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Exclaim!'s Top 25 Albums of 2014 So Far

Exclaim!'s Top 25 Albums of 2014 So Far

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25. Thantifaxath - Sacred White Noise

Thantifaxath - Sacred White Noise
April 15, 2014
Critic Score
87
3 reviews

24. Cloud Nothings - Here and Nowhere Else

Cloud Nothings - Here and Nowhere Else
April 1, 2014
Critic Score
81
27 reviews

Here and Nowhere Else is another heavy, catchy-as-hell Cloud Nothings record. 

23. Ben Frost - A U R O R A

Ben Frost - A U R O R A
May 26, 2014
Critic Score
80
16 reviews

There can be beauty in decay, growth from devastation, and A U R O R A helps open your eyes to that perspective.

22. Perfect Pussy - Say Yes to Love

Perfect Pussy - Say Yes to Love
March 18, 2014
Critic Score
81
21 reviews

Though this isn't the grand mission statement listeners might have expected from one of 2014's most hotly-tipped debuts, it's nonetheless a thrilling document of the group's manic punk energy

21. The Roots - ...And Then You Shoot Your Cousin

The Roots - ...And Then You Shoot Your Cousin
May 19, 2014
Critic Score
70
21 reviews

While the album showcases the band's equilibrium and by now unquestioned versatility, it does mean that amidst the intended dissonance and vocal cameos, Black Thought's verses are not as prominent.

20. The War on Drugs - Lost in the Dream

The War on Drugs - Lost in the Dream
March 18, 2014
Critic Score
85
33 reviews

Singer Adam Granduciel piles his blue collar mystic lyricism atop a rush of eddying rhythms and tones that feature Robbie Bennett's keyboards more prominently than ever.

19. How to Dress Well - What Is This Heart?

How to Dress Well - What Is This Heart?
June 24, 2014
Critic Score
74
29 reviews

It moves Krell closer to the mainstream without sacrificing the emotional complexity of his music, proving that Krell is a musical force not to be underestimated.

18. Röyksopp & Robyn - Do It Again

Röyksopp & Robyn - Do It Again
May 26, 2014
Critic Score
74
20 reviews

Röyksopp and Robyn have not only traversed new territory, they've made it their own.

17. Popcaan - Where We Come From

Popcaan - Where We Come From
June 10, 2014
Critic Score
80
4 reviews

16. Timber Timbre - Hot Dreams

Timber Timbre - Hot Dreams
April 1, 2014
Critic Score
75
16 reviews

There's a widescreen Morricone-like quality to the sound, while a spooky sense of dread sometimes infers David Lynch.

15. Pharoahe Monch - PTSD

Pharoahe Monch - PTSD
April 15, 2014
Critic Score
73
9 reviews

14. Future Islands - Singles

Future Islands - Singles
March 25, 2014
Critic Score
81
32 reviews

Singles is an album of big, enriching pop anthems, all of equal rank. It's rare to find an album this coherent and firm in quality. 

13. Agalloch - The Serpent & the Sphere

Agalloch - The Serpent & the Sphere
May 13, 2014
Critic Score
75
8 reviews

12. Taylor McFerrin - Early Riser

Taylor McFerrin - Early Riser
June 2, 2014
Critic Score
77
11 reviews

11. Future - Honest

Future - Honest
April 22, 2014
Critic Score
76
18 reviews

Honest demonstrates Future's keen ear for production, as well as a sense of realism hidden between braggadocio lyrics, club hooks and reverberating production.

10. YG - My Krazy Life

YG - My Krazy Life
March 18, 2014
Critic Score
79
13 reviews

9. Lykke Li - I Never Learn

Lykke Li - I Never Learn
May 5, 2014
Critic Score
73
26 reviews

Indeed it does feel like an ending of sorts, or at the very least a graduation, from the artist she was to the one she wants to be.

8. Sharon Van Etten - Are We There

Sharon Van Etten - Are We There
May 27, 2014
Critic Score
85
33 reviews

Are We There cuts deep into the skin of its creator and finds Van Etten more exposed than ever.

7. Swans - To Be Kind

Swans - To Be Kind
May 13, 2014
Critic Score
87
28 reviews

This time around, the band seem a bit more comfortable with using production to serve the songs on the record ... The effect is wholly satisfying, confusing and obliterating — everything a Swans record should be. 

6. Schoolboy Q - Oxymoron

Schoolboy Q - Oxymoron
February 25, 2014
Critic Score
76
23 reviews

Rambunctious and irreverent, Oxymoron blasts bullet holes in the theory that gangsta rap can't sound fresh for 2014. 

5. St. Vincent - St. Vincent

St. Vincent - St. Vincent
February 25, 2014
Critic Score
87
36 reviews

What's crucial to St. Vincent's excellence is the way Clark balances her sonic explorations with melodies and song structures that keep even her strangest compositions satisfyingly challenging and memorable without ever being either too easy or frustrating. 

4. Tanya Tagaq - Animism

Tanya Tagaq - Animism
May 27, 2014
Critic Score
73
7 reviews

3. White Lung - Deep Fantasy

White Lung - Deep Fantasy
June 17, 2014
Critic Score
77
20 reviews

Boasting a bigger sound with better songwriting, Deep Fantasy pulls no punches, yet still emerges as White Lung's boldest and most accessible album to date.

2. Owen Pallett - In Conflict

Owen Pallett - In Conflict
May 27, 2014
Critic Score
79
24 reviews

Though less immediate than previous efforts, repeat listens to the darker, subtler In Conflict reveal yet another fascinating entry in Pallett's excellent catalogue.

1. Mac DeMarco - Salad Days

Mac DeMarco - Salad Days
April 1, 2014
Critic Score
79
23 reviews

Mac DeMarco might be the wild and crazy showman on stage, but Salad Days shows there's plenty of tenderness behind that shit-eating, gap-toothed grin.

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