Rolling Stone's 50 Best Albums of 2014

Rolling Stone's 50 Best Albums of 2014

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50. YOB - Clearing The Path To Ascend

YOB - Clearing The Path To Ascend
September 2, 2014
Doom Metal
Critic Score
79
6 reviews
User Score
78
24 reviews

49. Tinariwen - Emmaar

Tinariwen - Emmaar
February 10, 2014
World
Critic Score
78
14 reviews
User Score
75
54 reviews

48. Coldplay - Ghost Stories

Coldplay - Ghost Stories
May 19, 2014
Pop Rock
Critic Score
61
27 reviews
User Score
60
202 reviews

47. Gary Clark Jr. - Live

Gary Clark Jr. - Live
September 23, 2014
Blues Rock
Critic Score
80
3 reviews
User Score
82
9 reviews

46. Tweedy - Sukierae

Tweedy - Sukierae
September 23, 2014
Singer-Songwriter
Critic Score
78
17 reviews
User Score
75
22 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.

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45. EMA - The Future's Void

EMA - The Future's Void
April 8, 2014
Art Pop
Critic Score
80
23 reviews
User Score
75
124 reviews

44. Interpol - El Pintor

Interpol - El Pintor
September 9, 2014
Indie Rock
Critic Score
75
27 reviews
User Score
75
169 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.

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43. Future - Honest

Future - Honest
April 22, 2014
Hip Hop
Critic Score
79
16 reviews
User Score
62
83 reviews

42. Perfume Genius - Too Bright

Perfume Genius - Too Bright
September 23, 2014
Art Pop
Critic Score
85
29 reviews
User Score
82
301 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.

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41. Aphex Twin - Syro

Aphex Twin - Syro
September 23, 2014
IDM
Critic Score
87
31 reviews
User Score
79
333 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. 

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40. Jack White - Lazaretto

Jack White - Lazaretto
June 10, 2014
Blues Rock
Critic Score
75
32 reviews
User Score
73
167 reviews

39. Caribou - Our Love

Caribou - Our Love
October 7, 2014
Electronic
Critic Score
80
28 reviews
User Score
80
343 reviews

38. Hurray For The Riff Raff - Small Town Heroes

Hurray For The Riff Raff - Small Town Heroes
February 11, 2014
Singer-Songwriter
Critic Score
75
9 reviews
User Score
75
24 reviews

37. Benjamin Booker - Benjamin Booker

Benjamin Booker - Benjamin Booker
August 18, 2014
Blues Rock
Critic Score
72
9 reviews
User Score
77
19 reviews

36. Alvvays - Alvvays

Alvvays - Alvvays
July 22, 2014
Indie Pop
Critic Score
79
22 reviews
User Score
79
202 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. 

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35. Lenny Kravitz - Strut

Lenny Kravitz - Strut
September 23, 2014
Rock
Critic Score
75
4 reviews
User Score
64
8 reviews

34. Prince - Art Official Age

Prince - Art Official Age
September 30, 2014
R&B
Critic Score
72
15 reviews
User Score
74
36 reviews

33. The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger - Midnight Sun

The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger - Midnight Sun
April 29, 2014
Neo-Psychedelia
Critic Score
74
6 reviews
User Score
74
10 reviews

32. Damon Albarn - Everyday Robots

Damon Albarn - Everyday Robots
April 28, 2014
Art Pop
Critic Score
75
32 reviews
User Score
76
177 reviews

31. Young Thug & Bloody Jay - Black Portland

Young Thug & Bloody Jay - Black Portland
January 21, 2014
Hip Hop
Critic Score
73
3 reviews
User Score
74
7 reviews

30. Thom Yorke - Tomorrow's Modern Boxes

Thom Yorke - Tomorrow's Modern Boxes
September 26, 2014
Electronic
Critic Score
70
22 reviews
User Score
74
109 reviews

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

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29. Spoon - They Want My Soul

Spoon - They Want My Soul
August 5, 2014
Indie Rock
Critic Score
79
30 reviews
User Score
81
279 reviews

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

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28. Parquet Courts - Sunbathing Animal

Parquet Courts - Sunbathing Animal
June 3, 2014
Garage Rock
Critic Score
79
26 reviews
User Score
77
187 reviews

27. alt-J - This Is All Yours

alt-J - This Is All Yours
September 22, 2014
Art Pop
Critic Score
69
28 reviews
User Score
68
216 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. 

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26. Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers - Hypnotic Eye

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers - Hypnotic Eye
July 29, 2014
Rock
Critic Score
73
19 reviews
User Score
75
22 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.

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25. YG - My Krazy Life

YG - My Krazy Life
March 18, 2014
Hip Hop
Critic Score
79
12 reviews
User Score
73
94 reviews

24. Leonard Cohen - Popular Problems

Leonard Cohen - Popular Problems
September 23, 2014
Singer-Songwriter
Critic Score
81
18 reviews
User Score
80
56 reviews

23. The War on Drugs - Lost in the Dream

The War on Drugs - Lost in the Dream
March 18, 2014
Folk Rock
Critic Score
86
30 reviews
User Score
84
667 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.

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22. Skrillex - Recess

Skrillex - Recess
March 18, 2014
Dubstep
Critic Score
56
13 reviews
User Score
45
75 reviews

21. Eric Church - The Outsiders

Eric Church - The Outsiders
February 11, 2014
Country
Critic Score
80
8 reviews
User Score
62
21 reviews

20. Sharon Van Etten - Are We There

Sharon Van Etten - Are We There
May 27, 2014
Singer-Songwriter
Critic Score
86
27 reviews
User Score
82
346 reviews

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

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19. Jackson Browne - Standing In The Breach

Jackson Browne - Standing In The Breach
October 7, 2014
Singer-Songwriter
Critic Score
78
4 reviews
User Score
74
3 reviews

18. 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
64 reviews

17. Jenny Lewis - The Voyager

Jenny Lewis - The Voyager
July 29, 2014
Pop Rock
Critic Score
72
23 reviews
User Score
74
69 reviews

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

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16. FKA Twigs - LP1

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

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

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15. Against Me! - Transgender Dysphoria Blues

Against Me! - Transgender Dysphoria Blues
January 21, 2014
Punk Rock
Critic Score
81
18 reviews
User Score
70
110 reviews

14. Weezer - Everything Will Be Alright in the End

Weezer - Everything Will Be Alright in the End
October 7, 2014
Alternative Rock
Critic Score
69
27 reviews
User Score
72
107 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.

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13. Ought - More Than Any Other Day

Ought - More Than Any Other Day
April 29, 2014
Post-Punk
Critic Score
83
9 reviews
User Score
81
183 reviews

12. Foo Fighters - Sonic Highways

Foo Fighters - Sonic Highways
November 10, 2014
Alternative Rock
Critic Score
66
25 reviews
User Score
60
79 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.

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11. Flying Lotus - You're Dead!

Flying Lotus - You're Dead!
October 7, 2014
Electronic
Critic Score
84
31 reviews
User Score
82
413 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.

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10. Taylor Swift - 1989

Taylor Swift - 1989
October 27, 2014
Pop
Critic Score
76
22 reviews
User Score
73
323 reviews

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

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9. Mac DeMarco - Salad Days

Mac DeMarco - Salad Days
April 1, 2014
Singer-Songwriter
Critic Score
82
21 reviews
User Score
81
532 reviews

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

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8. Run the Jewels - Run the Jewels 2

Run the Jewels - Run the Jewels 2
October 28, 2014
Hip Hop
Critic Score
87
26 reviews
User Score
85
592 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.

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7. Lana Del Rey - Ultraviolence

Lana Del Rey - Ultraviolence
June 17, 2014
Art Pop
Critic Score
72
27 reviews
User Score
73
371 reviews

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

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6. Charli XCX - Sucker

Charli XCX - Sucker
December 16, 2014
Electropop
Critic Score
77
27 reviews
User Score
73
155 reviews

5. Miranda Lambert - Platinum

Miranda Lambert - Platinum
June 3, 2014
Country
Critic Score
80
8 reviews
User Score
71
22 reviews

4. St. Vincent - St. Vincent

St. Vincent - St. Vincent
February 25, 2014
Art Pop
Critic Score
88
31 reviews
User Score
82
704 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.

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3. The Black Keys - Turn Blue

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

2. Bruce Springsteen - High Hopes

Bruce Springsteen - High Hopes
January 14, 2014
Singer-Songwriter
Critic Score
62
28 reviews
User Score
58
53 reviews

1. U2 - Songs of Innocence

U2 - Songs of Innocence
September 9, 2014
Pop Rock
Critic Score
59
19 reviews
User Score
54
93 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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Original Source: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/lists/50-best-albums-of-2014-20141201

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