Dan Auerbach

Randall Roberts' best pop albums of 2014

Randall Roberts' best pop albums of 2014

Here is Randall Robert’s look at the best of 2014 in pop music. Beck, "Morning Phase" (Capitol). A record that continues to blossom six months after its release, Beck Hansen's breathtaking 12th studio album is a rush of California guitar pop. Thick with arrangements by his father, David Campbell, and laced with the grace of his expert longtime band, the album's an essential document made so by Beck's precisely honed melodies, inventive structures and way with surprising, yet logical, instrumental diversions. Neneh Cherry, Blank Project (Smalltown Supersound). Before her new "Blank Project," Cherry hadn't released a solo record in 18 years....