Suppose this image gives it away…
FKA twigs LP1

Most of the time when you get these lists, there’s just masses of text to deal with. Intros that last for months, explanations of how Publication X came to this result. Nobody bloody reads them. So forget all that – here’s 40 great albums of 2014 in the order we decided they’d go. The ones nearer the top are a bit better than those below them. You know how these things work.

(If you do want ‘more’ on these artists and albums, click the names/titles and you’ll magically transport yourself to a corresponding review. Wow! The Internet! There are also further words on the top 20 in issue 100 of Clash magazine.) 

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1 FKA twigs – ‘LP1’ (Young Turks, pictured)
2 Flying Lotus – ‘You’re Dead!' (Warp)
3 Young Fathers – ‘Dead’ (Big Dada)
4 The Bug – ‘Angels And Devils’ (Ninja Tune)
5 Run The Jewels – ‘Run The Jewels 2’ (Mass Appeal)
6 St Vincent – ‘St Vincent’ (Loma Vista / Republic)
7 Freddie Gibbs & Madlib – ‘Piñata’ (Madlib Invazion)
8 Aphex Twin – ‘Syro’ (Warp)
9 Metronomy – ‘Love Letters’ (Because)
10 East India Youth – ‘Total Strife Forever’ (Stolen)

11 Ben Frost – ‘A U R O R A’ (Mute)
12 Scott Walker + Sunn O))) – ‘Soused’ (4AD)
13 Hozier – ‘Hozier’ (Island)
14 Jungle – ‘Jungle’ (XL)
15 Caribou – ‘Our Love’ (City Slang)
16 SOHN – ‘Tremors’ (4AD)
17 Sharon Van Etten – ‘Are We There’ (Jagjaguwar)
18 BadBadNotGood – ‘III’ (Innovative Leisure)
19 Chet Faker – ‘Built On Glass’ (Future Classic)
20 clipping. – ‘CLPPNG’ (Sub Pop)

21 LV and Josh Idehen – ‘Islands’ (Keysound)
22 Ought – ‘More Than Any Other Day’ (Constellation)
23 Swans – ‘To Be Kind’ (Mute)
24 Jack White – ‘Lazaretto’ (Third Man / XL)
25 tUnE-yArDs – ‘Nikki Nack’ (4AD)
26 Wiley – ‘Snakes And Ladders’ (Big Dada)
27 Grouper – ‘Ruins’ (Kranky)
28 Robert Plant – ‘Lullaby And… The Ceaseless Roar’ (Nonesuch)
29 First Aid Kit – ‘Stay Gold’ (Columbia)
30 Shellac – ‘Dude Incredible’ (Touch And Go)

31 DELS – ‘Petals Have Fallen’ (Big Dada)
32 Temples – ‘Sun Structures’ (Heavenly)
33 Liars – ‘Mess’ (Mute)
34 YG – ‘My Krazy Life’ (Def Jam, no review)
35 Kiasmos – ‘Kiasmos’ (Erased Tapes)
36 Mogwai – ‘Rave Tapes’ (Rock Action)
37 The Phantom Band – ‘Strange Friend’ (Chemikal Underground)
38 Shabazz Palaces – ‘Lese Majesty’ (Sub Pop)
39 Lana Del Rey – ‘Ultraviolence’ (Polydor)
40 Wild Beasts – ‘Present Tense’ (Domino)

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