As is tradition, I’m putting out a list of my top albums of 2014. My music consumption has changed a lot in the last few years. I have kids now and way less free time. Plus, I have a second job as a worship music leader at our church, so listening to music has a flavor of work to it now as I search for songs to play each week. Still, I found a number of new albums from this year that struck me and that I’ve played repeatedly throughout the year. I’m not going to dive into big analysis on very many of these, but they are all worth seeking out and giving a listen to.
Did I miss something that you loved from 2014? Please leave me a comment and let me know!
Here are my top 25 albums of 2014, starting with…
25 – Ben Howard – I Forget Where We Were
Another good album from this rising folk-rock star.
24 – Warpaint – Warpaint
A new-to-me band that definitely has potential.
23 – Hammock – The Sleepover Series: Part 2
One of my favorite bands. This album is part of a series of beat-less albums, very ambient. Perfect for reading and sleeping.
22 – Sun Kil Moon – Benji
Not my favorite Sun Kil Moon album, but still pretty good.
21 – Tweedy – Sukierae
Jeff Tweedy and his son made an album together (awww!). It’s quite different that a Wilco album, but it has it’s moments.
20 – Royal Blood – Royal Blood
Every now and then I want some loud rock ‘n roll music. This band delivers it. They’re basically the heir-apparent to Wolfmother.
19 – Interpol – El Pintor
Interpol as a band hasn’t evolved much, but they’re still unique. This album is more somber rock and it does the job.
18 – Copeland – Ixora
Copeland reunited this year and did a kickstarter campaign for a new album. It’s note quite on the level of their early work, but still quite good.
17 – Trampled by Turtles – Wild Animals
Hooray for local music! TbT has gotten some national attention recently and it’s easy to see why.
16 – Weezer – Everything Will Be Alright in The End
I haven’t liked much Weezer lately, but this album has some really good jams on it.
15 – The New Pornographers – Brill Bruisers
“The NP” (as my wife insists I call them) have put together another great album after being rumored to have broken up for good. Will it be their last?! (No.)
14 – Lykke Li – I Never Learn
Another arresting album from Lykke Li. Great voice and lovely songs here.
13 – Stars – No One is Lost
I’m still waiting for Stars to get back to the level of “Heart” and “Set Yourselves on Fire”. Maybe they never will, but this album is still a fun ride.
12 – Marketa Irglova – Muna
The Swell Season is no more, but Marketa is still making music. Her charm and lilting voice really deliver on this album.
11 – Thom Yorke – Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes
Yeah, Thom went and did another surprise release this year. I think this one’s a grower and repeated listenings will endear it to me even more, but I just love most everything Yorke does.
Top Ten coming up next!