The 25 Best Albums of 2014

1 Jan



25. Serengeti- Kenny Dennis III

You need to get in on the exploits of 50 something, O’Doul’s drinking, Shaq battling Chicago rapper Kenny Dennis now.

24. Alt-J This Is All Yours

No sophomore slump here.

23. Robyn Hitchcock- The Man Upstairs

Brilliant mainly acoustic album from longtime songwriting master.

22. Daman Albarn- Every Day Robots

Albarn’s mournful low key songs were a great listen.

21. Thou- Heathen

Lifted metal out of the abyss.

20. Drive By Truckers- English Oceans

The DBT’s are always a good idea.

19. Protomartyr- LP1

Post punk scorcher.

18. Hard Working Americans- Self Titled

Todd Snider and his alt rock super group nailed many songs about the trials of life in today’s America.

17. Spoon- They Want My Soul

Not sure they ever got that soul, because there is plenty of it in these sharp witty songs.

16. Tokyo Police Club- Forcefield

Somewhat under rated band’s album had some real sauce.

15. Jessie Ware- Tough Love

British soul singer’s sophomore album had some great moments.

14. Lydia Loveless- Somewhere Else

The sound of the greatness that country music could and should be. Take notice Nashville.

13. Weird Al Yankovic- Mandatory Fun

Fun is exactly what was had on this rollicking, funny and sharply written dose of parodies on what is hopefully not Al’s swan song.

12. Athletics- Who You Are Is Not Enough

Captivating round of guitar driven shuffling indie rock epics.

11. Flying Lotus- You’re Dead!

An intense and wildly entertaining electro jazz freak out!

10. Röyksopp- The Inevitable End

The Norwegians are turning in their cards and retiring and have gone out on a big high note.

9. Seahaven- Reverie Lagoon: Music For Escapism Only

Strong batch of tunes from this up and coming indie band.

8. OFF!- Wasted Years

Nothing like straight in your face punk from a band that does it right.

7. Sharon Von Etten- Are We There?

Another heart dredging  wallow in the decline of love.

6. St. Vincent- Self titled

Off the wall guitar wizardry and off bet tunes were straight winners from maestro Annie Clark.

5. Sturgill Simpson- Metamodern Sounds In Country Music

Simpson turns country music on its ear by actually recording true real country music and the best song is a cover version of a new wave hit.

4. Dum Dum Girls- Too True

Using 80’s shine and goth attitude to churn out shimmery ear candy.

3. U2- Songs Of Innocence

The boys took a good bit of kickback from forcing their album into your lives, but hey sometimes a free gift is actually worth it like this great breezy album.

2. The War On Drugs- Lost In A Dream

Beautiful and epic album of dazzling atmospheric guitar rockers and ballads that never dip in quality.

1. Future Islands- Singles

The band would not be denied in this break out year. Hope you caught them live.