The Best Albums of 2014 list is finally here, this time with an ear-boggling top 100 list of the best of the best as curated by Falcon’s Nest moderators Walt Falconer, Bernie Sparrow, Jeremy Wren, Cletus Crowe, and our newly hatched contributor Nigel Owl covering the Blues beat.
The list is widely diverse with Garage Rock, Americana, Psychedelic Rock, Soul, Country, and even a touch of disco making the list this year. Good old-fashioned 70’s style Rock and Roll is prominently featured with bands like Rival Sons, Royal Blood, and the Strypes, and some old friends made the list this time around with Lucinda Williams, Roger Daltry, and Tom Petty putting out some terrific music.
Some of the harder Rock bands that made the list include platters from Death from Above 1979, Bass Drum of Death, and The Whigs all scoring high points. Perfume Genius, and Jungle may be torch bearers of the new genre Indie Disco, and Garage Rock heaven can be found with Chris Wilson, The Empty Hearts, and Strypes all playing those same three chords to perfection.
Here are five choice cuts from this years list:
Ex Hex – Rips
Sparking guitars and girl group harmonies makes Mary Timony’s new project is a winner. The Bangles meet The Cars 60’s style on one of the most fun records of the year.
Withered Hand – New Gods
Withered Hand is Scotsman Dan Wilson. New Gods, his second album under the moniker is a stunning Indie Pop effort with a sprinkling of Beach Boys and 70’s Cosmic Cowboy. The contributions from Belle and Sebastian on this record kick things up a notch.
Phox – Phox
With pretty accurate comparisons to Feist, this Wisconsin seven-piece has been described as Vampire Weekend fronted by Norah Jones. It’s all good on their debut album.
The Rosebuds – Sand + Silence
This smart Indie-Pop set might be the Big Star inspired Power Pop record of the year.
Old Crow Medicine Show – Remedy
Any album with the song “Brushy Mountain Conjugal Trailer” has got to be included in any top album list for any year, and while the song is very good it probably ranks third or fourth on the record. The Dylan influence is all over this effort most notably on “Sweet Amarillo,” a song that he gave the band to complete and goes a long way to the Basement Tape vibe that is all over what might be the best album that OCMS has ever produced.