The 405's 30 Best Albums of 2014

The 405's 30 Best Albums of 2014

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30. Grouper - Ruins

October 31, 2014
Critic Score
81
18 reviews

Grouper tenderly and quietly beckons you nearer, allowing the sadness to seep into your bloodstream. Lyrics are distant and difficult to decipher, however it isn't hard to comprehend the emotional weight of each track

29. Future Islands - Singles

March 25, 2014
Critic Score
81
32 reviews

All that brine is washed away on Singles, an album that throws off the shackles of the past and looks defiantly forward, not back.

27. Homeboy Sandman - Hallways

September 1, 2014
Critic Score
78
4 reviews

25. Hail Mary Mallon - Bestiary

Hail Mary Mallon - Bestiary
November 11, 2014
Critic Score
65
2 reviews

24. (Sandy) Alex G - DSU

June 17, 2014
Critic Score
77
14 reviews

23. Gazelle Twin - UNFLESH

September 22, 2014
Critic Score
83
6 reviews

22. Mark McGuire - Along the Way

February 4, 2014
Critic Score
70
11 reviews

Like a book where you can choose your own ending or a sandbox video game, the true beauty of Along The Way and the rest of McGuire's output is that it is so free from the shackles of any genre or scene and so 'out there' that it is completely open to each listener's interpretation.

21. Kiasmos - Kiasmos

October 27, 2014
Critic Score
81
6 reviews

20. Liars - Mess

March 25, 2014
Critic Score
75
28 reviews

Uniquely with Mess, they've instead dealt with the most colossal environment, making a grander statement about the aphotic bleakness of society in the process.

18. Todd Terje - It's Album Time

April 8, 2014
Critic Score
80
25 reviews

It's Album Time is exactly what the Todd Terje album we've been waiting so long for should sound like; cheeky, clever, and well and truly packed to the rafters with incredible tunes.

17. YG - My Krazy Life

March 18, 2014
Critic Score
78
12 reviews

16. Thug Entrancer - Death After Life

Thug Entrancer - Death After Life
February 17, 2014
Critic Score
75
7 reviews

15. Perfume Genius - Too Bright

September 23, 2014
Critic Score
85
31 reviews

Too Bright is a strident and bold statement from an artist who has finally undone the knot of his past.

13. Caribou - Our Love

October 7, 2014
Critic Score
80
32 reviews

Our Love follows the direction set out by 2010's Swim, moving further away from the composer and producer's glitch, loop and sample-based technical origins and towards a more dancefloor friendly production style, stripped of complex layers and imbued with soul.

10. St. Vincent - St. Vincent

February 25, 2014
Critic Score
87
36 reviews

It's an album that, despite its placement more as high art, isn't afraid to embrace pop music for everything it's worth, managing to be accessible while also challenging, drawing the listener in with familiarity to then unleash upon them this cryptic, paradoxical world that just begs to be explored over and over again.

9. clipping. - CLPPNG

June 10, 2014
Critic Score
76
17 reviews

8. East India Youth - Total Strife Forever

January 13, 2014
Critic Score
81
19 reviews

Over 11 tracks you'll hear acid beats, euphoric electronic pop, ambient passages, drone, krautrock and more. What's incredible is how East India Youth has managed to bring all of these elements together and construct a cohesive record.

6. Sharon Van Etten - Are We There

May 27, 2014
Critic Score
85
33 reviews

Are We There is one of those rare albums when you stop listening to the music as simply a combination of chords, melodies and carefully constructed instrumentation, but as essential, emotional communication from one person to another.

5. Wild Beasts - Present Tense

February 25, 2014
Critic Score
82
26 reviews

On their fourth album Wild Beasts have made a stunning turn. Present Tense is their most beautiful, arresting and accomplished album to date - which is saying something for a band that already had a high stock of dazzling and inventive songs. 

4. Adult Jazz - Gist Is

August 5, 2014
Critic Score
79
14 reviews

3. Taylor McFerrin - Early Riser

Taylor McFerrin - Early Riser
June 2, 2014
Critic Score
77
11 reviews

2. Flying Lotus - You're Dead!

October 7, 2014
Critic Score
84
35 reviews

This record is a wholly singular work; not only does it defy expectations of what a Flying Lotus album should sound like, it totally obliterates any preconceptions about what can be released by a remotely popular contemporary musician.

1. FKA Twigs - LP1

August 12, 2014
Critic Score
86
40 reviews

More than anything this feels universally appealing. You don't have to be a strict devotee of the R&B underground genre to realise that this is a great album. The sound is her own, and she's capable of making an album work as an album rather than just a collection of songs

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