musicOMH's Top 100 Albums of 2014

musicOMH's Top 100 Albums of 2014

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100. East India Youth - Total Strife Forever

January 13, 2014
Critic Score
81
19 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

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

98. Azealia Banks - Broke With Expensive Taste

November 6, 2014
Critic Score
71
21 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. Owen Pallett - In Conflict

May 27, 2014
Critic Score
79
24 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. Fucked Up - Glass Boys

June 3, 2014
Critic Score
76
23 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. Xiu Xiu - Angel Guts: Red Classroom

February 4, 2014
Critic Score
64
18 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. Young Fathers - Dead

February 3, 2014
Critic Score
80
15 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. Woman's Hour - Conversations

July 15, 2014
Critic Score
75
14 reviews

92. I Break Horses - Chiaroscuro

January 21, 2014
Critic Score
73
16 reviews

90. Jenny Lewis - The Voyager

July 29, 2014
Critic Score
73
28 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. Esben and the Witch - A New Nature

September 9, 2014
Critic Score
77
8 reviews

87. Ryan Adams - Ryan Adams

September 8, 2014
Critic Score
74
25 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

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

85. Shellac - Dude Incredible

September 16, 2014
Critic Score
83
9 reviews

84. Hospitality - Trouble

January 28, 2014
Critic Score
68
18 reviews

82. Grouper - Ruins

October 31, 2014
Critic Score
81
18 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

Mark E - Product of Industry
April 28, 2014
Critic Score
67
3 reviews

80. Kele Okereke - Trick

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

79. Gazelle Twin - UNFLESH

September 22, 2014
Critic Score
83
6 reviews

78. Honeyblood - Honeyblood

July 14, 2014
Critic Score
72
13 reviews

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

75. Tinariwen - Emmaar

February 10, 2014
Critic Score
78
14 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. Earth - Primitive and Deadly

September 1, 2014
Critic Score
79
10 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. Wye Oak - Shriek

April 29, 2014
Critic Score
75
20 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

Sébastien Tellier - L'aventura
July 14, 2014
Critic Score
69
7 reviews

68. Hundred Waters - The Moon Rang Like A Bell

May 27, 2014
Critic Score
77
14 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

Blue-Eyed Hawk - Under The Moon
September 15, 2014
Critic Score
90
1 review

65. Ex Hex - Rips

October 7, 2014
Critic Score
81
13 reviews

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

January 21, 2014
Critic Score
79
22 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. Steve Gunn - Way Out Weather

October 7, 2014
Critic Score
80
8 reviews

60. Inventions - Inventions

April 1, 2014
Critic Score
70
8 reviews

59. EMA - The Future's Void

April 8, 2014
Critic Score
81
24 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

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

56. Dels - Petals Have Fallen

November 3, 2014
Critic Score
79
6 reviews

55. Clark - Clark

November 3, 2014
Critic Score
80
12 reviews

54. Ballet School - The Dew Lasts An Hour

September 8, 2014
Critic Score
67
10 reviews

53. (Sandy) Alex G - DSU

June 17, 2014
Critic Score
77
14 reviews

52. Luke Abbott - Wysing Forest

Luke Abbott - Wysing Forest
June 23, 2014
Critic Score
69
9 reviews

51. Cloud Nothings - Here and Nowhere Else

April 1, 2014
Critic Score
81
27 reviews

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

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