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2014 Mid-year Ranking

If I can use a single word to describe 2014's releases so far it'd be; Subpar. The albums I really love rso far barely reach lower than the top 5 on this list, but I've managed to get a top 15 together rnonetheless. Feel free to recommend something I might of missed, though chances are I probably rdidn't like it. It's been a pretty weird year for music. I am also finally listening to the Todd Terje ralbum for the first time while writing this. I've put it on hold for the right moment, and it seems this rwould be it.
15Cheatahs
Cheatahs


I've been told about a dozen times to just listen to Swervedriver instead of Cheatahs. Still, there's something I really like about this Swerevedriver rip-off album. Lots of great energy, yet still nothing too memorable.
14ScHoolboy Q
Oxymoron


I put this on the list mainly because of how excited I was when this first dropped. It failed to surpass or even meet my expectations though. I wasn't expecting this to be another good kid, m.A.A.d city, but the TDE movement was supposed to be more powerful. This was very average.
13Lykke Li
I Never Learn


Some believe it's her best work so far. I think it's very good but nothing innovative. I feel as though Lykke Li is now a name that can easily be grouped with Lana Del Rey and Florence Welch. All their music carries a very dark and depressing tone, yet lacks great lyricism. It's too bad because I really love Lykke's earlier work. Once again, this was very average.
12Chromeo
White Women


Super fun pop album. Probably something I'll listen to a lot this summer. It clearly isn't album of the year material, nor does it try to be. This is simply fine, pop, party music.
11Thee Silver Mount Zion
Fuck Off Get Free We Pour Light On Everything


I've been a Godspeed fan for a very long time now and never did I give a fuck for Thee Silver Mount Zion. This album came to me as a surprise. It feels more accessible than anything this band has ever done, and it works really well for them. I did however stop listening to it after a month of having it on repeat. It's definitely something I'll be revisiting before the end of the year though.
10Future Islands
Singles


As most, I didn't care for this band before the big Letterman performance. This album is actually quite enjoyable as a whole. I also feel as though Future Islands are living proof that electro pop isn't necessarily a genre for the youth. There are great texts all over this album that can be better appreciated with age, experience and knowledge.
9St. Vincent
St. Vincent


After the first few times hearing it, it was as though I was hearing Annie Clark's best work. By now it just sounds like rest of her stuff. Very good album, but I don't see it going up on my list from now till year's end. I feel it might drop a few spots actually.
8Sharon Van Etten
Are We There


Excellent follow-up to 2012's Tramp. Even without Aaron Dessner taking care of production, her past work with him has definitely taken influence on her newest work.
7Future
Honest


My soft spot for ignorant trap music was surprisingly pleased by this auto-tuned, 2nd Generation Dungeon Family star. Even more so, I'm surprised at how well-received this album was.
6Parquet Courts
Sunbathing Animal


It was very exciting to know we'd get a Parquet Courts album this year. It lived up to the hype too. There's definitely some maturity going on here. I'm curious as to what this band does next, but wouldn't be surprised if they don't do anything at all.
5Jack White
Lazaretto


This is probably the album that surprised me the most this year so far. I'll let you know that I care so little about post-White Blood Cells White Stripes, but Jack White's solo career has really been doing it for me. There are no boundaries for this guy. Today's world is one where being a rock star is so "un-cool" and "passe", and Jack White is singlehandedly bringing it all back. From start to finish this album is incredible, but it's definitely a grower. Lyrically, there is very little going on. It's all about the music and production.
4Damon Albarn
Everyday Robots


I'm biased, but I'll say a little more regardless. It was about time. I can see why it's a "hate it or love it" type album, but I personally cannot see why any Damon Albarn fan wouldn't be completely blown away by this long awaited debut solo album. This is far from being his greatest project, but a solo album after so long usually ends up being disastrous. This doesn't sound like something that will get him new fans. It's an album for those already familiar.
3Freddie Gibbs And Madlib
Pinata


Madlib choses yet another project correctly. Gibbs sounds as though Madlib has been backing him all along. Great chemistry. If you care to know how I feel about Madlib's work, read this: http://www.sputnikmusic.com/list.php?memberid=529897&listid=141110
2The War On Drugs
Lost In The Dream


It will definitely be amongst the top 3 of most music websites come the end of the year. In fact, it will probably top most of the lists you read come the end of the year. I can't say anything that hasn't already been said. What an awesome record.
1Cloud Nothings
Here And Nowhere Else


At approximately 32 minutes in length, this is the only album this year that can be played twice over, and still leave me wanting to hear it again immediately. Everything is so loud on this record. If you aren't familiar with them yet, these guys are really worth checking out.
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