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The Best Rock Albums of 2014

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Ratings: 10=best rock album ever; 9=masterpiece; 8=buy it now; 7=buy it eventually; 6=buy it if you are a fan
Best of Rock Albums
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  1. Pyrrhon: The Mother of Virtues (Relapse)

  2. Desmadrados Soldados De Ventura: Interpenetrating Dimensional Express (Golden Lab)
  3. Sylvan Esso: Sylvan Esso (Partisan)
  4. Khun Narin: Electric Phin Band (Innovative Leisure)
  5. White Suns: Totem (Flenser)
  6. Blackie: Imagine Yourself In A Free And Natural World (self)
  7. Robin Hayward: Nouveau Saxhorn Nouveau Basse (Pogus)
  8. DJ Rozwell: None of This Is Real (self)
  9. Endon: MAMA (Daymare)
  10. Arca: Xen (Mute)
  11. Idylls: Prayer For Terrene (Tapes Of A Neon God)
  12. Valerio Tricoli: Miseri Lares (PAN)
  13. Richard Dawson: Nothing Important (Weird World)
  14. Guardian Alien: Spiritual Emergency (Thrill Jockey)
  15. Los Random: Pidanoma (Las Tias)
  16. Pye Corner Audio: Black Mill Tapes Volumes 1-4 (Type)
  17. Peter Batchelor: Kaleidoscope (Pogus)
  18. Bent Knee: Shiny Eyed Babies (Bent Knee)
  19. Perfume Genius: Too Bright (Matador)
  20. Bill Orcutt: Solo Acoustic Volume Ten (Vin du Select Qualitite)
  21. Lana Del Rey: Ultraviolence (Interscope)
  22. Jonathan Badger: Verse (Cuneiform)
  23. St Vincent: St Vincent (Loma Vista)
  24. Aphex Twin: Syro (Warp)
  25. Black Dirt Oak: Wawayanda Patent (MIE)
  26. Thou: Heathen (Gilead Media)
  27. Peder Mannerfelt: Lines Describing Circles (Digitalis)
  28. Jute Gyte: Ressentiment (Jeshimoth)
  29. Teitanblood: Death (Ajna Offensive)
  30. Klara Lewis: Ett (Editions Mergo)
  31. Mitski: Bury Me at Makeout Creek (Dead Oceans)
  32. Chief Keef: Back From the Dead 2 (self)
  33. Thaiboy Digital: Tiger (mixtape)
  34. Horseback: Piedmont Apocrypha (Three Lobed)
  35. Dirty Knobs: The Hermit Seeks for Stillness (Xero Music)
  36. Typhonian Highlife: HR Giger's Studiolo
  37. Peruvian Sleep: I'll Tell You Later (self)
  38. Ora Iso: Bathcat (Ba Da Bing)
  39. Laura Luna Castillo: Isolarios (Baba Vanga)
  40. Spectral Lore: III (I Voidhanger)

EPs and minis:

  1. Jar Moff: On How To Lubricate Capital's Effect (self) 7.5/10
  2. Frankie Cosmos: Zentropy (Double Double Whammy)
  3. Secluded Bronte: Secluded in Jersey City (Pogus) 7/10
  4. Lil Ugly Mane: The Weeping Worm (Self-released), 7/10
  5. Soul Glo: " " (2014)
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  1. Sylvan Esso: HSKT
  2. Black Dirt Oak: Demon Directive
  3. Arca: Sisters
  4. Aphex Twin: Circlont14
  5. The War on Drugs: Red Eyes
  6. Perfume Genius: Grid
  7. Richard Dawson: Judas Iscariot
  8. Sadaf: C.F.C.
  9. White Sun: Priest in the Laboratory
  10. Andy Stott: Missing
  11. Jonathan Badger: Dotter
  12. Camellia: Into the Lava
  13. Raoul Bjorkenheim: Subterranean Samba
  14. Sun Kil Moon: Truck Driver
  15. Fatima Al Qadiri: Shanghai Freeway
  16. Angel Olsen: Hi-Five
  17. St Vincent: Birth In Reverse
  18. Linda Perhacs: When Things Are True Again
  19. Against Me: Transgender Dysphoria Blues
  20. Run the Jewels: Close Your Eyes
  21. Ben Frost: Nolan
  22. Pharmakon: Body Betrays Itself
  23. Mitsky: Townie
  24. Parquet Courts: Black & White
  25. Lana Del Rey: Sad Girl
  26. Amen Dunes: White Child
  27. Arca: Xen
  28. Real Estate: April's Song
  29. Circle: Valley
  30. Perfume Genius: My Body
  31. XXXtentacion: Vice City
  32. Ariel Pink: White Freckles
  33. Aphex Twin: Produk 29
  34. Tuneyards: Left Behind
  35. Goat: Words
  36. Sylvan Esso: Coffee
  37. Frankie Cosmos: Buses Splash With Rain
  38. Botanist: Erythronium
  39. Mark Lanegan: Judgement Time
  40. Girl Band: Lawman
  41. New Pornographers: Dancehall Domine
  42. Carla Bozulich: Ain't No Grave
  43. Clarence Clarity: Those Who Can't Cheat
  44. Vince Staples: 65 Hunnid
  45. Mac DeMarco: Passing Out Pieces
  46. Perfume Genius: Fool
  47. Mark Lanegan: Death Trip to Tulsa
  48. Xiu Xiu: Botanica de Los Angeles
  49. Sharon Van Etten: Your Love Is Killing Me
  50. Thaiboy Digital: Gtblessgo
  51. Future Islands: Seasons
  52. Lil Ugly Mane: Hideous Disfigurements
  53. Azealia Banks: Nude Beach a Go-Go
  54. Soul Glo: Guilty of Being Wait
  55. Dope Body: Repo Man
  56. Hval: I Have Walked This Body
  57. Ora Iso: Florida
  58. Lucinda Williams: Everything But the Truth
  59. Digitalism: Wolves
  60. A Tribe Called Red: Burn Your Village to the Ground
  61. Yung Lean: Volt
  62. Zammuto: Great Equator
  63. Nmesh: AvonNiteMare Liquid Mascara
  64. Graham Repulski: Octopus Bribes
  65. Aldous Harding: Two Bitten Hands
  66. Mogwai: The Lord Is Out Of Control
  67. Bob Mould: Hey Mr Grey
  68. Jessica Pratt: Moon Dude
  69. Jenny Lewis: Just One of the Guys
  70. Travis Scott: Mamacita
  71. Leonard Cohen: Did I Ever Love You
  72. Alvvays: Atop a Cake
  73. Guerilla Toss: 367 Equalizer
  74. Alice Boman: Over
  75. Nicole Dollanganger: Creek Blues

Extended compositions
  1. Pyrrhon: The Mother Of Virtues
  2. Endon: Acme Apathy Amok
  3. Desmadrados Soldados De Ventura: Photospheric Composition
  4. Blackie : Wings Blocking Out The Sun
  5. Jar Moff: On How To Lubricate Capital's Effect
  6. Guardian Alien: Spiritual Emergency
  7. Los Random: Mee Chango
  8. Arooj Aftab : Man Kunto Maula
  9. Desmadrados Soldados De Ventura: 101010,000,000
  10. Khun Narin's Electric Phin Band: Show Wong Khun Narin
  11. Idylls: Lied To
  12. Swans: She Loves Us
  13. Black Dirt Oak: Crowning The Bard
  14. Dirty Knobs: The Pier Mourns The Wreck
  15. Pyrrhon: White Flag
  16. Richard Dawson: The Vile Stuff
  17. Valerio Tricoli: Miseri Lares
  18. Robin Hayward: Plateau Square
  19. Peter Batchelor: Arcade
  20. Demdike Stare: Primitive Equations
  21. Dave Phillips: The Less I Know
  22. Michael Pisaro: Anabasis
  23. Thee Silver Mt Zion Memorial Orchestra: What We Loved Was Not Enough
  24. King Gizzard and the Lizzard Wizard: Am I In Heaven
  25. Kasai Allstars: Yangye The Evil Leopard
  26. Katie Gately: Pivot
  27. Steve Gunn: Tommy's Congo
  28. France: Meltdown Of Planet Earth (2014)
  29. Gnod: 20 Sides A Minute
  30. Earth: Even Hell Has Its Heroes
  31. Roll the Dice: Assembly
  32. Scott Walker: Brando
  33. Steve Gunn & Mike Gangloff: Topeka AM
  34. Dean Blunt: Forever
  35. Laura Luna Castillo: Oxytocin
  36. Shackleton: Freezing Opening Thawing
  37. Thou: Ode To Physical Pain
  38. Man Forever: Clear Realization
  39. Oneohtrix Point Never: I Only Have Eyes For You
  40. Jute Gyte: Mansions Of Fear Mansions Of Pain
  41. Carl Hultgren: Transparency and Light
  42. Bill Orcutt: History And Repetition
  43. Peruvian Sleep: Stop Menage
  44. Bing & Ruth: Reflector
  45. Aisha Devi: Throat Dub
  46. Thurston Moore: Speak to the Wild
  47. Klara Lewis: Altered
  48. Blut Aus Nord: Paien
  49. Vladislav Delay: Viaton
  50. Mamaleek: Poor Mourner's Got a Home
  51. El Marrano de la Razon : No
  52. Horseback : Chanting Out The Low Shadow
  53. Kairon Irse: Rulons
  54. Ono: Oxblood
  55. Monolord: Empress Rising
  56. Typhonian Highlife: A Movement in the Cenobytes Journey to 15th Century Verona
  57. Toad: Bourree de l'Arabe/ Bouree de Mouret/ Marche de l'Arabe
  58. Horse Lords: Outer East
  59. Peruvian Sleep: The Flask Whence the Rain Doth Cometh
  60. Fluisteraars: De Doornen
  61. Spectral Lore: The Veiled Garden

  1. Sarah Manning: Harmonious Creature (Posi-Tone)
  2. Wadada Leo Smith: The Great Lakes Suite
  3. Fire Orchestra: Enter (Rune Grammofon)
  4. Anthony Davis: Notes from the Underground (Boston Modern Orchestra Project)
  5. Kim Myhr: All Your Limbs Singing (Sofa)
  6. Sylvie Courvoisier Trio: Double Windsor (Tzadik)
  7. Trio 3 & Vijay Iyer: Wiring (Intakt Records)
  8. Oliver Lake Organ Quartet: What I Heard (Passin' Thru)
  9. Pharoah & the Underground: Spiral Mercury (Clean Feed)
  10. Steve Lehman Octet: Mise En Abime (Pi)
  11. Mitchell/Taborn/Baku: Conversations (Wide Hive)
  12. Tyshawn Sorey Trio: Alloy (Pi)
  13. The Westerlies: Wish the Children Would Come On Home (Songlines)
  14. Jane Ira Bloom: Sixteen Sunsets (Pure Audio)
  15. Ingrid Laubrock: Ubatuba
  16. Sam Newsome: Straight Horn of Africa - A Path of Liberation (Baby)
  17. Farmers By Nature: ove and Ghosts (AUM)
  18. Darius Jones and Matthew Shipp: Cosmic Lieder - The Darkseid Recital (AUM)
  19. Ambrose Akinmusire: The Imagined Savior Is Far Easier to Paint (Blue Note)
  20. Mark Turner Quartet: Lathe of Heaven (ECM)
  21. Kenny Barron & Dave Holland: The Art of Conversation (Impulse)
  22. Battle Trance: Palace of Wind (New Amsterdam)
  23. Chick Corea: Trilogy (Concord Jazz)
  24. Marquis Hill: The Poet (Skiptone)
  25. Jacques Schwarz-Bart: Jazz Racine Haiti (Motema)
  26. Arve Henriksen: The Nature of Connections (Rune Grammofon)
  27. Unity Group: Kin (Nonesuch Records)
  28. Helen Sung: Anthem for a New Day (Concord Jazz)
  29. Joshua Redman: Walking Shadows (Nonesuch)
  30. Tom Harrell: Colors Of A Dream (HighNote)
  31. Kenny Garrett: Pushing The World Away (Mack Avenue)
  32. Pat Metheny: Tap (Nonesuch)
  33. Joe Lovano: Cross Culture (Blue Note)
  34. Matthew Shipp: I've Been To Many Places

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