We got the top songs list, now let’s do top albums. Once again, I’d like to remind you all that I am right about all of these so don’t even try to dispute. K Thanks!
Top 10 Albums of 2014:
10. Sturgill Simpson – Metamodern Sonds in Country Music
THIS is country music. He reminds me of guys like Steve Earle and Townes Van Zandt who just smashed any previous rules about what you can/cannot sing about on a country music album. He’s an outlaw in the truest sense of the word. Dude’s lead single was essentially an anthem about being agnostic which is really rad to me.
9. Tune-Yards – Nikki Nack
Merril can do no wrong in my eyes. This is just a really fun and honest album that got some pretty heavy rotation on my Spotify this year. She’s just got some pretty wild, experimental ideas that somehow get twisted and contorted into pop magic. God bless Tune-Yards.
8. Mac Demarco – Salad Days
I don’t think I had an album grow on me more than Salad Days this year. Musically, I think this just picks up where “2” left off but I think the real growth with Mac was his lyrical depth. He’s not just writing hazy songs about cigarettes, he’s getting into some pretty heavy stuff on this record.
7. YG – My Krazy Life
The number of spins this album recieved in my library is unreal. It’s one of those records where you throw it on and before you know it, it’s over. The transitions between the songs are almost seamless and I believe that’s the mark of a well-constructed album. It’s just banger after banger.
6. Tinashe – Aquarius
Something about the production on this album just compliments Tinashe’s vocals so damn well. They never seem to overshadow one another and that’s the beauty of it. What a hell of a freshman effort from Tinashe.
5. Every Time I Die – From Parts Unknown
Another fantastic album from the best metalcore band in the game. This time they got super real and wrote some pretty honest stuff this time around. They still have that same patented ETID beer-guzzling, no-fucks-given spirit; just this time around they added some more depth to their lyrical content. Any album that opens with the lead singer screaming “Blow your fucking brains out!” is alright in my book.
4. Spoon – They Want My Soul
Spoon put on a clinic on how to make a great comeback record this year. They haven’t lost a step, in fact, this is some of the best stuff they’ve put out since the Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga and Gimme Fiction days. In a year where we saw their post punk contemporaries like TV on the Radio, …Trail of Dead, and Julian Casablancas come out with albums, these guys came out on top. (Commence “You still got it!” chants)
3. Gazelle Twin – Unflesh
I get chills every time I listen to this album. It is a terrifying listen and I can’t get enough of it. It’s almost like her response to the Death Grips and Yeezus’ of the world. Who hurt you, Gazelle Twin?
2. Odesza – In Return
My sleeper album of the year. I am 100% on the Odesza bandwagon and sometimes I feel like the only one. This album was a beautiful marriage of chillwave, r&b, and hip hop music. There are moments on the album that feel almost euphoric. Also, “Say My Name” was easily one of the best tracks of the year.
1. Run the Jewels – RTJ2
I mean, duh. Culturally, this was easily the most important album of 2014. Plus it thumps.