Best of 2014: Top 50 Songs

Phantogram - Voices

December is all about the holidays but for people like me, it’s also all about the year in review and that means year-end lists for music and movies. This list consists of my picks of the top 50 songs that either came out this year or were ones I came across this year. Since most of my favs had a

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Phantogram – Voices

Phantogram - Voices

There’s a certain peace that comes with listening to Voices, New York duo Phantogram‘s second full-length album. This in spite of its lyrics that range from “I’m losing to mind” in Nothing But Trouble to “Give me a reason to stay alive” in Celebrating Nothing.

Maybe it’s in the beats and synths that pulsate throughout the record resulting in a musical equilibrium hypnotic to the ears. Or maybe it’s the delicious production that is mixed so tight and sounds so smooth that listening to it allows for a complete tune-out of everything else going on in the world.

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Soundtrack – Catching Fire

The Hunger Games Catching Fire Soundtrack

It’s understandable that the soundtrack to the second Hunger Games movie Catching Fire isn’t a re-creation of the first. Songs From District 12 and Beyond, with T-Bone Burnett as executive producer, was an adventure of its own centred around the humble life of Panem’s District 12 with mainly folk tunes.

This time, Alexandra Patsavas is on board. Known for her work behind soundtracks for The O.C., Grey’s Anatomy and Twilight, Patsavas has a knack for bringing in current and upcoming names to provide a who’s who of television and movie soundtrack music.

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