No Ripcord's Top Albums of 2014

No Ripcord's Top Albums of 2014

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50.

November 18, 2014
Critic Score
73
32 reviews

He deconstructs pop conventions within the first five seconds in pom pom with a devilish grin, setting the tone for an uncompromising mélange of hissed art rock that ups the ante even further than the disarmingly twisted Mature Themes.

49.

January 21, 2014
Critic Score
73
38 reviews

Warpaint are very much an Ikea act, not that that’s meant as a dig at their potential audience ... but rather as both are in the puzzling position of frequently pulling off genuine style and sophistication, but occasionally slipping up on the absolute basics. 

48.

February 25, 2014
Critic Score
82
29 reviews

47.

August 26, 2014
Critic Score
81
28 reviews

Following last year’s acoustic-based Sleeper, Segall’s newest release is an ambitious 17 tracks, all of which combine 60s pop sensibilities with contemporary psych flavors and dissonant embellishments.  

45.

January 14, 2014
Critic Score
72
10 reviews

38.

March 10, 2014
Critic Score
78
29 reviews

A work of faultless skill and assured sophistication, The Take Off and Landing of Everything positions Elbow as one of the most quietly ambitious and rewarding acts of our generation.

37.

October 7, 2014
Critic Score
85
38 reviews

36.

April 1, 2014
Critic Score
80
27 reviews

The romantic in De Marco is now very much a presence in his life, far from it being a farce, and adroitly balances those feelings of solitude and intimacy by clasping dearly to the everyday proportions that make his life complete.

35.

June 17, 2014
Critic Score
72
33 reviews

It’s a record that does an awful lot of things ‘wrong’ and is all the more beguiling for it.

33.

March 4, 2014
Critic Score
76
34 reviews

As simple and unchallenging as Atlas is, it’s undoubtedly the group’s most emotionally resonant album, both sonically and lyrically, even if Real Estate chooses to unleash them in a diminutive sigh rather than a fearsome roar.

32.

March 25, 2014
Critic Score
81
33 reviews

31.

August 5, 2014
Critic Score
78
37 reviews

They continue to operate with a restlessness that results from making just enough changes to link their stern commitment to write straight-ahead rock songs with a classic feel.

30.

April 1, 2014
Critic Score
81
30 reviews

It’s hard not to listen through Here and Nowhere Else with a smile on your face, as the hooks and instrumentation are just so incredibly lively and infectious it makes the whole album a momentous, front to back blast.

28.

September 8, 2014
Critic Score
69
24 reviews

27.

January 21, 2014
Critic Score
73
32 reviews

25.

July 22, 2014
Critic Score
79
25 reviews

Despite the sun-soaked paisley vibe that it initially sets, Alvvays sidetracks itself from the “summer album” malady with a surprising amount of hefty hooks and sweet-and-sour lyrical contours. 

24.

September 23, 2014
Critic Score
84
33 reviews

Few artists in this day and age take self-expression through art to heart like Hadreas does as Perfume Genius, and with the sensitive confidence that radiates from Too Bright, he’s mastered it in a way few artists never do.

23.

July 29, 2014
Critic Score
73
30 reviews

It’s an incredibly well-observed, poignant look at what it means to be Jenny Lewis right now, yet lacks the indefinable quality to make it a classic.

22.

June 3, 2014
Critic Score
77
34 reviews

It widens the scope of influences even further, becoming more refined and pointed as they begin to settle into a new pattern whilst playing some of those old tricks.

21.

October 13, 2014
Critic Score
74
31 reviews

20.

May 13, 2014
Critic Score
78
15 reviews

19.

March 11, 2014
Critic Score
73
22 reviews

Whether it’ll appeal to actual teenagers rather than those who are reduced to reflecting on their own adolescence through the dim glow of nostalgia is an interesting question, but either way, MØ might have just released the freshest, most joyful pop record of 2014

18.

June 10, 2014
Critic Score
77
42 reviews

The songs that make up Lazaretto are the most diverse on a White album since Get Behind Me Satan, and even more impressively, the songs themselves could stand alongside those on Icky Thump and Consolers of the Lonely thanks to the wonderful arrangements.

17.

October 28, 2014
Critic Score
87
31 reviews

16.

October 27, 2014
Critic Score
76
30 reviews

15.

October 31, 2014
Critic Score
82
19 reviews

14.

May 27, 2014
Critic Score
85
36 reviews

Her pain, her flaws, her confidence and her laughter make her one of the most relatable songwriters around today, as human as the rest of us. 

11.

May 6, 2014
Critic Score
82
33 reviews

This is the strongest tUnE-yArDs album to date, more ambitious musically, more urgent and eloquent lyrically, and yet somehow more danceable all the same.

10.

November 18, 2014
Critic Score
75
33 reviews

9.

October 7, 2014
Critic Score
80
38 reviews

8.

February 25, 2014
Critic Score
79
41 reviews

The Beck we find in Morning Phase depicts a weary soul resting in a hammock as he explores his transcendental spiritual existence, rather than the sprightly blue-eyed cockatoo that was starting to find his groove again after an almost-defeating spinal injury. 

7.

May 13, 2014
Critic Score
88
35 reviews

Swans have always made albums that are meant to get you to sit down and really *listen,* but with To Be Kind, that seems especially true. The dynamic range on the album is, quite literally, startling.

6.

September 23, 2014
Critic Score
86
41 reviews
It isn't perfect, its sheer restlessness prevents it from being so, but it will undoubtedly come to be remembered as another masterpiece from possibly the greatest electronic composer to walk the earth.

5.

March 18, 2014
Critic Score
84
37 reviews

They most certainly have created something special over the 15 months or so the album took to piece together.

4.

August 12, 2014
Critic Score
86
43 reviews

There is no single powerful element that obscures the other through LP1, however, and Bartlett’s previous EP proves this is still very much her singular vision. 

2.

February 11, 2014
Critic Score
84
25 reviews

Kozelek creates because it’s his need, a blessing that cannot be wasted. And Benji is his way of showing gratitude to those who enriched his life to its greatest capacity.

1.

February 25, 2014
Critic Score
87
40 reviews

It’s difficult to think of another artist who’s so consistently inventive and rewarding. Listening to St. Vincent is a more enjoyable experience each time you press play, thanks to its seemingly bottomless well of inspiration.

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