musicOMH’s Top 100 Albums Of 2014

St Vincent - St Vincent In previous years we’ve split our albums of the year coverage up into chunks, the publishing of which went on for days and the reading almost as long.

In 2014, our 15th year, we’re trying a new approach; you get one page with a big list on it. It’s still a Top 100 though, so some things don’t change.

Eligible for inclusion were albums released in 2014 for sale in the UK. No compilations, no EPs, no albums released in a year other than 2014, no reissues/remasterings/superdeluxes.

Then, some of our writers voted in their favourites. There were 214 albums nominated in this way. And then I did some numbercrunching. Which brought us down to 100.

Where links are available, click on an artist name for all we have on that artist, and on the album title for the review of the album. Where links and by extension reviews are not available, sorry.


1. St VincentSt Vincent (Loma Vista/Caroline International)
2. The War On DrugsLost In The Dream (Secretly Canadian)
3. CaribouOur Love (City Slang)
4. Sharon Van EttenAre We There (Jagjaguwar)
5. FKA TwigsLP1 (Young Turks)
6. Sun Kil MoonBenji (Caldo Verde)
7. BeckMorning Phase (Virgin EMI)
8. Future IslandsSingles (4AD)
9. Wild BeastsPresent Tense (Domino)
10. Perfume GeniusToo Bright (Turnstile)

A Winged Victory For The Sullen - Atomos 11. Todd TerjeIt’s Album Time (Olsen)
12. A Winged Victory For The SullenAtomos (Erased Tapes)
13. Strand Of OaksHeal (Dead Oceans)
14. SwansTo Be Kind (Mute)
15. La RouxTrouble In Paradise (Polydor)
16. Damon AlbarnEveryday Robots (Parlophone)
17. Nick MulveyFirst Mind (Fiction)
18. King Creosote – From Scotland, With Love (Domino)
19. InterpolEl Pintor (Soft Limit)
20. Flying LotusYou’re Dead! (Warp)

21. Ben FrostAurora (Mute)
22. Death From Above 1979The Physical World (Caroline International)
23. Neneh CherryBlank Project (Smalltown Supersound)
24. Jack WhiteLazaretto (XL)
25. Run The JewelsRTJ2 (Mass Appeal)
26. The BugAngels & Devils (Ninja Tune)
27. Allo DarlinWe Come From The Same Place (Fortuna POP!)
28. Slow ClubComplete Surrender (Caroline International)
29. Wildbirds & PeacedrumsRhythm (The Leaf Label)
30. The Black KeysTurn Blue (Nonesuch)

The Juan Maclean - In A Dream 31. The Juan MacleanIn A Dream (DFA)
32. Taylor Swift1989 (Big Machine/Virgin EMI)
33. Mac DeMarcoSalad Days (Captured Tracks)
34. The AntlersFamiliars (Transgressive)
35. TV On The RadioSeeds (Harvest)
36. KiasmosKiasmos (Erased Tapes)
37. ElbowThe Take Off And Landing Of Everything (Fiction)
38. Jamie TCarry On The Grudge (Virgin EMI)
39. Tune-YardsNikki Nack (4AD)
40. KelisFood (Ninja Tune)

41. PallbearerFoundations Of Burden (Profound Lore)
42. Angel Olsen – Burn Your Fire For No Witness (Jagjaguwar)
43. Einstürzende Neubauten – Lament (Mute)
44. Hercules And Love Affair – The Feast Of The Broken Heart (Moshi Moshi)
45. Hookworms – The Hum (Weird World)
46. Iceage – Plowing Into The Field Of Love (Matador)
47. Aziza Brahim – Soutak (Glitterbeat)
48. Scott Walker & Sunn O))) Soused (4AD)
49. Kasai Allstars – Beware The Fetish (Crammed Discs)
50. Real Estate – Atlas (Domino)

Ballet School - The Dew Lasts An Hour 51. Cloud Nothings – Here And Nowhere Else (Wichita)
52. Luke Abbott – Wysing Forest (Border Community)
53. Alex G – DSU (Lucky Number)
54. Ballet School – The Dew Lasts An Hour (Bella Union)
55. Clark – Clark (Warp)
56. DELS – Petals Have Fallen (Big Dada)
57. Ben Howard – I Forget Where We Were (Island)
58. Dan Weiss – Fourteen (Pi)
59. EMA – The Future’s Void (City Slang)
60. Inventions – Inventions (Temporary Residence)

61. Sky Ferreira – Night Time, My Time (Polydor)
62. Steve Gunn – Way Out Weather (Paradise Of Bachelors)
63. The Hotelier – Home, Like No Place There Is (Tiny Engines)
64. Tyshawn Sorey – Alloy (Pi)
64. Thee Silver Mt Zion Memorial Orchestra – Fuck Off, Get Free, We Pour Light On Everything (Constellation)
65. Ex Hex – Rips (Merge)
66. Blue-Eyed Hawk – Under The Moon (Edition)
67. Toumani Diabaté & Sidiki Diabaté – Toumani & Sidiki (World Circuit)
68. Hundred Waters – The Moon Rising Like A Bell (OWSLA)
69. Sébastien Tellier L’Aventura (Record Makers/Because)
70. Wye Oak – Shriek (City Slang)

Gazelle Twin - Unflesh 71. Circle Of SoundAnti Hero (Baitak)
72. EarthPrimitive And Deadly (Southern Lord)
73. Ian William CraigA Turn Of Breath (Recital)
74. Little Big League – Tropical Jinx (Run For Cover)
75. TinariwenEmmaar (PIAS)
76. Lucinda WilliamsDown Where The Spirit Meets The Bone (Highway 20)
77. Orlando Julius & The HeliocentricsJaiyede Afro (Strut)
78. HoneybloodHoneyblood (FatCat)
79. Gazelle TwinUnflesh (Anti-Ghost Moon Ray)
80. KeleTrick (Lilac)

81. Mark E – Product Of Industry (Spectral Sound)
82. GrouperRuins (Kranky)
83. Robert PlantLullaby And… The Ceaseless Roar (Nonesuch)
84. HospitalityTrouble (Fire)
85. Shellac – Dude Incredible (Touch & Go)
86. Pink MountaintopsGet Back (Jagjaguwar)
87. Ryan AdamsRyan Adams (Columbia)
88. Esben And The WitchA New Nature (Nostromo)
89. BisData Panik Etcetera (Do Yourself In)
90. Jenny LewisThe Voyager (Warner)

Noura Mint Seymali - Tzenni 91. Noura Mint SeymaliTzenni (Glitterbeat)
92. I Break HorsesChiaroscuro (Bella Union)
93. Woman’s HourConversations (Secretly Canadian)
94. Young FathersDead (Big Dada)
95. Xiu Xiu – Angel Guts: Red Classroom (Bella Union)
96. Fucked UpGlass Boys (Matador)
97. Owen PallettIn Conflict (Domino)
98. Azealia BanksBroke With Expensive Taste (Azealia Banks/Prospect Park)
99. Matthew & The AtlasOther Rivers (Communion)
100. East India YouthTotal Strife Forever (Stolen)


musicOMH’s Top 100 Albums Of 2014 were voted on by Andy Baber, Helen Clarke, Neil Dowden, Ben Hogwood, Michael Hubbard, Steven Johnson, Tim Lee, Amelia Maher, Jordan Mainzer, Graeme Marsh, David Meller, Christopher Monk, John Murphy, Daniel Paton, Max Raymond, Sam Shepherd, David Welsh, Chris White, Martyn Young

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