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Clash's Top 40 Albums of 2014

Clash's Top 40 Albums of 2014

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40. Wild Beasts - Present Tense

February 25, 2014
Critic Score
82
26 reviews

The quartet’s fourth LP finds them boldly embracing new production techniques, to a great extent withdrawing their fidgety jangles and guitar-led melodies for a pared-down electronic sound.

39. Lana Del Rey - Ultraviolence

June 17, 2014
Critic Score
72
32 reviews

What comes through clearest is a coherency defined by the distinct reluctance to do much to unsettle a trajectory that’s taken Del Rey from complete unknown through blog-hyped ‘newcomer’ to legitimate pop superstar.

36. Mogwai - Rave Tapes

January 21, 2014
Critic Score
74
29 reviews

35. Kiasmos - Kiasmos

October 27, 2014
Critic Score
81
6 reviews

34. YG - My Krazy Life

March 18, 2014
Critic Score
78
12 reviews

33. Liars - Mess

March 25, 2014
Critic Score
75
28 reviews

32. Temples - Sun Structures

February 11, 2014
Critic Score
74
26 reviews

31. Dels - Petals Have Fallen

November 3, 2014
Critic Score
79
6 reviews

30. Shellac - Dude Incredible

September 16, 2014
Critic Score
83
9 reviews

29. First Aid Kit - Stay Gold

June 10, 2014
Critic Score
76
26 reviews

27. Grouper - Ruins

October 31, 2014
Critic Score
81
18 reviews
‘Ruins’ is probably the quietest record you’ll hear in 2014. Just Harris and a piano for the most part, it’s a stripped-bare set that unfolds slowly and almost shocks you out of your seat when an unforeseen accoutrement like the pinging of a microwave on instrumental piece ‘Labyrinth’ pierces the elegiac elegance.

26. Wiley - Snakes & Ladders

November 3, 2014
Critic Score
78
4 reviews

25. tUnE-yArDs - Nikki Nack

May 6, 2014
Critic Score
82
27 reviews

24. Jack White - Lazaretto

June 10, 2014
Critic Score
76
37 reviews

23. Swans - To Be Kind

May 13, 2014
Critic Score
87
28 reviews

While its progeny hasn’t fallen far from the tree, ‘To Be Kind’ is altogether more colourful, an expansive record – fleshier, bloodier and lusciously psychedelic.

21. LV & Joshua Idehen - Islands

LV & Joshua Idehen - Islands
September 15, 2014
Critic Score
82
3 reviews

20. clipping. - CLPPNG

June 10, 2014
Critic Score
76
17 reviews

18. BADBADNOTGOOD - III

May 6, 2014
Critic Score
72
8 reviews

17. Sharon Van Etten - Are We There

May 27, 2014
Critic Score
85
33 reviews

The varying styles, sounds and even delivery suggest an artist still exploring the skin she lives in. It’s a truly fascinating listen.

16. SOHN - Tremors

April 7, 2014
Critic Score
74
20 reviews

15. Caribou - Our Love

October 7, 2014
Critic Score
80
32 reviews

In a way that’s come to define Snaith in his work so far, ‘Our Love’ is a record that feels distinctly his own, accessible yet containing minute touches that you’ll need to listen to many times to appreciate.

14. Jungle - Jungle

July 15, 2014
Critic Score
74
24 reviews

13. Hozier - Hozier

September 19, 2014
Critic Score
80
13 reviews
‘Hozier’ is an authentic portrait of an artist – soulful, spiritual and seductive – and is a deeply impressive first step.

12. Scott Walker & Sunn O))) - Soused

October 21, 2014
Critic Score
82
32 reviews

Latin lamentations and oscillating interferences spin sinful tales of transgression and violation, with a flagellating undercurrent of austerity, to create an uneasy, intuitive, idiosyncratic masterpiece.

9. Metronomy - Love Letters

March 10, 2014
Critic Score
73
23 reviews

8. Aphex Twin - Syro

September 23, 2014
Critic Score
85
33 reviews

6. St. Vincent - St. Vincent

February 25, 2014
Critic Score
87
36 reviews

Every song bashes together classic pop with new surprises, pushing this album into must-have territory.

5. Run the Jewels - Run the Jewels 2

October 28, 2014
Critic Score
86
28 reviews

Run The Jewels has again pushed rap away from regular rhythms and rhymes and into territories that they’re still calculating the dimensions of.

4. The Bug - Angels and Devils

August 25, 2014
Critic Score
80
17 reviews

3. Young Fathers - Dead

February 3, 2014
Critic Score
80
15 reviews

2. Flying Lotus - You're Dead!

October 7, 2014
Critic Score
84
35 reviews

Fans searching for club bangers should U-turn now. Once again LA’s most talented beat producer is using his vivid heritage to explore the album format.

1. FKA twigs - LP1

August 12, 2014
Critic Score
86
40 reviews

Fragile, heavenly and utterly compelling; this debut paves the way for boundaries-pushing pop. This is music that shatters you with a single tap.

Original Source: http://www.clashmusic.com/features/clashs-fuss-free-top-40-albums-of-2014
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