The Needle Drop's Top 50 Albums of 2014

The Needle Drop's Top 50 Albums of 2014

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49.

White Hinterland - Baby
April 1, 2014
Critic Score
72
11 reviews

46.

November 3, 2014
Critic Score
74
12 reviews

45.

January 21, 2014
Critic Score
77
8 reviews

44.

Big Ups - Eighteen Hours of Static
January 13, 2014
Critic Score
75
8 reviews

43.

March 18, 2014
Critic Score
80
3 reviews

41.

Apathy - Connecticut Casual
June 3, 2014
Critic Score
80
1 review

39.

Botanist - VI: Flora
August 19, 2014
Critic Score
77
3 reviews

38.

September 23, 2014
Critic Score
84
33 reviews
On Perfume Genius' third album, singer-songwriter Mike Hadreas uplifts his emotionally charged piano dirges with even more backing instrumentation.

37.

August 12, 2014
Critic Score
78
5 reviews

36.

IDYLLS - Prayer for Terrene
March 30, 2014
Critic Score
80
1 review
This sophomore LP from Brisbane band IDYLLS is one of the most twisted, extreme records I've come across this year.

34.

Full of Hell & Merzbow - Full of Hell & Merzbow
November 25, 2014
Critic Score
71
6 reviews

33.

September 23, 2014
Critic Score
64
21 reviews
Fusing psychedelic pop, noise rock, lo-fi, and synth punk, this Julian Casablancas side-project is incredibly dense, diverse, and fun.

32.

TOBACCO - Ultima II Massage
May 13, 2014
Critic Score
74
13 reviews

31.

April 8, 2014
Critic Score
74
17 reviews

30.

February 25, 2014
Critic Score
88
43 reviews

St. Vincent's latest full-length is her most experimental yet!

29.

February 25, 2014
Critic Score
76
26 reviews

26.

February 17, 2014
Critic Score
73
3 reviews

25.

January 27, 2014
Critic Score
75
24 reviews

24.

March 3, 2014
Critic Score
82
10 reviews

23.

October 20, 2014
Critic Score
73
7 reviews

22.

November 3, 2014
Critic Score
77
20 reviews
UK singer-songwriter and musical oddball Dean Blunt releases an album that's difficult to put into words. While simple in composition and sloppy in execution, the album still manages to draw up some real feelings of isolation, melancholy, and frustration.

20.

Timber Timbre - Hot Dreams
April 1, 2014
Critic Score
76
19 reviews

19.

Neil Cicierega - Mouth Sounds
April 28, 2014
Critic Score
80
1 review
Neil Cicierega doesn't just put out one of the most insane mashup albums of all time, but two of the most insane mashup albums of all time.

19.

Neil Cicierega - Mouth Silence
July 19, 2014
Critic Score
80
1 review
Neil Cicierega doesn't just put out one of the most insane mashup albums of all time, but two of the most insane mashup albums of all time.

18.

May 6, 2014
Critic Score
82
34 reviews

16.

Indian - From All Purity
January 21, 2014
Critic Score
79
6 reviews

14.

Uncommon Nasa - New York Telephone
August 26, 2014
Critic Score
80
1 review
The latest album from New York's Uncommon Nasa is as grimy as it is experimental and conceptual.

13.

October 7, 2014
Critic Score
85
38 reviews

12.

September 8, 2014
Critic Score
72
10 reviews

11.

December 15, 2014
Critic Score
92
31 reviews

After 15 years of studio album silence, D'Angelo returns with a fantastic comeback record.

10.

March 25, 2014
Critic Score
74
31 reviews
Liars continue their foray into electronic music with a series of incredibly bold, heavy tech house fusions.

9.

October 28, 2014
Critic Score
87
32 reviews
El-P and Killer Mike team up for an even more ambitious Run the Jewels record!

8.

August 12, 2014
Critic Score
86
44 reviews

FKA Twigs' debut album showcases the UK-based singer's most coherent songs yet; creatively mashing together contemporary R&B with art pop and experimental hip hop-style production.

7.

February 3, 2014
Critic Score
85
11 reviews

6.

November 18, 2014
Critic Score
73
33 reviews

5.

March 18, 2014
Critic Score
78
19 reviews

Indiana rapper Freddie "Gangsta" Gibbs teams up with legendary hip hop producer Madlib for one of the most essential hip hop albums of the year.

4.

June 10, 2014
Critic Score
76
18 reviews
Clipping lives up to hip hop tradition and pushes "noise hop" unorthodoxy on their sophomore album.

3.

February 11, 2014
Critic Score
84
25 reviews
Blue crab cakes.

1.

May 13, 2014
Critic Score
88
35 reviews

Swans' latest album takes a hypnotic, meditative approach to churning out some of the most grand and visceral rock instrumentation in the band's 13-album discography.

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