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The Indisputably Definitive 2014 List

It's officially December which means every single Sputnik user must post their year- end list or be banned for life. COMPLY OR DIE. These are my favorite albums of the year, in no specific order. There are plenty of other albums that I liked this year, but these are the ones I kept coming back to. May 2015 be as full of great tunes as this year. Amen.
1Nine of Swords
I Can't Stand My Own Face

Female fronted hardcore/punk. Vicious, concise, and one of my favorite vocal performances of the year.
2Emma Ruth Rundle
Some Heavy Ocean

Debut solo effort from Nocturnes/Red Sparrowes/Marriages member Emma Ruth Rundle. Folk- ish songs with post-rock ambience and a solid, unique voice. Emma is consistently great; can't wait for the new Marriages record.
3White Lung
Deep Fantasy

Faster, better, stronger. Guitar on this is fuckin bananas.
4Circa Survive

A step up from their last two albums in my eyes. The vocal performance especially feels more detailed and deliberate, and the band as a whole feels more cohesive while still experimenting with their sound.

Liz Harris at her most delicate, vulnerable, and intimate. Her compositions are stripped down to their most basic level, which gives her lyrics a sharper edge than ever. Rainy day album of 2014.
6United Nations
The Next Four Years

The UN's best lineup in my opinion. David Haik is MVP on a team of MVP's. Dude is in full on hulk mode and makes me want to practice till my arms fall off.
7Have a Nice Life
The Unnatural World

Have a nice life dudes
Prayer for Terrene

Insane punk/hardcore from Australia. Kurt Ballou's production manages to keep this from sounding like a machine gun in a washing machine. It sounds tight as fuck while simultaneously sounding like it's going to completely fall apart at any second. I haven't even mentioned the sax. God damn, THE SAX!
9RX Bandits
Gemini, Her Majesty

More polished and meticulously recorded than previous Bandits albums, which is good and bad. It's another solid record in their consistent discography.
10Thee Silver Mount Zion
Fuck Off Get Free We Pour Light on Everything

14 years in and Mt. Zion is as vital as ever. Either the best or worst album title of the year. I'm leaning toward best.
11St. Vincent
St. Vincent

Do saints need to be dead to be canonized? If pope Francis really wanted to be the cool pope, he would make an exception. Best live show of 2014.

If you can look past the band name (I know, it's hard) you'll find one of the best jams of the year. Spacey, math-ish, and groovy as hell.
To Be Kind

What else can be said about this album on this site? 2nd best show I went to this year.
Bel Air Highrise Plantation

This actually might be my favorite album title of the year. The song titles are awesome too; how could a song called THE COMPLETE AND UTTER DESTRUCTION OF LOS ANGELES be bad?

I took a while to acclimate to this, but I think the band settles into the more subdued, mellow sound nicely. Another excellent live show.
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