Slant Magazine's 25 Best Albums of 2014

Slant Magazine's 25 Best Albums of 2014

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22. Flying Lotus - You're Dead!

October 7, 2014
Critic Score
84
35 reviews

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

20. TV on the Radio - Seeds

November 18, 2014
Critic Score
77
29 reviews

19. Sun Kil Moon - Benji

February 11, 2014
Critic Score
84
24 reviews

17. Run the Jewels - Run the Jewels 2

October 28, 2014
Critic Score
86
28 reviews

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

16. Shabazz Palaces - Lese Majesty

July 29, 2014
Critic Score
82
30 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. First Aid Kit - Stay Gold

June 10, 2014
Critic Score
76
26 reviews

14. alt-J - This Is All Yours

September 22, 2014
Critic Score
70
32 reviews

13. Sia - 1000 Forms of Fear

July 8, 2014
Critic Score
74
24 reviews

12. Sylvan Esso - Sylvan Esso

May 13, 2014
Critic Score
78
15 reviews

11. Aphex Twin - Syro

September 23, 2014
Critic Score
85
33 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. Hozier - Hozier

September 19, 2014
Critic Score
80
13 reviews

8. Banks - Goddess

September 8, 2014
Critic Score
70
21 reviews

7. FKA twigs - LP1

August 12, 2014
Critic Score
86
40 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. Jessie Ware - Tough Love

October 13, 2014
Critic Score
73
28 reviews

4. The War on Drugs - Lost in the Dream

March 18, 2014
Critic Score
85
33 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. Lana Del Rey - Ultraviolence

June 17, 2014
Critic Score
72
32 reviews

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

2. Spoon - They Want My Soul

August 5, 2014
Critic Score
78
33 reviews

1. St. Vincent - St. Vincent

February 25, 2014
Critic Score
87
36 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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