Music Reviews

posted: December 4, 2014

2014’s Best Pop and Rock Albums

2014’s Best Pop and Rock Albums

No single human being could hear the thousands of albums released in a single year. The best a critic can do is hear as much of the field as possible, keep an ear to the ground, and react accordingly. Here are the albums that most frequently caught and kept my attention during 2014, and which should enjoy long shelf lives in the years to come. —Bob Gendron

1. Lucinda Williams Down Where the Spirit Meets the Bone

2. Sharon Van Etten Are We There

3. Run the Jewels Run the Jewels 2

4. The War on Drugs Lost In the Dream

5. Bob Mould Beauty & Ruin

6. Lydia Loveless Somewhere Else

7. Benjamin Booker Benjamin Booker

8. St. Vincent St. Vincent

9. Fucked Up Glass Boys

10. Protomartyr No Passion All Technique

11. Angel Olsen Burn You Fire For No Witness

12. Spoon They Want My Soul

13. Archie Powell Back In Black

14. Parquet Courts Sunbathing Animal

15. Cloud Nothings Here and Nowhere Else

16. The Afghan Whigs Do to the Beast

17. Leonard Cohen Popular Problems

18. First Aid Kit Stay Gold

19. Electric Wizard Time to Die

20. Kelis Food

21. The Muffs Whoop Dee Doo

22. Ex Hex Rips

23. Gary Clark Jr. Live

24. Drive-By Truckers English Oceans

25. Robert Plant lullaby and…the Ceaseless Roar