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2014: The Year That Keeps On Giving

2014 has been quite the year for music. Every time I think I've discovered the best the year has to offer, I discover an album I overlooked or am surprised by a new release. Recs welcome of course!
1Bobby Barnett
Little Wounds


this solo project from the vocalist of Captain, We're Sinking is what inspired me to make this list because i overlooked it which is unacceptable
2The Smith Street Band
Throw Me in the River


Wil Wagner is a God
3Transit
Joyride


a nice return to form after their last one
4Spectral Lore
III


one of the overall best releases of 2014
5Woods
With Light and With Love


thanks to JamieTwort for this one. great modern folk album
6Falls of Rauros
Believe in No Coming Shore


one of the best bm releases of 2014 (and that's saying alot considering how strong the year has been for he genre)
7Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness
Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness


for fans of jack's mannequin obviously. this has some of his best work in years on it
8Weatherbox
Flies in All Directions


recommended for fans of Say Anything
9Agalloch
The Serpent and the Sphere


one of the more divisive albums of the year still holds up really well for me
10Musk Ox
Woodfall


much like Spectral Lore, this is one of the best releases of 2014 and it basically sparked my interest in neofolk music
11Saor
Aura


yet another amazing bm record
12Yellowcard
Lift a Sail


the second half of the album saves this one from being somewhat mediocre
13Weezer
Everything Will Be Alright in the End


I still don't get the crazy hype for this, but it's a fun album to listen to
14New Found Glory
Resurrection


best album by NFG in years
15Oado
Life Era


one of the best neofolk albums of 2014 behind Woodfall
16Darkspace
Dark Space III I


they've done it again
17Unearth
Watchers of Rule


can't believe how much this one shreds
18The Gaslight Anthem
Get Hurt


One of their weaker albums overall, but still good
19Wovenwar
Wovenwar


why do i like this?
20Panopticon
Roads to the North


more folk/bm? yes please
21Joyce Manor
Never Hungover Again


great punk
22Anberlin
Lowborn


RIP
23Manners
Pale Blue Light


not really my genre of choice but good stuff.
24Gnarwolves
Gnarwolves


good punk debut
25Sun Worship
Elder Giants


just another reason 2014 is great for black metal
26Woods of Desolation
As the Stars


great atmospheric bm
27Bayside
Cult


just another great release from Bayside
28The Hotelier
Home, Like NoPlace Is There


still in my top 10 of the year easily
29Taking Back Sunday
Happiness Is


nice improvement over their last one
30Fireworks
Oh, Common Life


one of the better pop-punk releases of the year for fans of New Found Glory
31Somos
Temple of Plenty


for fans of the hotelier
32Deep Mountains
Lake of Solace


underrated atmospheric bm, needs some love!
33Molly and the Zombies
Molly and the Zombies


side project from brian fallon (the gaslight anthem) and it's great
34Ainulindale
Nevrast


more uplifting than average neofolk
35Winterfylleth
The Divination of Antiquity
36The Menzingers
Rented World


not their best, but still great
37Trvth
Approaching


might be my favorite album by Trvth
38Sangre de Muerdago & Novemthree
Braided Paths


fans of agalloch or neofolk should eat this right up. rather overlooked on this site
39Vacationer
Relief


great album from old starting line vocalist
40Wayfarer
Children of the Iron Age
41Accept
Blind Rage
42I am the Avalanche
Wolverines


ex the movielife vocalist's band
43Pup
Pup


some overlooked punk
44The Great Old Ones
Tekeli-Li


this was definitely a grower for me, but another great atmopsheric bm release
45Insomnium
Shadows of the Dying Sun


definitely more focused than their last album
46Frameworks
Loom
47Dornenreich
Freiheit


excellent folk release with elements of black metal. the german vocals rule as well
48Hoth
Oathbreaker


they're star wars themed, what more do you want?
49 Bane
Don't Wait Up


they're back!
50Sugary Sweet Machines
Tours of the Bleak


excellent release by Judio and Laughingman22
51Love American
Hollow Crosses
52Temples (UK)
Sun Structures
53Say Anything
Hebrews


wasn't sure if i was gonna include it but it's sooo much better than anarchy, my dear so why not?
54Love, Robot
B.A.D.


if you can look past that album cover, there is some good music here
55Amber Pacific
The Turn


not as good as their older stuff but puts virtues to shame
56The Lawrence Arms
Metropole
57The Front Bottoms
Rose


cool EP by The Front Bottoms dedicated to one of their grandmas
58A Slow Descent
On Ganymede


Judio has been surprisingly consistent in 2014 with his project A Slow Descent and On Ganymede is still one of my favorites by him.
59This Wild Life
Clouded


for an indie pop group (at least i think that's what they are lol) this is pretty solid
60Grouper
Ruins


just discovered this and it's beautiful
61Lagwagon
Hang


pretty great considering it's their first album in almost a decade
62Thank You Scientist
Maps of Non-Existent Places


this rules hard. shout out to ecnalzen for this one
63Mare Cognitum
Phobos Monolith


if you enjoyed Spectral Lore, you should consider jamming this one
64Such Gold
The New Sidewalk


their best album to date
65Trophy Eyes
Mend, Move On


never heard this band before but they've definitely earned my respect with this one. great punk/hardcore
66Old State
Leaving Home


great pop-punk/hardcore band that only has 1 vote
67Disemballerina
Undertaker


another great neofolk album. This one is a more challenging listen
68Fen
Carrion Skies


this is good but it tends to drag in several spots. definitely some potential here though
69Circa Survive
Descensus


finally an album by circa survive that matches the quality of blue sky noise. Amazing album probably in my top 15 of the year
70Copeland
Ixora


really relaxing album
71 Aaron West and The Roaring Twenties
We Don't Have Each Other


don't like this as much as I did earlier this year, but still great
72Angels and Airwaves
The Dream Walker


I honestly thought Love part 2 might be the final nail in the band's coffin, but they've won be back with what's probably the strongest album of their career. Really surprising album
73PVRIS
White Noise


shoutout to thelastsignal for recommending this album. Really cool alt rock/pop
74Fall to November Sky...
A Little Sounds For an Empty World


great for winter time. posted a review for those interested
75Asya Sergeeva
Heart of Winter


i think i love you Evreaia, thanks for including this beauty on your 2014 list!
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