|Albums Of 2014 Rated|
Happy New Year everybody, albums are a list of my albums I rated this year from highest to lowest, with a more technical rating attached. Here's hoping 2015 is a little bit better musically.
|1||Angels and Airwaves|
The Dream Walker
A definite maturation over the Love era for this group. The Dream Walker showcases all the hooks that AVA are known for, with every song clocking in under 5 minutes. A great pop rock album that may eventually go down as the groups finest.
Transgender Dysphoria Blues
An album with an undeniable message that cannot be ignored, with the emotion that has been lacking from Against Me! in prior albums.
|3|| ||Todd Terje|
It's Album Time
Disco made for the common listener.
A shift in style, with beautiful hooks and balladry.
As much as I didn't want to like this, I did. The Britpop/Shoegaze Influence is a good niche for Way.
Jackson's best material since Dangerous, and he had to be dead to make it.
|8||I Fight Dragons|
The Near Future
15 enjoyable tracks with interludes, that takes itself WAYYYYY too seriously for the type of music it is.
A nice change to surf pop rock for the longtime pop rock thumpers.
|10||Young The Giant|
Mind Over Matter
Lift A Sail
This longtime Yellowcard fan finds "Lift A Sail" rejuvenated and invigorated at times, but heartless and trite at others. A mixed bag. Which is disappointing for a band as consistent as Yellowcard. One Bedroom, Illuminate, and My Mountain are highlights. Lowlights are Fragile and Dear and MKG, the latter is filled with enough falsettos to make OneRepublic fans swoon.
Surprising for metalcore. Carter is starting to sound more like a bastardized JT with every release, but his vocal hooks and soulful delivery really separate issues from their contemporaries despite their unoriginal ideas. "Remember when" even somehow comes across as epic in spite of its predictability.
Ready Steady Go!
After The Disco
|16||Say Anything |
While it is a very bold approach to not use guitars at all, Max Bemis still sounds neutered.
Fun EDM that falls into a formulaic trap on some tracks like Chasing Hearts and Shadows.
|18||We Are The In Crowd|
While it's slightly better engineered and crafted than their prior album, it still does not live up to the promise their debut EP suggested.
Don't Kill The Magic
Another pop album where the album does not live up to the dynamite single.
A rushed album that turned out to be a calling card, has it's moments but it doesn't live up to the epic nature of their prior two releases.
|22||A Great Big World|
Is There Anybody Out There?
The New Classic
Iggy's got some flow, but all of her songs memorable moments are not by her.
Her debut brought about Mariah Carey comparisons left and right, however My Everything is a rapid regression which I am not sure Ariana can ever recover from.
Oh, What A Life
After Pop Radio showed improvement, this was a dagger in the back. Ripoffs left and right.
Unlike many, I enjoyed Overexposed. It was a earnest, short lived burst of pop that didn't hurt anybody. This however made my ears bleed. Animals being the only fulfilling moment of a horrible wasted effort of an album.