Yet another excellent debut album in 2014, although a couple of the songs have been kicking around as singles since 2012. Blending instruments, textures and polyrhythms from Africa and the Caribbean with perfect, sparkling pop songcraft, Dan Croll‘s Sweet Disarray is heartfelt, danceable, sunny, inspired, and utterly charming. Highly recommended for fans of Vampire Weekend. A note of warning for vinyl buyers: the LP (at least when I purchased it) doesn’t come with an MP3 download. Here’s “Compliment Your Soul” (originally released as a single in 2013).

Buy it here.

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    Favorite Albums of 2014