SPIN's 50 Best Albums of 2014

SPIN's 50 Best Albums of 2014

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50.

February 25, 2014
Critic Score
76
25 reviews

Oxymoron, the rapper's third full-length and first for Interscope, is powered by the sturdy widescreen hedonism of Dr. Dre's The Chronic, full of well-rapped and witty lyrics about doing dirtbaggy things over top-shelf, endlessly fascinating, forever-morphing beats. 

49.

February 25, 2014
Critic Score
69
4 reviews

47.

November 18, 2014
Critic Score
75
32 reviews

Fans of TVOTR's early density and difficulty might get dismayed at their gradual transformation into the thinking stoner's Coldplay. But it's impossible to listen to Seeds' luxurious fuzz and think that this is a band who mean to be anything but fat and in love.

45.

February 11, 2014
Critic Score
80
8 reviews

Nashville has the deepest grab-bag in contemporary pop right now, but nothing else comes together like Eric Church in the wild.

44.

July 29, 2014
Critic Score
82
31 reviews

Lese Majesty feels more now, than then. In mirroring and transcending the schizoid, rootless form of digital society, it's an attempt to help people cope with the culture.

43.

December 16, 2014
Critic Score
77
33 reviews

42.

April 1, 2014
Critic Score
80
27 reviews

His patron saints appear to be Harry Nilsson and yacht rockers like 10cc, and rarely are either channeled with this little cheese and this much panache. He merges these influences with what's quickly become his signature guitar sound, an effortless style that can be playfully discordant.

41.

June 17, 2014
Critic Score
72
33 reviews

In a career fraught with obsessions over the perfection-imperfection dichotomy, it turns out to be a blessing that she put pop and its various pressures on the backburner just to deliver some real summertime sadness. 

40.

March 4, 2014
Critic Score
76
34 reviews

We already expected pastoral folk-rock with dewy thickets of guitar lines that ripple like a pond. But they've internalized the difference between relaxation and an aural shrug.

39.

April 14, 2014
Critic Score
71
31 reviews

Lead vocalist/head louche Greg Dulli's dark obsessions and predatory narrators manage to sound as erotically entrancing as he pushes 50 as they did when he was courting 25, aging gracefully like a snifter of peaty scotch rather than a cup of flat beer.

37.

August 26, 2014
Critic Score
78
18 reviews

36.

January 21, 2014
Critic Score
70
3 reviews

35.

September 1, 2014
Critic Score
78
5 reviews

34.

October 27, 2014
Critic Score
76
30 reviews

33.

November 18, 2014
Critic Score
81
17 reviews

The album is another leap forward for the producer, refining his sense of songcraft and expanding his instrumental palette without sanding down his rough edges in the slightest.

31.

May 13, 2014
Critic Score
78
15 reviews

30.

November 18, 2014
Critic Score
73
31 reviews

On pom pom ... he's finally able to fully marry the two divergent sides of his personality: his effortless knack for reeling off torrents of sincere bubblegum beauty and his irreverent sense of humor.

28.

September 8, 2014
Critic Score
74
29 reviews

26.

February 25, 2014
Critic Score
87
40 reviews

Clark has made an album free of the one issue that hamstrung its three predecessors: the sense that every turn was plotted in advance, that the fun was hemmed in by a kind of deliberateness.

25.

March 18, 2014
Critic Score
80
17 reviews

From the lyrics to the beats, the pleasure of Piñata is in the details.

23.

September 23, 2014
Critic Score
86
41 reviews

22.

April 1, 2014
Critic Score
81
30 reviews

On Here and Nowhere Else, which was produced by John Congleto, Baldi and Co. take the best bits from Albini's tutelage, apply them to lo-fi pop-punk structures and infuse all of it with tightly wound angst.

21.

August 12, 2014
Critic Score
86
43 reviews

The album doesn't so much broaden Twigs' scope as reinforce it. Over 10 songs and 42 minutes, Twigs seems unconcerned with minting easy hooks or delivering discrete moments; instead, she sustains vibe.

19.

June 3, 2014
Critic Score
76
11 reviews

18.

March 18, 2014
Critic Score
79
13 reviews

17.

May 13, 2014
Critic Score
88
35 reviews

As all-consuming a ritual as rock music is capable of giving us, and also as viscerally, joyously life-affirming.

16.

April 8, 2014
Critic Score
81
28 reviews

Like Daft Punk, Terje looks to the past's version of futurism to transcend today's numbed-out consensus beats.

15.

July 8, 2014
Critic Score
72
28 reviews

Listening to 1000 Forms Of Fear, you can hear how strong Furler's influence is on the pop stars with whom she works. 

14.

January 21, 2014
Critic Score
80
24 reviews

Once it all sinks in, the self-released approach, scrapped-together band, and 29-minute running time should only shock those who expected this to be a huge statement by Grace on anyone's terms but her own.

13.

June 24, 2014
Critic Score
74
33 reviews

As intellectual and introverted as Krell often is, he’s at his best when he and the music simply let go.

12.

August 5, 2014
Critic Score
78
37 reviews

Soul achieves the nearly impossible with Spoon’s most eclectic set yet.

11.

Betty Who - Take Me When You Go
October 7, 2014
Critic Score
63
3 reviews

9.

May 6, 2014
Critic Score
82
33 reviews

Although its emotional intensity is at first nearly overwhelming, Nikki Nack gets similarly crazy with hooks, which makes it more daring because it ups the stakes even higher. 

8.

October 7, 2014
Critic Score
75
16 reviews

7.

March 25, 2014
Critic Score
81
33 reviews

Get over Herring's Shatner-like earnestness like you did with Destroyer's Kenny G moves on Kaputt and you'll unlock the furrowed brows, baggy eyes and bulging veins beneath the metronomic perfection.

6.

February 11, 2014
Critic Score
84
25 reviews

This guy has written 40-plus albums of material, so it's saying something that Benji is one of his more challenging listens.

5.

October 7, 2014
Critic Score
80
38 reviews

4.

July 29, 2014
Critic Score
73
30 reviews

You wouldn't assume a troubled backstory from the music — Lewis has channeled her grievances into a statement of life-affirming and ebullient guitar pop.

2.

June 3, 2014
Critic Score
77
34 reviews

These performances never surrender to the anxiety of influence: All those comparisons are mere reference points for a loose aesthetic that values sustained chordal vamps above all else.

1.

March 18, 2014
Critic Score
84
37 reviews

Simultaneously spare and just as fully fleshed out as it needs to be, Dream is a perfect distillation of Granduciel's wide-open claustrophobia. The sound is more expansive than ever, even as its maker's songs seem more personal and less universal.

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