Rolling Stone's 50 Best Albums of 2014

Rolling Stone's 50 Best Albums of 2014

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49. Tinariwen - Emmaar

February 10, 2014
Critic Score
78
14 reviews

47. Gary Clark Jr. - Live

September 23, 2014
Critic Score
80
3 reviews

46. Tweedy - Sukierae

September 23, 2014
Critic Score
78
17 reviews

Sukierae – the first such outing by Wilco's Jeff Tweedy, backed by a few indie-pop pros, plus his teen son Spencer on drums – serves mostly to confirm what we already know: Pop Tweedy is one of the most emotionally fluent American songwriters around.

45. EMA - The Future's Void

April 8, 2014
Critic Score
80
24 reviews

44. Interpol - El Pintor

September 9, 2014
Critic Score
75
29 reviews

Interpol still have a masterful touch with their lavishly romantic guitar fantasies: Daniel Kessler rings the chimes in his six-string cathedral, while Paul Banks rounds up another album's worth of miserable ladies to sing about.

43. Future - Honest

April 22, 2014
Critic Score
76
18 reviews

42. Perfume Genius - Too Bright

September 23, 2014
Critic Score
85
31 reviews

His ambitions are even greater on his third album, which demands attention in a way his quietly heartbreaking music hasn't in the past.

41. Aphex Twin - Syro

September 23, 2014
Critic Score
87
31 reviews

Per usual, James makes halls of mirrors; ghost voices and silver ambience crest over beats you can imagine destroying a stadium while you fumble with your headphones. 

39. Caribou - Our Love

October 7, 2014
Critic Score
81
30 reviews

36. Alvvays - Alvvays

July 22, 2014
Critic Score
79
23 reviews

It's a rare treat to discover a debut like Alvvays'. Each of the nine songs on the Toronto band's first LP is a sharply drawn indie-pop wonder, steeped in romance, wit and melody. 

35. Lenny Kravitz - Strut

Lenny Kravitz - Strut
September 23, 2014
Critic Score
75
4 reviews

34. Prince - Art Official Age

September 30, 2014
Critic Score
73
16 reviews

31. Young Thug & Bloody Jay - Black Portland

January 21, 2014
Critic Score
73
3 reviews

30. Thom Yorke - Tomorrow's Modern Boxes

September 26, 2014
Critic Score
71
24 reviews

It demands deep listening, as Yorke's melancholic voice echoes through the hall of synth-mirrors he's built with producer Nigel Godrich.

29. Spoon - They Want My Soul

August 5, 2014
Critic Score
79
31 reviews

Spoon's eighth album is an immediate grabber on par with the group's best work to date.

27. alt-J - This Is All Yours

September 22, 2014
Critic Score
69
30 reviews

It's an ambling, entrancing listen – full of songs that blur weird folk and electronic zoinkiness, classical filigree and straight-up rock, scrambling in all directions as singer-guitarist Joe Newman sings in a pillowy Kid A warble. 

26. Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers - Hypnotic Eye

July 29, 2014
Critic Score
74
20 reviews

There are few, if any, attempts to reenact Petty’s vintage hits. This is the Heartbreakers four decades and a million shows later, deepening their attack with sturdy reliability.

25. YG - My Krazy Life

March 18, 2014
Critic Score
79
12 reviews

23. The War on Drugs - Lost in the Dream

March 18, 2014
Critic Score
86
32 reviews

Longer on instrumental texture than songwriting, their third album recasts the blue-collar fantasias of Tom Petty and Bruce Springsteen as earthy ambient music, better to soak in than to scrutinize.

22. Skrillex - Recess

Skrillex - Recess
March 18, 2014
Critic Score
56
14 reviews

21. Eric Church - The Outsiders

February 11, 2014
Critic Score
80
8 reviews

20. Sharon Van Etten - Are We There

May 27, 2014
Critic Score
85
29 reviews

... her magnificent fourth LP, which grows her trademark examinations of romantic decay to cathedral-like scale.

17. Jenny Lewis - The Voyager

July 29, 2014
Critic Score
72
25 reviews

The Voyager hangs together as a loose yet polished California-pop travelogue of Lewis' endlessly messy life.

16. FKA Twigs - LP1

August 12, 2014
Critic Score
86
35 reviews

Twigs' deconstructed shards of U.K. grime and garage land heavier, while elegiac vocals soften the songs without blunting their edge.

14. Weezer - Everything Will Be Alright in the End

October 7, 2014
Critic Score
69
28 reviews

The tracks devoted to Weezer's bond with their listeners are the most tormented and theatrical, as if Cuomo and Co. stitched together their own American Idiot.

12. Foo Fighters - Sonic Highways

November 10, 2014
Critic Score
65
27 reviews

Despite the high concept, this isn't exactly a major overhaul for the Foos: The eight songs on Sonic Highways have the same monster guitar crunch, pummeling crescendos and hard-pleading bridges found on every album they've made this millennium.

11. Flying Lotus - You're Dead!

October 7, 2014
Critic Score
84
33 reviews

On the L.A. artist's fifth Flying Lotus set ... Ellison makes the boldest, most fully engaged fusion of the hip-hop-laptop era.

10. Taylor Swift - 1989

October 27, 2014
Critic Score
76
23 reviews

Deeply weird, feverishly emotional, wildly enthusiastic, 1989 sounds exactly like Taylor Swift, even when it sounds like nothing she's ever tried before.

9. Mac DeMarco - Salad Days

April 1, 2014
Critic Score
81
23 reviews

Salad Days is packed with wry, knowing lyrics and washed-out vocals, like a meeting of Stephen Malkmus and Marc Bolan.

8. Run the Jewels - Run the Jewels 2

October 28, 2014
Critic Score
87
26 reviews

On their second album as Run the Jewels, noise-loving Brooklyn rapper-producer El-P and Atlanta's Killer Mike make the most explosive hip-hop you'll hear all year.

7. Lana Del Rey - Ultraviolence

June 17, 2014
Critic Score
71
31 reviews

Ultraviolence is a melancholy crawl through doomed romance, incorrigible addictions, blown American dreams.

6. Charli XCX - Sucker

December 16, 2014
Critic Score
78
28 reviews

4. St. Vincent - St. Vincent

February 25, 2014
Critic Score
87
34 reviews

St. Vincent is her tightest, tensest, best set of songs to date, with wry, twisty beats pushing her lovably ornery melodies toward grueling revelations.

1. U2 - Songs of Innocence

September 9, 2014
Critic Score
60
20 reviews

Songs of Innocence is a triumph of dynamic, focused renaissance: 11 tracks of straightforward rapture about the life-saving joys of music, drawing on U2's long palette of influences and investigations of post-punk rock, industrial electronics and contemporary dance music.

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