IT’S THAT TIME AGAIN, when MOJO’s expert writing team are led into the arena, Hunger Games-style, with an array of improvised weaponry and emerge, bruised, battered but exhilarated, with the definitive, stringently interrogated list of the 50 Best Records Of The Year.
And in 2014, we have one of the most varied selections in aeons. Resurgent legends, indie-psych tyros, avant-R&B pioneers, noir-rock sirens, electro-pop fruggers, Congolese ur-groovers, rising stars and trusted artisans, Golden Gods and grotty rappers from Notts convene at one of the rummest and most riotous Xmas office parties ever.
Flick through our selection, enjoy the audio-visual evidence for these records’ unique marvels, get all het up and tell us what we've missed on Twitter and MOJO’s Facebook.
You can read the write-ups in the latest MOJO magazine, where you’ll also find in-depth exclusive interviews with U2, Beck, Buzzcocks, Ginger Baker, a celebration of The Who at 50 and a free CD featuring the best tracks from the best albums of the year, including music by Beck, Jack White, Robert Plant, The War On Drugs, Wild Beasts, Sleaford Mods, Caribou and more. It’s called The Best Of 2014, and for good reason.