Sputnikmusic's Top 50 Albums of 2014

Sputnikmusic's Top 50 Albums of 2014

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50. Thou - Heathen

March 25, 2014
Critic Score
87
2 reviews

49. Kenn Nardi - Dancing with the Past

Kenn Nardi - Dancing with the Past
November 4, 2014
Critic Score
90
1 review

48. Run the Jewels - Run the Jewels 2

October 28, 2014
Critic Score
86
28 reviews

Outside of “Love Again,” the album is chock-full of jams from front to back, and RTJ2, in its astonishing scope and finesse, continues a tradition of greatness for the unlikely duo, and serves as one of the more distinguished bright spots in an otherwise stale year for hip-hop.

47. Strand of Oaks - Heal

June 23, 2014
Critic Score
77
14 reviews

46. Low Roar - 0

Low Roar - 0
July 8, 2014
Critic Score
100
1 review

44. Aphex Twin - Syro

September 23, 2014
Critic Score
85
33 reviews

It seems to exist in its own little vacuum; both like and unlike anything that Richard D. James has released thus far.

43. Cymbals Eat Guitars - LOSE

August 26, 2014
Critic Score
78
17 reviews

40. Anberlin - Lowborn

Anberlin - Lowborn
July 22, 2014
Critic Score
75
2 reviews

39. Objekt - Flatland

October 24, 2014
Critic Score
80
7 reviews

38. Pianos Become The Teeth - Keep You

Pianos Become The Teeth - Keep You
October 27, 2014
Critic Score
66
8 reviews

37. The Jezabels - The Brink

The Jezabels - The Brink
February 17, 2014
Critic Score
59
7 reviews

36. Angel Olsen - Burn Your Fire for No Witness

February 18, 2014
Critic Score
81
31 reviews

Olsen can’t decide whether she wants to make peace with the world or set it alight, and it is her constant grappling with that dilemma that makes the record such an engaging listen.

35. Ne Obliviscaris - Citadel

Ne Obliviscaris - Citadel
November 7, 2014
Critic Score
70
1 review

34. Mastodon - Once More 'Round the Sun

June 24, 2014
Critic Score
73
20 reviews

Filled to the brim with consistently excellent songs, Once More 'Round The Sun serves as a blueprint of how to go commercial without sacrificing one's artistic identity.

33. Marissa Nadler - July

February 4, 2014
Critic Score
79
17 reviews

32. clipping. - CLPPNG

June 10, 2014
Critic Score
76
17 reviews

31. Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra - Fuck Off Get Free We Pour Light on Everything

January 21, 2014
Critic Score
79
22 reviews

Fuck Off Get Free We Pour Light On Everything is a massive, emotive, and intense experience that demands to be heard.

30. The Antlers - Familiars

June 17, 2014
Critic Score
79
24 reviews

There's a completely fulfilling aura that surrounds Familiars – perhaps because it sounds nothing like a product of three musicians and more like a natural progression of something much grander.

27. Grouper - Ruins

October 31, 2014
Critic Score
81
18 reviews

26. Spoon - They Want My Soul

August 5, 2014
Critic Score
78
33 reviews

Spoon remains a band untethered to trends and narratives, beholden to nothing more than their own indelible sound, something that stretches back decades and remains distinctively elusive.

24. Todd Terje - It's Album Time

April 8, 2014
Critic Score
81
26 reviews

Terje’s cocky, frisky songwriting skills shine, and It’s Album Time easily clears the high bar the producer set for himself through his remixes and EPs.

23. Jessie Ware - Tough Love

October 13, 2014
Critic Score
73
28 reviews

22. Darkspace - Dark Space III I

Darkspace - Dark Space III I
September 6, 2014
Critic Score
79
1 review

20. Spectral Lore - III

Spectral Lore - III
May 2, 2014
Critic Score
100
1 review

18. St. Vincent - St. Vincent

February 25, 2014
Critic Score
87
36 reviews

St. Vincent is a challenging art pop album that convincingly balances the beautiful with the ugly, and ultimately stays human despite its futuristic leanings.

17. Musk Ox - Woodfall

Musk Ox - Woodfall
June 17, 2014
Critic Score
70
1 review

16. Behemoth - The Satanist

February 3, 2014
Critic Score
84
9 reviews

13. Kimbra - The Golden Echo

August 19, 2014
Critic Score
69
14 reviews

There's pure pop gold to be found here, but also envelope-pushing alchemy that turns these songs into unforgettable aural expressions of joy.

12. Banks - Goddess

September 8, 2014
Critic Score
70
21 reviews

10. Against Me! - Transgender Dysphoria Blues

January 21, 2014
Critic Score
80
19 reviews

It’s such a stunning and important stamp on popular rock music that it completely validates all the attention and anticipation it has gotten.

9. Caribou - Our Love

October 7, 2014
Critic Score
80
32 reviews

8. Kishi Bashi - Lighght

Kishi Bashi - Lighght
May 13, 2014
Critic Score
74
4 reviews

7. Morbus Chron - Sweven

March 3, 2014
Critic Score
90
3 reviews

5. The War on Drugs - Lost in the Dream

March 18, 2014
Critic Score
85
33 reviews

Lost in the Dream is a sad record, but it’s also a hopeful one, enriched by the journey of its own heartbreak and the possibilities that remain.

4. Trophy Scars - Holy Vacants

Trophy Scars - Holy Vacants
April 8, 2014
Critic Score
90
2 reviews

3. Sharon Van Etten - Are We There

May 27, 2014
Critic Score
85
33 reviews

Are We There only very momentarily makes me realise that I am listening to something quite horrific, but it pretty much always makes me think I’m listening to something special.

1. Flying Lotus - You're Dead!

October 7, 2014
Critic Score
84
35 reviews

Save for a few stretches of inconsistent detours, You're Dead! is another reliable entry into the canon of one of the most brazen and forward-thinking producers out there. Though not a defining work, it's still a mark of excellence

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