musicOMH's Top 100 Albums of 2014

musicOMH's Top 100 Albums of 2014

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100.

January 13, 2014
Critic Score
80
20 reviews

Where Total Strife Forever truly excels is in Doyle’s exemplary use of texture. It is an album that constantly surprises and leaves you on edge. Yet nothing sounds forced or laboured.

99.

Matthew & The Atlas - Other Rivers
April 14, 2014
Critic Score
65
3 reviews

98.

November 6, 2014
Critic Score
72
22 reviews
Given the long gestation period, it could be said that Banks’ debut doesn’t quite live up to the hype. What it certainly does do though, is prove that there’s an awful lot of talent beneath the self-generated controversy.

97.

May 27, 2014
Critic Score
78
29 reviews

The record is a captivating and challenging insight into the mindset of an intelligent artist who is pushing himself further than ever before, taking his music in new and fascinating directions.

96.

June 3, 2014
Critic Score
74
26 reviews

As usual there’s a lot of depth here and over time, more and more will be revealed. Glass Boys might not be as expansive as its predecessor, but it is no less impressive.

95.

February 4, 2014
Critic Score
63
19 reviews

Angel Guts finds Stewart ploughing similar barren sonic terrain to the great albums he’s already produced, but with a slightly harsher, rawer feel than usual, which gives credence to the big claims his record label set out before it.

94.

February 3, 2014
Critic Score
80
16 reviews

It’s not an easy listen and will send hipsters scurrying for their bobble hats and fake specs, but this is the sound of a band pushing themselves, challenging their audience and making something to be proud of.

93.

July 15, 2014
Critic Score
73
18 reviews

92.

January 21, 2014
Critic Score
72
17 reviews

91.

June 20, 2014
Critic Score
78
4 reviews

90.

July 29, 2014
Critic Score
73
30 reviews

The Voyager is less of an addition to her back catalogue than a summary of her work to date, dipping into different eras of Lewis, and not settling on any.

88.

September 9, 2014
Critic Score
77
9 reviews

87.

September 8, 2014
Critic Score
74
29 reviews

Like much of his best work, it’s a slow-burner of an album: at first listen, it sounds a pretty decent radio-friendly record, but it’s only on repeated plays that the full emotional scale which Adams is displaying becomes clear. 

86.

Pink Mountaintops - Get Back
April 29, 2014
Critic Score
72
12 reviews

85.

September 16, 2014
Critic Score
82
10 reviews

84.

January 28, 2014
Critic Score
69
19 reviews

82.

October 31, 2014
Critic Score
82
19 reviews

Whereas Harris has often used drones, fuzz, white noise and feedback to overwhelm the humanity her music, here she is exposed and unadorned.

81.

Mark E - Product of Industry
April 28, 2014
Critic Score
66
4 reviews

80.

Kele - Trick
October 14, 2014
Critic Score
64
16 reviews

79.

September 22, 2014
Critic Score
83
6 reviews

78.

July 14, 2014
Critic Score
72
16 reviews

This is deeply satisfying and enjoyable – perfect for those who prefer their summer soundtrack to have a bit of firepower.

75.

February 10, 2014
Critic Score
78
17 reviews

It’s a truly absorbing listen, almost effortless. For a band that have been through so much turmoil, they convey so much beauty.

72.

September 1, 2014
Critic Score
79
12 reviews

Primitive And Deadly, in part, represents an encapsulation of Earth’s discography, but more importantly it also sees the band moving on, entering a new phase and expanding their dimensions.

70.

April 29, 2014
Critic Score
74
21 reviews

Shriek is a powerful reminder of how refreshing and affecting bands can be if they have the confidence, self-awareness and ambition to look beyond their usual horizons.

69.

Sébastien Tellier - L'aventura
July 14, 2014
Critic Score
70
9 reviews

68.

May 27, 2014
Critic Score
77
16 reviews

The Moon Rang Like A Bell is a triple-jump forwards for Hundred Waters. They’ve dislodged the suffocating tag of folktronica, and are dominating a sonic rivulet they can call their own – though they share similarities with other acts, they never feel derivative.

66.

Blue-Eyed Hawk - Under The Moon
September 15, 2014
Critic Score
75
2 reviews

65.

October 7, 2014
Critic Score
82
15 reviews

64.

January 21, 2014
Critic Score
78
25 reviews

It follows closely in the footsteps of predecessor Kollaps Tradixionales but, taken as a whole, feels a louder, angrier and more intense record (impressive given some of the vertiginous climaxes on that album).

62.

October 7, 2014
Critic Score
80
8 reviews

60.

April 1, 2014
Critic Score
70
8 reviews

59.

April 8, 2014
Critic Score
81
29 reviews

Lost in the internet void, Anderson muses on lonely superhighways, full of information and communication but presenting only disassociation and a drain on the soul. She nails these aspects as a modern disease, whilst putting in a quite breathtaking performance that thankfully offers a kind of life raft of humanity and compassion.

58.

Dan Weiss - Fourteen
March 25, 2014
Critic Score
75
2 reviews

56.

November 3, 2014
Critic Score
79
6 reviews

55.

November 3, 2014
Critic Score
80
12 reviews

54.

September 8, 2014
Critic Score
67
10 reviews

53.

June 17, 2014
Critic Score
77
14 reviews

52.

Luke Abbott - Wysing Forest
June 23, 2014
Critic Score
68
10 reviews

51.

April 1, 2014
Critic Score
81
30 reviews

Sonically perfect and stunningly well-executed, this record is recommendable to a wide spectrum of rockers and punks

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