Best of 2014: Top 25 Albums


25. Benji – Sun Kil Moon

benji

Essential Tracks: “I Can’t Live Without My Mother’s Love”; “I Love My Dad”; “Richard Ramirez Died Today of Natural Causes”

Superlative: Most Mid-Life Crisis-y

 

24. I Never Learn  – Lykke Li

lykke-li-i-never-learn-album

Essential Tracks: “I Never Learn”; “No Rest For The Wicked”; “Love Me Like I’m Not Made of Stone”

Superlative: Best Use of Sonic Greyscale

 

23. A U R O R A – Ben Frost

ben_frost_aurora

Essential Tracks: “Flex”; “The Teeth Behind The Kisses”; “A Single Point of Blinding Light”

Superlative: Most Likely Built In Garage Band

 

22. What Is This Heart? – How To Dress Well

How_to_Dress_Well

Essential Tracks: “Face Again”; “Words I Don’t Remember”; “Pour Cyril”

Superlative: Smoothest White Guy

 

21. Range of Light  – S. Carey

S.-Carey-Range-Of-Light

Essential Tracks: “Crown the Pines”; “Alpenglow”; “The Dome”

Superlative: Best Use of Texture

 

20. Upside Down Mountain – Conor Oberst

Upside_Down_Mountain

Essential Tracks: “Zigzagging Toward the Light”; “Enola Gay”; “Double Life”

Superlative: Most Progressive Angst

 

19. Syro – Aphex Twin

aphex-twin-syro

Essential Tracks: “minipops 67 [120.2]”; “4 bit 9d api+e+6 [126.26]”; “syro u473t8+e [141.98]”

Superlative: Most Likely To Get You Yelled At By a Hipster

 

18. Brutal Romantic – Brooke Fraser

brooke-fraser-brutal-romantic

Essential Tracks: “Psychosocial”; “Thunder”; “Brutal Romance”

Superlative: Biggest Jump In Style

 

17. Sunbathing Animal – Parquet Courts

parquet-courts-sunbathing-animal

Essential Tracks: “Black & White”; “Sunbathing Animal”; “Up All Night”

Superlative: Most Likely To Transport You Back to the 90’s

 

16. The Moon Rang Like a Bell – Hundred Waters

hundred-waters-moon-rang-like-a-bell

Essential Tracks: “Murmurs”; “Innocent”; “(Animal)”

Superlative: Best Nap Music

 

15. The Voyager – Jenny Lewis

the-voyager

Essential Tracks: “Just One of the Guys”; “Late Bloomer”; “The Voyager”

Superlative: Best Album Art

 

14. Nikki Nack – tUnE-yArDs

tune-yards-nikki-nack

Essential Tracks: “Water Fountain”; “Real Thing”; “Stop That Man”

Superlative: Most Likely To Be Recreated Using Preschool Toys

 

13. Seeds – TV on the Radio

tv-on-the-radio-seeds

Essential Tracks: “Careful You”; “Happy Idiot”; “Seeds”

Superlative: Coolest Beard In Music

 

12. White Women – Chromeo

CHROMEO-WHITE-WOMEN

Essential Tracks: “Jealous (I Ain’t With It)”; “Come Alive”; “Sexy Socialite”

Superlative: Most Groovy

 

11. RTJ2 – Run the Jewels

run-the-jewels-2-artwork

Essential Tracks: “Oh My Darling Don’t Cry”; “Close Your Eyes”; “Crown”

Superlative: Most Aggressive Rap Album I’ve Ever Heard In My Life

 

10. Awake – Tycho

tycho-awake

Essential Tracks: “Montana”; “Dye”; “Plains”

Superlative: Most Likely To Make Me Seem Like a Stoner

 

9. Singles – Future Islands

future-islands-singles

Essential Tracks: “Seasons (Waiting On You)”; “Sun in the Morning”; “Back in the Tall Grass”

Superlative: Most Interesting Live Performance

 

8. You’re Dead! – Flying Lotus

flying_lotus_youre_dead

Essential Tracks: “Never Catch Me”; “Dead Man’s Tetris”; “Ready Err Not”

Superlative: Most Likely To Confuse

 

7. They Want My Soul – Spoon

spoon-they-want-my-soul

Essential Tracks: “Inside Out”; “Knock Knock Knock”; “They Want My Soul”

Superlative: Most Likely To Be My Favorite Indie Rock Album of All Time When I’m 50

 

6. Are We There – Sharon Van Etten

arewethere

Essential Tracks: “Your Love Is Killing Me”; “I Love You But I’m Lost”; “Nothing Will Change”

Superlative: Most Likely To Be Listened To On a Rainy Day

 

5. The Undoing – Steffany Gretzinger

theundoing

Essential Tracks: “Morning Song”; “Out of Hiding”; “Cecie’s Lullaby”

Superlative: Most Likely To Make Me Cry

 

4. Lazaretto – Jack White

lazaretto

Essential Tracks: “Three Women”; “Lazaretto”; “High Ball Stepper”

Superlative: Most Likely To Get Me Labeled As an Unabashed Jack White Fanboy

 

3. Hell Can Wait – Vince Staples

hellcanwait

Essential Tracks: “65 Hunnid”; “Screen Door”; “Hands Up”

Superlative: Most Likely To Make Me a Rap Hipster in 5 Years

 

2. St. Vincent – St. Vincent

st-vincent

Essential Tracks: “Huey Newton”; “Digital Witness”; “Bring Me Your Loves”

Superlative: Most Likely To Make Peace With an Invading Alien Race

 

1. Lost In the Dream – The War on Drugs

Lostinthedream

Essential Tracks: “Under the Pressure”; “Red Eyes”; “Burning”

Superlative: Most Likely To Be In a Craft Beer Commercial

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

w

Connecting to %s