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FasterLouder's 50 Best Albums of 2014

FasterLouder's 50 Best Albums of 2014

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50. Dan Sultan - Blackbird

Dan Sultan - Blackbird
April 4, 2014
Critic Score
70
1 review

48. Ball Park Music - Puddinghead

Ball Park Music - Puddinghead
April 4, 2014
Critic Score
70
1 review

47. Jack White - Lazaretto

June 10, 2014
Critic Score
76
37 reviews

46. Hozier - Hozier

September 19, 2014
Critic Score
80
13 reviews

There are few missteps on Hozier – at its best it stuns and at its worst it’s a pleasant ride. But Hozier’s are not the skills of a one-trick-pony and that may well carry him beyond this very self-assured and solid debut.

45. Shihad - FVEY

Shihad - FVEY
August 8, 2014
Critic Score
90
1 review

44. First Aid Kit - Stay Gold

June 10, 2014
Critic Score
76
26 reviews

43. Alvvays - Alvvays

July 22, 2014
Critic Score
80
24 reviews

42. Augie March - Havens Dumb

Augie March - Havens Dumb
November 17, 2014
Critic Score
80
1 review

41. The Preatures - Blue Planet Eyes

September 30, 2014
Critic Score
76
4 reviews

36. Caitlin Park - The Sleeper

Caitlin Park - The Sleeper
May 2, 2014
Critic Score
80
1 review

34. TV on the Radio - Seeds

November 18, 2014
Critic Score
77
29 reviews

33. DZ Deathrays - Black Rat

DZ Deathrays - Black Rat
August 18, 2014
Critic Score
74
10 reviews

32. alt-J - This Is All Yours

September 22, 2014
Critic Score
70
32 reviews

30. Lana Del Rey - Ultraviolence

June 17, 2014
Critic Score
72
32 reviews

Del Rey sounds alone, which is apt because these are some lonely damn songs. She’s often sung about being stuck with absent, uncaring men and loving them anyway, and Ultraviolence doesn’t change that.

29. Beck - Morning Phase

February 25, 2014
Critic Score
78
38 reviews

Though it’s ridiculous to rank an album within an artist’s body of work on the day of its release ... I’m going to go ahead and do exactly that and place Morning Phase on Beck’s top shelf, alongside Odelay! and Sea Change.

26. Kelis - Food

April 22, 2014
Critic Score
75
25 reviews

24. Glass Animals - ZABA

June 9, 2014
Critic Score
74
10 reviews

22. Caribou - Our Love

October 7, 2014
Critic Score
80
32 reviews

21. Ariel Pink - pom pom

November 18, 2014
Critic Score
74
27 reviews

Sure, this is the wrong album to expect any traditional form of focus from ... but Pink’s continual sleight-of-hand can make him seem less like a unique musical act himself and more like a gifted mimic cycling through colourful dress-ups.

19. Perfume Genius - Too Bright

September 23, 2014
Critic Score
85
31 reviews

18. Taylor Swift - 1989

October 27, 2014
Critic Score
76
26 reviews

14. Sun Kil Moon - Benji

February 11, 2014
Critic Score
84
24 reviews
Kozelek’s reflections are profound and arresting, not to mention necessary listening for anyone grappling with their own mortality.

13. Fishing - Shy Glow

Fishing - Shy Glow
June 6, 2014
Critic Score
80
1 review

11. Flying Lotus - You're Dead!

October 7, 2014
Critic Score
84
35 reviews

8. Run the Jewels - Run the Jewels 2

October 28, 2014
Critic Score
86
28 reviews

Run the Jewels 2 takes the collaboration to the next level, establishing the duo as a unit – and one that’s not to be messed with.

7. FKA twigs - LP1

August 12, 2014
Critic Score
86
40 reviews

Every note sung on LP1 is delivered with meaning, the clinical production never contaminating the sincerity on offer.

4. Remi - Raw X Infinity

Remi - Raw X Infinity
June 6, 2014
Critic Score
80
1 review

3. The War on Drugs - Lost in the Dream

March 18, 2014
Critic Score
85
33 reviews

Like Slave Ambient, the indie-rockers’ third album repeatedly slips in and out of focus, while maintaining the yearning for forward momentum present in all of his work.

2. St. Vincent - St. Vincent

February 25, 2014
Critic Score
87
36 reviews

St Vincent may be intimidating in its intelligence, but it remains overwhelmingly accessible.

1. Kimbra - The Golden Echo

August 19, 2014
Critic Score
69
14 reviews
Original Source: http://www.fasterlouder.com.au/features/41353/The-50-Best-Albums-of-2014
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