BEST OF
2014

Music Genres

INDIE ROCK

St. Vincent - St. Vincent

St. Vincent

St. Vincent

88
critic score (23)
82
user score (374)
The War on Drugs - Lost in the Dream

The War on Drugs

Lost in the Dream

87
critic score (22)
84
user score (331)
Jamie T - Carry On The Grudge

Jamie T

Carry On The Grudge

85
critic score (5)
76
user score (37)
Cloud Nothings - Here and Nowhere Else

Cloud Nothings

Here and Nowhere Else

81
critic score (20)
81
user score (211)
Strand of Oaks - Heal

Strand of Oaks

Heal

81
critic score (12)
79
user score (56)
Cymbals Eat Guitars - LOSE

Cymbals Eat Guitars

LOSE

80
critic score (13)
79
user score (56)
EMA - The Future's Void

EMA

The Future's Void

80
critic score (19)
75
user score (104)
Ex Hex - Rips

Ex Hex

Rips

80
critic score (12)
76
user score (40)

HIP HOP

Run the Jewels - Run the Jewels 2

Run the Jewels

Run the Jewels 2

86
critic score (20)
84
user score (164)
Vince Staples - Hell Can Wait

Vince Staples

Hell Can Wait

83
critic score (6)
79
user score (30)
Big K.R.I.T. - Cadillactica

Big K.R.I.T.

Cadillactica

82
critic score (8)
79
user score (25)
Shabazz Palaces - Lese Majesty

Shabazz Palaces

Lese Majesty

82
critic score (18)
78
user score (71)
Young Fathers - Dead

Young Fathers

Dead

81
critic score (10)
73
user score (75)
Freddie Gibbs & Madlib - Piñata

Freddie Gibbs & Madlib

Piñata

80
critic score (13)
81
user score (131)
Isaiah Rashad - Cilvia Demo

Isaiah Rashad

Cilvia Demo

80
critic score (9)
78
user score (69)
DJ Quik - The Midnight Life

DJ Quik

The Midnight Life

78
critic score (4)
69
user score (3)

SINGER-SONGWRITER

Bob Dylan & The Band - The Bootleg Series Vol. 11: The Basement Tapes Complete

Bob Dylan & The Band

The Bootleg Series Vol. 11: The Basement Tapes Complete

96
critic score (7)
95
user score (1)
Sharon Van Etten - Are We There

Sharon Van Etten

Are We There

86
critic score (19)
82
user score (186)
Damien Rice - My Favourite Faded Fantasy

Damien Rice

My Favourite Faded Fantasy

86
critic score (8)
81
user score (42)
Jamie T - Carry On The Grudge

Jamie T

Carry On The Grudge

85
critic score (5)
76
user score (37)
Sun Kil Moon - Benji

Sun Kil Moon

Benji

84
critic score (18)
82
user score (254)
Angel Olsen - Burn Your Fire for No Witness

Angel Olsen

Burn Your Fire for No Witness

82
critic score (22)
80
user score (195)
Mac DeMarco - Salad Days

Mac DeMarco

Salad Days

82
critic score (17)
82
user score (257)
Bahamas - Bahamas is Afie

Bahamas

Bahamas is Afie

81
critic score (4)
76
user score (8)

ELECTRONIC

Aphex Twin - Syro

Aphex Twin

Syro

87
critic score (21)
80
user score (158)
Flying Lotus - You're Dead!

Flying Lotus

You're Dead!

84
critic score (22)
81
user score (149)
The Soft Pink Truth - Why Do The Heathen Rage?

The Soft Pink Truth

Why Do The Heathen Rage?

84
critic score (11)
74
user score (14)
Andy Stott - Faith in Strangers

Andy Stott

Faith in Strangers

83
critic score (12)
81
user score (49)
Gazelle Twin - UNFLESH

Gazelle Twin

UNFLESH

83
critic score (6)
79
user score (24)
Ben Frost - A U R O R A

Ben Frost

A U R O R A

82
critic score (12)
77
user score (88)
Container - Adhesive

Container

Adhesive

82
critic score (4)
75
user score (9)
Clark - Clark

Clark

Clark

81
critic score (8)
80
user score (39)

INDIE POP

Mr Twin Sister - Mr Twin Sister

Mr Twin Sister

Mr Twin Sister

80
critic score (7)
81
user score (52)
Ásgeir - In The Silence

Ásgeir

In The Silence

79
critic score (5)
77
user score (43)
Alvvays - Alvvays

Alvvays

Alvvays

79
critic score (14)
78
user score (86)
Fear of Men - Loom

Fear of Men

Loom

79
critic score (14)
76
user score (57)
Slow Club - Complete Surrender

Slow Club

Complete Surrender

78
critic score (11)
75
user score (27)
The New Pornographers - Brill Bruisers

The New Pornographers

Brill Bruisers

77
critic score (21)
74
user score (34)
Gruff Rhys - American Interior

Gruff Rhys

American Interior

76
critic score (12)
70
user score (18)
Wye Oak - Shriek

Wye Oak

Shriek

76
critic score (16)
73
user score (48)

ART POP

St. Vincent - St. Vincent

St. Vincent

St. Vincent

88
critic score (23)
82
user score (374)
FKA Twigs - LP1

FKA Twigs

LP1

86
critic score (24)
83
user score (237)
Perfume Genius - Too Bright

Perfume Genius

Too Bright

86
critic score (21)
83
user score (133)
Wild Beasts - Present Tense

Wild Beasts

Present Tense

85
critic score (17)
79
user score (220)
East India Youth - Total Strife Forever

East India Youth

Total Strife Forever

83
critic score (13)
73
user score (133)
Jenny Hval & Susanna - Meshes of Voice

Jenny Hval & Susanna

Meshes of Voice

83
critic score (5)
82
user score (31)
tUnE-yArDs - Nikki Nack

tUnE-yArDs

Nikki Nack

82
critic score (20)
78
user score (152)
Neneh Cherry - Blank Project

Neneh Cherry

Blank Project

82
critic score (20)
76
user score (104)

ALTERNATIVE ROCK

Wolf Alice - Creature Songs

Wolf Alice

Creature Songs

81
critic score (4)
76
user score (6)
Against Me! - Transgender Dysphoria Blues

Against Me!

Transgender Dysphoria Blues

80
critic score (14)
69
user score (69)
Manic Street Preachers - Futurology

Manic Street Preachers

Futurology

80
critic score (8)
80
user score (16)
Bob Mould - Beauty & Ruin

Bob Mould

Beauty & Ruin

77
critic score (14)
74
user score (13)
Mark Lanegan - Has God Seen My Shadow? An Anthology 1989-2011

Mark Lanegan

Has God Seen My Shadow? An Anthology 1989-2011

75
critic score (7)
76
user score (4)
R.E.M. - Unplugged: The Complete 1991 and 2001 Sessions

R.E.M.

Unplugged: The Complete 1991 and 2001 Sessions

74
critic score (6)
60
user score (1)
Elbow - The Take Off and Landing of Everything

Elbow

The Take Off and Landing of Everything

73
critic score (14)
75
user score (46)
The Afghan Whigs - Do to the Beast

The Afghan Whigs

Do to the Beast

72
critic score (19)
75
user score (39)

FOLK

Bob Dylan & The Band - The Bootleg Series Vol. 11: The Basement Tapes Complete

Bob Dylan & The Band

The Bootleg Series Vol. 11: The Basement Tapes Complete

96
critic score (7)
95
user score (1)
Sun Kil Moon - Benji

Sun Kil Moon

Benji

84
critic score (18)
82
user score (254)
Hiss Golden Messenger - Lateness of Dancers

Hiss Golden Messenger

Lateness of Dancers

79
critic score (10)
78
user score (16)
Marissa Nadler - July

Marissa Nadler

July

79
critic score (16)
78
user score (81)
Jolie Holland - Wine Dark Sea

Jolie Holland

Wine Dark Sea

78
critic score (5)
75
user score (14)
First Aid Kit - Stay Gold

First Aid Kit

Stay Gold

77
critic score (18)
75
user score (51)
Tara Jane O'Neil - Where Shine New Lights

Tara Jane O'Neil

Where Shine New Lights

77
critic score (6)
75
user score (9)
Hurray For The Riff Raff - Small Town Heroes

Hurray For The Riff Raff

Small Town Heroes

77
critic score (7)
75
user score (13)

R&B

FKA Twigs - LP1

FKA Twigs

LP1

86
critic score (24)
83
user score (237)
Tink - Winter's Diary 2

Tink

Winter's Diary 2

76
critic score (4)
72
user score (2)
Dean Blunt - Black Metal

Dean Blunt

Black Metal

75
critic score (11)
77
user score (20)
Tinashe - Aquarius

Tinashe

Aquarius

75
critic score (9)
76
user score (19)
How to Dress Well - What Is This Heart?

How to Dress Well

What Is This Heart?

74
critic score (21)
79
user score (107)
Prince - Art Official Age

Prince

Art Official Age

74
critic score (9)
77
user score (20)
Trey Songz - Trigga

Trey Songz

Trigga

74
critic score (6)
73
user score (12)
Jessie Ware - Tough Love

Jessie Ware

Tough Love

72
critic score (19)
78
user score (53)

DREAM POP

A Sunny Day in Glasgow - Sea When Absent

A Sunny Day in Glasgow

Sea When Absent

81
critic score (13)
79
user score (101)
The Antlers - Familiars

The Antlers

Familiars

80
critic score (19)
81
user score (130)
Snowbird - moon

Snowbird

moon

75
critic score (9)
70
user score (15)
Warpaint - Warpaint

Warpaint

Warpaint

74
critic score (25)
75
user score (158)
Pure X - Angel

Pure X

Angel

74
critic score (9)
73
user score (16)
Eternal Summers - The Drop Beneath

Eternal Summers

The Drop Beneath

74
critic score (7)
72
user score (11)
I Break Horses - Chiaroscuro

I Break Horses

Chiaroscuro

71
critic score (12)
71
user score (43)
Lana Del Rey - Ultraviolence

Lana Del Rey

Ultraviolence

71
critic score (18)
73
user score (114)

SYNTHPOP

Future Islands - Singles

Future Islands

Singles

81
critic score (18)
79
user score (207)
Broods - Broods

Broods

Broods

76
critic score (4)
71
user score (10)
La Roux - Trouble in Paradise

La Roux

Trouble in Paradise

74
critic score (17)
75
user score (63)
Electric Youth - Innerworld

Electric Youth

Innerworld

74
critic score (6)
71
user score (8)
Mr Little Jeans - Pocketknife

Mr Little Jeans

Pocketknife

73
critic score (4)
81
user score (3)
Trust - Joyland

Trust

Joyland

73
critic score (12)
71
user score (41)
Little Dragon - Nabuma Rubberband

Little Dragon

Nabuma Rubberband

71
critic score (14)
75
user score (42)
Lust for Youth - International

Lust for Youth

International

71
critic score (8)
70
user score (16)

ELECTROPOP

Gazelle Twin - UNFLESH

Gazelle Twin

UNFLESH

83
critic score (6)
79
user score (24)
MØ - No Mythologies to Follow

No Mythologies to Follow

77
critic score (13)
73
user score (72)
Röyksopp & Robyn - Do It Again

Röyksopp & Robyn

Do It Again

76
critic score (16)
76
user score (59)
Charli XCX - Sucker

Charli XCX

Sucker

74
critic score (11)
74
user score (18)
Sia - 1000 Forms of Fear

Sia

1000 Forms of Fear

74
critic score (16)
72
user score (61)
Mr Little Jeans - Pocketknife

Mr Little Jeans

Pocketknife

73
critic score (4)
81
user score (3)
Katy B - Little Red

Katy B

Little Red

73
critic score (17)
74
user score (55)
ceo - Wonderland

ceo

Wonderland

72
critic score (13)
73
user score (49)

GARAGE ROCK

Parquet Courts - Sunbathing Animal

Parquet Courts

Sunbathing Animal

80
critic score (20)
77
user score (118)
Ty Segall - Manipulator

Ty Segall

Manipulator

79
critic score (18)
82
user score (78)
Twin Peaks - Wild Onion

Twin Peaks

Wild Onion

76
critic score (11)
78
user score (20)
Thee Oh Sees - Drop

Thee Oh Sees

Drop

75
critic score (12)
73
user score (50)
Chain & The Gang - Minimum Rock N Roll

Chain & The Gang

Minimum Rock N Roll

74
critic score (6)
57
user score (6)
Allah-Las - Worship The Sun

Allah-Las

Worship The Sun

74
critic score (6)
73
user score (18)
The Men - Tomorrow's Hits

The Men

Tomorrow's Hits

74
critic score (18)
72
user score (65)
The Growlers - Chinese Fountain

The Growlers

Chinese Fountain

73
critic score (8)
76
user score (7)

PSYCHEDELIC ROCK

Hookworms - The Hum

Hookworms

The Hum

82
critic score (12)
78
user score (31)
Earth - Primitive and Deadly

Earth

Primitive and Deadly

80
critic score (7)
78
user score (15)
Ty Segall - Manipulator

Ty Segall

Manipulator

79
critic score (18)
82
user score (78)
Goat - Commune

Goat

Commune

77
critic score (9)
77
user score (24)
Blank Realm - Grassed Inn

Blank Realm

Grassed Inn

77
critic score (6)
73
user score (30)
Thee Oh Sees - Drop

Thee Oh Sees

Drop

75
critic score (12)
73
user score (50)
The Brian Jonestown Massacre - Revelation

The Brian Jonestown Massacre

Revelation

75
critic score (10)
79
user score (25)
Morgan Delt - Morgan Delt

Morgan Delt

Morgan Delt

75
critic score (5)
70
user score (27)

METAL

Pallbearer - Foundations of Burden

Pallbearer

Foundations of Burden

84
critic score (10)
78
user score (31)
Godflesh - A World Lit Only By Fire

Godflesh

A World Lit Only By Fire

82
critic score (4)
74
user score (10)
Behemoth - The Satanist

Behemoth

The Satanist

80
critic score (6)
75
user score (36)
Eyehategod - Eyehategod

Eyehategod

Eyehategod

79
critic score (4)
48
user score (8)
YOB - Clearing The Path To Ascend

YOB

Clearing The Path To Ascend

79
critic score (5)
77
user score (16)
The Body - I Shall Die Here

The Body

I Shall Die Here

78
critic score (7)
74
user score (16)
Triptykon - Melana Chasmata

Triptykon

Melana Chasmata

77
critic score (4)
71
user score (12)
Agalloch - The Serpent & the Sphere

Agalloch

The Serpent & the Sphere

77
critic score (5)
70
user score (12)

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