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Friday Mixtape! Top 100 Albums of the Year 


The top ten albums of the year received a little more pomp and circumstance with each album getting a write up.

The remaining best albums of 2014 include a Scottish reggae-rap group, two entries by a French-Canadian singer turning in soundtracks for a dramatic Canadian television series as well as a video game, probably the most technically advanced vinyl record ever made, and a father/son rock duo. It was a very eclectic year in music.

Jack White’s newest album Lazaretto may only be ranked 85th on this year-end list but the actual record is tops in vinyl innovation. With hidden tracks revealed by playing it at different speeds, three dimensional etching and a song with two different beginnings depending on where the needle is placed, it’s hard to imagine anyone ever topping White’s vision. Oh yeah, the rock and roll on the record isn’t bad either.

Other highlights include strong social commentary by quirky experimental pop songstress St. Vincent, classic-rock-inspired music from Hospitality and tons of lo-fi rock from the likes of The Fat White Family, Tweens, Temples and Cloud Nothings.

It was also a good year for sullen, R&B-esque music as albums by Broods, Gem Club and Grouper made the list. There were fewer quality pop albums released this year but for those hankering for a little sunshine as winter descends on the High Desert, look for music from Bleachers, Misterwives and sugary synth from Little Daylight.

The main takeaway here is that with the absence of a lot of pop, the bulk of the best albums from 2014 require quite of bit of digging into in order to unlock their greatness. These records represent the best in dramatic themes, complex instrumentation and challenging lyrics.

(A full listing of all 100 albums appears after the jump)

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Ethan Maffey

Both a writer and a fan of vinyl records since age 5, it wasn't until nearly three decades later that Oregon Native Ethan Maffey derived a plan to marry the two passions by writing about music. From blogging on MySpace in 2007 and then Blogspot, to launching his own website, 83Music, and eventually freelancing...
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