Best Albums of 2014

1. Swans, To Be Kind

Genre: Experimental Cult Rock Key Tracks: A Little God In My Hands, Some Things We Do, Screenshot

2. Conor Oberst, Upside Down Mountain

Genre: Folk Indie Rock Key Tracks: Desert Island Questionnaire, Time Forgot, You Are Your Mother’s Child

3. St. Vincent, St. Vincent

Genre: Art Indie Rock Key Tracks: Rattlesnake, I Prefer Your Love, Digital Witness

4. Weezer, Everything Will Be Alright in the End

Genre: Alternative Rock Key Tracks: Cleopatra, Eulogy For A Rock Band, Forgive Your Foolish Father

5. Mac Demarco, Salad Days

Genre: Hippie Rock Key Tracks: Salad Days, Brother, Goodbye Weekend

6. Sun Kil Moon, Benji

Genre: Folk Rock Key Tracks: I Watch The Film The Song Remains the Same, Dogs, Carissa

7. Broken Bells, After the Disco

Genre: Space Rock Key Tracks: Holding On For Life, After the Disco, Perfect World

8. Perfume Genius, Too Bright

Genre: Indie Pop Key Tracks: Queen, Too Bright, All Along

9. Thom Yorke, Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes

Genre: Electronic Trip-Hop Key Tracks: A Brain In a Bottle, Guess Again!, The Mother Lode

10. EMA, The Future’s Void

Genre: Experimental Grunge Key Tracks: Satellites, So Blonde, 3Jane

11. Tod Terje, It’s Album Time

Genre: Electronic Neo-Jazz Key Tracks: Leisure Suite Preben; Preben Goes To Acapulco; Swing Star Part I, II

12. Beck, Morning Phase

Genre: Alternative Rock Key Tracks: Morning, Heart is a Drum, Say Goodbye

13. Robert Plant, Lullaby And…The Ceaseless Roar

Genre: Rock, Folk Rock Key Tracks: Little Maggie, Pocketful Of Golden, Rainbow

14. Lana Del Ray, Ultraviolence

Genre: Dream Pop Key Tracks: Shades Of Cool, Ultraviolence, Brooklyn Baby

15. Run the Jewels, Run the Jewels 2

Genre: Hip-Hop Key Tracks: Close Your Eyes (And Count to F***), Blockbuster Night Pt. 1, Oh My Darling Don’t Cry

16. Real Estate, Atlas

Genre: Indie Rock Key Tracks: The Bend, Talking Backwards, Primitive

17. Alt-J, This is All Yours

Genre: Experimental Rock Key Tracks: Warm Foothills, Nara, Hunger Of the Pine

18. Jack White, Lazaretto

Genre: Blues Rock Key Tracks: High Ball Stepper, Temporary Ground, Lazaretto

19. Jenny Lewis, Voyager

Genre: h Key Tracks: She’s Not Me, Late Bloomer, One Of the Guys

20. Warpaint, Warpaint

Genre: Psychedelic Rock Key Tracks: Love is to Die, Keep it Healthy, Go In

21. The Lights Beneath, All I Ever Wanted Was the Fire

Genre: Progressive Rock Key Tracks: To Build An Empire, Neons In Analog, Zeros And Ones

22. Alvvays, Alvvays

Genre: Indie Pop Key Tracks: Marry Me Archie, Party Police, Next Of Kin

23. Spoon, They Want My Soul

Genre: Indie Rock Key Tracks: Do You, Knock Knock Knock, Inside Out

24. The Antlers, Familiars

Genre: Indie Rock Key Tracks: Revisited, Hotel, Surrender

25. Death From Above 1979, The Physical World

Genre: Dance, Noise Rock Key Tracks: Right On, Frankenstein!; Trainwreck 1979; White Is Red

26. Future Island, Singles

Genre: Synthpop Key Tracks: Seasons (Waiting On You), Back in the Tall Grass, A Dream of You And Me

27. FKA Twigs, LP1

Genre: Trip Pop Key Tracks: Two Weeks, Lights On, Pendulum

28. Phantogram, Voices

Genre: Indie Electro-Pop Key Tracks: Blackout Days, Fall In Love, I don’t Blame You

29. Tv on the Radio, Seeds

Genre: Indie Rock Key Tracks: Careful You, Test Pilot, Happy Idiot

30. United Nations, The Next Four Years

Genre: Grindcore Thrash Key Tracks: Serious Business, United Nations Vs. United Nations, Meanwhile on Main Street

31. Ty Seagall, Manipulator

Genre: Psychedelic Garage Rock Key Tracks: Manipulator, The Singer, The Faker

32. Interpol, El Pintor

Genre: Post-Punk Revival Key Tracks: Same Town, New Story; All the Rage Back Home; Tidal Wave

33. Animals As Leaders, The Joy of Motion

Genre: Progressive Metal Key Tracks: Physical Education, Another Year, Tooth and Claw,

34. The Drums, Encyclopedia

Genre: New-Wave Indie Pop Key Tracks: I Can’t Pretend, U.S. National Parks, I Hope Time Doesn’t Change Him

35. Aphex Twin, Syro

Genre: Ambient Techno Key Tracks: Produk 29 [101], 180db_[130], s950tx16wasr10 [163.97]

36. Antemasque, Antemasque

Genre: Progressive Rock Key Tracks: Drown All the Witches, Providence, People Forget

37. Temples, Sun Structures

Genre: Indie Rock Key Tracks: Shelter Song, Colours to Life, Move With the Season

38. Ariel Pink, Pom Pom

Genre: Lo-fi Experimental Pop Key Tracks: Put Your Number in My Phone, Picture Me Gone, Not Enough Violence

39. Flying Lotus, You’re Dead!

Genre: Experimental Electronic Key Tracks: Never Catch Me, The Boys Who Died In Their Sleep, Descent into Madness

40. Pink Floyd, The Endless River

Genre: Psychedelic Art Rock Key Tracks: It’s What We Do, Skins, Talkin’ Hawkin’

41. Perfect Pussy, Say Yes to Love

Genre: Thrash Post-Punk Key Tracks: Interference Fits, Dig, VII

42. Caribou, Our Love

Genre: Folktronica Key Tracks: Our Love, Can’t Do Without You, Silver

43. Rural Alberta Advantage, Mended With Gold

Genre: Indie Rock Key Tracks: Vulcan, AB; On the Rocks; Not Love Or Death

44. Pharmakon, Bestial Burden

Genre: Experimental Electronic Key Tracks: Body Betrays Itself, Primitive Struggle, Autoimmune

45. Cloud Nothings, Here and Nowhere Else

Genre: Indie Thrash Rock Key Tracks: I’m Not Part of Me, Now Hear In, Pattern Walks

46. The War on Drugs, Lost in the Dream

Genre: Americana New Wave Rock Key Tracks: Suffering, Disappearing, Under Pressure,

47. La Dispute, Rooms of the House

Genre: Post-Hardcore Rock Key Tracks: Woman (Reading), HUDSONVILLE MI 1956, 35

48. Circa Survive, Descensus

Genre: Progressive Rock Key Tracks: Schema, Nesting Dolls, Child of the Desert

49. Xiu Xiu, Angel Guts: Red Classroom

Genre: Experimental Synthpop Key Tracks: Archie’s Fades, Lawrence Liquors, New Immigration

50. Manchester Orchestra, Cope

Genre: Indie Alternative Rock Key Tracks: Top Notch, Girl Harbor, Cope

Author: Staff Writer

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