My Favorite Albums of 2014

Posted: January 1, 2015 by nickd0913 in Uncategorized

Welcome to 2015.  Hopefully 2014 was good year for you but if not it is over so we can all move on.  Musically I thought it was a great year.  There were a shit ton of great albums and great live shows to be heard and seen throughout the year.  As promised I wanted to give you the list of my five favorite albums of 2014. If you want to add some musical credibility to your current collection you should own all 5 of these albums.  I will go ahead and let you know that Taylor Swift and U2 did not make the cut so if that is what you are looking for feel free to move along, nothing to see here.  With that being said why don’t we get started with the list.

 

5. Rich Robinson – The Ceaseless Sight

I hate it when the Black Crowes go on one of their indefinite hiatuses.  They are my favorite band and are better at music than you have ever been at anything you have ever done your entire life.  The good news is that when they take a break Rich Robinson makes solo records and goes on tour to support the record.  Rich released his 3rd studio album, “The Ceaseless Sight”, this year and it is was easily his best work yet.  The album included my favorite song of the year, “The Giving Key”, and was an album that you can put on and listen to from start to finish and enjoy.  If I cannot have the Black Crowes, having Rich put out music like this is a great alternative.  If you want to hear “The Giving Key”, check out my Songs of the Year post but I am going to take this opportunity to post a great video of him doing an obscure Rolling Stones cover, “Winter”.  One of the best things I have ever seen him do live.

 

4. Old Crow Medicine Show – Remedy

There are a lot of different types of bluegrass out there.  Some of it I really like, some of it not so much.  Old Crow Medicine show makes the type of bluegrass I like, and I REALLY like it.  I have seen them a few times live and they continually get better each time I see them.  I think their latest release, “Remedy”, is their best album to date.  The first 3 songs on the record, “Brushy Mountain Conjugal Trailer”, “8 Dogs 8 Banjos”, and “Sweet Amarillo” are enough to make this album worth buying but really the entire album is great.  One of the highlights for me is the final song on the record, “The Warden”. If you don’t believe me just watch the video below.

 

 

3. Drive By Truckers – English Oceans

As I have written here before I have really fallen in love with this band.  The band has had several different lineups including a stint with my main man Jason Isbell in the group, but the two things that have never changed are Mike Cooley and Patterson Hood.  They founded the band and are the primary songwriters.  The songwriting they provide is unlike anything I have ever heard before.  You just have to listen to their records to understand where they are coming from.  “English Oceans” is one of my favorite records they have put out and definitely the best record they have put out since Isbell left the band.  Check out a cool acoustic version of “Primer Coat” from the album.  This song is not for everyone but I think the the people who “get” this type of thing will really like it.

 

 

2. Sturgill Simpson – Metamodern Sounds in Country Music

In my opinion this album is what country music should sound like.  The fact that this album does not get played on mainstream country music radio is a disgrace, but that is a topic for another day.  I love every song on this album.  I actually love every song this guy has ever done.  I have scoured YouTube watching everything he has on there and it is all great.  So now that I have told you how much I love this album let me show you a video of him playing a song from his 1st album.  The reason I am sharing this video is because it was made in front of a wall of beer cans at the Sun King Brewery in Indianapolis, Indiana and I think it is cool.  Go buy both albums right now and thank me for the suggestion later.

 

 

1. Lydia Loveless – Somewhere Else

This should be no surprise if you read my “Songs of the Year” post last month.  Every single song on the album is great.  It is easily the best record I heard all year.  I love her voice, I love the songs,and I love her songwriting.  If you have never heard this album you should fix that immediately. If you have heard the album and do not feel the same way I do I feel sorry for you.  Listen to the album and listen to it loud.  If my wife is around do not listen to the song “Wine Lips” unless you want to get your ass beat.  Check out this nasty version of “Everything’s Gone”.

 

 

 

So those were my five favorite albums of the year but there were a lot of other great albums that did not make the list. Feel free to check some of these albums out.

Ryan Adams – Ryan Adams

Jack White – Lazaretto

Foo Fighters – Sonic Highways

St. Paul & the Broken Bones – Half the City

Otis Gibbs – Souvenirs of a Misspent Youth

Shovels & Rope -Swimmin’ Time

Benjamin Booker –  Benjamin Booker

Kelly Willis and Bruce Robison – Our Year

The New Basement Tapes – Lost on the River

Lee Ann Womack – The Way I’m Livin’

Trigger Hippy -Trigger Hippy

Trampled by Turtles – Wild Animals

 

 

 

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