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2014 Top 5 Favourite Albums

Next up in my 2014 Top Five’s is Albums.

I thought 2014 was a fine year for music, and I unearthed a fair few new bands thanks to either recommendations or pure luck and there were some impressive returns from a few of my favourites.

It was tough finalising My 2014 Top 5 Favourite Albums and thus I have named a couple of Honourable Mentions, but this is it:

1) London Grammar – If You Wait
Yes I know, it was released at the end of 2013, but I had not heard of the young Nottingham trio until last New Year’s, and candidly this album hardly left my ears for the first 3 months of 2014. Hannah Reid’s voice is stunningly beautiful and every song captures a mixture of exhilaration and heartbreak. Spellbinding.

Favourite track: Sights

2) Future Islands – Singles
I first saw this Baltimore based band on David Letterman, and that performance propelled them to a whole new level. Admittedly that incredible 5 minute act was the reason why I downloaded this album, the band’s 4th. It has a fresh electronic sound with lead singer Samuel T Herring’s mesmerising voice bleeding through every track like a stick of rock.

Favourite track: Seasons (Waiting on You)

3) Wild Beasts – Present Tense
Hayden Thorpe’s voice is almost ethereal. A stunning album, creatively assembled with great lyrics and tunes which distinguishes itself from its predecessor Smother.

Favourite track: Mecca

4) Coldplay – Ghost Stories
Chris Martin and Coldplay produced another warm, melancholy and nostalgic album. It is quite sombre too, which is not surprising bearing in mind the marriage ‘de-coupling’ Martin was going through at the time.

Favourite track: Ink

5) Interpol – El Pinter
I have never owned a Interpol album but was drawn to it because it was their comeback record after a 4-year break. Aggressive, but with elegance and extremely listenable.

Favourite track: Same Town, New Story

Honourable Mentions: Honeyblood – Honeyblood; Lana Del Ray – Ultraviolence; PVRIS – White Noise.

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4 Comments Post a comment
  1. Daggs #

    There hasn’t been a good album since Ziggy Stardust or anything by Talking Heads.
    (This comment says more about me than the music buying public of the 21st century)

    December 30, 2014
  2. Newyorkaddick #

    Wild Beasts is a great shout – the opening track is majestic. You’ll like Smother too from 2011 if you haven’t heard it.

    Glad to hear you have discovered Interpol – several hours of listening pleasure awaits via their earlier stuff.

    December 30, 2014
  3. Thanks for sharing your favourite albums of 2014, here are mine: http://johnager.co.uk/2014/12/31/favourite-albums-of-2014/

    January 2, 2015

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