Album Grades 2014

Me and diatribes are like politicians and… diatribes. But in this post I’m just going to put the briefest of insight regarding records released this year. When I say brief, I mean it’s basically just a letter grade. If a record is particularly good or bad, that’s when I’ll start up my wordbarf machine and pump out a review.

Previous Grading Lists

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2013

ALBUM GRADES 2014


Interpol- El Pintor– A
Ryan Adams- S/T– A
Coldplay- Ghost Stories– A
Kasabian- 48:13– A
Future Islands- Singles– A-
Foster the People- Supermodel– A-
Taking Back Sunday- Happiness Is– A-
The Black Keys- Turn Blue– B+
trust- Joyland– B+
Spoon- They Want My Soul– B+
U2- Songs of Innocence– B+
alt-J- This Is All Yours– B+
Weezer- Everything Will Be Alright In The End– B+
The New Pornographers- Brill Bruisers– B+
The Menzingers- Rented World– B+
Chromeo- White Women– B+
Lemonade- Minus Tide– B
†††- †††– B
Cold War Kids- Hold My Home– B
Tokyo Police Club- Forcefield– B
Porter Robinson- Worlds– B
Saintseneca- Dark Arc– B
Rise Against- The Black Market– B
Mr. Little Jeans- Pocketknife– B
Fireworks- Oh, Common Life– B
Kaiser Chiefs- Education, Education, Education and War– B
Pixies- Indie Cindy– B
Kevin Drew- Darlings– B-
Damien Jurado- Brothers and Sisters of the Eternal Son– B-
TV on the Radio- Seeds– B-
Foo Fighters- Sonic Highways– B-

Ariel Pink- pom pom– C+
USS- Advanced Basics– C+
Manchester Orchestra- Cope– C+
We Were Promised Jetpacks – Unravelling– C+
The Echo-Friendly– C+
Gerard Way- Hesitant Alien– C+
The Twilight Sad- Nobody Wants to Be Here and Nobody Wants to Leave– C+
Papercuts- Life Among the Savages– C
Horse Feathers- So It Is With Us– C
Stars- No One is Lost– C
Architecture in Helsinki- NOW + 4EVA– C
Klaxons- Love Frequency– C
Sharon Van Etten- Are We There– C
Thumpers- Galore– C
Conor Oberst- Upside Down Mountain– C
Avey Tare’s Slasher Flicks- Enter the Slasher House– C
Incan Abraham- Tolerance– C
Lana Del Rey- Ultraviolence– C
You Blew It!- Keep Doing What You’re Doing– C
Neon Trees- Pop Psychology– C
+/- (plus/minus)- Jumping the Tracks– C
You + Me- rose ave.– C
…And You Will Know Us By The Trail of Dead- IX– C
The Lawrence Arms- Metropole– C
Linkin Park- The Hunting Party– C
Morrissey- World Peace is None of Your Business– C-
Jack White- Lazaretto– C-
Broken Bells- After the Disco– C-
Sun Kil Moon- Benji– C-
OK Go- Hungry Ghosts– C-
Cymbals Eat Guitars- LOSE– C-
I Love You But I’ve Chosen Darkness- Dust– C-
Imogen Heap- Sparks– C-
ceo- Wonderland– C-
Special Explosion- Mothering EP– C-
Owen Pallett- In Conflict– C-
The Mary Onettes- Portico EP– C-
Bear in Heaven- Time Is Over One Day Old– C-
The Echo Friendly- Love Panic– C-
The Notwist- Close to the Glass– C-
Metronomy- Love Letters– C-
Hooray for Earth- Racy– C-

Deleted Scenes- Lithium Burn– D+
Fanfarlo- Let’s Go Extinct– D+
The Hold Steady- Teeth Dreams– D+
Wild Beasts- Present Tense– D+
Bleeding Rainbow- Interrupt– D+
Wye Oak- Shriek– D+
Switchfoot- Fading West– D
Yellow Ostrich- Cosmos– D
The Pains of Being Pure At Heart- Days of Abandon– D
The War on Drugs- Lost in the Dream– D
The Fray- Helios– D
Maximo Park- Too Much Information– D
Dillon Francis- Money Sucks, Friends Rule– D
The Antlers- Familiars– D
Flagland- Love Hard– D
Lykke Li- I Never Learn– D
Young the Giant- Mind over Matter– D
The Fresh & Onlys- House of Spirits– D
The Horrors- Luminous– D
Beck- Morning Phase– D-
Small Black- Real People EP– D-
Gardens & Villa- Dunes– D-
NO- El Prado– D-
Julian Casablancas and The Voidz- Tyranny– D-
James Vincent McMorrow- Post Tropical– D-
Echo & the Bunnymen- Meteorites– D-
Bombay Bicycle Club- See You Tomorrow– D-
Real Estate- Atlas– D-
Band of Skulls- Himalayan– D-
St. Vincent- S/T– D-
Chevelle- La Gargola– D-
Skrillex- Recess– D-
Total Control- Typical System– D-
Big Wreck- Ghosts– D-
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah- Only Run– D-
Iceage – Plowing Into the Field of Love– D-
JJ- V– D-

Painted Palms- Forever– F
Kele- Trick– F
Dawn Golden- Still Life– F
Chiodos- Devil– F
CYMBALS- The Age of Fracture– F
We Are Scientists- TV en Francais– F
Jamaica- Ventura– F
The Used- Imaginary Enemy– F
Boots- Winterspringsummerfall– F
Liars- Mess– F
Sisyphus- S/T– F
Mimicking Birds- Eons– F
How to Dress Well- What is this Heart?– F
Kindness – Otherness– F