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TOP 25 ALBUMS OF 2014 – #6: WEEZER – EVERYTHING WILL BE ALRIGHT IN THE END…

2014 brought the triumphant return of Weezer! Their new album Everything Will Be Alright In The End is a return to all the things I love about Weezer. The most important of these is their tightness as a rock & roll band. Sure when you are this far into your career, you are allowed to […]

TOP 25 ALBUMS OF 2014 – #7: LILY ALLEN – SHEEZUS…

Lily Allen’s return to pop music, after nearly calling it quits, was one of the most exciting pieces of news to me in 2013. She had hinted about being apprehensive about a return, but there was no need to worry at all. Rather than repeat what she did on her first two albums, Lily moves […]

TOP 25 ALBUMS OF 2014 – #8: SAM SMITH – IN THE LONELY HOUR…

Last year, while most of us in the U.S. were oblivious, an up and coming singer named Sam Smith was breaking through in a big way in the UK, as a guest vocalist on Naughty Boy’s “La La La”, and also on Disclosure’s “Latch”. It wasn’t until I watched the last BRITs awards that I […]

TOP 25 ALBUMS OF 2014 – #9: PIXIES – INDIE CINDY…

After a 20+ year wait, the Pixies came stomping back this year with a brand new album. Even though founding member Kim Deal is missing this time around, the band rock as loud and as crazy as ever. Songs like “Blue Eyed Hexe”, “Bagboy” and “Another Toe In The Ocean” haven’t left my playlists all […]

TOP 25 ALBUMS OF 2014 – #10: SEMI PRECIOUS WEAPONS – AVIATION…

This year put an end to a long wait to hearing new music from what has been one of my favorite “best kept secret” bands, Semi Precious Weapons. In 2007, this band released one of my favorite albums of the entire decade, We Love You. With only one album between then and now, it was […]

TOP 25 ALBUMS OF 2014 – #11: PRINCE & 3RDEYEGIRL – PLECTRUMELECTRUM…

This year was a great one for Prince fans. After waiting and being told for about a year that a new album was coming, Prince stepped up and delivered two instead. One of these was PLECTRUMELECTRUM with his new all-female band 3RDEYEGIRL. So why did I rate this one lower than the other, Art Official […]

TOP 25 ALBUMS OF 2014 – #12: MACY GRAY – THE WAY…

One album that really stood out from the rest this year was Macy Gray’s latest release The Way. Pop charts be damned, time after time Macy proves that the knows how to do it right. The album is full of catchy but heartfelt feelgood songs, ballads that pull at your heart strings, and above all […]

TOP 25 ALBUMS OF 2014 – #14: BLEACHERS – STRANGE DESIRE…

Most side projects of popular bands tend to get released and fizzle, with the exception of the die-hard fans of their original band paying attention. But in this case, Fun’s Jack Antonoff proves that he has lyrical and musical chops aside from just being the guitarist and backing vocalist of Fun. In fact, some of […]

TOP 25 ALBUMS OF 2014 – #16: LENNY KRAVITZ – STRUT…

Lenny Kravitz scored big this year with his latest album Strut, putting a large amount of swagger back into his sound. Despite the fact he wrote a song saying just the opposite, rock and roll is far from dead and with fine albums like this one, and Lenny is one of those carrying the torch […]

TOP 25 ALBUMS OF 2014 – #18: FOSTER THE PEOPLE – SUPERMODEL…

This year Foster The People released their second album, Supermodel, which was in some ways a complete left turn from their near-perfect debut Torches. Instead of electronically driven pop hooks and catchy layered harmonies, this album contains… well it still contains layered harmonies, but not as catchy this time. Instead, Mark Foster looks inward and […]