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Under the Radar's Top 100 Albums of 2014

Under the Radar's Top 100 Albums of 2014

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100. Cheatahs - Cheatahs

Cheatahs - Cheatahs
February 11, 2014
Critic Score
74
15 reviews

99. Childhood - Lacuna

August 11, 2014
Critic Score
70
10 reviews

98. Twin Peaks - Wild Onion

August 5, 2014
Critic Score
75
12 reviews

These guys are here to have fun, and their faculty for it might rankle some elders.

96. Mogwai - Rave Tapes

January 21, 2014
Critic Score
73
29 reviews

91. Foxygen - ...And Star Power

October 14, 2014
Critic Score
61
24 reviews

Listening to Star Power gives you the sense that they accomplished exactly what they set out to do: reconnect with the sense of play and reckless curiosity they had when they were teenagers in the garage, messing around with a 4-track and trying to make each other laugh.

90. Liars - Mess

March 25, 2014
Critic Score
75
28 reviews

The kind of envelope-pushing on Mess is nothing if not mature, simultaneously punk as fuck and utterly refined.

89. Coves - Soft Friday

Coves - Soft Friday
March 31, 2014
Critic Score
76
6 reviews

88. Warpaint - Warpaint

January 21, 2014
Critic Score
75
34 reviews

Warpaint practically demands multiple listens for taking everything in. Where a song might call for a melodic core, rewards come in the unique ways Warpaint chooses to carry it.

86. The Drums - Encyclopedia

The Drums - Encyclopedia
September 22, 2014
Critic Score
63
13 reviews

85. Jungle - Jungle

July 15, 2014
Critic Score
72
22 reviews

84. Tweedy - Sukierae

September 23, 2014
Critic Score
78
17 reviews

83. Ramona Lisa - Arcadia

Ramona Lisa - Arcadia
April 29, 2014
Critic Score
67
10 reviews

82. Weird Al Yankovic - Mandatory Fun

Weird Al Yankovic - Mandatory Fun
July 15, 2014
Critic Score
75
11 reviews

81. TV on the Radio - Seeds

November 18, 2014
Critic Score
76
28 reviews

79. Damon Albarn - Everyday Robots

April 28, 2014
Critic Score
74
34 reviews

After 20 years it seems strange to say, but Damon Albarn may finally have put the ghosts of his Britpop past to rest. 

77. Interpol - El Pintor

September 9, 2014
Critic Score
75
29 reviews

Like an ailing canine after a reinvigorating trip to the veterinary surgeon, El Pintor has a bit more bite to it than some of Interpol's recent efforts.

76. Thumpers - Galore

February 11, 2014
Critic Score
66
12 reviews

74. The Mary Onettes - Portico:

The Mary Onettes - Portico:
March 4, 2014
Critic Score
60
2 reviews

72. Teleman - Breakfast

June 2, 2014
Critic Score
72
10 reviews

70. Temples - Sun Structures

February 11, 2014
Critic Score
73
24 reviews

Temples may not be about to win any awards for Most Groundbreaking Sound, but they channel their influences so skillfully, and have such a good ear for a melody, that it's almost impossible not to fall for them. A supremely confident and delightful debut. 

69. Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks - Wig Out at Jagbags

January 7, 2014
Critic Score
73
30 reviews

Jagbags might suffer from a mild case of "the mids"—mid-paced, middle-aged, and (at times) middle-of-the-road—but there is still much to enjoy here. 

68. Ryan Adams - Ryan Adams

September 8, 2014
Critic Score
73
24 reviews

What makes Ryan Adams so stunning is both its substance and restraint

66. Big Scary - Not Art

Big Scary - Not Art
June 28, 2013
Critic Score
73
3 reviews

63. Cold Specks - Neuroplasticity

Cold Specks - Neuroplasticity
August 26, 2014
Critic Score
74
15 reviews

62. Clark - Clark

November 3, 2014
Critic Score
81
12 reviews

60. Owen Pallett - In Conflict

May 27, 2014
Critic Score
79
24 reviews

In Conflict doesn't find Owen Pallett breaking new ground, but that might not matter. He's still bringing his exacting ear to perfect arrangement (sometimes a little overly so), along with a unique lyrical outlook—and for the most part, In Conflict balances the two.

57. The Pains of Being Pure at Heart - Days of Abandon

The Pains of Being Pure at Heart - Days of Abandon
May 13, 2014
Critic Score
70
20 reviews

If Belong was Pains' alternative anthems record, then Days of Abandon is their take on classic indie pop. 

56. Ty Segall - Manipulator

August 26, 2014
Critic Score
80
24 reviews

The album feels uniquely empowering. It's like the mystery drug convincing kids they can fly in an afterschool special. It demands full volume.

55. Hookworms - The Hum

November 10, 2014
Critic Score
82
18 reviews

The songs have a widescreen, cinematic sound to them, but remain very much the band's own; they sound like hat-tips to the likes of U2 and Springsteen, drenched in reverb-laden guitars and obfuscated with selective distortion.

53. Jessie Ware - Tough Love

October 13, 2014
Critic Score
74
26 reviews

52. Wild Beasts - Present Tense

February 25, 2014
Critic Score
82
26 reviews

While Wild Beasts have crafted another beautifully soulful record in Present Tense—with perhaps a little more bite than its predecessor—it does leave the listener wondering how long a band can stick with one mood before it starts to stagnate. 

51. Lia Ices - Ices

September 16, 2014
Critic Score
68
10 reviews
Original Source: http://www.undertheradarmag.com/lists/under_the_radars_top_140_albums_of_2014/
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