What do you hold close, and what do you want to share?

Out of the thousands of albums we listened to in 2014, many of the ones that made this list seemed to satisfy a particular need. Some of them are aggressive; some of them are soothing. Sometimes we wanted them to ask hard questions — about rising oceans, global inequality, alienation and systemic injustice — that reflected the events around us. Sometimes we just needed them to show us something new. Exceptions abound, of course: There is lightness and melodrama, confidence and expertise, music composed decades ago and music that could have been beamed in from the future. Old needs surface in the midst of heavier times, too. We like to dance.

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