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The 50 Best Albums of 2014 So Far

UPDATE: This is SPIN‘s mid-year report on 2014. For SPIN‘s end-of-the-year list, check out The 50 Best Albums of 2014.

As 2014 approaches its midpoint, we’ve assembled your summer-listening list: throwback soul, Motor City post-punk, Norwegian nü-disco, a pair of California-lovin’ rap records, the latest sad-sack opus from an alt-rock icon, a country blockbuster, a Britpop elder’s solo debut, and so much more.