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The Best Albums of 2014

2014 was a banner year for country music albums.   In addition to the predictably solid entries from the Americana, folk, and bluegrass scenes, some excellent albums also surfaced from the unlikeliest of sources: mainstream, radio-friendly contemporary country artists!

Here are our twenty favorite albums from 2014.   Fingers crossed that 2015 is as good or better than this year has been.

Jennifer Nettles That Girl

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Jennifer Nettles
That Girl

KJC #8 | LW #16

A confident, intelligent solo project that washes away all of the bitter taste left by Sugarland’s preceding studio album, The Incredible Machine.  Nettles manages to remind us what was so appealing about the trio-turned-duo in the first place, while also staking out her own musical territory that has room for independence anthems alongside wry, humorous commentary on society and, of course, palpably vulnerable heartbreak numbers.  – Kevin John Coyne

Recommended Tracks: “Me Without You”, “Know You Wanna Know”, “Jealousy”

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Ridiculous Things: Wanda Jackson

Wanda Jackson covering Amy Winehouse’s “You Know I’m No Good.”

Come on, now.

I’m all for staying relevant, and I’m a big fan of Jackson and her seminal rockabilly work. Jack White has proven himself able to help a legendary female country artist return to her roots, thanks to his seminal work with Loretta Lynn.

But this? It’s way too close to parody for my tastes. She’s mimicking Winehouse, not interpreting the song in her own way. It’s way too one-note and gimmicky for an artist of this stature.

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i4j0YnF1KmQ

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