Top 20 Albums of 2014

The 20 Best Albums of 2014.

1. 'Blue' - JMSN
2. 'Fast Forward' - The Walls Group
3. 'RTJ2' - Run The Jewels
4. 'Nabuma Rubberband' -Little Dragon
5. '2014 Forest Hills Drive' - J.Cole
6. 'Calls & Echoes' - Melissa Polinar
7. 'Journals' - Justin Bieber
8. 'Under Pressure' - Logic
9. 'Cadillactica' - Big K.R.I.T.
10. 'Indigo Child' - Raury
11. '1989' - Taylor Swift
12. 'Ghost Stories' - Coldplay
13. 'Ultraviolence' - Lana Del Rey
14. 'Oxymoron' -Schoolboy Q
15. 'Help' - Erica Campbell
16. 'Mali Is....' - Mali Music
17. '1,000 Forms of Fear' - Sia
18. 'Nick Jonas' - Nick Jonas
19. 'X' - Ed Sheeran
20. 'Some Love Lost' - Joe Budden

 

Up until December 9th, I went back and forth between The Walls Group and Run the Jewels as having put out the most solid album of 2014. Of course, December 9th was the release date of JMSN's 'Blue' album. Once I listened to it, I didn't see myself having much time any of the newer releases. Live instrumentation, woozy hooks and smooth transitions made this 'Alternative R&B' effort extremely cohesive in its approach. 'Blue' was an addicting listen that seemed to get better as the album went on. Think of it as a Justin Timberlake/Frank Ocean hybrid album. J.Cole dropped out of nowhere, but it seemed like he finally made the album that he wanted to make. Taylor Swift is a songwriting genius. I hated 'Oxymoron' until I saw Schoolboy live in concert. Went back and listened to the album, and it was like listening to a completely different project. Some albums need that live experience. I also gave special attention to 'Calls & Echoes' by Melissa Polinar, since I'm huge on great songwriting and melodies. When I went to Atlanta to see Outkast perform, Raury opened. He really caught me off guard by the strength of the songs he performed. The same respect he commanded on stage, is the same respect he commanded throughout this album, which was the world seen through the eyes of an 18-year old singer songwriter. Each one of these albums is worth (multiple) listens. Do you have an album that SHOULD be on this list? Which one would you take out? Let's debate.