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Paste's 25 Best Albums of 2014 (So Far)

Paste's 25 Best Albums of 2014 (So Far)

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21. Dum Dum Girls - Too True

Dum Dum Girls - Too True
January 28, 2014
Critic Score
69
30 reviews

20. Damon Albarn - Everyday Robots

Damon Albarn - Everyday Robots
April 28, 2014
Critic Score
74
34 reviews

Ultimately, Everyday Robots just sounds like another great album from one of pop music’s most fearless sonic chameleons.

19. St. Paul & The Broken Bones - Half the City

St. Paul & The Broken Bones - Half the City
February 18, 2014
Critic Score
75
2 reviews

18. Strand of Oaks - Heal

Strand of Oaks - Heal
June 23, 2014
Critic Score
79
14 reviews

17. Drive-By Truckers - English Oceans

Drive-By Truckers - English Oceans
March 4, 2014
Critic Score
72
18 reviews

English Oceans is a triumph for the Drive-By Truckers, one that capitalizes on Hood and Cooley’s strengths as songwriters and also gives them something to sing for that means more than all those colorful characters put together.

15. Freddie Gibbs & Madlib - Piñata

Freddie Gibbs & Madlib - Piñata
March 18, 2014
Critic Score
81
16 reviews

14. Angel Olsen - Burn Your Fire for No Witness

Angel Olsen - Burn Your Fire for No Witness
February 18, 2014
Critic Score
81
28 reviews

Olsen shares graciously in her music, and if you are willing, Burn a Fire for No Witness will change your world. Or, actually, it will change how you see your world.

13. Ages and Ages - Divisionary

Ages and Ages - Divisionary
March 24, 2014
Critic Score
70
4 reviews

12. Sharon Van Etten - Are We There

Sharon Van Etten - Are We There
May 27, 2014
Critic Score
85
29 reviews

Van Etten’s fourth album marks the true arrival of a singer who’s been on her way for a long time, and thinking of her as anything less than a career artist is certainly a vast underestimation.

11. Cloud Nothings - Here and Nowhere Else

Cloud Nothings - Here and Nowhere Else
April 1, 2014
Critic Score
80
27 reviews

The result is a fast-paced, convulsive collection that has all the intensity of its predecessor but with an elevated dose of urgency.

10. Beck - Morning Phase

Beck - Morning Phase
February 25, 2014
Critic Score
79
36 reviews

Morning Phase is that comeback story, that emergence from the water and that first breath taken with the gusto of someone knowing they are truly alive. It is a beautiful record, and maybe a little over-simplified at its weakest moments, straddling that line between clean and bare.

9. Sun Kil Moon - Benji

Sun Kil Moon - Benji
February 11, 2014
Critic Score
85
23 reviews

Kozelek’s lack of reservation here is something to be begrudgingly admired, as his willingness to make yet another album that is solely for himself and those obsessive fans who want all the gory details of his past. For the rest of the world, there’s not much here to make any real connection with.

8. Mac DeMarco - Salad Days

Mac DeMarco - Salad Days
April 1, 2014
Critic Score
81
23 reviews

This is art that is confidently immature, and it begs the question: why can’t sophomoric art still be great? 

7. Parquet Courts - Sunbathing Animal

Parquet Courts - Sunbathing Animal
June 3, 2014
Critic Score
78
28 reviews

Where punk or post-punk or slacker rock might have described them before, the band seems to embrace its most obvious comparison points on Sunbathing Animal: Lou Reed and Stephen Malkmus.

6. The Antlers - Familiars

The Antlers - Familiars
June 17, 2014
Critic Score
80
24 reviews

5. Future Islands - Singles

Future Islands - Singles
March 25, 2014
Critic Score
81
32 reviews

As easy as it is to enjoy, there is something fleeting in its pleasures, as if it isn’t quite complete without occupying the same spaces as the band. 

4. St. Vincent - St. Vincent

St. Vincent - St. Vincent
February 25, 2014
Critic Score
87
34 reviews

Clark has transformed both literally and figuratively into an artist every bit as challenging as Ye or her erstwhile collaborator David Byrne. St. Vincent has a gravity that Clark’s peers will, or at least should, not ignore when making their own records from here on out.

3. Sylvan Esso - Sylvan Esso

Sylvan Esso - Sylvan Esso
May 13, 2014
Critic Score
76
15 reviews

The whole album feels like jigsaw puzzle of disparate genres fitting together in strange and lovely ways. In fact, it might just be the greatest crossover sleeper success of the year so far.

2. Real Estate - Atlas

Real Estate - Atlas
March 4, 2014
Critic Score
75
30 reviews

Atlas might seem like an obvious career peak were this not the work of a still-young band that, from the start, has been predisposed toward graceful maturation. 

1. The War on Drugs - Lost in the Dream

The War on Drugs - Lost in the Dream
March 18, 2014
Critic Score
86
32 reviews

Lost in the Dream pushes rock music forward—it isn’t the mirror of supposed better times that lesser bands make because they can’t or don’t want to locate their own voice.

Original Source: http://www.pastemagazine.com/blogs/lists/2014/07/the-25-best-albums-of-2014-so-far.html
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