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The year in music: Our critics' 10 favorite albums

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This CD cover image released by Def Jam Recordings shows 'Yeezus,' the latest release by Kanye West.(Photo: None)
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Which albums made music writers' year? The primo picks of USA TODAY's critics ranged from Janelle Monae to Kacey Musgraves.

Elysa Gardner:

1. The Electric Lady, Janelle Monae

2. Liquid Spirit, Gregory Porter

3. Push Any Button, Sam Phillips

4. Ghost Brothers of Darkland County, various artists

5. Simply Broadway, Brian Stokes Mitchell

6. Build Me Up From Bones, Sarah Jarosz

7. Inspiration: A Tribute to Nat King Cole, George Benson

8. The Garifuna Collective, Ayó

9. Now, Then & Forever, Earth Wind & Fire

10. Verdi, Anna Netrebko

Edna Gundersen:

1. Yeezus, Kanye West

2. Modern Vampires of the City, Vampire Weekend

3. Random Access Memories, Daft Punk

4. The Electric Lady, Janelle Monae

5. The Next Day, David Bowie

6. Same Trailer Different Park, Kacey Musgraves

7. Settle, Disclosure

8. Acid Rap, Chance the Rapper

9. AM, Arctic Monkeys

10. Hesitation Marks, Nine Inch Nails

Brian Mansfield:

1. 12 Stories, Brandy Clark

2. Same Trailer Different Park, Kacey Musgraves

3. Like a Rose, Ashley Monroe

4. Spitfire, LeAnn Rimes

5. Fuse, Keith Urban

6. Set You Free, Gary Allan

7. Random Access Memories, Daft Punk

8. American Kid, Patty Griffin

9. Days Are Gone, Haim

10. Live, Tig Notaro

Jerry Shriver:

1. Southeastern, Jason Isbell

2. Rhythm & Blues, Buddy Guy

3. Say That to Say This, Troy "Trombone Shorty'' Andrews

4. Closer to the Truth, Cher

5.Love In the Future, John Legend

6. Live In Europe 1969: The Bootleg Series Vol. 2, Miles Davis Quintet

7. Dig Thy Savage Soul, Barrence Whitfield and the Savages

8. Wrote a Song for Everyone, John Fogerty

9.Bakersfield, Vince Gill and Paul Franklin

10. Get Up! Ben Harper with Charlie Musselwhite

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