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    [Music] Album of the Year 2014

    hello friends

    what a fantastic year for music! what records did you enjoy in 2014? here is my list:

    LPs:
    18+ - Trust
    A Sunny Day in Glasgow - Sea When Absent
    Actress - Ghettoville
    Alcest - Shelter
    Allah-Las - Worship the Sun
    Alvvays - s/t
    Andrew Jackson Jihad - Christmas Island
    Andy Stott - Faith in Strangers
    Angel Olsen - Burn Your Fire for No Witness
    Aphex Twin - Syro
    Aquarian - s/t
    Ariel Pink - pom pom
    BADBADNOTGOOD - III
    Ben Frost - A U R O R A
    Beverly - Careers
    Bitchin Bajas - Bitchin Bajas
    Black Bananas - Electric Brick Wall
    Blackbird Blackbird - Tangerine Sky
    Bleeding Rainbow - Interrupt
    Bored Nothing - Some Songs
    Busdriver - Perfect Hair
    Caribou - Our Love
    Clark - s/t
    Clipping - CLPPNG
    Cloud Nothings - Here and Nowhere Else
    Craft Spells - Nausea
    D'Angelo & The Vanguard - Black Messiah
    Death from Above 1979 - The Physical World
    Defrag - Drown
    Donovan Wolfington - Scary Stories You Tell in the Dark
    Emma Ruth Rundle - Some Heavy Ocean
    Empire! Empire! (I Was a Lonely Estate) - You Will Eventually Be Forgotten
    Ex Hex - Rips
    FKA Twigs - LP1
    Fear of Men - Loom
    Flying Lotus - You're Dead!
    The Fresh & Onlys - House of Spirits
    Future Islands - Singles
    Freddie Gibbs & Madlib - Piñata
    Grouper - Ruins
    Haerts - s/t
    Have a Nice Life - The Unnatural World
    The History of Apple Pie - Feel Something
    Iceage - Plowing into the Field of Love
    Isaiah Rashad - Cilvia Demo
    Jaws - Be Slowly
    Jungle - s/t
    Kassa Overall & Kool A.D. - Coke Boys 5
    Kate Tempest - Everybody Down
    Kool A.D. - Word O.K.
    La Roux - Trouble in Paradise
    La Sera - Hour of the Dawn
    Lakutis - Three Seashells
    Lemonade - Minus Tide
    Liars - Mess
    Literature - Chorus
    Mac DeMarco - Salad Days
    Maria Minerva - Histrionic
    Marissa Nadler - July
    Merchandise - After the End
    Milo - A Toothpaste Suburb
    Nothing - Guilty of Everything
    Open Mike Eagle - Dark Comedy
    Ought - More Than Any Other Day
    Painted Palms - Forever
    Parkay Quarts - Content Nausea
    Parquet Courts - Sunbathing Animal
    Perfect Pussy - Say Yes to Love
    QUARTERBACKS - QUARTERBOY
    RATKING - So It Goes
    Randomer - CCCP 10
    The Raveonettes - Pe'ahi
    Real Estate - Atlas
    Run the Jewels - Run the Jewels 2
    Rustie - Green Language
    SBTRKT - Wonder Where We Land
    ScHoolboy Q - Oxymoron
    Scott Walker & Sunn O))) - Soused
    SD Laika - That’s Harakiri
    Shabazz Palaces - Lese Majesty
    Shinichi Atobe - Butterfly Effect
    Slow Magic - How to Run Away
    Sport - Bon Voyage
    St. Vincent - s/t
    Swans - To Be Kind
    Tennis - Ritual in Repeat
    Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra - Fuck Off Get Free We Pour Light on Everything
    Theo Parrish - American Intelligence
    Thom Yorke - Tomorrow's Modern Boxes
    Tijuana Panthers - Wayne Interest
    Timber Timbre - Hot Dreams
    Tobacco - Ultima II Massage
    Todd Terje - It's Album Time
    Total Control - Typical System
    Trust - Joyland
    Twin Peaks - Wild Onion
    Ty Segall - Manipulator
    WIFE - What's Between
    The War on Drugs - Lost in the Dream
    Warpaint - s/t
    White Fence - For the Recently Found Innocent
    White Lung - Deep Fantasy
    Young Magic - Breathing Statues
    Yung Lean - Unknown Memory


    EPs/Singles:
    Baths - Ocean Death
    CHVRCHES - Under the Tide
    Cashmere Cat - Wedding Bells
    Giraffage - No Reason
    Girlpool - s/t
    James Blake - 200 Press
    Jamie xx - All Under One Roof Raving
    Jamie xx - Girl / Sleep Sound
    Joey Anderson - After Forever
    Joey Anderson - Head Down Arms Buddha Position
    Kitty - Frostbite
    Kitty - Impatiens
    Nothing & Whirr - Whirr / Nothing split
    OG Maco - OG Maco EP
    Tourist - Patterns
    Tove Lo - Truth Serum
    Vince Staples - Hell Can Wait
    Wildhoney - Seventeen Forever
    Yung Gud - Beautiful, Wonderful

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    I'm not gonna list it alphabetically because I'm lazy but here we go

    Albums:
    Taylor Swift - 1989
    Michael Jackson - Xscape
    Ed Sheeran - X
    Wovenwar - Wovenwar
    Chromeo - White Women
    Pvris - White Noise
    Unearth - Watchers of Rule
    Roger Cicero - Was immer auch kommt
    Arch Enemy - War Eternal
    The Black Keys - Turn Blue
    Foo Fighters - Sonic Highways
    The Dead Rabbitts - Shapeshifter
    Bury Tomorrow - Runes
    coldrain - The Revelation
    Of Mice & Men - Restoring Force
    Die Fantastischen Vier - Rekord
    Epica - The Quantum Enigma
    Ice Nine Kills - The Predator Becomes The Prey
    Eluveitie - Origins
    Chicago - Now (XXXVI)
    Amaranthe - Massive Addictive
    Architects - Lost Forever // Lost Together
    LIGHTS - Little Machines
    Ingrid Michaelson - Lights Out
    The Amity Affliction - Let The Ocean Take Me
    Take That - III
    Linkin Park - The Hunting Party
    Pharrell Williams - G I R L
    The Unguided - Fragile Immortality
    Darkest Hour - Darkest Hour
    Affiance - Blackout
    Black Veil Brides - Black Veil Brides
    Steel Panther - All You Can Eat
    Kyla La Grange - Cut Your Teeth
    Flight Facilities - Down To Earth
    Moose Blood - I'll Keep You In Mind, From Time To Time
    Ella Henderson - Chapter One
    We Are The In Crowd - Weird Kids
    The Nearly Deads - Invisible Tonight
    Emarosa - Versus

    EPs:
    ERRA - Moments of Clarity
    Conditions - Missing Hours
    Cadence Calling - Metamorphosis
    Bleed From Within - Death Walk

    Personal favorite album for me is a toss up between LIGHTS and Taylor Swift but I think LIGHTS takes it just because I didn't expect it to be this goood!
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    I don't really have a list... But for me the top album was Lindsey Stirling - Shatter Me. I pretty much listened to the whole thing on loop from the moment I got it. Then I saw her live in December SO amazing.
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    I just made an AOTY list for another thread but here it is here.

    Me? - HA:TFELT
    Red Light - f(x)
    Pink Blossom - Apink
    25 - Song Jieun
    A Talk - Hyuna
    2 Face - Gilme
    Pink Luv - Apink
    Mr. Mr. - Girls' Generation
    Like a cat - AoA
    Hot Baby - Bestie

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    I didn't get more than 25ish albums, but I was really happy with most of them. My number 1 album is Sabaton-Heroes, but all of these pleased me as well:

    Overkill-White Devil Armory
    Exodus-Blood In Blood Out
    Accept-Blind Rage
    Nightwish-Showtime Storytime
    Persuader-The Fiction Maze
    Falconer-Black Moon Rising
    Grand Magus-Triumph and Power
    Sanctuary-The Year the Sun Died
    Machine Head-Bloodstone and Diamond
    The Birthday Massacre-Superstition
    Iced Earth-Plagues of Babylon
    Soreption-Engineering the Void
    Exmortus-Slave to the Sword
    Savage Messiah-Fateful Dark
    Scar Symmetry-The Singularity Phase 1:Neohumanity
    Grave Digger-Return of the Reaper
    Voyager-V
    Marty Stuart-Saturday Night/Sunday Morning

    I enjoyed what I've heard from these but haven't bought them yet so I haven't given them a full listen:
    Triosphere-Heart of the Matter
    Unearth-Watchers of Rule
    Ronny Munroe-Electric Wake
    Tom Petty-Hypnotic Eye
    Allegaeon-Elements of the Infinite
    October 31-Bury the Hatchet
    Evergrey-Hymns for the Broken

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    Taylor Swift - 1989

    I can't even come up with one album that comes close.
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    Haven't really ever downloaded an artists whole album, maybe 7/10 songs. My favorite song right now has to be Karmin- Sugar. It is definitely something that I haven't heard in Pop. Also, their other song Karmin- Yesterday has an amazing bass-line and feels very Ska influenced.
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    Warpaint - Warpaint
    Aphex Twin - Syro
    Flying Lotus - You're Dead!
    Freddie Gibbs/Madlib - Pinata
    Shabazz Palaces - Lese Majesty
    Swans - To be kind
    Run the Jewels 2
    SBTRKT - Wonder Where We Land
    Caribou - Our Love
    Sticky Fingers - Land of Pleasure
    Milo - A Toothpaste Suburb
    Literature - Chorus
    Rustie - Green Language
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    Core is death/black/doom metal, with a hipsterlol rock, ambient and drone flavor, as well as some left hooks like D'Angelo, Aphex Twin and Timber Timbre etc.

    1. Robert Rich - Perpetual. A Somnium Continuum (ambient)
    2. Swans - To Be Kind (experimental rock)
    3. Dead Congregation - Promulgation of the Fall (death metal)
    4. Morbus Chron - Sweven (death metal)
    5. Ne Obliviscaris - Citadel (progressive metal)
    6. Kairon; IRSE! - Ujubasajuba (shoegaze)
    7. Death Blues - Ensemble (experimental)
    8. StarGazer - A Merging to the Boundless (technical death metal)
    9. Mare Cognitum - Phobos Monolith (atmospheric black metal)
    10. Darkspace - Dark Space III I (atmospheric black metal)
    11. Panopticon - Roads to the North (atmospheric black metal)
    12. Kayo Dot - Coffins on Io (progressive/psychedelic rock)
    13. Spectral Lore - III (atmospheric black metal)
    14. A Winged Victory for the Sullen - Atomos (ambient/orchestral)
    15. D'Angelo and The Vanguard - Black Messiah (R&B)
    16. Thou - Heathen (doom/sludge metal)
    17. Beyond Creation - Earthborn Revolution (technical death metal)
    18. YOB - Clearing the Path to Ascend (doom/stoner metal)
    19. Peter Christopherson - Time Machines II (drone)
    20. Furia - Nocel (black metal)
    21. Saor - Aura (atmospheric black metal)
    22. Smallman - Envision (alternative metal/rock)
    23. Emptiness - Nothing but the Whole (death/black/industrial metal)
    24. Lunatic Soul - Walking on a Flashlight Beam (progressive/art rock)
    25. Have a Nice Life - The Unnatural World (shoegaze/post-punk)
    26. Kauan - Muistumia (doom metal/dark folk)
    27. Teitanblood - Death (death/black metal)
    28. BADBADNOTGOOD - III (jazz-fusion)
    29. Natural Snow Buidlings - The Night Country (drone/folk)
    30. Mors Principium Est - Dawn of the 5th Era (melodic death metal)
    31. Zom - Flesh Assimilation (death/black metal)
    32. Midnight - No Mercy for Mayhem (heavy/speed metal)
    33. Pallbearer - Foundations of Burden (doom metal)
    34. The Great Old Ones - Tekeli-li (atmospheric black metal)
    35. Aphex Twin - Syro (IDM)
    36. Abigor - Leytmotif Luzifer (black metal)
    37. Schammasch - Contradiction (black metal)
    38. Timber Timbre - Hot Dreams (folk/americana)
    39. Unisonic - Light of Dawn (power/heavy metal)
    40. Rigor Mortis - Slaves to the Grave (thrash metal)
    41. Jakob - Sines (post-rock)
    42. Nightbringer - Ego Dominus Tuus (black metal)
    43. Reek - Necrogenesis (thrash metal)
    44. Kriegsmaschine - Enemy of Man (black metal)
    45. Nasheim - Solems Vemod (atmospheric black metal)
    46. Primordial - Where Greater Men Have Fallen (folk/pagan metal)
    47. Horrendous - Ecdysis (death metal)
    48. Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra - Fuck Off Get Free We Pour Light on Everything (post-rock)
    49. Slugdge - Gastronomicon (death/progressive metal)
    50. Blut Aus Nord - Memoria Vetusta III: Saturnian Poetry (black metal)
    51. Revocation - Deathless (thrash metal)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Worer View Post
    Slint - Spiderland
    I'm pretty sure that one isn't from 2014

    Anyway, I'm not in the mood to put down my entire list, but I'll list ten:

    1. Sun Kil Moon - Benji (folk)
    2. Ian William Craig - A Turn Of Breath (ambient/choral)
    3. Swans - To Be Kind (noise rock/post-rock)
    4. Damien Rice - My Favourite Faded Fantasy (singer/songwriter)
    5. Big Ups - Eighteen Hours Of Static (post-hardcore)
    6. Iceage - Plowing Into The Field Of Love (post-punk)
    7. White Suns - Totem (noise)
    8. Dean Blunt - Black Metal (folk/avant-garde)
    9. Tenebrae - Russian Treasures (classical/choral)
    10. Terrors - Ensorcell Qori (folk)

    @Hellhamster, I'm surprised Robert Rich is your no. 1. Although I've been following him for quite a while, I didn't know he released a record this year. Thanks, I put those 8 hours into my writing playlist!
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    The best album of all years is still Pink Floyd from 1973-1979 (Dark Side of the Moon, Wish You Were Here, Animals, The Wall).

    Even their early experimental stuff (Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun, Ummagumma) and their post Waters stuff (A Momentary Lapse of Reason, the Division Bell) are much better than anything released in 2014. Hell, if you want something released in 2014, Pink Floyd even released something this year, The Endless River. Only one of the songs (out of 18) has words, and it's still better than anything else out there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Xervius View Post
    I'm pretty sure that one isn't from 2014
    OOPS. Sorry, I made the post right before I woke up. I think I was scrolling through my playlist and saw it.
    but yeah I love Spiderland

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    Quote Originally Posted by eschatological View Post
    The best album of all years is still Pink Floyd from 1973-1979 (Dark Side of the Moon, Wish You Were Here, Animals, The Wall).
    I like Floyd, but I wouldn't even rank them as as the best album of 1973(I'll take The Who's Quadrophenia or Jethro Tull's Minstrel in the Gallery over anything Floyd has done, and those were '73 and '75). As for their 2014 release being better than everything else, well...all I can say is lol.

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    I'd go with Issues self-titled album. Not a great year in music, in my opinion.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hraklea View Post
    I'd go with Issues self-titled album. Not a great year in music, in my opinion.
    Have to agree, looking at how mnay albums I got this year, looks very few. Haven't brought so few albums since 2001

    There were some good albums this year though. I only brought/downloaded 20 this year.

    My top 5 this year are

    Royal Blood - Royal Blood
    The Gaslight Anthem - Get Hurt
    Carry on the Grudge - Jamie T
    Rise Against - The Black Market
    Meg Myers - Make a Shadow EP
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    Geesh...... there needs to be some craftsmanship in these charts..... Let's change that.

    here's my top 10

    1. Robert Plant - Lullaby and the Ceaseless Roar
    2. Judas Priest - Redeemer of Souls
    3. AC / DC - Rock or Bust
    4. Stevie Nicks - 24 Karat: Songs From the Vault
    5. Pink Floyd - Endless River
    6. Johnson/Daltrey - Going Back Home
    7. Bruce Springsteen - High Hopes
    8. Slash - World on Fire
    9. Tom Petty - Hypnotic Eye
    10. Beck - Morning Phase
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    Quote Originally Posted by Orby View Post
    Carry on the Grudge - Jamie T
    Haven't heard a Jamie T track in a long time.

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    why the hell are people posting about albums not in 2014 when this thread is about albums in 2014

    anyways, I pretty much just listened to Swans so To Be Kind is my AOTY
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    J Cole - 2014 FHD and RTJ2

    Excuse me, are you saying something? Nah, you can't tell me nothing

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    Swans is probably AOTY

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