The Best 50 Albums Of 2014 (according to andrewdsweeney)

Welcome – and thanks for reading!  Without further ado, here is my annual round up my favourite albums of 2014… it hasn’t been a bad year for music at all.  The death of the album has definitely been exaggerated.

Paul and Jacqui

andrewdsweeney’s Top 50 Favourite Albums Of 2014

1. Paul Heaton & Jacqui Abbott – What Have We Become 2. GOASTT – Midnight Sun 3. Roddy Frame – Seven Dials 4. Manic Street Preachers – Futurology 5. The Burning Hell – People 6. David J Roch – A Cynic, A Realist, An Undertaker 7. Weezer – Everything Will Be Alright In The End 8. Eels – The Cautionary Tales Of Mark Oliver Everett 9. David Ford – The Arrangement 10. John Fullbright – Songs 11. Mark Chadwick – Moment 12. The Hazey Janes – Language Of Faint Theory 13. Gruff Rhys – American Interior 14. Emily Grove – The Life Of A Commoner 15. Nick Mulvey – First Mind 16. Tim Wheeler – Lost Domain 17. Passenger – Whispers 18. Nicole Atkins – Slow Phaser 19. Mark Morriss – A Flash Of Darkness 20. Roger Daltrey & Wilko Johnson – Going Back Home 21. Martin Carr – The Breaks 22. Jack White – Lazaretto 23. Gary Page – The Age Of Constant Pressure 24. Rival Sons – Great Western Valkyrie 25. Band Of Skulls – Himalayan 26. Boy & Bear – Harlequin Dream 27. Eddi Reader – Vagabond 28. First We Take Manhattan – Stitch 29. Beck – Morning Phase 30. Morrissey – World Peace Is None Of Your Business 31. Matt Berry – Music For Insomniacs 32. Elbow – The Take Off And Landing Of Everything 33. Tony Wright – Thoughts ‘n’ All 34. Joe Bonamassa – Different Shades Of Blue 35. Walter Trout – The Blues Came Callin’ 36. Ed Harcourt – Time Of Dust 37. James – La Petite Mort 38. The Both – The Both 39. Findlay Napier – VIP: Very Interesting Persons 40. Glenn Tilbrook – Happy Ending 41. Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers – Hypnotic Eye 42. Johnny Marr – Playland 43. Space – Attack Of The Mutant 50ft Kebab 44. The Black Keys – Turn Blue 45. The Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band – Goin’ Home 46. Yusuf – Tell ‘Em I’m Gone 47. Imelda May – Tribal 48. Ray LaMontagne – Supernova 49. John Hiatt – Terms Of My Surrender 50. Thompson – Family

All albums I have personally written a review for have a clickable link to my thoughts about the album.  In the unlikely event that I manage to get round to reviewing the others, I will update the list with the links.

GOASTT Midnight Sun

So, no room for the worthy releases by Foo Fighters, Damien Rice, Pink Floyd, Neil Young, Jenny Lewis, Royal Blood, Tori Amos, Live, Henry Priestman and Robert Plant, who all just missed out on the Top 50.

If I had to pick one disappointment, it would be Embrace’s effort.  I don’t see the point of making an album where you give up your own sound just to sound like every other generic contemporary ‘indie’ band, personally.

Once again, thanks for reading and here’s to a great year of music in 2015.  Best wishes to you all!

Andy Sweeney, 6th December, 2014.

About A.D.S.

You are reading the musings of a music-obsessed forty-something who was brought up on The Beatles, lived through Britpop and now spends his time in pursuit of the best music around. This 'blog gives me an outlet to write about the huge number of albums I buy and the many gigs I go to. All of the opinions expressed are my own and if you don't agree with me, then I understand - music is a very personal thing. I like to receive comments, especially if they're nice ones.
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