The Best Albums Of March 2014

From Freddie Gibbs cussing to Conan's crush…

Cutting through the slew of the new to highlight the best long-players of the last month…

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Freddie Gibbs & Madlib – ‘Piñata’
(Madlib Invazion)

“The unlikely partnership of bohemian LA beatmaker Madlib and snarling MC Freddie Gibbs reaches its apex with ‘Piñata’, a rugged yet wholly cinematic depiction of the low-level hustle. The rapper expertly negotiates Madlib’s minefield, forcefully popping words off the producer’s gorgeously mined snares and snatched vocal loops.”

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Liars – ‘Mess’
(Mute)

“It’s great, obviously. ‘Mess’ is another ambitious statement from a band that has made a habit of reinventing themselves at every stage, while still, somehow, sounding uniquely like Liars. It finds these men staring terror in the face – and deciding to dance.”

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Conan – ‘Blood Eagle’
(Napalm Records)

“Conan have riffs, and from this evidence they may even have all the riffs. But what sets them apart is their incredible talent for grooves, and even hooks. The increased focus on tempo changes and tighter songwriting has paid off massively here. It seems blasphemous to describe these songs as catchy, but it’s rare to hear a record this heavy that remains so consistently interesting and fun to listen to.”

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Metronomy – ‘Love Letters’
(Because Music)

“The radical variation on this album speaks volumes – this casting respect to yesteryear twisted with the juices of his modern imagination – and if last album ‘The English Riviera’ was Joe Mount at his most accessible, then ‘Love Letters’ finds him at his most inventive.”

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Eagulls – ‘Eagulls’
(Partisan)

“Lightning-fast riffs, angst and anguish dominate tracks like ‘Nerve Endings’ and ‘Yellow Eyes’, giving everything a sense of immediacy, while ‘Tough Luck’ rushes to spiky pop heights. It may not be original, but in a time where bands prefer to gaze wistfully at their shoes or navels, Leeds’ Eagulls are like a necessary breath of fresh air.”

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ScHoolboy Q – ‘Oxymoron’
(Top Dawg/Interscope)

“‘Oxymoron’ is all killer, no filler – and despite some tracks here not quite translating to radio, in the album context nothing feels out of place. A starry guest cast – featuring Pharrell on production and mic contributions from Kendrick Lamar, Tyler, The Creator and Raekwon – never derails the set into incoherency, the spotlight forever remaining on Q’s headline role.”

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