Best of 2014: Top 25 Albums

25. Benji – Sun Kil Moon


Essential Tracks: “I Can’t Live Without My Mother’s Love”; “I Love My Dad”; “Richard Ramirez Died Today of Natural Causes”

Superlative: Most Mid-Life Crisis-y


24. I Never Learn  – Lykke Li


Essential Tracks: “I Never Learn”; “No Rest For The Wicked”; “Love Me Like I’m Not Made of Stone”

Superlative: Best Use of Sonic Greyscale


23. A U R O R A – Ben Frost


Essential Tracks: “Flex”; “The Teeth Behind The Kisses”; “A Single Point of Blinding Light”

Superlative: Most Likely Built In Garage Band


22. What Is This Heart? – How To Dress Well


Essential Tracks: “Face Again”; “Words I Don’t Remember”; “Pour Cyril”

Superlative: Smoothest White Guy


21. Range of Light  – S. Carey


Essential Tracks: “Crown the Pines”; “Alpenglow”; “The Dome”

Superlative: Best Use of Texture


20. Upside Down Mountain – Conor Oberst


Essential Tracks: “Zigzagging Toward the Light”; “Enola Gay”; “Double Life”

Superlative: Most Progressive Angst


19. Syro – Aphex Twin


Essential Tracks: “minipops 67 [120.2]”; “4 bit 9d api+e+6 [126.26]”; “syro u473t8+e [141.98]”

Superlative: Most Likely To Get You Yelled At By a Hipster


18. Brutal Romantic – Brooke Fraser


Essential Tracks: “Psychosocial”; “Thunder”; “Brutal Romance”

Superlative: Biggest Jump In Style


17. Sunbathing Animal – Parquet Courts


Essential Tracks: “Black & White”; “Sunbathing Animal”; “Up All Night”

Superlative: Most Likely To Transport You Back to the 90’s


16. The Moon Rang Like a Bell – Hundred Waters


Essential Tracks: “Murmurs”; “Innocent”; “(Animal)”

Superlative: Best Nap Music


15. The Voyager – Jenny Lewis


Essential Tracks: “Just One of the Guys”; “Late Bloomer”; “The Voyager”

Superlative: Best Album Art


14. Nikki Nack – tUnE-yArDs


Essential Tracks: “Water Fountain”; “Real Thing”; “Stop That Man”

Superlative: Most Likely To Be Recreated Using Preschool Toys


13. Seeds – TV on the Radio


Essential Tracks: “Careful You”; “Happy Idiot”; “Seeds”

Superlative: Coolest Beard In Music


12. White Women – Chromeo


Essential Tracks: “Jealous (I Ain’t With It)”; “Come Alive”; “Sexy Socialite”

Superlative: Most Groovy


11. RTJ2 – Run the Jewels


Essential Tracks: “Oh My Darling Don’t Cry”; “Close Your Eyes”; “Crown”

Superlative: Most Aggressive Rap Album I’ve Ever Heard In My Life


10. Awake – Tycho


Essential Tracks: “Montana”; “Dye”; “Plains”

Superlative: Most Likely To Make Me Seem Like a Stoner


9. Singles – Future Islands


Essential Tracks: “Seasons (Waiting On You)”; “Sun in the Morning”; “Back in the Tall Grass”

Superlative: Most Interesting Live Performance


8. You’re Dead! – Flying Lotus


Essential Tracks: “Never Catch Me”; “Dead Man’s Tetris”; “Ready Err Not”

Superlative: Most Likely To Confuse


7. They Want My Soul – Spoon


Essential Tracks: “Inside Out”; “Knock Knock Knock”; “They Want My Soul”

Superlative: Most Likely To Be My Favorite Indie Rock Album of All Time When I’m 50


6. Are We There – Sharon Van Etten


Essential Tracks: “Your Love Is Killing Me”; “I Love You But I’m Lost”; “Nothing Will Change”

Superlative: Most Likely To Be Listened To On a Rainy Day


5. The Undoing – Steffany Gretzinger


Essential Tracks: “Morning Song”; “Out of Hiding”; “Cecie’s Lullaby”

Superlative: Most Likely To Make Me Cry


4. Lazaretto – Jack White


Essential Tracks: “Three Women”; “Lazaretto”; “High Ball Stepper”

Superlative: Most Likely To Get Me Labeled As an Unabashed Jack White Fanboy


3. Hell Can Wait – Vince Staples


Essential Tracks: “65 Hunnid”; “Screen Door”; “Hands Up”

Superlative: Most Likely To Make Me a Rap Hipster in 5 Years


2. St. Vincent – St. Vincent


Essential Tracks: “Huey Newton”; “Digital Witness”; “Bring Me Your Loves”

Superlative: Most Likely To Make Peace With an Invading Alien Race


1. Lost In the Dream – The War on Drugs


Essential Tracks: “Under the Pressure”; “Red Eyes”; “Burning”

Superlative: Most Likely To Be In a Craft Beer Commercial


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