At the end of each year I read a lot of those "Best of The Year" lists. At the end of each year I always feel like I've missed a lot. In an effort to get ahead of that feeling, one of my New Year's resolutions was to listen to one album a week that was released in 2014. Fifty-two(I think I'm actually at 54 now) albums is not nearly enough to make me an expert in this year's music but it was a goal. So based on my modest pool of music I've heard this year, here are some of my favorites:
Top 10 Favorite Albums (No particular order):
Jack White - Lazeretto
New Pornographers - Brill Bruisers
Lydia Loveless - Somewhere Else
Jenny Lewis - The Voyager
Ages and Ages - Divisionary
Lake Street Dive - Bad Self Portraits
Weezer - Everything Will Be Alright In The End
Hozier - Hozier
The New Basement Tapes - Lost of the River
First Aid Kit - Stay Gold
Top 10 Favorite Songs (No particular order):
Slow Motion - PHOX
You Go Down Smooth - Lake Street Dive
Our Demons - Ages and Ages
Low Key - Tweedy
Take Me To Church - Hozier
Alone In My Home - Jack White
Blue Moon - Beck
Kansas City - The New Basement Tapes
Push It - Delta Spirit
Don't Leave Me Now - The Apache Relay
-My inclusion of The New Basement Tapes might not be totally fair. I was going to own it no matter what because of Jim James' involvement but my enjoyment of the album has been greatly boosted by the documentary about the making of the album. The documentary probably cost Delta Spirit's 'Into the Wide' a spot.
-Choosing an album a week was largely influenced by my preparation for the 2014 Newport Folk Festival. I have to thank them for Ages and Ages and First Aid Kit, Lake Street Dive, The Apache Relay, Delta Spirit.
-I consider The New Pornographers to be my third favorite band. Challengers and Together might not have cracked my Top 10 lists in the years that they were released. Brill Bruisers is amazing and I hope it's on a lot more Best of 2014 than mine.
-I've long been a fan of Jenny Lewis' voice but I have not been a big fan of her solo stuff since Rilo Kiley broke up. Voyager was one of the nice surprises of my year.
-I almost bumped 'Take Me To Church' off the list after hearing a remixed EDM verison on a Top 40 station. It almost made my ears bleed.
-This didn't seem to be the best year of music releases. I am able to really tell by the fact that I came dangerously close to putting a Taylor Swift song on my top 10 (and it's not Shake It Off).
-Here is a list of all the albums I've listened to this year.