MOJO's Top 50 Albums of 2014

MOJO's Top 50 Albums of 2014

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50. Dr. John - Ske-Dat-De-Dat: The Spirit of Satch

Dr. John - Ske-Dat-De-Dat: The Spirit of Satch
August 19, 2014
Critic Score
73
7 reviews
User Score
69
5 reviews

49. King Creosote - From Scotland With Love

King Creosote - From Scotland With Love
July 21, 2014
Singer-Songwriter
Critic Score
78
13 reviews
User Score
75
14 reviews

48. Pixies - Indie Cindy

Pixies - Indie Cindy
April 29, 2014
Alternative Rock
Critic Score
56
28 reviews
User Score
53
92 reviews

47. Young Fathers - Dead

Young Fathers - Dead
February 3, 2014
Hip Hop
Critic Score
79
13 reviews
User Score
74
117 reviews

46. J Mascis - Tied to a Star

J Mascis - Tied to a Star
August 26, 2014
Singer-Songwriter
Critic Score
74
18 reviews
User Score
75
26 reviews

45. Neil Young - A Letter Home

Neil Young - A Letter Home
April 19, 2014
Folk Rock
Critic Score
66
13 reviews
User Score
63
10 reviews

44. Wilko Johnson & Roger Daltrey - Going Back Home

Wilko Johnson & Roger Daltrey - Going Back Home
March 10, 2014
Rock
Critic Score
74
11 reviews
User Score
60
5 reviews

43. David Kilgour & the Heavy Eights - End Times Undone

David Kilgour & the Heavy Eights - End Times Undone
August 5, 2014
Critic Score
71
4 reviews
User Score
NR

42. Swans - To Be Kind

Swans - To Be Kind
May 13, 2014
Experimental Rock
Critic Score
88
28 reviews
User Score
84
497 reviews

41. Lee Gamble - KOCH

Lee Gamble - KOCH
September 12, 2014
Techno
Critic Score
77
6 reviews
User Score
72
7 reviews

40. Lana Del Rey - Ultraviolence

Lana Del Rey - Ultraviolence
June 17, 2014
Art Pop
Critic Score
71
31 reviews
User Score
74
457 reviews

The dynamic scarcely shifts ... but that’s the point: get this tangled up in blue, there’s no way out.

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39. Mac DeMarco - Salad Days

Mac DeMarco - Salad Days
April 1, 2014
Singer-Songwriter
Critic Score
81
23 reviews
User Score
81
587 reviews

38. Ian William Craig - A Turn of Breath

Ian William Craig - A Turn of Breath
August 22, 2014
Drone
Critic Score
90
3 reviews
User Score
81
9 reviews

37. Naomi Shelton & The Gospel Queens - Cold World

Naomi Shelton & The Gospel Queens - Cold World
July 28, 2014
Soul
Critic Score
73
6 reviews
User Score
74
6 reviews

36. Flying Lotus - You're Dead!

Flying Lotus - You're Dead!
October 7, 2014
Electronic
Critic Score
84
33 reviews
User Score
82
447 reviews

This panoramic attempt to make sense of life’s one certainty beyond taxes flutters far above the digital static of 2008’s breakthrough Los Angeles into twisted, ethereal jazz territory.

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35. Nick Mulvey - First Mind

Nick Mulvey - First Mind
May 12, 2014
Indie Folk
Critic Score
80
7 reviews
User Score
73
14 reviews

34. The Black Keys - Turn Blue

The Black Keys - Turn Blue
May 13, 2014
Garage Rock
Critic Score
70
25 reviews
User Score
70
222 reviews

33. U2 - Songs of Innocence

U2 - Songs of Innocence
September 9, 2014
Pop Rock
Critic Score
60
20 reviews
User Score
54
109 reviews

32. Temples - Sun Structures

Temples - Sun Structures
February 11, 2014
Psychedelic Rock
Critic Score
73
24 reviews
User Score
74
200 reviews

31. Morrissey - World Peace Is None of Your Business

Morrissey - World Peace Is None of Your Business
July 15, 2014
Pop Rock
Critic Score
64
29 reviews
User Score
72
49 reviews

30. Leonard Cohen - Popular Problems

Leonard Cohen - Popular Problems
September 23, 2014
Singer-Songwriter
Critic Score
82
19 reviews
User Score
80
65 reviews

29. Kasai Allstars - Beware the Fetish

Kasai Allstars - Beware the Fetish
June 24, 2014
World
Critic Score
76
6 reviews
User Score
79
1 review

28. Real Estate - Atlas

Real Estate - Atlas
March 4, 2014
Indie Rock
Critic Score
75
30 reviews
User Score
78
331 reviews

27. East India Youth - Total Strife Forever

East India Youth - Total Strife Forever
January 13, 2014
Art Pop
Critic Score
81
19 reviews
User Score
73
166 reviews

26. Sun Kil Moon - Benji

Sun Kil Moon - Benji
February 11, 2014
Singer-Songwriter
Critic Score
85
23 reviews
User Score
82
485 reviews

25. Pharrell - G I R L

Pharrell - G I R L
March 3, 2014
R&B
Critic Score
65
29 reviews
User Score
60
111 reviews

24. Mirel Wagner - When the Cellar Children See the Light of Day

Mirel Wagner - When the Cellar Children See the Light of Day
August 12, 2014
Singer-Songwriter
Critic Score
77
8 reviews
User Score
78
15 reviews

23. Scott Walker & Sunn O))) - Soused

Scott Walker & Sunn O))) - Soused
October 21, 2014
Experimental Rock
Critic Score
84
28 reviews
User Score
76
59 reviews

22. Future Islands - Singles

Future Islands - Singles
March 25, 2014
Synthpop
Critic Score
81
32 reviews
User Score
79
383 reviews

In taming their wilder side, Future Islands’ ecstatic melancholy has never sounded quite so free.

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21. Aphex Twin - Syro

Aphex Twin - Syro
September 23, 2014
IDM
Critic Score
87
31 reviews
User Score
80
355 reviews

20. Manic Street Preachers - Futurology

Manic Street Preachers - Futurology
July 7, 2014
Alternative Rock
Critic Score
82
12 reviews
User Score
75
30 reviews

19. Robert Plant - Lullaby and... The Ceaseless Roar

Robert Plant - Lullaby and... The Ceaseless Roar
September 8, 2014
Rock
Critic Score
79
17 reviews
User Score
79
38 reviews

18. Kate Tempest - Everybody Down

Kate Tempest - Everybody Down
May 19, 2014
Hip Hop
Critic Score
75
11 reviews
User Score
73
27 reviews

17. Angel Olsen - Burn Your Fire for No Witness

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

This superb second album makes a ... dramatic leap forward – vaulting straight from evident promise to its stringent and unarguable realisation.

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16. Wild Beasts - Present Tense

Wild Beasts - Present Tense
February 25, 2014
Art Pop
Critic Score
82
26 reviews
User Score
79
321 reviews

15. Sturgill Simpson - Metamodern Sounds in Country Music

Sturgill Simpson - Metamodern Sounds in Country Music
May 13, 2014
Country
Critic Score
81
8 reviews
User Score
79
67 reviews

14. Elbow - The Take Off and Landing of Everything

Elbow - The Take Off and Landing of Everything
March 10, 2014
Alternative Rock
Critic Score
76
23 reviews
User Score
72
68 reviews

13. Ty Segall - Manipulator

Ty Segall - Manipulator
August 26, 2014
Garage Rock
Critic Score
81
23 reviews
User Score
80
136 reviews

12. Caribou - Our Love

Caribou - Our Love
October 7, 2014
Electronic
Critic Score
81
30 reviews
User Score
80
356 reviews

11. Sharon Van Etten - Are We There

Sharon Van Etten - Are We There
May 27, 2014
Singer-Songwriter
Critic Score
85
29 reviews
User Score
82
362 reviews

10. The Bug - Angels and Devils

The Bug - Angels and Devils
August 25, 2014
Dubstep
Critic Score
79
16 reviews
User Score
72
43 reviews

9. FKA Twigs - LP1

FKA Twigs - LP1
August 12, 2014
Alternative R&B
Critic Score
86
35 reviews
User Score
82
719 reviews

Even at its most vulnerable ... LP1 is a hugely self-possessed debut, the work of an artist whose vision – not only her visual sense – is strong.

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8. Damon Albarn - Everyday Robots

Damon Albarn - Everyday Robots
April 28, 2014
Art Pop
Critic Score
74
34 reviews
User Score
76
184 reviews

7. Julie Byrne - Rooms with Walls and Windows

Julie Byrne - Rooms with Walls and Windows
January 21, 2014
Indie Folk
Critic Score
69
3 reviews
User Score
76
20 reviews

6. Steve Gunn - Way Out Weather

Steve Gunn - Way Out Weather
October 7, 2014
Folk Rock
Critic Score
80
8 reviews
User Score
77
41 reviews

5. St. Vincent - St. Vincent

St. Vincent - St. Vincent
February 25, 2014
Art Pop
Critic Score
87
34 reviews
User Score
82
766 reviews

4. Jack White - Lazaretto

Jack White - Lazaretto
June 10, 2014
Blues Rock
Critic Score
76
35 reviews
User Score
74
182 reviews

3. Sleaford Mods - Divide and Exit

Sleaford Mods - Divide and Exit
April 28, 2014
Post-Punk
Critic Score
70
7 reviews
User Score
73
33 reviews

2. The War on Drugs - Lost in the Dream

The War on Drugs - Lost in the Dream
March 18, 2014
Folk Rock
Critic Score
86
32 reviews
User Score
84
724 reviews

Right to the final decayed note, Lost In The Dream is a triumph of emotive feel amid neurotic detail: immaculately conceived big music for little people.

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1. Beck - Morning Phase

Beck - Morning Phase
February 25, 2014
Singer-Songwriter
Critic Score
79
36 reviews
User Score
76
282 reviews
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