2014 Albums

SUCKER

Album Reviews | Charli XCX – SUCKER (2014)

These days there sure aren’t many pure pop albums that really satisfy. The problem is, what differentiates a pop album from an album of popular music that is a little deeper and more sophisticat...

8.5 Great
Black Messiah

Album Reviews | D’Angelo and The Vanguard – Black Messiah (2014)

Thank God for Black Messiah, which swooped in out of the sky to nearly save one of the weakest years for music in recent memory. Arriving Beyoncé-style — out of the blue and after all of the cri...

9.5 Amazing
Anybody Wanna Buy a Heart?

Album Reviews | K. Michelle – Anybody Wanna Buy a Heart? (2014)

There is no way I would have discovered Anybody Wanna Buy a Heart? if I hadn’t created a list of every 2014 album AllMusic gave a 4.5-star review. Like, literally none. Thankfully though, I work...

8.5 Great
Monuments to an Elegy

Album Reviews | Smashing Pumpkins – Monuments to an Elegy (2014)

If there is one thing Billy Corgan has a penchant for above anything else, it’s scope. The monstrously huge, two-hour, two-CD 1995 epic Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness was the most public...

7 Good
Rock or Bust

Album Reviews | AC/DC – Rock or Bust (2014)

Arriving at the end of 2014 with plenty of fanfare — track two, “Play Ball,” was ubiquitous throughout the month of October, thanks to its appearance throughout TBS’ playoff ba...

7.5 Good
Seeds

Album Reviews | TV on the Radio – Seeds (2014)

TV on the Radio is one of the many indie rock darlings that rose to critical prominence in the 2000s decade that I still am getting acquainted with. I have loved the song “Wolf Like Me” fr...

9 Amazing
The Endless River

Album Reviews | Pink Floyd – The Endless River (2014)

I have listened to The Endless River a few times now, and I’m having trouble understanding why this album needed to be made. Clearly, money isn’t the motivation — Pink Floyd is one o...

4.5 Poor
Cadillactica

Album Reviews | Big K.R.I.T. – Cadillactica (2014)

Cadillactica is one of the best hip-hop albums of 2014. With more soul in the music and more bass in most of the production, Cadillactica still sounds like a modern rap record, but its feel skews olde...

8.5 Great
Sonic Highways

Album Reviews | Foo Fighters – Sonic Highways (2014)

Sonic Highways has turned out to be quite an ambitious project for the Foo Fighters and, particularly, for Dave Grohl. As a way of celebrating the band’s twentieth anniversary, he spent 2014 mak...

7 Good
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