Update: There’s a Vimeo version online, since some of the major labels have blocked the video in certain countries.
Hit play and full screen! No need to try and figure it out on your own, we’ve got you covered. Me, Matt, Muriel, Sean and Austin have summarized and ranked this year’s albums in this fantastic video for you. Will Foo Fighters make the cut? Does anyone really like Aphex Twin’s album legitimately? Will Pitchfork list obscure albums no one actually likes? What happens if you really dug the U2 album and its marking strategy? Will Kanye West drop an album tomorrow and destroy all 2014 lists forever?
All these questions and more, are somewhat answered in eight minutes and forty seconds. For safety reasons, and because major labels automatically ban use of their work, we’ve got a Vimeo video alternative link if the Youtube video gets taken offline. As mentioned in the video, we couldn’t cover metal albums because while ranking and comparing albums and genres is stupid enough on its own, a hardcore metal act couldn’t possibly fit between indie act #1 and alternative indie act #2. Here’s our best of metal albums list, as voted by you.
Disagree with our list? Don’t worry, we’re not sure we even agree with ourselves (who’s EP anyway?). But make sure to share your list below and for what it’s worth, we hope you enjoyed watching the list!
My Top 20 (in alphabetical order)
Aphex Twin – Syro
D’Angelo and The Vanguard – Black Messiah
Erlend Øye – Legao
The Flashbulb – Nothing Is Real
Flying Lotus – You’re Dead!
Freddie Gibbs and Madlib – Piñata
Les Claypool’s Duo De Twang – Four Foot Shack
Little Dragon – Nabuma Rubberband
Lootpack – Loopdigga EP
Luke Vibert – Ridmik
MC Cullah – Cullahnary School
Moodymann – Moodymann
Mr. Scruff – Friendly Bacteria
NehruvianDOOM – NehruvianDOOM
Shabazz Palaces – Shabazz Palaces
St. Vincent – St. Vincent
Thom Yorke – Thom Yorke
White Lung – Deep Fantasy
Young Fathers – DEAD
Jeremiah Jae – Good Times
Shabazz Palaces – Lese Majesty
1. Stardeath And White Dwarfs – “Wastoid”
2. Mark Lanegan Band – “Phantom Radio”
3. Flying Lotus – ” You’re Dead!
4. Broken Bells – “After the Disco”
5. Crippled Black Phoenix – “White Light Generator”
6. She Keeps Bees – “Eight Houses”
7. A Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra – **** Off Get Free We Pour Light On Everything”
8. Run the Jewels – “Run the Jewels 2”
9. We Were Promised Jetpacks – “Unravelling”
10. Elbow – “The Take Off and Landing of Everything”
Very disappointed that Crippled Black Phoenix, Mark Lanegan Band, She Keeps Bees, and especially Stardeath and White Dwarfs did not receive the praise they damned well deserve for making such wonderful albums this past year.