Clash's Top 40 Albums of 2014

Clash's Top 40 Albums of 2014

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40.

February 25, 2014
Critic Score
82
29 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.

June 17, 2014
Critic Score
72
33 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.

January 21, 2014
Critic Score
73
32 reviews

35.

October 27, 2014
Critic Score
78
8 reviews

34.

March 18, 2014
Critic Score
79
13 reviews

33.

March 25, 2014
Critic Score
74
31 reviews

32.

February 11, 2014
Critic Score
73
27 reviews

31.

November 3, 2014
Critic Score
79
6 reviews

30.

September 16, 2014
Critic Score
82
10 reviews

29.

June 10, 2014
Critic Score
76
30 reviews

27.

October 31, 2014
Critic Score
82
19 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.

November 3, 2014
Critic Score
78
4 reviews

25.

May 6, 2014
Critic Score
82
33 reviews

24.

June 10, 2014
Critic Score
77
42 reviews

23.

May 13, 2014
Critic Score
88
35 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
September 15, 2014
Critic Score
82
3 reviews

20.

June 10, 2014
Critic Score
76
17 reviews

18.

May 6, 2014
Critic Score
71
9 reviews

17.

May 27, 2014
Critic Score
85
36 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.

April 7, 2014
Critic Score
75
21 reviews

15.

October 7, 2014
Critic Score
80
38 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.

July 15, 2014
Critic Score
74
27 reviews

13.

September 19, 2014
Critic Score
78
14 reviews
‘Hozier’ is an authentic portrait of an artist – soulful, spiritual and seductive – and is a deeply impressive first step.

12.

October 21, 2014
Critic Score
81
35 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.

March 10, 2014
Critic Score
72
27 reviews

8.

September 23, 2014
Critic Score
86
41 reviews
Tighter than ‘Drukqs’ and a more immediately engaging collection than could have been predicted, this Big Deal is one that stands up to the amazing hype and comes away not too shabby at all.

6.

February 25, 2014
Critic Score
87
40 reviews

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

5.

October 28, 2014
Critic Score
87
31 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.

August 25, 2014
Critic Score
81
20 reviews

3.

February 3, 2014
Critic Score
80
16 reviews

2.

October 7, 2014
Critic Score
85
37 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.

August 12, 2014
Critic Score
86
43 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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