|2014 Mid-year Ranking|
If I can use a single word to describe 2014's releases so far it'd be; Subpar. The albums I really love rso far barely reach lower than the top 5 on this list, but I've managed to get a top 15 together rnonetheless. Feel free to recommend something I might of missed, though chances are I probably rdidn't like it. It's been a pretty weird year for music. I am also finally listening to the Todd Terje ralbum for the first time while writing this. I've put it on hold for the right moment, and it seems this rwould be it.
I've been told about a dozen times to just listen to Swervedriver instead of Cheatahs.
Still, there's something I really like about this Swerevedriver rip-off album. Lots of great
energy, yet still nothing too memorable.
I put this on the list mainly because of how excited I was when this first dropped. It
failed to surpass or even meet my expectations though. I wasn't expecting this to be
another good kid, m.A.A.d city, but the TDE movement was supposed to be more
powerful. This was very average.
I Never Learn
Some believe it's her best work so far. I think it's very good but nothing innovative. I feel as
though Lykke Li is now a name that can easily be grouped with Lana Del Rey and Florence
Welch. All their music carries a very dark and depressing tone, yet lacks great lyricism. It's
too bad because I really love Lykke's earlier work. Once again, this was very average.
Super fun pop album. Probably something I'll listen to a lot this summer. It clearly isn't
album of the year material, nor does it try to be. This is simply fine, pop, party music.
|11||Thee Silver Mount Zion|
Fuck Off Get Free We Pour Light On Everything
I've been a Godspeed fan for a very long time now and never did I give a fuck for Thee
Silver Mount Zion. This album came to me as a surprise. It feels more accessible than
anything this band has ever done, and it works really well for them. I did however stop
listening to it after a month of having it on repeat. It's definitely something I'll be revisiting
before the end of the year though.
As most, I didn't care for this band before the big Letterman performance. This album is
actually quite enjoyable as a whole. I also feel as though Future Islands are living proof that
electro pop isn't necessarily a genre for the youth. There are great texts all over this
album that can be better appreciated with age, experience and knowledge.
After the first few times hearing it, it was as though I was hearing Annie Clark's best
work. By now it just sounds like rest of her stuff. Very good album, but I don't see it
going up on my list from now till year's end. I feel it might drop a few spots actually.
|8||Sharon Van Etten|
Are We There
Excellent follow-up to 2012's Tramp. Even without Aaron Dessner taking care of
production, her past work with him has definitely taken influence on her newest work.
My soft spot for ignorant trap music was surprisingly pleased by this auto-tuned, 2nd
Generation Dungeon Family star. Even more so, I'm surprised at how well-received this
It was very exciting to know we'd get a Parquet Courts album this year. It lived up to the
hype too. There's definitely some maturity going on here. I'm curious as to what this
band does next, but wouldn't be surprised if they don't do anything at all.
This is probably the album that surprised me the most this year so far. I'll let you know
that I care so little about post-White Blood Cells White Stripes, but Jack White's solo
career has really been doing it for me. There are no boundaries for this guy. Today's world
is one where being a rock star is so "un-cool" and "passe", and Jack White is
singlehandedly bringing it all back. From start to finish this album is incredible, but it's
definitely a grower. Lyrically, there is very little going on. It's all about the music and
I'm biased, but I'll say a little more regardless. It was about time. I can see why it's a "hate it or
love it" type album, but I personally cannot see why any Damon Albarn fan wouldn't be
completely blown away by this long awaited debut solo album. This is far from being his
greatest project, but a solo album after so long usually ends up being disastrous. This doesn't
sound like something that will get him new fans. It's an album for those already familiar.
|3||Freddie Gibbs And Madlib|
Madlib choses yet another project correctly. Gibbs sounds as though Madlib has been backing
him all along. Great chemistry. If you care to know how I feel about Madlib's work, read this:
|2||The War On Drugs|
Lost In The Dream
It will definitely be amongst the top 3 of most music websites come the end of the year. In
fact, it will probably top most of the lists you read come the end of the year. I can't say
anything that hasn't already been said. What an awesome record.
Here And Nowhere Else
At approximately 32 minutes in length, this is the only album this year that can be played
twice over, and still leave me wanting to hear it again immediately. Everything is so loud
on this record. If you aren't familiar with them yet, these guys are really worth checking out.