Under the Radar's Top 100 Albums of 2014

Under the Radar's Top 100 Albums of 2014

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100.

Cheatahs - Cheatahs
February 11, 2014
Critic Score
74
15 reviews

99.

August 11, 2014
Critic Score
70
13 reviews

98.

August 5, 2014
Critic Score
73
14 reviews

These guys are here to have fun, and their faculty for it might rankle some elders.

97.

July 14, 2014
Critic Score
72
16 reviews

96.

January 21, 2014
Critic Score
73
32 reviews

93.

Syd Arthur - Sound Mirror
May 19, 2014
Critic Score
68
9 reviews

92.

May 13, 2014
Critic Score
78
15 reviews

91.

October 14, 2014
Critic Score
59
27 reviews

Listening to Star Power gives you the sense that they accomplished exactly what they set out to do: reconnect with the sense of play and reckless curiosity they had when they were teenagers in the garage, messing around with a 4-track and trying to make each other laugh.

90.

March 25, 2014
Critic Score
74
31 reviews

The kind of envelope-pushing on Mess is nothing if not mature, simultaneously punk as fuck and utterly refined.

89.

Coves - Soft Friday
March 31, 2014
Critic Score
74
6 reviews

88.

January 21, 2014
Critic Score
73
38 reviews

Warpaint practically demands multiple listens for taking everything in. Where a song might call for a melodic core, rewards come in the unique ways Warpaint chooses to carry it.

87.

October 7, 2014
Critic Score
80
8 reviews

86.

The Drums - Encyclopedia
September 22, 2014
Critic Score
61
15 reviews

85.

July 15, 2014
Critic Score
74
27 reviews

84.

September 23, 2014
Critic Score
77
22 reviews

83.

Ramona Lisa - Arcadia
April 29, 2014
Critic Score
68
11 reviews

82.

Weird Al Yankovic - Mandatory Fun
July 15, 2014
Critic Score
74
13 reviews

81.

November 18, 2014
Critic Score
75
32 reviews

80.

September 8, 2014
Critic Score
67
10 reviews

79.

April 28, 2014
Critic Score
75
37 reviews

After 20 years it seems strange to say, but Damon Albarn may finally have put the ghosts of his Britpop past to rest. 

78.

My Brightest Diamond - This Is My Hand
September 16, 2014
Critic Score
69
14 reviews

77.

September 9, 2014
Critic Score
74
33 reviews

Like an ailing canine after a reinvigorating trip to the veterinary surgeon, El Pintor has a bit more bite to it than some of Interpol's recent efforts.

76.

February 11, 2014
Critic Score
68
12 reviews

74.

The Mary Onettes - Portico:
March 4, 2014
Critic Score
60
2 reviews

72.

June 2, 2014
Critic Score
70
11 reviews

71.

July 15, 2014
Critic Score
73
18 reviews

70.

February 11, 2014
Critic Score
73
27 reviews

Temples may not be about to win any awards for Most Groundbreaking Sound, but they channel their influences so skillfully, and have such a good ear for a melody, that it's almost impossible not to fall for them. A supremely confident and delightful debut. 

69.

January 7, 2014
Critic Score
73
32 reviews

Jagbags might suffer from a mild case of "the mids"—mid-paced, middle-aged, and (at times) middle-of-the-road—but there is still much to enjoy here. 

68.

September 8, 2014
Critic Score
74
29 reviews

What makes Ryan Adams so stunning is both its substance and restraint

67.

June 23, 2014
Critic Score
77
14 reviews

66.

Big Scary - Not Art
June 28, 2013
Critic Score
73
3 reviews

65.

June 10, 2014
Critic Score
77
42 reviews

64.

January 21, 2014
Critic Score
72
17 reviews

63.

Cold Specks - Neuroplasticity
August 26, 2014
Critic Score
71
17 reviews

62.

November 3, 2014
Critic Score
80
12 reviews

60.

May 27, 2014
Critic Score
78
29 reviews

In Conflict doesn't find Owen Pallett breaking new ground, but that might not matter. He's still bringing his exacting ear to perfect arrangement (sometimes a little overly so), along with a unique lyrical outlook—and for the most part, In Conflict balances the two.

57.

The Pains of Being Pure at Heart - Days of Abandon
May 13, 2014
Critic Score
70
21 reviews

If Belong was Pains' alternative anthems record, then Days of Abandon is their take on classic indie pop. 

56.

August 26, 2014
Critic Score
81
28 reviews

The album feels uniquely empowering. It's like the mystery drug convincing kids they can fly in an afterschool special. It demands full volume.

55.

November 10, 2014
Critic Score
80
20 reviews

The songs have a widescreen, cinematic sound to them, but remain very much the band's own; they sound like hat-tips to the likes of U2 and Springsteen, drenched in reverb-laden guitars and obfuscated with selective distortion.

53.

October 13, 2014
Critic Score
74
31 reviews

52.

February 25, 2014
Critic Score
82
29 reviews

While Wild Beasts have crafted another beautifully soulful record in Present Tense—with perhaps a little more bite than its predecessor—it does leave the listener wondering how long a band can stick with one mood before it starts to stagnate. 

51.

September 16, 2014
Critic Score
68
10 reviews
Original Source: http://www.undertheradarmag.com/lists/under_the_radars_top_140_albums_of_2014/
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