2014’s Best Albums According to 2014’s Best

2014’s Top Artists Share Their Favorite Albums

Every year, I painstakingly research the best albums of the year and confidently reveal my Top 25 Rock Albums. But, I’ve always wondered what those talented musicians thought were the best offerings. Now, I know.

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After compiling this year’s list, I reached out to a dozen of the artists that were included on either our Best Albums or Best Songs lists for 2014. A handful (the cooler, more intelligent ones, of course)  happily provided their thoughts, and they had some intriguing selections. Check the picks below and remember to come back next week to see where these artists landed on our Best Of lists.

John Humphrey, Seether:
Great Western Valkyrie by Rival Sons, my favorite new band. Soulful vocals; classic ambient, rock production with a Zeppelin-esque vibe. Bring on the guitar solo! Seether’s Isolate and Medicate will be featured on our Top Albums of 2014.

Leanne Kingwell
My top album of the year is La Petit Mort by James. I believe this group of humans make music for the right reasons; to make sense of the weirdness, worry and wonder of the world. I love Tim Booth’s voice. I love knowing James are still out there, 14 albums in. Waving their wand. Catching my feelings. An honourable mention goes to Camilla Sparksss for daring to do different on her album For You The Wild. And a big thank you to Jonathan L, whose weekly radio show “Lopsided World of L” is my gateway to a world of vital new music makers.  Kingwell’s Choking On Halos will be featured on our Top Albums of 2014.

Renee Phoenix, Fit For Rivals:
Voices by Phantogram is the only album that comes to mind for 2014. I dig electronic music and listening to all the different synth textures. Its fun to sing and dance to in the car… It’s a really interesting album. Fit For Rivals’ “Freak Machine” will be featured on our Top Songs of 2014.

Michael Ian Cummings, Skaters:
My favorite album of this year was by Broncho, Just Enough Hip To Be Woman. Usually when a record connects with me immediately it burns out in about a week. Not this one. It’s been on repeat and I’m nowhere near done with it. So good… Skaters’ Manhattan will be featured on our Top Albums of 2014.

James Durbin:
The last full album I bought was the beginning of this year. I got Arctic Monkeys AM. Technically, it came out in late 2013. The record is incredible. Alex Turner’s vocal prowess is off the hook. Come to find we share the same birthday, give or take a year or two. I have difficulty picking just one track as this is one of those rare records where every song is worthy and capable of being a hit single. I trust my 5 1/2 year old Son Hunter; his favorite track is “Knee Sox”.  Touché Arctic Monkeys. Touché.  Durbin’s “Parachute” will be featured on our Top Songs of 2014.

There you go, interesting choices and some damn good music.   I may need to do some last minute reexamining of my choices, which you can see published here Christmas week.

Rock On!
Cretin

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