Annnnnnd just like that, 2014 is a wrap. Time flew by way too fast this year and once again our team has tasked ourselves with putting together our personal top 10 albums of the year. Each of us struggled with our lists, I’ve been adding and deleting stuff for the past few weeks, while Michelle says that she has a completed list only to text me that she needs to sleep on it. This, clearly, was not easy. So with that we present you each of our top 10 from 2014. We hope you enjoy reading and hopefully agree with some of our picks.
DT | twitter: @david_thai
R&B music has always held a special place in my heart, as evident with my picks from the last few years. This year is no different with releases from Tinashe, FKA Twigs and even Caribou’s album has some R&B vibes. But it was D’angelo dropping his album very suddenly that had me peeing myself just a little bit. Killer Mike for the third year makes my list, last year Run the Jewels debut album was great, but the follow up that came out this year was amazing and deserves a spot in the top 10. Here are my picks for this year.
01. FKA Twigs – LP1
02. Caribou – Our Love
03. D’Angelo and the Vanguard – Black Messiah
04. Run the Jewels – Run the Jewels 2
05. Lykke Li – I Never Learn
06. How to Dress Well – What is This Heart?
07. Todd Terje – It’s Album Time
08. Schoolboy Q – Oxymoron
09. Future Islands – Singles
10. St. Vincent – St. Vincent
Michelle | twitter: @michdas
For me, 2014 was all about girl power. My top-10 albums were dominated by talented women, with FKA twigs, Angel Olsen, and MØ rounding out the top-three. I had actually never heard music by those three until a few months ago. I listened to FKA twigs’s LP1 a few weeks before her Vancouver show, and I was hooked. I love the preciseness of her music and how her light, soprano voice washes over each song. The immensely talented Angel Olsen offered something completely different—her songs are bare and heartbreaking. It took me a little while to warm up to albums by Alt-J, Lykke Li, and First Aid Kid. They were all artists who had appeared on my previous top-10 lists, and Lykke Li’s album, in particular, was filled with so much sadness that it took me several tries to get through. For me, Iggy Azalea might have had the most fun album of 2014, and we have her (and Charlie XCX) to thank for the ridiculously catchy “Fancy” for the rest of our lives.
01. FKA twigs – LP1
02. Angel Olsen – Burn Your Fire for No Witness
03. MØ – No Mythologies to Follow
04. Alt-J – This is all Yours
05. Iggy Azalea – The New Classic
06. Lykke Li – I Never Learn
07. James Vincent McMorrow – Post Tropical
08. Jack White – Lazaretto
09. First Aid Kit – Stay Gold
10. The Black Keys – Turn Blue
Nicole | twitter: @tokyo_to
For me, 2014 was all about the solo artist. They were the ones who came out on top this year when I sat down and pondered my picks this year. Deciding on my top album was rather difficult, especially since I was deciding between Lykke Li’s I Never Learn and FKA twigs’ LP1. As you can see, I eventually went with LP1 because it is such a strong debut album from the Brit songstress and I never got sick of it no matter how many times I had it on play. Of course, I had to include Taylor Swift and Sam Smith on this list. 1989 is pure pop perfection, complete with plenty of quotable lyrics, and In The Lonely Hour is a great reflection on unrequited love, love, and moving on. My list is rounded out by a few albums that are more upbeat and less sombre because sometimes, you just need to dance around to some fun tunes. All in all, 2014 was a good year so let us cheer to that. Onto 2015 and another year of ace music!
01. FKA twigs – LP1
02. Lykke Li – I Never Learn
03. Taylor Swift – 1989
04. Sam Smith – In The Lonely Hour
05. Lana Del Rey – Ultraviolence
06. Jungle – Jungle
07. First Aid Kit – Stay Gold
08. MØ – No Mythologies to Follow
09. Bombay Bicycle Club – So Long, See You Tomorrow
10. Alvvays – Alvvays