Slant Magazine's 25 Best Albums of 2014

Slant Magazine's 25 Best Albums of 2014

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22.

October 7, 2014
Critic Score
85
37 reviews

On a palette as cluttered with ideas and guest stars as this, maintaining thematic focus could have, in lesser hands, been tricky.

20.

November 18, 2014
Critic Score
75
32 reviews

19.

February 11, 2014
Critic Score
84
25 reviews

17.

October 28, 2014
Critic Score
87
31 reviews

RTJ2 is a steamroller of an album, packed with enough assonance and alliteration to school an AP English literature class.

16.

July 29, 2014
Critic Score
82
31 reviews
Monolithic and magical, the album exists in a fantastical space just outside the genre's usual perimeter, keeping its references odder and more compelling, crafting an inimitably consistent musical experience.

15.

June 10, 2014
Critic Score
76
30 reviews

14.

September 22, 2014
Critic Score
70
35 reviews

13.

July 8, 2014
Critic Score
72
28 reviews

12.

May 13, 2014
Critic Score
78
15 reviews

11.

September 23, 2014
Critic Score
86
41 reviews

Imagine a mirror which distorts not just the reflection, but reality itself, and you have a fair idea of the stunning legacy to which Syro triumphantly belongs.

9.

September 19, 2014
Critic Score
78
14 reviews

8.

September 8, 2014
Critic Score
69
24 reviews

7.

August 12, 2014
Critic Score
86
43 reviews

LP1 is more than just a confident debut album. It's primordial in a way that Björk herself has often attempted but frequently short-circuited letting her cognizance get in the way.

6.

October 13, 2014
Critic Score
74
31 reviews

4.

March 18, 2014
Critic Score
84
37 reviews

Granduciel is clearly still drawn to his rock roots, but as the gap between him and those influences widens, it become suffused with anxiety and dread, the sort of existential ambivalence that Lost in the Dream masterfully conveys with its vast distorted spaces.

3.

June 17, 2014
Critic Score
72
33 reviews

Ultraviolence finds her stripping away much of the sonic, if not thematic, pretense...or at least substituting it with a new one.

2.

August 5, 2014
Critic Score
78
37 reviews

1.

February 25, 2014
Critic Score
87
40 reviews

Her guitar may be her primary tool for shaking up and complicating otherwise strictly defined songwriting, but Clark's voice remains the thing that defines her material, the glittering lynchpin of the glorious, ever-expanding world she's created.

Original Source: http://www.slantmagazine.com/features/article/the-25-best-albums-of-2014
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