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PopMatters' Best Albums of 2014

PopMatters' Best Albums of 2014

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80. Weezer - Everything Will Be Alright in the End

October 7, 2014
Critic Score
69
29 reviews

Ultimately, there will be scores of fans that will say this is the best Weezer album in years, but the truth is much deeper than that: even with its flaws, this is easily the best album Weezer has released in over a decade.

79. Behemoth - The Satanist

February 3, 2014
Critic Score
84
9 reviews

78. Jessie Ware - Tough Love

October 13, 2014
Critic Score
73
28 reviews

77. David Krakauer - The Big Picture

David Krakauer - The Big Picture
February 18, 2014
Critic Score
90
1 review

76. Schoolboy Q - Oxymoron

February 25, 2014
Critic Score
76
23 reviews

Unlike his previous efforts Oxymoron picks a brand of momentum and sticks to it, avoiding the peaks and surprises that have so often signified a ScHoolboy Q project.

75. Sloan - Commonwealth

September 9, 2014
Critic Score
74
6 reviews

74. Grouper - Ruins

October 31, 2014
Critic Score
81
18 reviews
It’s individual music that’s overt about putting us in a thoughtful mindset.

73. Lana Del Rey - Ultraviolence

June 17, 2014
Critic Score
72
32 reviews

Ultraviolence is a beautiful argument for her relevance and her potential longevity.

72. School of Language - Old Fears

School of Language - Old Fears
April 7, 2014
Critic Score
75
12 reviews

71. Parquet Courts - Sunbathing Animal

June 3, 2014
Critic Score
77
30 reviews

There’s too much spontaneity and instinctive play happening on Sunbathing Animal for Parquet Courts to simply be riffing off anyone else and not be going something of their own vision.

70. Hospitality - Trouble

January 28, 2014
Critic Score
68
18 reviews

69. Saint Saviour - In The Seams

Saint Saviour - In The Seams
November 3, 2014
Critic Score
79
6 reviews

63. Real Estate - Atlas

March 4, 2014
Critic Score
76
31 reviews

With such of wealth of new music competing for our ears, the gruel-bland stylings of Atlas barely merit a chance listen. In fact, like a jangle-pop case of the plague, it should be avoided at all costs.

60. Wild Beasts - Present Tense

February 25, 2014
Critic Score
82
26 reviews

That cohesion, the way Wild Beasts can’t seem to play a bum note or place a single syllable in the wrong verse, makes Present Tense one of the most quietly exhilarating albums in recent memory, and all the more so for using its evocative power to unsettle and seduce in equal measure.

59. Jack White - Lazaretto

June 10, 2014
Critic Score
76
37 reviews

This is an exceptional rock album by a guy who really is the kind of rock star he’s aiming to be.

56. Ariel Pink - pom pom

November 18, 2014
Critic Score
74
27 reviews

 It is a masterstroke of sorts, and Pink has really achieved a pinnacle. 

55. Sylvan Esso - Sylvan Esso

May 13, 2014
Critic Score
78
15 reviews

54. Twin Peaks - Wild Onion

August 5, 2014
Critic Score
73
13 reviews

Lacking the necessary cohesion to make it a truly stellar album, Wild Onion instead plays like a wildly enjoyable compilation of like-minded musicians exploring the possibilities afforded them by a future that is wide open.

53. Oozing Wound - Earth Suck

Oozing Wound - Earth Suck
October 20, 2014
Critic Score
71
5 reviews

52. iamamiwhoami - BLUE

iamamiwhoami - BLUE
November 10, 2014
Critic Score
70
10 reviews

51. Mogwai - Rave Tapes

January 21, 2014
Critic Score
74
29 reviews

50. Ex Hex - Rips

October 7, 2014
Critic Score
81
13 reviews

Rips actually ends up adding to her reputation precisely because she performs like she’s got nothing left to prove or lose with it. 

48. Sondre Lerche - Please

Sondre Lerche - Please
September 23, 2014
Critic Score
73
6 reviews

47. SOHN - Tremors

April 7, 2014
Critic Score
74
20 reviews

Often mournful yet rattling with intelligent, nervous energy, their emotional ambivalence only reinforces how purely they seem to make Sohn’s mind manifest; a true form of psychedelia that flows from his neuroses to billow into effervescent catharsis.

46. Cloud Nothings - Here and Nowhere Else

April 1, 2014
Critic Score
81
27 reviews

This combination of ethos and musical accomplishment makes Here and Nowhere Else an excellent new step for Cloud Nothings. 

45. Prince - Art Official Age

September 30, 2014
Critic Score
73
17 reviews

As Art Official Age plays out, it winds up being less of an introduction to a new generation as much as it is the treat for loyal fans that MPLSound tried so hard to be but end up felling short of.

43. Lydia Loveless - Somewhere Else

February 17, 2014
Critic Score
81
9 reviews

On Somewhere Else, Lydia Loveless is restless. She hasn’t let the praise from her first two albums inflate her head. There’s a sense of urgency on Somewhere Else, a need to keep searching and exploring. And she’s onto something.

42. Liars - Mess

March 25, 2014
Critic Score
75
28 reviews

As Liars continue their hiatus from the trappings of rock with Mess, they’ve created what is without a doubt their least innovative and least gloriously messy album.

41. Somi - The Lagos Music Salon

Somi - The Lagos Music Salon
June 16, 2014
Critic Score
90
1 review

40. Damien Jurado - Brothers and Sisters of the Eternal Son

January 21, 2014
Critic Score
75
21 reviews

While Brothers and Sisters of the Eternal Son is also a “journey” album, this time Jurado increasingly blurs the line between physical leave-taking and spiritual inventory.

39. Shovels & Rope - Swimmin' Time

Shovels & Rope - Swimmin' Time
August 26, 2014
Critic Score
75
11 reviews

38. Battle Trance - Palace of Wind

Battle Trance - Palace of Wind
August 26, 2014
Critic Score
78
4 reviews

36. Andy Stott - Faith in Strangers

November 18, 2014
Critic Score
81
16 reviews

Most of Faith in Strangers is a groove machine, albeit a despondent and sometimes hostile one.

34. Todd Terje - It's Album Time

April 8, 2014
Critic Score
81
26 reviews

It’s Album Time is a great casual listen, but it’s obvious from its highlights that Terje is capable of even greater highs.

33. The Afghan Whigs - Do to the Beast

April 14, 2014
Critic Score
73
26 reviews

The Afghan Whigs’ already-blurred sense of the past makes Do to the Beast a rare ‘90s reunion album that serves as a continuation of a timeless sound instead of a throwback.

32. Nickel Creek - A Dotted Line

Nickel Creek - A Dotted Line
April 1, 2014
Critic Score
75
7 reviews

31. Beck - Morning Phase

February 25, 2014
Critic Score
78
38 reviews

Morning Phase may not be the out-and-out masterpiece that everyone says it is, but anytime we are blessed with a very-good Beck album, the world is all the richer because of it.

Original Source: http://www.popmatters.com/feature/188860-the-best-albums-of-2014/
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