We’re in the final months of the year. For music geeks, that means obsessive listening to try and catch up with what we missed. At this point, everyone who cares has heard Taylor Swift’s 1989, country fans have likely heard Miranda Lambert’s fabulous Platinum and Eric Church’s The Outsiders, hip-hop fans have heard Run the Jewels 2 and YG’s My Krazy Life, and indie fans have heard the latest albums from tUnE-yArDs, The War on Drugs, and Cloud Nothings.
A few of those albums I don’t even like, but they have all gotten significant critical attention, and are likely to be on many people’s year-end lists. But then there are albums that haven’t charted, have been under-reviewed, or have been underrated to the point of drawing people away. Here are fifteen albums that you may have missed in 2014. Check them out before list season.