Acclaimed Music Top 50 Albums from 2014 poll

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Poll Results

OptionVotes
2 264 D'Angelo and The Vanguard - Black Messiah 12
13 1183 Grouper - Ruins 6
18 1614 Spoon - They Want My Soul 5
11 1004 Swans - To Be Kind 5
23 1778 Against Me! - Transgender Dysphoria Blues 5
41 - Mr Twin Sister - Mr Twin Sister 5
43 - Young Thug, Birdman & Rich Homie Quan - Rich Gang: Tha Tour Part 1 3
46 - Richard Dawson - Nothing Important 3
12 1169 Aphex Twin - Syro 3
37 - Tinashe - Aquarius 3
6 657 Taylor Swift - 1989 3
5 523 St. Vincent - St. Vincent 2
35 2761 Behemoth - The Satanist 2
15 1488 Todd Terje - It's Album Time 2
16 1600 Lana Del Rey - Ultraviolence 2
19 1674 Future Islands - Singles 1
42 - Miranda Lambert - Platinum 1
3 327 FKA twigs - LP1 1
29 2400 Shabazz Palaces - Lese Majesty 1
31 2486 The Hotelier - Home, Like Noplace is There 1
39 - The Juan Maclean - In a Dream 1
34 2622 Real Estate - Atlas 1
36 - Owen Pallett - In Conflict 1
4 457 Run the Jewels - Run the Jewels 2 1
24 1894 Sturgill Simpson - Metamodern Sounds in Country Music 1
22 1758 Freddie Gibbs & Madlib - Piñata 1
21 2815 Parquet Courts - Sunbathing Animal 1
26 2013 Alvvays - Alvvays 1
48 - Scott Walker & Sunn O))) - Soused 1
45 - Neneh Cherry - Blank Project 1
14 1327 Mac DeMarco - Salad Days 1
44 - Javiera Mena - Otra era 0
49 - Gazelle Twin - Unflesh 0
38 - YG - My Krazy Life 0
50 - Jessie Ware - Tough Love 0
40 - Charli XCX - Sucker 0
47 - K. Michelle - Anybody Wanna Buy a Heart? 0
33 2590 Wild Beasts - Present Tense 0
8 837 Sun Kil Moon - Benji 0
9 876 Sharon Van Etten - Are We There 0
10 923 Caribou - Our Love 0
1 230 The War on Drugs - Lost in the Dream 0
17 1607 Flying Lotus - You're Dead! 0
25 1966 Cloud Nothings - Here and Nowhere Else 0
20 1713 Perfume Genius - Too Bright 0
27 2098 Ty Segall - Manipulator 0
28 2325 DJ Quik - The Midnight Life 0
30 2406 Ariel Pink - Pom Pom 0
32 2496 Christine and The Queens - Chaleur Humaine / Christine and The Queens 0
7 723 Angel Olsen - Burn Your Fire for No Witness 0


Bee OK, Wednesday, 8 June 2022 20:46 (three weeks ago) link

This is the last one for awhile. This poll is being suspended to make room for ufo's huge ILM 2010s poll that is about to start. With that, even though this is a POO poll vs a list poll, it's redundant. I will pick this poll back up in the Summer of 2023 or probably 2024. If I'm not around I hope someone else will carry this on.

Also some posters wanted a longer window for voting so this is for you, this one will be open for about 10 days.

Meanwhile, the last one so please vote.

Bee OK, Wednesday, 8 June 2022 20:47 (three weeks ago) link

Hmmm

Legalize Suburban Benches (Raymond Cummings), Wednesday, 8 June 2022 20:49 (three weeks ago) link

Oh look, my album of the decade made one of these polls lol

imago, Wednesday, 8 June 2022 20:59 (three weeks ago) link

i didn't realize you loved rich gang so much

in places all over the world, real stuff be happening (voodoo chili), Wednesday, 8 June 2022 21:10 (three weeks ago) link

ruins

Clay, Wednesday, 8 June 2022 21:13 (three weeks ago) link

mr twin sister!!!!

flamenco drop (BradNelson), Wednesday, 8 June 2022 21:28 (three weeks ago) link

i always think of this as a weak year but the list gets much better once you cross the benji hurdle

flamenco drop (BradNelson), Wednesday, 8 June 2022 21:30 (three weeks ago) link

Ariana didn't make the cut this time?

Creature Catcher (Live) (morrisp), Wednesday, 8 June 2022 21:30 (three weeks ago) link

I think she would have been 51 or so, Jessie Ware got in there just before her.

Bee OK, Wednesday, 8 June 2022 21:33 (three weeks ago) link

Actually that was Azealia who barley missed out. Ariana didn't come close this time around.

Bee OK, Wednesday, 8 June 2022 21:36 (three weeks ago) link

i don't know them all, but there isn't a single album here that i have ever loved. and, in fact, of the ones i do know, i would consider those fairly middling without much staying power.

I'm ANTIFA and I vote. (Austin), Wednesday, 8 June 2022 21:39 (three weeks ago) link

I absolutely loved Benji when it came out, but I don’t think I’ve listened to it since 2015… I have no idea how I’d feel about it now, especially given how its creator is a megascumbag

Anyways this for me is the weakest year of the decade by a pretty decent margin. Think I’m gonna go with fka twigs or mr twin sister

josh az (2011nostalgia), Wednesday, 8 June 2022 22:47 (three weeks ago) link

Torn between Black Messiah and Ultraviolence. Not kidding. (The Satanist is the best Behemoth album by a long stretch, but that's not saying much.)

but also fuck you (unperson), Wednesday, 8 June 2022 23:06 (three weeks ago) link

Against Me!

Les hommes de bonbons (cryptosicko), Wednesday, 8 June 2022 23:08 (three weeks ago) link

Geez I really thought we’d have more Aphex Twin albums by now

frogbs, Wednesday, 8 June 2022 23:11 (three weeks ago) link

it is interesting how each year is different for everybody. I don’t think this year was anywhere as good as 2013

voted for Shabazz Palaces' Lese Majesty, an amazing album. Aphex Twin's Syro would be my second choice

Dan S, Wednesday, 8 June 2022 23:12 (three weeks ago) link

the sound of Lost In the Dream still feels really immersive to me in a way that PJ Harvey's To Bring You My Love and Stories From the City, Stories From the Sea did

Dan S, Wednesday, 8 June 2022 23:20 (three weeks ago) link

d'angelo then mr twin sister

weird year, one of the weakest of the decade

ufo, Thursday, 9 June 2022 00:01 (three weeks ago) link

Since this is going to be open for a while, I'm going to play a few I have never heard before. Tonight it's going to be Mr Twin Sister.

Bee OK, Thursday, 9 June 2022 03:52 (three weeks ago) link

A Banks would’ve been the vote if she was on the list. Might go with Ruins.

Legalize Suburban Benches (Raymond Cummings), Thursday, 9 June 2022 04:08 (three weeks ago) link

it's album time

ciderpress, Thursday, 9 June 2022 04:24 (three weeks ago) link

between these for me.

02 - D'Angelo and The Vanguard - Black Messiah
18 - Spoon - They Want My Soul
28 - DJ Quik - The Midnight Life
29 - Shabazz Palaces - Lese Majesty
37 - Tinashe - Aquarius
38 - YG - My Krazy Life
39 - The Juan Maclean - In a Dream
41 - Mr Twin Sister - Mr Twin Sister
43 - Young Thug, Birdman & Rich Homie Quan - Rich Gang: Tha Tour Part 1
47 - K. Michelle - Anybody Wanna Buy a Heart?
50 - Jessie Ware - Tough Love

thinking im leaning towards k michelle.

Spottie, Thursday, 9 June 2022 06:38 (three weeks ago) link

Lock-in for Tinashe, otherwise it would probably have been Piñata

Nabozo, Thursday, 9 June 2022 06:40 (three weeks ago) link

The Hotelier

Gavin, Leeds, Thursday, 9 June 2022 06:43 (three weeks ago) link

i woulda said tinashe a few years back but imo shes released two better albums since

Spottie, Thursday, 9 June 2022 07:00 (three weeks ago) link

[RICH... GANG!]

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Thursday, 9 June 2022 07:08 (three weeks ago) link

Of course you'd think this was a bad year (with a couple of exceptions) if you just looked at this list. From my own records,

Arch Garrison
CE Schneider
Bob Drake
Current 93
Thantifaxath
Teleman
The Bombay Royale (a superb recent discovery thanks to those Twitter pop polls Ewing runs)
Stars In Battledress
Graham Lewis
Total Control
Neil Cicierega
Greg Gorlen
Jute Gyte
Menace Ruine
Weyes Blood
Trail of Dead
Mitski

all released (imo) very good to great albums this year, in addition to In Conflict and ofc Nothing Important

Just gearing up for the 10's poll y'know. Preparing

imago, Thursday, 9 June 2022 08:00 (three weeks ago) link

Also would like to check out Too Bright, Pinata and Lese Majesty, and give Soused and Unflesh another go. The rest is largely the sort of mediocre guff that milquetoast critic types go wild for

imago, Thursday, 9 June 2022 09:30 (three weeks ago) link

Oh and I'll try Rich Gang fine fine

imago, Thursday, 9 June 2022 09:31 (three weeks ago) link

went with Salad Days

Benji was a revelation for me, but haven't heard in a while

not many stone cold classics for me here

wonder if the War on Drugs will take it, lurkerwise

corrs unplugged, Thursday, 9 June 2022 10:41 (three weeks ago) link

Wouldn't be surprised. A better timeline has Black Messiah take it, which I do at least need to revisit

imago, Thursday, 9 June 2022 11:34 (three weeks ago) link

do you like shabazz palaces? seems like the kind of rap album youd be into

Spottie, Thursday, 9 June 2022 16:09 (three weeks ago) link

gonna revisit that, black messiah and run the jewels. i'm really unenthusiastic about my choices here, tbh.

I'm ANTIFA and I vote. (Austin), Thursday, 9 June 2022 16:20 (three weeks ago) link

Black Messiah dropping like the last week of the year really gave it some last-minute heft.

Chris L, Thursday, 9 June 2022 16:31 (three weeks ago) link

I love Black Messiah. I remember thinking this was the kind of album I wish Prince would release - musically, it sounded like something Prince could have theoretically done if he was still putting out rock solid, A quality albums on a regular basis.

birdistheword, Thursday, 9 June 2022 18:27 (three weeks ago) link

Xpost meaning the album gave the year some heft.

Chris L, Thursday, 9 June 2022 19:01 (three weeks ago) link

(three songs in and sweet jesus black messiah is just as dreadful as i remember. so many amazing guitarists on this and none of them decided to show up to the sessions with any semblance of good taste. this album is a fucking joke. smh, sorry to be the loudmouth negative, but fuck me this isn't good ya'll.)

I'm ANTIFA and I vote. (Austin), Thursday, 9 June 2022 19:14 (three weeks ago) link

my favorite record of 2014 besides Lese Majesty and Syro - and it is not at all an ilx thing, is Michael Pisaro’s Continuum Unbound

Dan S, Friday, 10 June 2022 01:21 (three weeks ago) link

Went with Spoon.

Legalize Suburban Benches (Raymond Cummings), Friday, 10 June 2022 01:33 (three weeks ago) link

As stated uptrend, I went and listened to Mr Twin Sister for the first time. Album is great and right up my alley, are their other albums this good?

Now to pick another album to play for the first time from this year.

Bee OK, Friday, 10 June 2022 17:00 (three weeks ago) link

Going to give Grouper - Ruins a shot tonight

Bee OK, Friday, 10 June 2022 17:02 (three weeks ago) link

their other albums are, by and large, just as good

mileage may vary on which is best, but all the post name change albums are great

in places all over the world, real stuff be happening (voodoo chili), Friday, 10 June 2022 18:59 (three weeks ago) link

I like the pre-name change stuff too. Good band.

Ⓓⓡ. (Johnny Fever), Friday, 10 June 2022 19:52 (three weeks ago) link

xxxp their 2018 album Salt is just a notch below the self-titled but still really good! And its high points are just as high

josh az (2011nostalgia), Friday, 10 June 2022 20:45 (three weeks ago) link

SYRO - one of his best albums

kraudive, Friday, 10 June 2022 20:50 (three weeks ago) link

it was

Dan S, Friday, 10 June 2022 23:16 (three weeks ago) link

the other two mr. twin sister albums are as good or even better

their previous albums under the name twin sister are not particularly memorable though

ufo, Friday, 10 June 2022 23:46 (three weeks ago) link

I was very surprised on how much I liked it, tho it still won't get my vote. Thanks everyone for the recommendations as it's always fun discovering a new band.

Bee OK, Saturday, 11 June 2022 00:34 (three weeks ago) link

I really need to revisit Syro. At the time I thought it was completely forgettable and easily the worst of his “normal” albums.

Mr. Snrub, Saturday, 11 June 2022 23:55 (three weeks ago) link

Syro was a possibility.

Maybe I’ll give that a spin tonight, been a minute

Legalize Suburban Benches (Raymond Cummings), Saturday, 11 June 2022 23:59 (three weeks ago) link

As I have stated, going through some of these that I have never heard before. Last night was Ruins and I just wasn't in the mood for that amount of mellowness. Next is Mac DeMarco.

Bee OK, Sunday, 12 June 2022 23:14 (two weeks ago) link

there are a lot of great Aphex Twin albums but I think Syro maybe is the best of them

Dan S, Monday, 13 June 2022 01:59 (two weeks ago) link

xps Austin I bought Black Messiah on release and it is def in my top 5 albums I tried very hard to get into but just couldn't, it's not that it's bland or whatever it's almost aggresively unlistenable to my ears, really an emperor's new clothes/feel like I'm taking crazy pills moment in music for me

but I am ofc happy that it brings joy to others

corrs unplugged, Monday, 13 June 2022 11:01 (two weeks ago) link

First Twin Sister LP from 2011 on Domino is the only real letdown in their discography, however the preceding EPs from 2009/2010 are excellent.

Portrait Of A Dissolvi Ng Drea M (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Monday, 13 June 2022 11:43 (two weeks ago) link

I loved Salad Days as it sounded like a lost Wilco record on first listen. Next is 1989 but unlike some of the others I have heard this one before but just making sure it's not quite good enough to get my vote here.

Bee OK, Tuesday, 14 June 2022 19:51 (two weeks ago) link

Neneh Cherry

sloop johnnin' skater (geoffreyess), Wednesday, 15 June 2022 02:03 (two weeks ago) link

the preceding EPs from 2009/2010 are excellent.

I still haven't loved anything they've done quite as much as Color Your Life

sloop johnnin' skater (geoffreyess), Wednesday, 15 June 2022 02:04 (two weeks ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

System, Thursday, 16 June 2022 00:01 (two weeks ago) link

i don't really care about against me! one way or another but half the trans women i know (including me) can trace our transitions back, in one way or another, to that album

Kate (rushomancy), Thursday, 16 June 2022 00:06 (two weeks ago) link

I was enthralled by punk rock in the late 70s/early 80s, but I think that I'm too old now to really appreciate a punk revival. It feels like something that has been/is geared toward a younger generation

Dan S, Thursday, 16 June 2022 01:55 (two weeks ago) link

same with indie music that goes back hard on the mid-late 80s and 90s. that was an absolute peak time for college rock and there's no replicating it really ever again

Dan S, Thursday, 16 June 2022 02:05 (two weeks ago) link

Transgender Dysphoria Blues is a wonderfully melodic jam but I could never really get into the album

corrs unplugged, Thursday, 16 June 2022 07:21 (two weeks ago) link

I did see Spoon just two weeks back, still on that high and had to vote for it here. I just think the first side is solid gold. The run is "Rent I Pay," "Inside Out," "Rainy Taxi," "Do You" and then ends with "Knock Knock Knock" which might not be toped. Yes, the second side does slow down and din't get "I Just Don't Understand" until I saw it live with Dale Watson on this tour. Then the whole things ends with maybe Spoon's best pop moment "New York Kiss."

Bee OK, Thursday, 16 June 2022 19:54 (two weeks ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll's results are now in.

System, Friday, 17 June 2022 00:01 (two weeks ago) link

Almost eight years since Black Messiah came out...I can't think of anyone else of D'Angelo's stature who has had a similar output (only three albums - all major works - over a very long period of time). It's like Terrence Malick before he got prolific.

birdistheword, Friday, 17 June 2022 00:40 (two weeks ago) link

will put up the 2010s nominations thread soon

ufo, Friday, 17 June 2022 00:40 (two weeks ago) link

8 837 Sun Kil Moon - Benji 0

I'm ANTIFA and I vote. (Austin), Friday, 17 June 2022 02:17 (two weeks ago) link

nice

I'm ANTIFA and I vote. (Austin), Friday, 17 June 2022 02:17 (two weeks ago) link

Benji was a great dog. He deserves better than having his name besmirched.

birdistheword, Friday, 17 June 2022 02:23 (two weeks ago) link

I see I was the only voter for Salad Days

oh well, nice turnout, rather enjoying the split, so many 1-vote albums

corrs unplugged, Friday, 17 June 2022 10:24 (two weeks ago) link

Curious who else voted for Ultraviolence.

but also fuck you (unperson), Friday, 17 June 2022 12:14 (two weeks ago) link

black messiah was my actual favorite record of 2014, then and now, fwiw

Kate (rushomancy), Friday, 17 June 2022 13:47 (two weeks ago) link

Ultraviolence

Me, though I didn’t have anything in particular to say about it. The first seven tracks are great and the last four are nothing special.

Halfway there but for you, Friday, 17 June 2022 14:19 (two weeks ago) link

Ultraviolence finishing below rape shocker

Armenian Idol (Noodle Vague), Friday, 17 June 2022 14:47 (two weeks ago) link


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