Thursday in the Preview section of The Kansas City Star, music writer Timothy Finn and a huge panel of local music lovers give their lists of the best albums of 2014.
Some artists pop up again and again — Sturgill Simpson, Jack White, Temples, the War on Drugs — but no clear consensus emerged from our survey. We take that as a sign that a lot of good music was made in 2014.
Below is a Spotify playlist of songs from the lists (you may need a subscription to play them all). Enjoy! And feel free to tell us your favorite songs, albums, music and shows of the year in the comments section.