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6 Music's Albums of the Year - 2014

Every weekday from 1 December we’ll reveal an entry in the Top 15 Albums Of The Year as chosen by BBC 6 Music presenters and staff. Check in each day to see which albums make the list and enjoy a second chance to relive live sessions by the artists recorded exclusively for 6 Music.

The War On Drugs - 'Lost In The Dream'

'A ‘proper’ album where one track just effortlessly drifts into the next. It’s an introvert’s take on classic rock with echoes of Dylan and Springsteen but all wrapped in a blissful, slacker’s haze. Over the summer it accompanied me on more or less every journey I took. And what a summer it was. It seems like a dream now but a dream that recurs every time I put the album on. I keep coming back to the same word. Blissful.' - Mark Radcliffe

St Vincent - 'St Vincent'

'It’s a brilliant, brilliant idiosyncratic piece of work… The whole package is really refreshing and sparkly and quirky' - Stuart Maconie

First Aid Kit - 'Stay Gold'

'Like the Everly Brothers and loads of other sibling combos down the decades, there’s something in their genes that just makes their voices gel.' - Liz Kershaw

Kate Tempest - 'Everybody Down'

'A concept record I found really moving and uplifting and insightful and brilliant and quintessentially her' - Huey Morgan

Sharon Van Etten - 'Are We There'

'It’s an emotional record, it’s an involving one... Over and above, it’s a beautifully produced album from start to finish' - Gideon Coe

Caribou - 'Our Love'

'It's such an emotional album; it's the opposite of all the clichés people have about electronic and dance music' - Lauren Laverne

Royal Blood - 'Royal Blood'

'It’s so thunderous but there’s a lot more going on than some people give it credit for' - Steve Lamacq

Jack White - 'Lazaretto'

'It's hoary, old, raw, rock and roll blues. Absolutely brilliant from start to finish to be perfectly honest' - Shaun Keaveny

Elbow - 'The Take Off And Landing Of Everything'

'I was hooked musically and lyrically to this... Guy and crew, the Don salutes you' - Don Letts

Beck - 'Morning Phase'

'It’s introspective without being introverted, cool without being self conscious, and it just sounds a classic timeless record. Which is what it is' - Matt Everitt

Future Islands - 'Singles'

'It's sexy as hell... It's the album that finally got Future Islands the recognition they deserve' - Tom Ravenscroft

tUnE-yArDs - 'Nikki Nack'

'I think it's one of the most unique and vital, most colourful records of the year which she backs up with truly heart-stopping live performances' - Mary Anne Hobbs

Liars - 'Mess'

'This album is simultaneously their most polished, their oddest and their most accessible record yet' - Tom Robinson

Todd Terje - 'It's Album Time'

'This excellently bonkers album is an absolute triumph. There are so many layers I hear something different every time I listen' - Nemone

ALT J - 'This Is All Yours'

'The album demonstrates the skilled musicianship of a band keen to push boundaries and break new ground' - Chris Hawkins