The Needle Drop's Top 50 Albums of 2014

The Needle Drop's Top 50 Albums of 2014

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50. Artificial Brain - Labyrinth Constellation

Artificial Brain - Labyrinth Constellation
February 18, 2014
Critic Score
80
1 review
User Score
77
3 reviews

49. White Hinterland - Baby

White Hinterland - Baby
April 1, 2014
Indie Pop
Critic Score
72
11 reviews
User Score
66
15 reviews

48. Wolves in the Throne Room - Celestite

Wolves in the Throne Room - Celestite
July 8, 2014
Dark Ambient
Critic Score
70
12 reviews
User Score
69
12 reviews

47. Have a Nice Life - The Unnatural World

Have a Nice Life - The Unnatural World
February 4, 2014
Shoegaze
Critic Score
73
4 reviews
User Score
76
65 reviews

46. Wildbirds & Peacedrums - Rhythm

Wildbirds & Peacedrums - Rhythm
November 3, 2014
Art Pop
Critic Score
73
8 reviews
User Score
77
15 reviews

45. Step Brothers - Lord Steppington

Step Brothers - Lord Steppington
January 21, 2014
Hip Hop
Critic Score
76
7 reviews
User Score
72
28 reviews

44. Big Ups - Eighteen Hours of Static

Big Ups - Eighteen Hours of Static
January 13, 2014
Post-Hardcore
Critic Score
74
8 reviews
User Score
74
28 reviews

43. White Suns - Totem

White Suns - Totem
March 18, 2014
Noise Rock
Critic Score
80
3 reviews
User Score
64
4 reviews

42. The Wytches - Annabel Dream Reader

The Wytches - Annabel Dream Reader
August 25, 2014
Garage Rock
Critic Score
70
14 reviews
User Score
79
36 reviews

41. Apathy - Connecticut Casual

Apathy - Connecticut Casual
June 3, 2014
Hip Hop
Critic Score
80
1 review
User Score
78
14 reviews

40. La Roux - Trouble in Paradise

La Roux - Trouble in Paradise
July 21, 2014
Synthpop
Critic Score
77
23 reviews
User Score
76
110 reviews

39. Botanist - VI: Flora

Botanist - VI: Flora
August 19, 2014
Black Metal
Critic Score
77
3 reviews
User Score
76
10 reviews

38. Perfume Genius - Too Bright

Perfume Genius - Too Bright
September 23, 2014
Art Pop
Critic Score
85
31 reviews
User Score
83
357 reviews

37. Mick Jenkins - The Water[s]

Mick Jenkins - The Water[s]
August 12, 2014
Hip Hop
Critic Score
78
5 reviews
User Score
81
77 reviews

36. IDYLLS - Prayer for Terrene

IDYLLS - Prayer for Terrene
March 30, 2014
Critic Score
80
1 review
User Score
NR

35. A Sunny Day in Glasgow - Sea When Absent

A Sunny Day in Glasgow - Sea When Absent
June 24, 2014
Shoegaze
Critic Score
81
18 reviews
User Score
78
144 reviews

34. Full of Hell - Full of Hell & Merzbow

Full of Hell - Full of Hell & Merzbow
November 25, 2014
Grindcore
Critic Score
65
5 reviews
User Score
67
6 reviews

33. Julian Casablancas + The Voidz - Tyranny

Julian Casablancas + The Voidz - Tyranny
September 23, 2014
Synthpunk
Critic Score
63
17 reviews
User Score
74
73 reviews

32. Tobacco - Ultima II Massage

Tobacco - Ultima II Massage
May 13, 2014
Indietronica
Critic Score
73
12 reviews
User Score
70
37 reviews

31. Ratking - So It Goes

Ratking - So It Goes
April 8, 2014
Hip Hop
Critic Score
74
16 reviews
User Score
73
61 reviews

30. St. Vincent - St. Vincent

St. Vincent - St. Vincent
February 25, 2014
Art Pop
Critic Score
87
34 reviews
User Score
82
786 reviews

St. Vincent's latest full-length is her most experimental yet!

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29. Schoolboy Q - Oxymoron

Schoolboy Q - Oxymoron
February 25, 2014
Hip Hop
Critic Score
76
22 reviews
User Score
76
187 reviews

28. Tony Molina - Dissed and Dismissed

Tony Molina - Dissed and Dismissed
February 26, 2013
Power Pop
Critic Score
75
7 reviews
User Score
67
24 reviews

27. Thantifaxath - Sacred White Noise

Thantifaxath - Sacred White Noise
April 15, 2014
Black Metal
Critic Score
87
3 reviews
User Score
77
8 reviews

26. G Herbo - Welcome To Fazoland

G Herbo - Welcome To Fazoland
February 17, 2014
Hip Hop
Critic Score
73
3 reviews
User Score
78
11 reviews

25. Actress - Ghettoville

Actress - Ghettoville
January 28, 2014
IDM
Critic Score
75
20 reviews
User Score
65
80 reviews

24. Carla Bozulich - Boy

Carla Bozulich - Boy
March 3, 2014
Slowcore
Critic Score
81
10 reviews
User Score
74
67 reviews

23. Dope Body - Lifer

Dope Body - Lifer
October 20, 2014
Noise Rock
Critic Score
71
6 reviews
User Score
77
6 reviews

22. Dean Blunt - Black Metal

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

21. Open Mike Eagle - Dark Comedy

Open Mike Eagle - Dark Comedy
June 9, 2014
Hip Hop
Critic Score
74
6 reviews
User Score
78
58 reviews

20. Timber Timbre - Hot Dreams

Timber Timbre - Hot Dreams
April 1, 2014
Folk
Critic Score
76
16 reviews
User Score
79
99 reviews

19. Neil Cicierega - Mouth Sounds

Neil Cicierega - Mouth Sounds
April 28, 2014
Mashup
Critic Score
80
1 review
User Score
70
11 reviews

19. Neil Cicierega - Mouth Silence

Neil Cicierega - Mouth Silence
July 19, 2014
Critic Score
80
1 review
User Score
71
8 reviews

18. tUnE-yArDs - Nikki Nack

tUnE-yArDs - Nikki Nack
May 6, 2014
Art Pop
Critic Score
82
27 reviews
User Score
77
232 reviews

17. Panopticon - Roads to the North

Panopticon - Roads to the North
August 31, 2014
Atmospheric Black Metal
Critic Score
81
4 reviews
User Score
81
10 reviews

16. Indian - From All Purity

Indian - From All Purity
January 21, 2014
Sludge Metal
Critic Score
81
4 reviews
User Score
74
16 reviews

15. Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra - Fuck Off Get Free We Pour Light on Everything

Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra - Fuck Off Get Free We Pour Light on Everything
January 21, 2014
Post-Rock
Critic Score
79
22 reviews
User Score
77
134 reviews

14. Uncommon Nasa - New York Telephone

Uncommon Nasa - New York Telephone
August 26, 2014
Experimental Hip Hop
Critic Score
80
1 review
User Score
75
5 reviews
The latest album from New York's Uncommon Nasa is as grimy as it is experimental and conceptual.
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13. Flying Lotus - You're Dead!

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

12. Busdriver - Perfect Hair

Busdriver - Perfect Hair
September 8, 2014
Hip Hop
Critic Score
72
9 reviews
User Score
78
29 reviews

11. D'Angelo - Black Messiah

D'Angelo - Black Messiah
December 15, 2014
Neo-Soul
Critic Score
93
25 reviews
User Score
86
411 reviews

10. Liars - Mess

Liars - Mess
March 25, 2014
Electronic
Critic Score
75
28 reviews
User Score
78
156 reviews

9. 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
666 reviews

8. FKA Twigs - LP1

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

7. Behemoth - The Satanist

Behemoth - The Satanist
February 3, 2014
Death Metal
Critic Score
83
8 reviews
User Score
78
63 reviews

6. Ariel Pink - pom pom

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

5. Freddie Gibbs & Madlib - Piñata

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

Indiana rapper Freddie "Gangsta" Gibbs teams up with legendary hip hop producer Madlib for one of the most essential hip hop albums of the year.

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4. clipping. - CLPPNG

clipping. - CLPPNG
June 10, 2014
Hip Hop
Critic Score
74
17 reviews
User Score
78
138 reviews
Clipping lives up to hip hop tradition and pushes "noise hop" unorthodoxy on their sophomore album.
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3. Sun Kil Moon - Benji

Sun Kil Moon - Benji
February 11, 2014
Singer-Songwriter
Critic Score
85
23 reviews
User Score
82
487 reviews
Blue crab cakes.
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2. Iceage - Plowing Into the Field of Love

Iceage - Plowing Into the Field of Love
October 7, 2014
Post-Punk
Critic Score
79
23 reviews
User Score
80
198 reviews

1. Swans - To Be Kind

Swans - To Be Kind
May 13, 2014
Experimental Rock
Critic Score
88
28 reviews
User Score
84
501 reviews

Swans' latest album takes a hypnotic, meditative approach to churning out some of the most grand and visceral rock instrumentation in the band's 13-album discography.

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Original Source: http://www.theneedledrop.com/articles/2015/01/top-50-albums-of-2014

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