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Re: Top 10 Albums of 2014 (Plus 10)

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Shit, I forgot about the White Denim album. Didn't show up on my iTunes playlist for 2014. Definitely should be in my top 20.
I think it's digital release was 2013, and it's physical release was 2014.
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Re: Top 10 Albums of 2014 (Plus 10)

Andy Stott- Faith in Strangers
Aphex Twin - Syro
Behemoth - The Satanist
Ex Hex - Rips
Fucked Up - Glass Boys
Pallbearer - Foundations of Burden
Protomartyr - Under Color of Official Right
Strand of Oak - Heal
A Sunny Day in Glasgow - Sea Went Absent
The War on Drugs - Lost In The Dream

Favorite Album of the Year was probably the Sunny Day in Glasgow one.

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Re: Top 10 Albums of 2014 (Plus 10)

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And there we completely disagree. I know you love the Americana stuff, but I found Ashes & Fire to be one of his most boring ever efforts. I tried, for several months and then years, to get into that album and never could. This one is far more to my personal liking, and probably my favorite record from him since 29. According to Adams, with this album, it was the first in quite some time where he felt like he made an album that was more himself, rather than trying to fit into someone else's mold of what they thought he should sound like. I'll take the sound of this Ryan Adams over AAF any day of the week.
I'm still a huge fan of his, but I haven't cared for his last few albums at all. I listened to the new one maybe 3 times and kind of threw it in the corner. Ashes & Fire also bored the hell out of me.
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Re: Top 10 Albums of 2014 (Plus 10)

My Favorite Albums of 2014:

(Non-Metal/Punk)

1. Jessica Hernandez & The Deltas- Secret Evil
2. Emma Ruth Rundle- Some Heavy Ocean
3. Candy Hearts- All The Ways You Let Me Down
4. Swans- To Be Kind
5. Pharmakon- Bestial Burden
6. Warpaint- Warpaint
7. Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings- Give The People What They Want
8. Wovenhand- Refractory Obdurate
9. Taylor Swift- 1989
10. Hurray For The Riff Raff- Small Town Heroes

(Metal/Punk)

1. Thou- Heathen
2. Dead Congregation- Promulgation of the Fall
3. Young & In The Way- When Life Comes To Death
4. Earth- Primitive & Deadly
5. Full of Hell & Merzbow- Full of Hell & Merzbow
6. Downfall of Gaia- Aeon Unveils The Thrones of Decay
7. Bongripper- Miserable
8. Incantation- Dirges of Elyzium
9. Misery Index- The Killing Gods
10. Hexis- Abalam
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Meh, I find the new album lacks the songwriting that made him great. Don't get me wrong, it's still good its just not great. His last great rock and roll album was Cold Roses and this doesn't come close. Dirty Rain and Lucky Now from Ashes and Fire are such great songs. Thats what happens when it's Ryan and an acoustic guitar.
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Yeah, I agree with you here (though I think his new album sounds more like a bad imitation of Tom Petty circa early '80s), strongly disagreeing with the other posters above that like his new album, and think A&F was way better. There's a reason why his first solo album, Heartbreaker, is considered his best, as that's just what he does best. Whenever he goes into a more "rock & roll" vein, his stuff turns out really innocuous and just plain boring; he loses any sort of unique distinction he had in his more traditional folk/alt-country records. Saw him last month, and easily the most boring segments were when he played stuff from the new album, everything else was great.
Well, to each their own then. As again, I feel the opposite in regards to his "rock" stuff. Not that I don't like his acoustic work, I do. I can appreciate both.

I still can't recall a single track off of Ashes & Fire, but love "Gimmie Something Good" (even if Benmont Tench's appearance does make it sound like Tom Petty), and tracks like "Trouble", "Am I Safe", amd "Tired Of Giving Up" off the new album are all very memorable. "I Just Might" is probably my favorite cut, though. I also really liked the 1984 7" release.

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slop101, is that Jimi Goodwin the same guy from Doves?
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Yes, lead singer of Doves, and his new solo album is as good as anything from Doves, though far more eclectic.

This might be my favorite song of the year:

Now that I'm going to have to check out, as I'm a big fan of Doves. This completely managed to slip past me, so thanks for bringing it up.
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Shit, I forgot about the White Denim album. Didn't show up on my iTunes playlist for 2014. Definitely should be in my top 20
Originally Posted by slop101 View Post
I think it's digital release was 2013, and it's physical release was 2014.

Nope. 2013 for both. It fell just shy of making my Top 20 last year.
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I've seen the albums from War On Drugs, Sun Kil Moon and Warpaint turning on on quite a few folks lists this year. While they didn't make my top 10, all of them are teetering around 11 - 20 on my list. The reason most of them didn't get higher, is that while all are strong-ish releases, they are also all records I have to be in a specific mood to want to listen to. As such, this limits playability for me, and I can't fairly rate them as high as I would other albums I listened to more.
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Re: Top 10 Albums of 2014 (Plus 10)

Here's my ten (plus ten) (and ten more)

1. Wussy - Attica!
2. Lydia Loveless - Somewhere Else
3. The Afghan Whigs - Do To The Beast
4. Sturgill Simpson - Metamodern Sounds in Country Music
5. Bob Mould - Beauty and Ruin
6. The New Pornographers - Brill Bruisers
7. Caleb Caudle - Paint Another Layer on My Heart
8. Frontier Folk Nebraska - Frontier F**K Nebraska
9. Old Crow Medicine Show - Remedy
10. Chuck Ragan - Till Midnight
11. Nickel Creek - A Dotted Line
12. Ryan Adams - Ryan Adams
13. Drive By Truckers - English Oceans
14. John Fullbright - Songs
15. Dawn Landes - Bluebird
16. The Hold Steady - Teeth Dreams
17. Fucked Up - Glass Boys
18. Jenny Lewis - The Voyager
19. Justin Townes Earle - Single Mothers
20. Foo Fighters - Sonic Highways
21. Sweet Apple - The Golden Age of Glitter
22. Dum Dum Girls - Too True
23. J Mascis - Tied to a Star
24. Parker Millsap - Parker Millsap
25. Hurray for the Riff Raff - Small Town Heroes
26. Nikki Lane - All or Nothin'
27. The Gaslight Anthem - Get Hurt
28. Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers - The Independent
29. Lab Partners - Seven Seas
30. Mark Lanegan Band - Phantom Radio
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Re: Top 10 Albums of 2014 (Plus 10)

Not a Top 10, just my favorites of the year in alphabetical order:
Ab-Soul - These Days
Aphex Twin - Syro
Andy Stott - Faith In Strangers
Arca - Xen
Bas - Last Winter
Beck - Morning Phase
Big K.R.I.T. - Cadillactica
The Black Keys - Turn Blue
Caribou - Our Love
Clark - Clark
FKA Twigs - LP1
Flying Lotus - You're Dead
Freddie Gibbs & Madlib - Pinata
Future - Honest
Hans Zimmer - Interstellar Soundtrack
How To Dress Well - What Is This Heart?
Isaiah Rashad - Cilvia Demo
J. Cole - 2014 Forrest Hills Drive
Jack White - Lazaretto
Jesse Boykins III - Love Apparatus
Lana Del Rey - Ultraviolence
Little Dragon - Nabuma Rubberband
Logic - Under Pressure
Mac DeMarco - Salad Days
Majid Jordan - A Place Like This
Mali Music - Mali Is...
Mary J. Blige - The London Sessions
Michael Jackson - Xscape
Neneh Cherry - Blank Project
Pharrell Williams - GIRL
Real Estate - Atlas
The Roots - ...And Then You Shoot Your Cousin
Royksopp & Robyn - Do It Again
Schoolboy Q - Oxymoron
Shabazz Palaces - Lese Majesty
Slakah The Beatchild - Soul Movement Vol. 2
St. Vincent - St. Vincent
Swans - To Be Kind
SZA - Z
Taylor McFerrin - Early Riser
Tinashe - Aquarius
Todd Terje - It's Album Time
Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross - Gone Girl Soundtrack
The War On Drugs - Lost In The Dream
Wild Beasts - Present Tense
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Re: Top 10 Albums of 2014 (Plus 10)

  1. Sturgill Simpson - Metamodern Sounds in Country Music
  2. The War On Drugs - Lost In the Dream
  3. Eagulls - Eagulls
  4. Warpaint - Warpaint
  5. Angel Olsen - Burn Your Fire For No Witness
  6. Ty Segal - Manipulator
  7. The Hotelier - Home, Like Noplace Is There
  8. Against Me! - Transgender Dysphoria Blues
  9. Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks - Wig Out At
  10. Temples - Sun Structures
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Re: Top 10 Albums of 2014 (Plus 10)

I don't have a top 10 but here are mine:

Death From Above 1979 - they physical world
Jack White - Lazaretto
The black keys - Turn blue
Foo fighters - Sonic Highways
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Re: Top 10 Albums of 2014 (Plus 10)

I don't think I can even name ten albums this year I was interested in. I barely bought any new albums this year but enjoyed a couple from this year I did purchase. Those two are Foo Fighters- Sonic Highways and She & Him- Classics. I know that Classics isn't new material and a cover album but I'm still counting it.

I never got around to buying or listening to Jack White- Lazaretto. I still like him but for some reason I couldn't find the interest to pick it up. The only other one that came out this year that I got was Weezer- Everything Will Be Alright In The End which was just so-so.
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No love for the flat-out record of the year, Tweedy? Wow.

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Well, to each their own then. As again, I feel the opposite in regards to his "rock" stuff. Not that I don't like his acoustic work, I do. I can appreciate both.

I still can't recall a single track off of Ashes & Fire, but love "Gimmie Something Good" (even if Benmont Tench's appearance does make it sound like Tom Petty), and tracks like "Trouble", "Am I Safe", amd "Tired Of Giving Up" off the new album are all very memorable. "I Just Might" is probably my favorite cut, though. I also really liked the 1984 7" release.
I believe Ashes and Fire was Adams highest charting record and the song "Lucky Now" was probably one of his most successful singles.
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No love for the flat-out record of the year, Tweedy? Wow.
Like the Ryan Adams debate we've been having, personally, the Tweedy record did nothing for me. Which isn't to say it's a bad record, just that there are numerous other albums I'd rather listen to.


I believe Ashes and Fire was Adams highest charting record and the song "Lucky Now" was probably one of his most successful singles.
And you'd be wrong, unless "was" was the operative word in that sentence. His latest charted higher, and Easy Tiger charted as high as Ashes & Fire did, too.

http://www.billboard.com/artist/3693...ms/chart?f=305

http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ryan_Adams_discography

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Now that I'm going to have to check out, as I'm a big fan of Doves. This completely managed to slip past me, so thanks for bringing it up.
Seriously, the first two Doves albums are in my top 25 of last decade. Thanks for the heads up.
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Tweedy album is epic and needs to be listened to as a whole. It's quite great. (I suppose if you don't dig Wilco at all, you wouldn't be into this?)

By the way, coincidence?

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Seriously, the first two Doves albums are in my top 25 of last decade. Thanks for the heads up.
Someone gave me The Doves and Jimi Goodwin records to check out and I never did. I'll get on that as soon as I can.
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Tweedy album is epic and needs to be listened to as a whole. It's quite great. (I suppose if you don't dig Wilco at all, you wouldn't be into this?)
I love Wilco, but I think the Tweedy album is a bit bloated. It would've been much better if instead of 20 songs, it were a leaner 12, ditching 8 of the more forgettable songs.

By the way, coincidence?

Probably not.
R.Adams does a good amount of B.Adams songs live, and they joke back and forth on Twitter.
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R.Adams does a good amount of B.Adams songs live, and they joke back and forth on Twitter.
I just saw Ryan a few weeks ago in Columbus and he didn't do any B songs. I didn't think much of him as a live performer. The most interesting part of his set was an improv song about one of the exit signs in the venue.

Butch Walker opened, and I thought he was better.
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Tweedy album is epic and needs to be listened to as a whole. It's quite great. (I suppose if you don't dig Wilco at all, you wouldn't be into this?)
I like Wilco, but some of their albums do nothing for me, either. Again, not that I would consider them bad. I'm just indifferent to them.

By the way, coincidence?

Not at all. Clearly that was intentional. In his own weird way, I think it was him taking the piss out of all the times people have confused the two.
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Re: Top 10 Albums of 2014 (Plus 10)

Much like the baseball HoF voters, I'm taking my potential list of 10 and only nominating one.

Sturgill Simpson - Metamodern Sounds in Country Music

This is the best album I've heard in years. 'End of the Line' is an absolutely amazing track with some great, great slide work. Whole thing from top to bottom is quality. I've probably listened to it 20-30 times in the last 3 weeks.
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Re: Top 10 Albums of 2014 (Plus 10)

Not sure about 10 but my two faves this year:

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^^ I'm also a big fan of the Tuomas album.
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Re: Top 10 Albums of 2014 (Plus 10)

There's no way I can do a top ten this year, but if I have to pick just one that stood out for me, it's Familiars by The Antlers. Stand out tracks are Palace and Parade, but the whole thing is great.

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