The end of the year is near and I think it’s a great time to talk about my five favorite albums released this year. You will have noticed before that I love all types of music, my spotify ‘most listened to’ list is always very, very different.
5. Taylor Swift – “1989”
I’m not the biggest Taylor fan but holy, this album is just GREAT pop music. From start to finish, every song is incredible. I think I must have listened to Are We Out of The Woods at least 149 times (yes I just checked iTunes). Taylor obviously works with some of the best songwriters but I don’t think anyone expected this. My favorite songs are Blank Space (because, of course), Wonderland (the hook & chorus are the catchiest things you’ll hear all day) and I Wish You Would. She’s no longer country but I don’t think that’s a bad thing at all.
“Well could’ve been easy, all you had to do was stay”
4. Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness – “Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness”
Andrew is an incredible singer-songwriter, previously a part of Something Corporate & Jack’s Mannequin. And his new project is pure excellence. Wikipedia describes it as “alternative rock” and it’s definitely different, but so good different. “Cecilia and the Satellite”, the first single of the album, is probably one of my favorite songs of 2014. Try working out to this, trust me, you will enjoy working out a whole lot more. Really upbeat and fun. Favorite songs are Cecillia, All Our Lives & See Her On The Weekend.
“How a face can change when a heart knows fear”
3. Bleachers – “Strange Desire”
I LOVE THIS BAND. A friend of mine introduced me to them a few months ago. Every song of this album is so good I change favorites every time I listen to it. Right now I’d have to say Wake Me is my #1 but I’m sure Rollercoaster will take it’s spot tomorrow. Now I’m patiently waiting for them to hit up Europe, or tour America when I’m back. I guess I would describe it as an alternative pop record, with a little bit of rock mixed into it. I’m sure it sounds a whole lot different live though. Definitely the best band I discovered in the past year, what a beauty.
“And hey I can’t believe I captured your heart”
2. Ed Sheeran – “X”
This man has been one of my favorites for years. I still remember going to Lowlands with Saskia, we watched the show from sidestage and my mind was blown. After the show we walked backstage and ended up passing Ed and I just had to say hello and tell him how impressed I was. He was the nicest human and so humble. I recently saw him perform in a sold out Forest National and it was probably my favorite performance, ever. His newest album “X”, released over the Summer is BRILLIANT. Tenerife Sea is most likely one of the most beautiful songs ever written and the romantic side of me would love to get married to this. I was obsessed with “+” for a really long time and I will be obsessed with this one until his next one comes out.
“Should this be the last thing I see, I want you to know it’s enough for me”
1. Damien Rice – “My Favourite Faded Fantasy”
I think it’s pretty clear why he waited/needed years. This entire album sounds like the worst heartbreak someone can go through, I guess we all went there at one point. When I first listened to the album I just sobbed through the entire thing. He has this way with words, I can’t quite explain it. He knows how to explain the most painful feelings you can have. My favorite songs are Colour Me In, The Box & The Greatest Bastard. But I guess I appreciate all songs equally as much.
“I reached out to undress it and love let me down”
What are YOUR favorite albums from 2014?