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Top Ten Albums of 2014 - Extended to the Best 20 records of 2014!


For the first time since I started making a year-end top ten or top 20 list I had a hard time even finding 20 new releases that I really liked. Don’t get me wrong, the 20 albums listed below are good, many are even great, but with the exception of the top 10, they just don’t live up to years past. I’ve heard some of my music critic peers say what a great year for music this was and unfortunately I just didn’t hear it. I will be the first to admit that my year was consumed with a new job and family and I may have missed some great releases. I hope to remedy that in 2015 by getting the ObviousPopCast back up and running! That said, if you haven’t heard the following releases please do yourself, your ears and your heart a favor and give them a listen!

  1. The New Pornographers - Brill Bruisers
  2. Steve Taylor and The Perfect Foil - Goliath
  3. Eno-Hyde - High Life
  4. Beck - Morning Phase
  5. Sloan - Commonwealth
  6. Secret Powers - 6
  7. U2 - Songs of Innocence
  8. Cliff Hills - Song Machine
  9. Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness - Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness
  10. Bleachers - Strange Desire
  11. Imogen Heap - Sparks
  12. The Drums - Encyclopedia
  13. Moon Hooch - This Is Cave Music
  14. Clockwork Orchestra - A Fish For A Heart
  15. Husky - Ruckers Hill
  16. Dan Wilson - Love Without Fear
  17. The Choir - Shadow Weaver
  18. TV On The Radio - Seeds
  19. Jukebox the Ghost - Jukebox the Ghost
  20. Mike Doughty - Stellar Motel

BEST REISSUES OF 2014: Trip Shakespeare - "Applehead Man" & "Are You Shakespearienced"

BEST MOVIE OF 2014 (by a long shot!): Guardians of the Galaxy

BEST BOOK OF 2014: The Magicians Trilogy Boxed Set