The Guardian's 40 Best Albums of 2014

The Guardian's 40 Best Albums of 2014

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40. Tricky - Adrian Thaws

Tricky - Adrian Thaws
September 8, 2014
Critic Score
65
14 reviews

39. Sharon Van Etten - Are We There

May 27, 2014
Critic Score
85
33 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. Ex Hex - Rips

October 7, 2014
Critic Score
81
13 reviews

35. Peggy Seeger - Everything Changes

Peggy Seeger - Everything Changes
September 1, 2014
Critic Score
80
2 reviews

34. Jamie T - Carry On The Grudge

September 29, 2014
Critic Score
80
9 reviews

29. Ariel Pink - pom pom

November 18, 2014
Critic Score
74
27 reviews

28. Damon Albarn - Everyday Robots

April 28, 2014
Critic Score
75
34 reviews

27. Kindness - Otherness

October 14, 2014
Critic Score
62
19 reviews

26. Tinashe - Aquarius

October 7, 2014
Critic Score
75
16 reviews

25. Actress - Ghettoville

January 27, 2014
Critic Score
75
21 reviews

24. Banks - Goddess

September 8, 2014
Critic Score
70
21 reviews

22. Merchandise - After the End

August 26, 2014
Critic Score
73
20 reviews

21. Ratking - So It Goes

April 8, 2014
Critic Score
74
16 reviews

19. Jhene Aiko - Souled Out

September 9, 2014
Critic Score
71
11 reviews

18. Jenny Lewis - The Voyager

July 29, 2014
Critic Score
72
26 reviews

17. Young Fathers - Dead

February 3, 2014
Critic Score
80
15 reviews

16. Wild Beasts - Present Tense

February 25, 2014
Critic Score
82
26 reviews

14. Future Islands - Singles

March 25, 2014
Critic Score
81
32 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. 

12. Taylor Swift - 1989

October 27, 2014
Critic Score
76
25 reviews

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

11. Mac DeMarco - Salad Days

April 1, 2014
Critic Score
79
23 reviews

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

9. Flying Lotus - You're Dead!

October 7, 2014
Critic Score
84
35 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. Beck - Morning Phase

February 25, 2014
Critic Score
78
38 reviews

7. Run the Jewels - Run the Jewels 2

October 28, 2014
Critic Score
86
28 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. Caribou - Our Love

October 7, 2014
Critic Score
80
32 reviews

4. Aphex Twin - Syro

September 23, 2014
Critic Score
85
33 reviews

3. FKA twigs - LP1

August 12, 2014
Critic Score
86
40 reviews

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

2. The War on Drugs - Lost in the Dream

March 18, 2014
Critic Score
85
33 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. St. Vincent - St. Vincent

February 25, 2014
Critic Score
87
36 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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