Time Out London's 30 Best Albums of 2014

Time Out London's 30 Best Albums of 2014

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30. Sam Smith - In the Lonely Hour

May 26, 2014
Critic Score
61
21 reviews

If it were longer, it might drag, but thanks to a tight half-hour running time, this album is the perfect soundtrack to your next wallow.

29. SBTRKT - Wonder Where We Land

September 23, 2014
Critic Score
71
26 reviews

This is accomplished, affecting, unique and unusual stuff that demands repeat listening this autumn.

27. Metronomy - Love Letters

March 10, 2014
Critic Score
73
23 reviews

25. Beck - Morning Phase

February 25, 2014
Critic Score
78
38 reviews
A 12-song cycle set in the tender, uncertain hours of dawn, it bathes in the ’70s West Coast vibe of Beck’s youth, with dew-spangled guitars and psychedelic melodies slowly turning their crumpled faces to the sun.

24. Damien Rice - My Favourite Faded Fantasy

November 11, 2014
Critic Score
75
11 reviews

The whole album is both hauntingly intimate and intensely epic – it moves from timid guitar and cracked, uncertain vocals to swelling magnificence; a giant orchestral wave crashing against an unseen shore, with Rice howling stunningly heart-wrenching lyrics above it all. 

23. Aphex Twin - Syro

September 23, 2014
Critic Score
85
33 reviews

Ultimately, ‘Syro’ reminds us exactly how far James’s imitators are from getting anywhere close to his versatile virtuosity.

22. (Sandy) Alex G - DSU

June 17, 2014
Critic Score
77
14 reviews
It isn’t just a homemade gem: it’s an instant classic, the kind of window into a fascinating mind that you wish every solo album could be.

21. Future Islands - Singles

March 25, 2014
Critic Score
81
32 reviews

20. The Horrors - Luminous

May 5, 2014
Critic Score
79
24 reviews

‘Luminous’ is one of the biggest, tightest, most engrossing records we’ve heard from a British band in years.

19. Mica Levi - Under the Skin

March 17, 2014
Critic Score
81
5 reviews

17. Perfume Genius - Too Bright

September 23, 2014
Critic Score
85
31 reviews

Still tender, increasingly triumphant and often transcendent, ‘Too Bright’ represents a violent flowering of talent. Until now, we’ve only seen Hadreas’s filament flicker. Here it burns.

16. Sun Kil Moon - Benji

February 11, 2014
Critic Score
84
24 reviews

15. Taylor Swift - 1989

October 27, 2014
Critic Score
76
26 reviews

‘1989’ is less of a reinvention, more the sound of a winning formula being ruthlessly refined. 

13. Hookworms - The Hum

November 10, 2014
Critic Score
80
20 reviews

12. Warpaint - Warpaint

January 21, 2014
Critic Score
75
34 reviews

11. Jungle - Jungle

July 15, 2014
Critic Score
74
24 reviews

Jungle have done what Disclosure did so well last year – make electronic music with human heart, marry underground cool with main-stage appeal, and do it with vision and conviction.

10. Owen Pallett - In Conflict

May 27, 2014
Critic Score
79
24 reviews

‘In Conflict’ is a beautiful and powerful album, light as a feather in its delivery of complicated musical and lyrical ideas, but packing a punch that’s sharp enough to floor most other records released this year.

9. Caribou - Our Love

October 7, 2014
Critic Score
80
32 reviews

Electronica, hip hop, R&B, garage and tribal house are all in the mix, representing both Caribou’s multi-coloured digi-pop and Snaith’s dance-focused Daphni alias. But this isn’t just computer love; the album glows with warmth during its deepest electronic explorations. 

7. FKA twigs - LP1

August 12, 2014
Critic Score
86
40 reviews

Her brilliant debut album is a collection of forward-thinking electro-R&B tracks packed with unexpected sonic details

6. The War on Drugs - Lost in the Dream

March 18, 2014
Critic Score
85
33 reviews

It’s no small feat to make rock music sound this fresh nowadays. Amid the hordes of bands pulling the same old tired moves, thank god for The War On Drugs.

5. Little Dragon - Nabuma Rubberband

May 13, 2014
Critic Score
72
20 reviews

‘Nabuma Rubberband’ is a consummate masterpiece: dramatic, relentlessly innovative, brilliantly understated, impeccably produced and often head-spinningly sexy. 

4. Goat - Commune

September 23, 2014
Critic Score
78
17 reviews

1. La Roux - Trouble in Paradise

July 21, 2014
Critic Score
76
24 reviews

The overall result is just fabulous: if this album doesn’t become the soundtrack of your summer, you’ll be missing out.

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