Best of 2014: Top 30 Albums

William Fitzsimmons - Lions

To accompany the other yearend lists, here are my picks for the 30 best albums to catch my ear in 2014. Agree? Disagree? Share your thoughts in the comments section and tell me how wrong you think I am!     #30. Ingrid Michaelson – Lights Out Lights Out is Ingrid’s first collaborative record, after writing all of her previous

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Taylor Swift – 1989

Taylor Swift - 1989

Taylor Swift has become known for a specific brand of pop/country that was all her own. She took the girl-next-door image and built herself around it with lyrics about the good and bad of relationships she’s had, doing so with innocence. She used her growing celebrity status, and subsequently the status of the men she was romantically linked with to her advantage, making her song lyrics the primary talking point about her.

She became a superstar singer known for her songwriting – kind of a rarity in today’s celebrity-driven culture. Love her or hate her, you knew a Swift song when you heard one.

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Imogen Heap – Sparks

I’ve gone on record to say that Imogen Heap‘s 2005 album Speak For Yourself has changed the way I listen to and think about music and how it’s is made. It was and still is a fascinating experience with compelling sounds and catchy melodies. An all-around fantastic album that I wouldn’t hesitate to call life-changing.

Imogen’s most recent collection of songs has been in the works for over three years and she has kept fans in the loop every step of the way through blogs, videos and audio recordings.

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