The Wire's Top 50 Albums of 2014

The Wire's Top 50 Albums of 2014

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50. Flying Lotus - You're Dead!

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

49. Pharmakon - Bestial Burden

Pharmakon - Bestial Burden
October 14, 2014
Death Industrial
Critic Score
80
15 reviews
User Score
73
67 reviews

48. Akio Suzuki & Aki Onda - ma ta ta bi

Akio Suzuki & Aki Onda - ma ta ta bi
April 14, 2014
Critic Score
NR
User Score
NR

47. Ariel Pink - pom pom

Ariel Pink - pom pom
November 18, 2014
Psychedelic Pop
Critic Score
75
22 reviews
User Score
81
186 reviews

46. Owen Pallett - In Conflict

Owen Pallett - In Conflict
May 27, 2014
Chamber Pop
Critic Score
80
22 reviews
User Score
79
123 reviews

45. Howard Riley - To Be Continued

Howard Riley - To Be Continued
April 27, 2014
Critic Score
NR
User Score
NR

44. Laura Cannell - Quick Sparrows Over the Black Earth

Laura Cannell - Quick Sparrows Over the Black Earth
June 2, 2014
Critic Score
NR
User Score
NR

43. Oren Ambarchi - Quixotism

Oren Ambarchi - Quixotism
October 27, 2014
Ambient
Critic Score
80
6 reviews
User Score
74
5 reviews

42. Joseph Hammer - Roadless Travel

Joseph Hammer - Roadless Travel
January 1, 2014
Critic Score
NR
User Score
NR

41. Helm - The Hollow Organ

Helm - The Hollow Organ
January 20, 2014
Drone
Critic Score
75
2 reviews
User Score
65
3 reviews

40. Drcarlsonalbion - Gold

Drcarlsonalbion - Gold
June 17, 2014
Critic Score
72
1 review
User Score
NR

39. Laetitia Sadier - Something Shines

Laetitia Sadier - Something Shines
September 23, 2014
Critic Score
67
7 reviews
User Score
75
4 reviews

38. Bitchin Bajas - Bitchin Bajas

Bitchin Bajas - Bitchin Bajas
August 26, 2014
Critic Score
76
4 reviews
User Score
NR

37. Klaus Lang - SAIS.

Klaus Lang - SAIS.
January 1, 2014
Modern Classical
Critic Score
NR
User Score
NR

36. Shackleton - Freezing Opening Thawing

Shackleton - Freezing Opening Thawing
January 20, 2014
Electronic
Critic Score
79
2 reviews
User Score
90
1 review

35. Apartment House - Laurence Crane - Chamber Works 1992-2007

Apartment House - Laurence Crane - Chamber Works 1992-2007
June 1, 2014
Modern Classical
Critic Score
NR
User Score
NR

34. Holly Herndon - Chorus

Holly Herndon - Chorus
January 21, 2014
Experimental
Critic Score
80
3 reviews
User Score
80
4 reviews

33. Matthew Shipp - I've Been to Many Places

Matthew Shipp - I've Been to Many Places
September 9, 2014
Critic Score
78
4 reviews
User Score
82
1 review

32. Jenny Hval & Susanna - Meshes of Voice

Jenny Hval & Susanna - Meshes of Voice
August 19, 2014
Art Pop
Critic Score
82
6 reviews
User Score
80
44 reviews

31. Steve Gunn & Mike Gangloff - Melodies for a Savage Fix

Steve Gunn & Mike Gangloff - Melodies for a Savage Fix
April 15, 2014
Critic Score
NR
User Score
NR

30. Call Super - Suzi Ecto

Call Super - Suzi Ecto
September 15, 2014
IDM
Critic Score
82
5 reviews
User Score
72
5 reviews

29. Wadada Leo Smith - The Great Lakes Suites

Wadada Leo Smith - The Great Lakes Suites
September 16, 2014
Critic Score
NR
User Score
79
2 reviews

28. Annea Lockwood - Ground of Being

Annea Lockwood - Ground of Being
June 6, 2014
Critic Score
NR
User Score
NR

27. Freddie Gibbs & Madlib - Piñata

Freddie Gibbs & Madlib - Piñata
March 18, 2014
Hip Hop
Critic Score
80
15 reviews
User Score
82
232 reviews

26. Dean Blunt - Black Metal

Dean Blunt - Black Metal
November 3, 2014
Alternative R&B
Critic Score
77
14 reviews
User Score
77
52 reviews

25. Carla Bozulich - Boy

Carla Bozulich - Boy
March 3, 2014
Slowcore
Critic Score
81
9 reviews
User Score
74
66 reviews

24. Skogen - Despairs Had Governed Me Too Long

Skogen - Despairs Had Governed Me Too Long
February 1, 2014
Critic Score
NR
User Score
NR

23. Cooly G - Wait 'Til Night

Cooly G - Wait 'Til Night
October 21, 2014
R&B
Critic Score
64
8 reviews
User Score
64
1 review

22. Puce Mary - Persona

Puce Mary - Persona
June 27, 2014
Critic Score
67
1 review
User Score
NR

21. Mary Halvorson, Michael Formanek & Tomas Fujiwara - Thumbscrew

Mary Halvorson, Michael Formanek & Tomas Fujiwara - Thumbscrew
January 21, 2014
Critic Score
NR
User Score
NR

20. AMM - Place sub. v.

AMM - Place sub. v.
February 1, 2014
Critic Score
NR
User Score
80
1 review

19. Michael Pisaro - Continuum Unbound

Michael Pisaro - Continuum Unbound
October 2, 2014
Critic Score
NR
User Score
96
3 reviews

18. Rhodri Davies - An Air Swept Clean of All Distance

Rhodri Davies - An Air Swept Clean of All Distance
October 1, 2014
Critic Score
NR
User Score
NR

17. Kevin Drumm & Jason Lescalleet - The Abyss

Kevin Drumm & Jason Lescalleet - The Abyss
July 28, 2014
Critic Score
100
1 review
User Score
78
4 reviews

16. Marc Baron - Hidden Tapes

Marc Baron - Hidden Tapes
April 1, 2014
Noise
Critic Score
NR
User Score
NR

15. Eliane Radigue - Naldjorlak I II III

Eliane Radigue - Naldjorlak I II III
January 1, 2013
Drone
Critic Score
NR
User Score
NR

14. Valerio Tricoli - Miseri Lares

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

13. Grouper - Ruins

Grouper - Ruins
October 31, 2014
Ambient
Critic Score
82
17 reviews
User Score
80
150 reviews

12. Steve Gunn - Way Out Weather

Steve Gunn - Way Out Weather
October 7, 2014
Folk Rock
Critic Score
80
8 reviews
User Score
78
34 reviews

11. Earth - Primitive and Deadly

Earth - Primitive and Deadly
September 1, 2014
Psychedelic Rock
Critic Score
79
9 reviews
User Score
78
23 reviews

10. Fatima Al Qadiri - Asiatisch

Fatima Al Qadiri - Asiatisch
May 5, 2014
UK Bass
Critic Score
70
13 reviews
User Score
73
12 reviews

9. Kasai Allstars - Beware the Fetish

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

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
457 reviews

7. Shabazz Palaces - Lese Majesty

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

6. Sleaford Mods - Divide and Exit

Sleaford Mods - Divide and Exit
April 28, 2014
Post-Punk
Critic Score
80
5 reviews
User Score
73
30 reviews

5. Actress - Ghettoville

Actress - Ghettoville
January 28, 2014
IDM
Critic Score
74
19 reviews
User Score
64
74 reviews

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

Scott Walker & Sunn O))) - Soused
October 21, 2014
Experimental Rock
Critic Score
83
24 reviews
User Score
77
53 reviews

3. Swans - To Be Kind

Swans - To Be Kind
May 13, 2014
Experimental Rock
Critic Score
87
27 reviews
User Score
84
386 reviews

2. Richard Dawson - Nothing Important

Richard Dawson - Nothing Important
November 3, 2014
Singer-Songwriter
Critic Score
78
7 reviews
User Score
79
9 reviews

1. Aphex Twin - Syro

Aphex Twin - Syro
September 23, 2014
IDM
Critic Score
87
30 reviews
User Score
80
279 reviews
Original Source: http://www.thewire.co.uk/issues/371

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