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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Sondre Lerche – Please

Sondre Lerche - Please

Hardly a year goes by that Sondre Lerche doesn’t have a new project out, whether it’s a studio album, a live record, a jazz collection or a Hollywood movie soundtrack. Some years, he releases more than one. 2014 was one of those years, where he headed up the score for Norwegian indie film The Sleepwalker, directed by his (now ex-)wife Mona, and just recently he released his seventh proper album Please – which is centred around the ‘ex’ situation.

Please is a divorce album. Songs that acknowledge the change – pre and post-separation, the loss, the appreciation of having loved, with lyrics that are sometimes painfully direct accompanying music that is oddly upbeat.

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It’s Been 10 Years Already?

Sarah Slean - Day One

Ten years ago today, Sarah Slean‘s album Day One was released. Having been only somewhat familiar with Sarah through her Night Bugs album, Day One was the perfect mix of whimsical, theatrical and solemn songs that helped me through one of my most memorable years.

To mark that record’s ten years, here’s a list of albums that also turn ten this year. Brace yourself, like the list I posted last week on CDs that turned 20, it’s an eye-opening experience:

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