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The Guardian's 40 Best Albums of 2014

The Guardian's 40 Best Albums of 2014

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40.

Tricky - Adrian Thaws
September 8, 2014
Critic Score
66
17 reviews

39.

May 27, 2014
Critic Score
85
36 reviews

As with her 2012 breakthrough album Tramp, these revelations feel intimate and shocking, and gain further power when Van Etten appears to fall back under her lover's spell. If only the songwriting – which so often conforms to accomplished but trad indie-rock norms – was as brave.

36.

October 7, 2014
Critic Score
82
15 reviews

35.

Peggy Seeger - Everything Changes
September 1, 2014
Critic Score
85
4 reviews

34.

September 29, 2014
Critic Score
78
10 reviews

29.

November 18, 2014
Critic Score
73
32 reviews

28.

April 28, 2014
Critic Score
75
37 reviews

27.

October 14, 2014
Critic Score
63
20 reviews

26.

October 7, 2014
Critic Score
75
17 reviews

25.

January 27, 2014
Critic Score
75
24 reviews

24.

September 8, 2014
Critic Score
69
24 reviews

22.

August 26, 2014
Critic Score
69
22 reviews

21.

April 8, 2014
Critic Score
74
17 reviews

19.

September 9, 2014
Critic Score
71
11 reviews

18.

July 29, 2014
Critic Score
73
30 reviews

17.

February 3, 2014
Critic Score
80
16 reviews

16.

February 25, 2014
Critic Score
82
29 reviews

14.

March 25, 2014
Critic Score
81
33 reviews

Singles is an album overwrought with emotion. And like anything that thrusts itself at you in such a sincere way, you may either want to embrace its theatricality, or retreat from it. 

13.

May 19, 2014
Critic Score
75
12 reviews

12.

October 27, 2014
Critic Score
76
30 reviews

On 1989 the reasons she’s afforded the kind of respect denied to her peers are abundantly obvious.

11.

April 1, 2014
Critic Score
80
27 reviews

Salad Days isn't the stuff of mainstream success, but it strongly suggests his cult is only going to get bigger.

9.

October 7, 2014
Critic Score
85
38 reviews

There’s always been a sense that Ellison was stretching for a new musical vernacular, one that would continue the lineage of free jazz. This album suggests he might have found it.

8.

February 25, 2014
Critic Score
79
41 reviews

7.

October 28, 2014
Critic Score
87
31 reviews

Their style is also a fusion – of El-P’s abrasive, experimental New York styling with Mike’s smooth, almost laconic, Atlanta flow.

5.

October 7, 2014
Critic Score
80
38 reviews

4.

September 23, 2014
Critic Score
86
41 reviews

Syro is still utterly engrossing and remains, somewhat unbelievably, on a completely different planet to almost anything else that’s been released over the last decade and a half.

3.

August 12, 2014
Critic Score
86
43 reviews

When the tunes match the invention of the production, LP1 is genuinely brilliant.

2.

March 18, 2014
Critic Score
84
37 reviews

The decaying guitars and analogue synthesisers create a crepuscular melancholy. These are impassioned songs, but they steer clear of Bruce's bombast or lighters-aloft choruses.

1.

February 25, 2014
Critic Score
87
40 reviews

The music here feels taut and meticulous, devoid of self-indulgence.

Original Source: http://www.theguardian.com/music/musicblog/2014/nov/26/-sp-the-best-albums-of-2014
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