"    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 […]"

THE BEST ALBUMS OF 2014


 

 

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!

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  • @dodenakker Level 4
    November 1, 2014 at 9:51 am

    Damien Rice – My Favourite Faded Fantasy, above all else.

    Swans – To Be Kind
    Run The Jewels – RTJ 2

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  • @timaero Level 0
    November 1, 2014 at 3:48 pm

    10. Matthew Halsall & The Gondwana Orchestra – When The World Was One (variable – also may be Gone Girls OST, A Winged Victory For The Sullen – Atomos or Lamb – Backspace Unwind)
    9. Grouper – Ruins
    8. Bohren & der Club of Gore – Piano Nights
    7. Archive – Axiom
    6. Marissa Nadler – July
    5. Kasabian – 48:13
    4. The Horrors – Luminous
    3. Jozef van Wissem / SQÜRL – Only Lovers Left Alive (OST)
    2. Fire! Orchestra – Enter
    1. Swans – To Be Kind

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  • @timbo Level 5
    November 1, 2014 at 6:44 pm

    Top 20.

    1. Swans – To Be Kind
    2. Spoons – They Want My Soul
    3. The Antlers – Familiars
    4. Cloud Nothings – Here and Nowhere Else
    5. Warehouse – Tesseract
    6. Death From Above 1979 – The Physical World
    7. Ex Hex – Rips
    8. Real Estate – Atlas
    9. Iceage – Plowing Through the Field of Love
    10. Perfume Genius – Too Bright
    11. Ought – More Than Any Other Day
    12. Ty Segall – Manipulator
    13. Mastodon – Once More Round The Sun
    14. Woods – With Light and With Love
    15. St. Vincent – S/t
    16. Lantlos – Melting Sun
    17. Perfect Pussy – Say Yes to Love
    18. Have a Nice Life – The Unnatural World
    19. Mimicking Birds – Eons
    20. Wovenhand – Refractory Obdurate

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    • @timbo Level 5
      November 1, 2014 at 6:49 pm

      honorable mentions:

      A Sunny Day in Glasgow – Sea When Absent
      Priests – Bodies and Control and Money and Power
      Black Lips – Underneath the Rainbow
      Hamilton Leithauser – Black Hours
      Bleeding Rainbow – Interrupt
      Protomartyr – Under Cover of Official Right
      Cold Specks – Neuroplasticity
      Nothing – Guilty of Everything
      Pallbearer – Foundations of Burden
      Creepoid – s/t
      The Wytches – Annabel Dream Reader
      Aerofall – S/t
      Posse – Soft Opening

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    • @vineh Level 2
      November 4, 2014 at 3:06 am

      Here’s someone responsible, great selection too!

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  • November 1, 2014 at 10:00 pm

    Royal Blood – Royal Blood
    George Ezra – Wanted on Voyage
    The Marmozets – The Weird and Wonderful Marmozets
    Pulled Apart By Horses – Blood

    & Hopefully Foo Fighters – Sonic Highways

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  • November 2, 2014 at 12:00 am

    Phantogram – Voices,
    La Roux – Trouble in Paradise,
    Future islands – Singles
    Schoolboy Q – Oxymoron
    Jessie Ware – Tough Love

    I’ve had those on repeat for months, Singles in particular I thought was just brilliant, really uplifting.

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  • November 2, 2014 at 2:57 pm

    In absolutely no particular order and a very Toronto/Canadian curated list:

    Ty Segall – Manipulator
    Trap Them – Bliss Fucker
    Mac Demarco – Salad Days
    Greys – If Anything
    YOB – Clearing the Path to Ascension
    White Lung – Deep Fantasy
    Taylor Swift – 1989
    Temples – Sun Structures
    Single Mothers – Negative Qualities
    Radioactivity – S/T
    Thee Silver Mount Zion – Fuck Off Get Free We Pour Light on Everything
    The War on Drugs – Lost in a Dream
    NehruvianDOOM – s/t
    Swans – To Be Kind
    Freddie Gibbs – Cocaine/Pinata
    Nothing – Guilty of Everything
    Hank Wood and the Hammerheads – Stay Home LP
    The Brian Jonestown Massacre – Revelation
    Beck – Morning Phase
    Angel Olsen – Burn Your Fire for No Witness
    Alvvays – S/T
    Comet Control – S/T
    Led Zeppelin Full Discography Everyone Else Can Fuck Off

    will continue to add as i listen as I’m still poring over a good number of albums as we speak.

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  • @xmaic Level 0
    November 2, 2014 at 4:48 pm

    Aphex Twin – Syro
    Beck – Morning Phase
    Slipknot – .5: The Gray Chapter

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  • @pestbarn Level 2
    November 3, 2014 at 9:37 am

    Anaal Nathrakh – Desideratum. Shouldn’t need to tell anyone why – if you’ve listened, you’ll understand.

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  • @herviross_2 Level 3
    November 3, 2014 at 12:24 pm

    8) Destrage – Are You Kidding Me? No.
    7) Anathema – Distant Satellites
    6) Shokran – Supreme Truth
    5) BABYMETAL – BABYMETAL
    4) Mastodon – Once More ‘Round The Sun
    3) Taylor Swift – 1989
    2) Slipknot – .5: The Gray Chapter
    1) Behemoth – The Satanist

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  • @sirmenzalot Level 1
    November 4, 2014 at 9:27 am

    I can’t go past Killer Be Killed for album of the year at the moment. Just packs a punch! I’m not hardcore into metal but this album is fantastic!

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  • @rlome Level 3
    November 4, 2014 at 4:06 pm

    Lisa Gerrard – Twilight Kingdom is definitely a hidden gem!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-vG1RInXX4Y

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  • November 4, 2014 at 9:07 pm

    Valentin Stip, “Sigh”

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  • @audiobinge Level 6
    November 6, 2014 at 3:07 am

    68′- In Humor and Sadness
    BadBadNotGood- III
    Code Orange- I Am King
    Hundred Waters- The Moon Rang Like a Bell
    Odesza- In Return
    ZelooperZ – HELP (honorable mention)
    ScHoolboy Q- Oxymoron
    Every Time I Die- From Parts Unknown
    Little Dragon- Nabuma Rubberband
    Killer Mike and El-P- Run the Jewels 2

    Hard to list and others i liked a lot. But as far as things sticking here it is. Can’t fit everthing and I’d rather do a loose top twenty of things i all liked.

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  • @zeegrizzle Level 0
    November 6, 2014 at 8:10 am

    Pom Pom – Ariel Pink

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  • November 6, 2014 at 1:29 pm

    this year hasn’t been that great when it comes towards music but there are a few that were pretty decent and hopefully rihanna still releases R8 this month to make up for the lack of pop

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  • November 6, 2014 at 1:31 pm

    vance joy/schoolboyQ/lana del rey have been pretty decent albums this year

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  • November 7, 2014 at 12:31 pm

    No particular order, I’ve enjoyed all of the below at some point this year

    Metronomy – Love Letters
    The Twilight Sad – Nobody Wants To Be Here & Nobody Wants to Leave
    Hospitality – Trouble
    Timber Timbre – Hot Dreams
    Mac Demarco – Salad Days
    Caribou – Our Love
    Future Islands – Singles
    Aphex Twin – Syro
    Beck – Morning Phase
    Hundred Waters – The Moon Rang Like a Bell
    Interpol – El Pintor (ok album, I just love Interpol)
    James Vincent McMorrow – Post Tropical
    St Vincent – St Vincent

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  • @robilomas Level 4
    November 7, 2014 at 2:04 pm

    Sun Kil Moon – Benji.
    Hands down.

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  • @gamerhcp Level 0
    November 7, 2014 at 7:57 pm

    Foo Fighters, Royal Blood, Pink Floyd, Linkin park maybe, Kasabian, The Black Keys and sadly, Taylor Swift are probably the biggest contestants for Album of the year.

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  • November 9, 2014 at 2:08 pm

    1) Thomas Bergersen – “Sun”
    2) Rise Against – “The Black Market”
    3) The Used – “Imaginary Enemy”
    4) New Found Glory – “Resurrection”
    5) Yellowcard – “Lift a Sail”

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  • @creeois Level 1
    November 9, 2014 at 11:33 pm

    Interpol – El Pintor
    Alt J – This is All Yours
    Ghost Stories – Coldplay
    Angus & Julia Stone – Angus & Julia Stone
    Foster the People – Supermodel
    Lykke Li – I Never Learn
    Bleachers – Strange Desire
    In Flames – Siren Charms

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  • @thebrr Level 2
    November 10, 2014 at 10:34 am

    War on Drugs: Lost in the Dream Got to be in any best of list. phenomenal
    Blonde Redhead: Barragan
    Interpol: El Pintor
    Xiu Xiu: Angel Guts, Red Classroom
    Thom Yorke: Tomorrows Modern Boxes
    Damon Albarn: Everyday Robots
    FKA Twigs:
    Run The Jewels: RJT2
    Perfume Genius: Too Bright
    Mac Demarco: Salad Days

    Its been a good year

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  • @mikeyy Level 1
    November 10, 2014 at 3:25 pm

    Lily Allen – Sheezus

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  • @jasutria Level 4
    November 11, 2014 at 7:14 pm

    FKA Twigs – LP1
    Jungle – Jungle
    Hozier – Hozier
    BANKS – Goddess

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  • @carrotking Level 2
    November 13, 2014 at 12:17 am

    So many good albums have been released already, these are some of my favorites in no particular order.
    Hundred Waters – The Moon Rang Like a Bell
    Alt-J – This is All Yours
    Keaton Henson – Romantic Works
    Fennec – Let Your Heart Break
    Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra – Fuck Off Get Free
    Joplin Rice – Spine Adagio Part II & The Prince
    Kandle – In Flames
    Mystery Skulls – Forever
    ODESZA – In Return
    Slow Magic – How to Run Away
    Shakey Graves – And The War Came
    SBTRKT – Wonder Where We Land
    SOHN – Tremors
    Submotion Orchestra – Alium
    Warpaint – Warpaint
    Trentemoller – LOST Reworks

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