The 14 Best Albums of 2014

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My list of 2014's must-hear music.

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by Paul Cashmere Beck will release his next album, Morning Phase , through Capitol Records in February. Beck’s last studio album was Mo. Let It Go, Music Albums, Top Albums, Damon Albarn, Music Love, New Music, 2014 Music, Perfect Music, Album Covers

BECK, "MORNING PHASE" (ALBUM OF THE YEAR, 2015 GRAMMYS) Known for his striking mashups of unconventional production elements, Beck returns to the acoustic moodiness of "Sea Change" for 2014's "Morning Phase." Everything here - writing, production, vocals - show an artist in top form and in a complete comfort zone. Subtle and beautiful - two adjectives not often used to describe modern rock music. Standouts: Heart is a Drum, Unforgiven, Country Down

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U2, "Songs of Innocence" Bono wanted to ditch the high-tech production U2 had become known for and record songs that could hold up acoustically, and he drew on childhood experiences for some of the most genuine and touching songs they've ever recorded. Whether addressing his mother, an early music hero or simply the big dreams of youth, his lyrics and vocals soar, and the band's writing cements this as one for the ages. Standouts: The Miracle of Joey Ramone, Volcano, Sleep Like a Baby…

Little Dragon is back on May 13 with a new album, Nabuma Rubberband. Listen to their stomping new single, "Klapp Klapp" below: Little Dragon - Nabuma Cool Album Covers, Music Album Covers, Music Albums, Lp Vinyl, Vinyl Records, Music Is Life, New Music, Indie Music, Little Dragon

LITTLE DRAGON, "NABUMA RUBBERBAND" Swedish electronica act Little Dragon continues their unpredictable path of artistry and experimentation with their strongest set of songs since their debut. Singer Yukimi Nagano is consistently engaging whether she's caressing a ballad or belting over frantic beats. The production is simultaneously accessible and offbeat, and the band proves that song-based electronica deserves a more visible platform. Standouts: Mirror, Pretty Girls, Killing Me

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LAMB, "BACKSPACE UNWIND" After an 8-year break, 2011's "5" was a solid and welcome return, but Lamb's sixth album finds the electronic duo at a new plateau. The upbeat material is more danceable than ever, and the stark ballads are haunting and hypnotic. Andy Barlow continues to provide the perfect backdrop for Lou Rhodes' ethereal, one-of-a-kind voice, and Lamb fans will no doubt treasure this album, one of their very best. Standouts: We Fall in Love, Backspace Unwind, Nobody Else

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BEBEL GILBERTO, "Tudo" Like Sade, Bebel manages to walk the fine line between staying in her comfort zone without truly repeating herself. A Neil Young cover throws a nice curve ball into the mix, but otherwise we have more gorgeous ballads with a few spirited sambas. It sounds like business as usual at first, but multiple listens uncover layers and nuances that make this her strongest album since her highly acclaimed first two releases. Standouts: Nada Não, Harvest Moon, Tudo

Thievery Corporation announces new album, Saudade, listen to "Depth Of My Soul" Dance Music, New Music, Good Music, 2014 Music, Music Lyrics, Lounge Music, Trip Hop, Jazz Artists, Pop Rock

THIEVERY CORPORATION, "SAUDADE" For their eighth studio album, DC-based duo offer their mellowest set yet. On "Saudade" they fully embrace the Brazilian music their work has so often drawn from, and while it takes a few listens to distinguish some of the slow sambas from one another (sung by guest vocalists in a total of 5 languages), the time investment pays dividends. Nothing from 2014 accompanies candles and wine quite like this record. Standouts: Décollage, No More Disguise, Depth of My…

Joan Osborne Love and Hate (EOne) out of stars There’s plenty of love involved in Joan Osborne’s first album of original material since 2008 although Joan Osborne, American Songs, Grammy Nominees, Free Internet Radio, Pochette Album, Punk, Best Albums, Adam And Eve, Wild Ones

JOAN OSBORNE, "LOVE AND HATE" Joan steps up her songwriting game for her ninth studio album, "Love and Hate." She can still rock with passion and grit, but a few of her ballads offer a stately, almost theatrical approach. Her cover albums have tackled country, soul, and the blues, and here she deftly applies those shades to her own compositions...and her voice has never sounded better. Standouts: Work on Me, Mongrels, Not Too Well Acquainted

Mary J Blige offers an early stream of The London Sessions due out for official release on December The album features work with Disclosure, Sam Smith, Emile Sande, Eg White, Jimmy Napes and m… Mary J Blige Albums, Piano, Emeli Sande, Google Play Music, Capitol Records, Sam Smith, Best Albums, Queen Mary, Music Albums

MARY J. BLIGE, "THE LONDON SESSIONS" Recorded in London with the city's freshest, hippest talent, Mary's 13th album favors moody acoustic pop and high-energy club stylings over her usual hip-hop backdrops. As a result Mary sounds invigorated and renewed, and it's her most consistent, no-filler album since her debut. Standouts: Right Now, Whole Damn Year, Follow

Annie Lennox Nostalgia on LP One of the most successful and talented artists in pop music history is back - and back like you've never heard her before. In October Annie Lennox releases her seve Annie Lennox, Smooth Jazz, Nostalgia, Dracula, September In The Rain, October 2014, December 25, The Nearness Of You, Bless The Child

ANNIE LENNOX, "NOSTALGIA" Annie can do wrong. Fans knew her album of standards wouldn't be the string-heavy schmaltz that most pop singers release when they tackle jazz, but probably no one was prepared for the strikingly inventive arrangements, which add elements of pop and the blues to these timeless songs. As far as the vocals are concerned...suffice to say Annie always exceeds expectations. Standouts: I Put a Spell on You, God Bless the Child, I Cover the Waterfront

On the Norwegian singer-songwriter's seventh studio album, the ache and anger of divorce gets re-purposed into a loose, feisty, energetic record that finds Lerche sounding fully recharged. Pochette Album, Indie Pop, Music Magazines, Best Albums, Artist Profile, Latest Music, Music Albums, Play, My Favorite Music

SONDRE LERCHE, "PLEASE" Seven albums in, Sondre is still following his own distinctly unique path, making music that harks back to a purer time in rock music and yet doesn't quite sound like anyone else. Some distorted, lo-fi production touches give this record some rough edges, while his unusual, appealing voice is still smooth as silk. His whole catalog is solid, but this is his best and most inspired record since 2007's "Phantom Punch." Standouts: Bad Law, Crickets, At a Loss for Words

Things We Never Saw Coming: Amy Grant Dance Remix Album Set For August Amy Grant Baby Baby, Angus & Julia Stone, Jenny Lewis, Dance Remix, Contemporary Christian Music, Latest Albums, Get Tickets, Band Shirts, Lp Vinyl

AMY GRANT, "IN MOTION: THE REMIXES" An EDM reworking of Amy Grant's biggest pop songs could have been either great fun or an awkward mismatch. Luckily for us, it's the former. Even though each track was done by a different DJ, there's little variation here, but that doesn't matter. Her sunny vocals are a perfect fit for these upbeat club vibes, and it's all a reminder of just how charming Amy and her songs are. STANDOUTS: Baby Baby, Every Heartbeat, Find a Way

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COLDPLAY, "GHOST STORIES" 2011's "Mylo Xyloto" had its moments but was easily the weak link in Coldplay's catalog. Here they take that some of that album's atmospheric electronics and pair them with the quietly moody writing styles of "Parachutes" and "Rush of Blood to the Head." Chris Martin's troubled marriage clearly inspired much of this album and as always, challenges of resolve and endurance inspire stellar work. Standouts: Magic, Another's Arms, Sky Full of Stars

"Brighten your Monday blues with this full-length indie-pop from American singer-songwriter Ray LaMontagne! Like what you hear? His album is out next month! What do you think of this song?" - ♫ Supernova by Ray LaMontagne Ray Lamontagne, Top 10 Albums, Pochette Album, Thing 1, Cd Album, Music Albums, Lp Vinyl, Lps, E Bay

RAY LAMONTAGNE, "SUPERNOVA" His acoustic folk/pop has always been gorgeous, but after four albums he was due for a shakeup, and The Black Keys' Dan Auerbach definitely provided it here with tracks that sound straight from the late 60's. The psychedelic, occasionally lo-fi vibes suit Ray's graveled voice and expert songwriting, and while some narrow-minded fans were put off, one can only imagine how much this exceptional record expanded his fanbase. Standouts: Lavender, Airwaves, Pick Up a…

Hear Mount Kimbie remix Kelis' "Jerk Ribs" ahead of her album "Food". Love 2014, Pochette Album, Hooch, Great Albums, Vintage Soul, Latest Albums, Best Songs, Music Albums, Sound & Vision

KELIS, "FOOD" Who knew the "Milkshake" girl would turn out to be such an adventurous chameleon? After three albums of cutting-edge R&B and one of EDM, Kelis takes us back to the 70's when horns, live drums, and well-constructed hooks were the norm for soul music. It's her best album yet, full of deliciously infectious choruses and production that's meticulous but manages to maintain a real fire. It's all a perfect venue for her sexy, scratchy voice. Standouts: Breakfast, Hooch, Rumble

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