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What were the best albums of 2014?

The cover of Preview’s annual Music of the Year issue.
The cover of Preview’s annual Music of the Year issue. R.T. Smith

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.

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