The best CDs of 2014?

Here are the titles we own which appear on two or more of the year-end "best of" lists by various music critics (Mojo, NPR, The Onion AV Club, Paste, Rolling StoneSpin, and Stereogum).

Three titles appeared on all eight lists above (FKA Twigs - LP1, St. Vincent - St. Vincent, and War on Drugs - Lost in the Dream) and another two appeared on seven (Run the Jewels - Run the Jewels 2 and Spoon - They Want My Soul).

The artist/title links below will take you to a page where you can reserve the physical CD; if the titles are available for download through Freegal as well, that will be linked in brackets.

Search the catalog for Transgender Dysphoria BluesAgainst Me! - Transgender Dysphoria Blues (Rolling Stone: #15, Spin: #14, Stereogum: #14). [Transgender Dysphoria Blues on Freegal]

Search the catalog for This Is All YoursAlt-J - This Is All Yours (NPR: top 20, Rolling Stone: #27)

Search the catalog for AlvvaysAlvvays - Alvvays (Paste: #5, Rolling Stone: #36)

Search the catalog for Faith in StrangersAndy Stott - Faith In Strangers (The Onion AV Club: # 20, Pitchfork: #45, Spin: #33)

Search the catalog for Burn Your Fire for No WitnessAngel Olsen - Burn Your Fire for No Witness (Mojo: # 17, NPR: top 20, The Onion AV Club: #1, Paste: #11, Pitchfork: #15, Stereogum: #5)

Search the catalog for SYROAphex Twin - SYRO (Mojo: #21, NPR: top 20, Pitchfork: #4, Spin: #23, Rolling Stone: #41, Stereogum: #33)

Search the catalog for Pom PomAriel Pink - pom pom (Pitchfork: #9, Spin: #30, Stereogum: #29)

Search the catalog for Morning PhaseBeck - Morning Phase (Mojo: #1, The Onion AV Club: #14, Paste: #7)

Search the catalog for AuroraBen Frost - Aurora (Pitchfork: #50, Spin: #48)

Search the catalog for Turn BlueThe Black Keys - Turn Blue (Mojo: #34, Rolling Stone: #3)

Search the catalog for Our LoveCaribou - Our Love (Mojo: #12, Paste: #26, Pitchfork: #10, Spin: #5, Rolling Stone: #39, Stereogum: #39)

Search the catalog for SUCKERCharli XCX - SUCKER (Spin: #43, Rolling Stone: #6)

Search the catalog for Here and Nowhere ElseCloud Nothings - Here and Nowhere Else (The Onion AV Club: #8, Paste: #47, Pitchfork: #34, Spin: #22, Stereogum: #27)

Search the catalog for Everyday RobotsDamon Albarn - Everyday Robots (Mojo: #3, Rolling Stone: #32)

Search the catalog for Future's VoidEMA - The Future's Void (Rolling Stone: #45, Stereogum: #16)

Search the catalog for OutsidersEric Church - The Outsiders (Spin: #45, Rolling Stone: #21, Stereogum: #18)

Search the catalog for LP1FKA Twigs - LP1 (Mojo: #9, NPR: top 20, The Onion AV Club: #6, Paste: #35, Pitchfork: #2, Spin: #21, Rolling Stone: #16, Stereogum: #9)

Search the catalog for You're DeadFlying Lotus - You're Dead (Mojo: #36, The Onion AV Club: #9, Paste: #22, Pitchfork: #17, Rolling Stone: #11, Stereogum: #35)

Search the catalog for PinataFreddie Gibbs & Madlib - Piñata (NPR: top 20, Pitchfork: #43, Spin: #25)

Search the catalog for SinglesFuture Islands - Singles (Mojo: #22, Paste: #25, Pitchfork: #22, Spin: #7, Stereogum: #32)

Search the catalog for RuinsGrouper - Ruins (NPR: top 20, Pitchfork: #5) [Ruins on Freegal]

Search the catalog for What Is This Heart?How To Dress Well - "What Is This Heart?" (Pitchfork: #29, Spin: #13, Stereogum: #34)

Search the catalog for The Moon Rang Like a BellHundred Waters - The Moon Rang Like a Bell (Pitchfork: 38, Spin: #46)

Search the catalog for Small-Town HeroesHurray for the Riff Raff - Small Town Heroes (NPR: top 20, Paste: #27, Rolling Stone: #38)

Search the catalog for LazarettoJack White - Lazaretto (Mojo: #4, Paste: #40, Rolling Stone: #40) [Lazaretto on Freegal]

Search the catalog for The VoyagerJenny Lewis - The Voyager (NPR: top 20, Paste: #16, Spin: #4, Rolling Stone: #17, Stereogum: #17)

Search the catalog for UltraviolenceLana Del Rey - Ultraviolence (Mojo: #40, Spin: #41, Rolling Stone: #7, Stereogum: #12)

Search the catalog for Popular ProblemsLeonard Cohen - Popular Problems (Mojo: #30, Rolling Stone: #24) [Popular Problems on Freegal]

Search the catalog for I Never LearnLykke Li - I Never Learn (Paste: #24, Pitchfork: #23)

Search the catalog for Salad DaysMac DeMarco - Salad Days (Mojo: #39, The Onion AV Club: #16, Paste: #18, Pitchfork: #12, Spin: #42, Rolling Stone: 9)

Search the catalog for PlatinumMiranda Lambert - Platinum (NPR: top 20, Spin: #19, Rolling Stone: #5) [Platinum on Freegal]

Search the catalog for Brill BruisersThe New Pornographers - Brill Bruisers (Paste: #17, Spin: #10)

Search the catalog for More Than Any Other DayOught - More Than Any Other Day (Pitchfork: #39, Rolling Stone: #13)

Search the catalog for Foundation of BurdenPallbearer - Foundation of Burden (NPR: top 20, Spin: #27)

Search the catalog for Sunbathing AnimalsParquet Courts - Sunbathing Animal (Pitchfork: #24, Spin: #2, Rolling Stone: #28, Stereogum: #50)

Search the catalog for Too BrightPerfume Genius - Too Bright (NPR: top 20, The Onion AV Club: #17, Paste: #20, Pitchfork: #11, Rolling Stone: #42, Stereogum: #23)

Search the catalog for Under Color of Official RightProtomartyr - Under Color Of Official Right (The Onion AV Club: #7, Paste: #33, Spin: #24)

Search the catalog for AtlasReal Estate - Atlas (Mojo: #28, Paste: #13, Pitchfork: #14, Spin: #40, Stereogum: #19)

Search the catalog for The Lights from the Chemical PlantRobert Ellis - The Lights from the Chemical Plant (NPR: top 20, Paste: #41)

Search the catalog for Lullaby and the Ceaseless RoarRobert Plant - Lullaby and … the Ceaseless Roar (Mojo: #19, NPR: top 20)

Search the catalog for Run the Jewels 2Run the Jewels - Run the Jewels 2 (NPR: top 20, The Onion AV Club: #2, Paste: #3, Pitchfork: #1, Spin: #3, Rolling Stone: #8, Stereogum: #1) [Run the Jewels 2 on Freegal]

Search the catalog for Ryan AdamsRyan Adams - Ryan Adams (Paste: #34, Spin: #28)

Search the catalog for Lese MajestyShabazz Palaces - Lese Majesty (Paste: #38, Pitchfork: #35, Spin: #44)

Search the catalog for Are We ThereSharon Van Etten - Are We There (Mojo: #11, The Onion AV Club: #5, Paste: #8, Pitchfork: #19, Rolling Stone: #20, Stereogum: #7)

Search the catalog for They Want My SoulSpoon - They Want My Soul (NPR: Top 20, The Onion AV Club: #13, Paste: #12, PItchfork: #13, Spin: #12, Rolling Stone: #29, Stereogum: #46)

Search the catalog for St. VincentSt. Vincent - St. Vincent (Mojo: #5, NPR: top 20, The Onion AV Club: #3, Paste: #2, Pitchfork: #16, Spin: #26, Rolling Stone: #4, Stereogum: #49)

Search the catalog for Metamodern Sounds in Country MusicSturgill Simpson - Metamodern Sounds in Country Music (Mojo: #15, NPR: top 20, Paste: #15, Rolling Stone: #18, Stereogum: #44)

Search the catalog for BenjiSun Kil Moon - Benji (Mojo: #26, Paste: #23, Pitchfork: #7, Spin: #6, Stereogum: #3)

Search the catalog for To Be KindSwans - To Be Kind (Mojo: #42, The Onion AV Club: #18, Pitchfork: #6, Spin: #17, Stereogum: #13)

Search the catalog for 1989Taylor Swift - 1989 (NPR: top 20, Paste: #6, Spin: #31)

Search the catalog for Sun StructuresTemples - Sun Structures (Mojo: #32, Paste: #44)

Search the catalog for AquariusTinashe - Aquarius (Pitchfork: #36, Spin: #8, Stereogum: #40) [Aquarius on Freegal]

Search the catalog for SukieraeTweedy - Sukierae (Paste: #31, Rolling Stone: #46)

Search the catalog for ManipulatorTy Segall - Manipulator (Mojo: #13, Paste: #14, Pitchfork: #40, Stereogum: #31)

Search the catalog for Songs of InnocenceU2 - Songs of Innocence (Mojo: #33, Rolling Stone: #1)

Search the catalog for Lost in the DreamWar on Drugs - Lost in the Dream (Mojo: #2, NPR: top 20, The Onion AV Club: #4, Paste: #1, Pitchfork: #3, Spin: #1, Rolling Stone: #23, Stereogum: #2)

Search the catalog for Deep FantasyWhite Lung - Deep Fantasy (The Onion AV Club: #19, Pitchfork: #31, Stereogum: #6)

Search the catalog for My Krazy LifeYG - My Krazy Life (NPR: top 20, PItchfork: #27, Spin: #18, Rolling Stone: #25, Stereogum: #15)

Search the catalog for Clearing the Path to AscendYOB - Clearing the Path to Ascend (Rolling Stone: #50, Stereogum: #11)

 

 

Posted by JohnJ on December 23, 2014