FACT Magazine's 50 Best Albums of 2014

FACT Magazine's 50 Best Albums of 2014

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50. Charles Barabé - Insultes (hommage à John Cage)

Charles Barabé - Insultes (hommage à John Cage)
March 20, 2014
Critic Score
NR
User Score
90
1 review

49. Tinashe - Aquarius

Tinashe - Aquarius
October 7, 2014
Alternative R&B
Critic Score
75
16 reviews
User Score
78
114 reviews

48. Celestial Trax - Production Mix

Celestial Trax - Production Mix
April 23, 2014
Critic Score
NR
User Score
NR

47. DJDS - Friend of Mine

DJDS - Friend of Mine
July 8, 2014
House
Critic Score
80
2 reviews
User Score
77
10 reviews

46. Frank & Tony - You Go Girl

Frank & Tony - You Go Girl
November 17, 2014
Deep House
Critic Score
74
2 reviews
User Score
82
1 review

45. l s d x o x o - w h o r e c o r e

l s d x o x o - w h o r e c o r e
July 4, 2014
Critic Score
NR
User Score
55
1 review

44. Mix-O-Rap - I Am the DMR

Mix-O-Rap - I Am the DMR
July 1, 2014
Critic Score
NR
User Score
90
1 review

43. SD - Truly Blessed

SD - Truly Blessed
November 18, 2014
Critic Score
73
1 review
User Score
NR

42. H.R. Giger's Studiolo - H.R. Giger's Studiolo

H.R. Giger's Studiolo - H.R. Giger's Studiolo
November 1, 2014
Critic Score
NR
User Score
NR

41. KIT - Lownt God Rising

KIT - Lownt God Rising
June 10, 2014
Critic Score
NR
User Score
NR

40. Angel 1 - Allegra Bin 1

Angel 1 - Allegra Bin 1
November 18, 2014
Critic Score
80
1 review
User Score
NR

39. The Cyclist - Flourish

The Cyclist - Flourish
November 10, 2014
House
Critic Score
70
1 review
User Score
63
1 review

38. Supreme Cuts - Divine Ecstasy

Supreme Cuts - Divine Ecstasy
January 28, 2014
Electronic
Critic Score
63
11 reviews
User Score
63
10 reviews

37. Ekoplekz - Unfidelity

Ekoplekz - Unfidelity
March 11, 2014
Critic Score
76
4 reviews
User Score
56
2 reviews

36. Sd Laika - That's Harakiri

Sd Laika - That's Harakiri
April 29, 2014
Experimental
Critic Score
74
8 reviews
User Score
62
11 reviews

35. Rome Fortune - Beautiful Pimp II

Rome Fortune - Beautiful Pimp II
February 14, 2014
Critic Score
NR
User Score
81
4 reviews

34. Moiré - Shelter

Moiré - Shelter
August 18, 2014
Ambient Techno
Critic Score
74
6 reviews
User Score
75
7 reviews

33. Kane West - Western Beats

Kane West - Western Beats
September 2, 2014
Critic Score
NR
User Score
80
2 reviews

32. Shabazz Palaces - Lese Majesty

Shabazz Palaces - Lese Majesty
July 29, 2014
Hip Hop
Critic Score
83
27 reviews
User Score
77
145 reviews

Shabazz Palaces deserve credit where it’s due for building their sound outward; if Black Up established their status as hip-hop outliers, then Lese Majesty solidifies their place in the pantheon of rap’s oddball geniuses. Long may they reign.

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31. Leon Vynehall - Music for the Uninvited

Leon Vynehall - Music for the Uninvited
March 17, 2014
Deep House
Critic Score
85
2 reviews
User Score
80
44 reviews

30. BeatKing - Gangsta Stripper Music 2

BeatKing - Gangsta Stripper Music 2
June 10, 2014
Critic Score
NR
User Score
NR

29. Jenny Hval & Susanna - Meshes of Voice

Jenny Hval & Susanna - Meshes of Voice
August 19, 2014
Art Pop
Critic Score
82
6 reviews
User Score
81
54 reviews

28. Freddie Gibbs & Madlib - Piñata

Freddie Gibbs & Madlib - Piñata
March 18, 2014
Hip Hop
Critic Score
81
16 reviews
User Score
83
312 reviews

27. Kassem Mosse - Workshop 19

Kassem Mosse - Workshop 19
February 13, 2014
Deep House
Critic Score
90
1 review
User Score
88
6 reviews

26. Father - Young Hot Ebony

Father - Young Hot Ebony
September 1, 2014
Critic Score
NR
User Score
58
2 reviews

25. Via App - Dangerous Game

Via App - Dangerous Game
September 16, 2014
Critic Score
70
1 review
User Score
65
1 review

24. Dean Blunt - Black Metal

Dean Blunt - Black Metal
November 3, 2014
Alternative R&B
Critic Score
77
16 reviews
User Score
78
63 reviews

Blunt is simultaneously assured and uncomfortable, offering the clearest glimpse yet of his real emotional state while flatly refusing to ever fully commit to it. 

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23. 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
360 reviews

22. Untold - Black Light Spiral

Untold - Black Light Spiral
February 24, 2014
Electronic
Critic Score
77
5 reviews
User Score
77
5 reviews

21. Lawrence English - Wilderness of Mirrors

Lawrence English - Wilderness of Mirrors
July 29, 2014
Drone
Critic Score
78
6 reviews
User Score
67
5 reviews

Drone albums are by their nature immersive, but it’s rare to come across one so tempestuous, evocative and compelling from start to finish as Wilderness of Mirrors.

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20. The Bug - Angels and Devils

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

19. DaVinChe & Katie Pearl - Untitled

DaVinChe & Katie Pearl - Untitled
May 22, 2014
Critic Score
NR
User Score
NR

18. Ital - Endgame

Ital - Endgame
August 25, 2014
House
Critic Score
72
8 reviews
User Score
74
2 reviews

17. 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

16. FKA Twigs - LP1

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

LP1 is far from perfect, but its consistency of tone, its thematic rigour and its commitment to developing a musical grammar all of its own serve to override these momentary weaknesses.

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15. Lotic - Damsel In Distress

Lotic - Damsel In Distress
July 21, 2014
Critic Score
80
1 review
User Score
NR

14. Bing & Ruth - Tomorrow Was the Golden Age

Bing & Ruth - Tomorrow Was the Golden Age
October 14, 2014
Ambient
Critic Score
81
6 reviews
User Score
75
10 reviews

13. Valerio Tricoli - Miseri Lares

Valerio Tricoli - Miseri Lares
April 28, 2014
Critic Score
100
1 review
User Score
79
4 reviews

12. Ariel Pink - pom pom

Ariel Pink - pom pom
November 18, 2014
Psychedelic Pop
Critic Score
76
26 reviews
User Score
81
273 reviews

11. Grouper - Ruins

Grouper - Ruins
October 31, 2014
Ambient
Critic Score
82
18 reviews
User Score
80
191 reviews

Ruins is one of her finest works, full to the brim with emotion in spite of the aching space at its heart.

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10. Shinichi Atobe - Butterfly Effect

Shinichi Atobe - Butterfly Effect
December 9, 2014
Critic Score
NR
User Score
89
3 reviews

9. Sicko Mobb - Super Saiyan Vol.1

Sicko Mobb - Super Saiyan Vol.1
December 30, 2013
Critic Score
NR
User Score
69
2 reviews

8. Mica Levi - Under the Skin

Mica Levi - Under the Skin
March 17, 2014
Drone
Critic Score
78
4 reviews
User Score
81
13 reviews

7. Popcaan - Where We Come From

Popcaan - Where We Come From
June 10, 2014
Dancehall
Critic Score
80
4 reviews
User Score
70
15 reviews

6. YG - My Krazy Life

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

5. Lorenzo Senni - Superimpositions

Lorenzo Senni - Superimpositions
September 8, 2014
Electronic
Critic Score
NR
User Score
NR

4. Andy Stott - Faith in Strangers

Andy Stott - Faith in Strangers
November 18, 2014
Electronic
Critic Score
83
15 reviews
User Score
79
123 reviews

3. PC Music - PC Music x DISown Radio

PC Music - PC Music x DISown Radio
March 26, 2014
Critic Score
NR
User Score
85
2 reviews

2. Mr. Mitch - Parallel Memories

Mr. Mitch - Parallel Memories
December 2, 2014
Critic Score
74
5 reviews
User Score
78
4 reviews

1. Sun Kil Moon - Benji

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

Though Mark Kozelek has few equals when it comes to dislodging lumps in throats, Benji is his most emotionally taxing Sun Kil Moon record by some way.

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Original Source: http://www.factmag.com/2014/12/09/the-50-best-albums-of-2014/

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