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

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

46. Wildbirds & Peacedrums - Rhythm

Wildbirds & Peacedrums - Rhythm
November 3, 2014
Critic Score
74
9 reviews

45. Step Brothers - Lord Steppington

Step Brothers - Lord Steppington
January 21, 2014
Critic Score
76
7 reviews

44. Big Ups - Eighteen Hours of Static

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

43. White Suns - Totem

White Suns - Totem
March 18, 2014
Critic Score
80
3 reviews

41. Apathy - Connecticut Casual

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

39. Botanist - VI: Flora

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

38. Perfume Genius - Too Bright

September 23, 2014
Critic Score
85
31 reviews

37. Mick Jenkins - The Water[s]

August 12, 2014
Critic Score
78
5 reviews

36. IDYLLS - Prayer for Terrene

IDYLLS - Prayer for Terrene
March 30, 2014
Critic Score
80
1 review

34. Full of Hell - Full of Hell & Merzbow

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

33. The Voidz - Tyranny

The Voidz - Tyranny
September 23, 2014
Critic Score
64
19 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

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

31. Ratking - So It Goes

April 8, 2014
Critic Score
74
16 reviews

30. St. Vincent - St. Vincent

February 25, 2014
Critic Score
87
36 reviews

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

29. Schoolboy Q - Oxymoron

February 25, 2014
Critic Score
76
23 reviews

27. Thantifaxath - Sacred White Noise

Thantifaxath - Sacred White Noise
April 15, 2014
Critic Score
87
3 reviews

26. G Herbo - Welcome To Fazoland

February 17, 2014
Critic Score
73
3 reviews

25. Actress - Ghettoville

January 27, 2014
Critic Score
75
21 reviews

24. Carla Bozulich - Boy

Carla Bozulich - Boy
March 3, 2014
Critic Score
82
10 reviews

23. Dope Body - Lifer

Dope Body - Lifer
October 20, 2014
Critic Score
73
7 reviews

22. Dean Blunt - Black Metal

November 3, 2014
Critic Score
77
17 reviews

20. Timber Timbre - Hot Dreams

Timber Timbre - Hot Dreams
April 1, 2014
Critic Score
75
16 reviews

19. Neil Cicierega - Mouth Sounds

Neil Cicierega - Mouth Sounds
April 28, 2014
Critic Score
80
1 review

19. Neil Cicierega - Mouth Silence

Neil Cicierega - Mouth Silence
July 19, 2014
Critic Score
80
1 review

18. tUnE-yArDs - Nikki Nack

May 6, 2014
Critic Score
82
27 reviews

16. Indian - From All Purity

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

14. Uncommon Nasa - New York Telephone

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. Flying Lotus - You're Dead!

October 7, 2014
Critic Score
84
35 reviews

12. Busdriver - Perfect Hair

Busdriver - Perfect Hair
September 8, 2014
Critic Score
72
9 reviews

11. D'Angelo - Black Messiah

December 15, 2014
Critic Score
93
25 reviews

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

10. Liars - Mess

March 25, 2014
Critic Score
75
28 reviews
Liars continue their foray into electronic music with a series of incredibly bold, heavy tech house fusions.

9. Run the Jewels - Run the Jewels 2

October 28, 2014
Critic Score
86
28 reviews
El-P and Killer Mike team up for an even more ambitious Run the Jewels record!

8. FKA twigs - LP1

August 12, 2014
Critic Score
86
40 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. Behemoth - The Satanist

February 3, 2014
Critic Score
84
9 reviews

6. Ariel Pink - pom pom

November 18, 2014
Critic Score
74
27 reviews

5. Freddie Gibbs & Madlib - Piñata

March 18, 2014
Critic Score
80
17 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. clipping. - CLPPNG

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

3. Sun Kil Moon - Benji

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

1. Swans - To Be Kind

May 13, 2014
Critic Score
87
28 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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