My Top 30 Albums of 2014 :: 25-21
25. Heart On My Sleeve :: Mary Lambert
My thoughts (from my review in October):
Confessional, raw, real, way personal and all-around amazing. Some of the songs are so full of joy that it is hard not to smile and get swept up, others are so emotional that I end up in tears (even her cover of Rick Springfield’s Jessie’s Girl – who knew how moving that song could be). Mary is one of my creative heroes of 2014.
Favorite song:When You Sleep
When You Sleep :: Mary Lambert
24. Get Hurt :: The Gaslight Anthem
My thoughts (from my review in August – an excerpt from a longer review):
Another anxiously awaited album this Summer is Get Hurt by The Gaslight Anthem, yet another reminder of how much great music has come out this Summer. I have been a fan of Gaslight since I first heard the album, The ’59 Sound, and became “hopelessly devoted” after catching them live at Coachella, in 2009. This new album is just continuing my love affair with the band, one that seems to be becoming a long term kind of relationship.
Favorite song: Get Hurt
Get Hurt :: The Gaslight Anthem
23. Carry on the Grudge :: Jamie T.
My thoughts (from my review in September):
After a five year between albums break I was so excited to be spinning a new album from Jamie T this week, and yes, it was definitely worth the wait. The album, as a whole, is more emotional, less rap and rowdy, and complex in a way that improves with each subsequent listen. Sometimes Jamie’s voice strikes a chord that reminds me so much of Pete Doherty (Libertines, Babyshambles), and at other times it veers into something uniquely his own, and steps and stones away from predicted comparisons to The Cribs, Klaxons, and yes, The Libertines.
Favorite song: Zombie
Zombie :: Jamie T
22. X :: Ed Sheeran
For a long while the only Ed Sheeran song I knew of was The A-Team, and then suddenly, this year, I started to come in contact with his music. The first time was at a live radio concert, in the Summer, that included a performance by him, where I was taken aback by his more upbeat, fast-paced, rap/scat/alternative pop songs. Then along came Don’t, which was one of those pop songs that gets under your skin and becomes one of those music obsessions you can’t stop listening to – Don’t led me to X and I’m glad I got here to listen to the album in its entirety.
Favorite song: Don’t
Don’t :: Ed Sheeran
21. Tribute :: John Newman
My Thoughts (from my review in January):
John Newman is a singer, songwriter, and producer, and his first solo album, Tribute, is a stunner. The retro sound, the Northern Soul sensibilities, the Motown influences, and the modern dance energy is contagious and addictive, and the best way to kick off a New Year of music. I love the addition of the horns, trumpets and strings, too!
Favorite Song: Cheating
Cheating :: John Newman