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Late Doors

Album of the year 2014

Well not so much a prescribed ranked list just a rundown of the year. That said, Sun Kill Moon's Benji is my runaway stand out. An exquisite middle age man's melancholic yet  stoically humane trip through death and sadness. It's done with such artistic candidacy and poetic beauty, stark but melodic but all the time musically dramatic. I'm a sucker for sardonic artists of any kind, especially when they have the genius to back it up and this lad has it in spades.

Funnily enough his sparring partners in their mid summer spat War on Drugs have also done another wonderful album to match last year's Slave Ambient. Spiteful as Kozeleck's comments about them have been there has been an element of truth. Beer commercial guitar music and the whitest band ever he has called them. This was after their festival gigs collided with WOD's guitar laden set bleeding into his own acoustically mellow session on the neighbouring stage. Nonetheless their album is choc full of songs that grab grow groove and grow some more.

Ty Segal's manipulator is a culmination of his burgeoning prowess. The lad must eat drink and live rock n roll and it all comes out in this epic album. Like his London calling it takes his influences and fuses them together in a masterpiece statement.

Lucinda Williams seems to have got happy and her album Down where the Spirit Meets the Bone. Another brilliant coming together of an artist's varied facets

Steve Gunn is a brilliant guitarist and also it seems a fine Songsmith judging by his ace album including a song of the year about my garden.

Beck never fails and Morning phase is as good as he gets, delicate cosmic laced musical finery, brilliant.

Some artist for me by default because of the nature of who they are can do no wrong. Both Bright Eyes and Drive by Truckers have made average albums by their brilliant standards but good ones  in English oceans and Upside Down Mountain.

Interesting debut albums from Benj Booker, East India Youth and Temples But the bulk of the best albums have come from established bands who have been on the slow burner for a while. Spoon, Mogwai, Real Estate, Sharron van Etton,  Mark Lannegan, Cymbals Eat Guitars and probably others, Jack White, Jeff Tweedy, Black Keys have all made ace albums this year as as Lee Bains

I've not discovered any new major radical stuff coming in From left field like say Animal Collective or Flaming Lips of previous years. The nearest I've git is the Swans with To Be Kind. I've only just got but it has the potential to be something really magnificent.

Foul mouth fuckers the Sleaford Mods have been around a while and although i haven't got the album I've heard pretty much all of it and some of it a lot. Good stuff and the country needs an album like that.

It's all mainly white people with guitars for me, pretty narrow i know. I try to check out other stuff but hardly ever buy it. That Caribou album sounds pretty good as does The Future Islands Singles album and the album by Toumani Diabate and his lad.

Another good year though if not exactly vintage. Music delivery is changing beyond any bodies imagination 20 years ago. The album is not as important as it was to lots of people. To me it is still the definitive statement of the artist and still the body of work i treasure most.
smiling badger

Dont think that i've bought a new album this year but when i've thought about it then the ones that i have thought about buying have been one that you have mentioned, Becks Morning Phase and  the Robert Plant one also.
Will get my shit together and buy both over the xmas period.
Butts

This was my top 10 for the thing I write for, in no particular order:

Benji - Sun Kil Moon
Where The Spirit Meets The Bone - Lucinda Williams
Dereconstructed - Lee BainsIII and the Glory Fires
The River and the Thread - Rosanne Cash
The Hum - Hookworms
Songs - John Fullbright
Metamodern Sounds In Country Music - Sturgill Simpson
Lateness Of Dancers - Hiss Golden Messenger
Clark - Clark
Everything's A Thread  - John Steel Singers
Grind

I think the only one I ended up buying in 2014 was the Pink Floyd offering which, to be honest, is a bit meh.
fartcatcher

I have bought three albums this year - an increase of 50% on 2013.

St Vincent, Sinkane and First Aid Kit. I like them all equally.
Forest

Becks' Morning Phase is the only album I acquired this year. Still not bored of it.
Late Doors

I wondered if you'd have Hiss Golden Messenger in Butts. I've never had a problem with bands drawing from influences, taking their inspiration and then adding their own spirit onto the mix. Bands like Wooden shjipts for instance taking Hawkwind or even Oasis with the Beatles but this lad takes it too far with his Dylan reproductions for me. Lovely songs, no doubting that but there is a line between inspiration homage and downright copy cat plagiarism. To me he is on the wrong side of that. Id like to hear what Dock says about him as well as your own thoughts on that if that's alright. Not that you have to justify anything if course

Beck just edging the Reg Vote as things stand but its gripping stuff
Cutsyke

Personally think it's been a crap year. War On Drugs, I just don't get the fuss at all. Future Islands are surely a comedy act? I'm am seriously stunned by the rise in their popularity.

Gruff Rhys American Interior, Cherry Ghost Herd Runners and Elbow's, so good I can't even remember the name.

Temples good not great.

I think it's the poorest year since I started buying records in 1979.

Hope Kid Wave make an album in 2015.
Dock

Late Doors wrote:
I wondered if you'd have Hiss Golden Messenger in Butts. I've never had a problem with bands drawing from influences, taking their inspiration and then adding their own spirit onto the mix. Bands like Wooden shjipts for instance taking Hawkwind or even Oasis with the Beatles but this lad takes it too far with his Dylan reproductions for me. Lovely songs, no doubting that but there is a line between inspiration homage and downright copy cat plagiarism. To me he is on the wrong side of that. Id like to hear what Dock says about him as well as your own thoughts on that if that's alright. Not that you have to justify anything if course

Beck just edging the Reg Vote as things stand but its gripping stuff


Re: Hiss Golden Messenger. If you hadn't pointed it out I wouldn't have made the Dylan connection. I can hear certain similarities but I don't think he sounds 100% like Dylan, to me just sounds 100% average.

The Beck album was ok for me but not a total knockout. As for it being Mojo's Album of the Year, Id worry if there was nothing better than that out in a whole year. Have to side with Cuts regarding not hearing anything in recent times that has stopped me in my tracks. Ta for posting up some of the stuff that you have all liked. I love the title of the Strugill Simpson album that Gambo mentioned so I will have a look at it.

Probably not a surprise to those that know me but the stuff I've enjoyed personally this year has been mainly older stuff. The reissues of the Howlin' Wolf 1962 album 'Rockin' Chair' with extra tracks and a compilation of a soul singer called Major Lance who was around in the early/mid-sixties and was on the Okeh label at the time of Curtis Mayfield and The Impressions and all that Chicago soul scene. Mayfield wrote a lot of the songs ML performs and you can hear the similarities with the fantastic Impressions stuff although Lance was more poppy soul than The Impressions. Also been listening to a lot of Ray Charles and exploring the great country and gospel stuff Jerry Lee Lewis put out in the sixties. I've also enjoyed hearing some of jack Whites little side projects.

I know there is some great contemporary stuff around but as time goes on I find myself listening more and more to music from the 1950's and 1960's because it excites me far more than most of the stuff I have heard that has come out in the last ten years or so. But I do still love finding out about new stuff especially from our resident gig junkies LD and Gambo, and 6music of course.
Butts

The Sturgill Simpson album title is a lift from Ray Charles' "Modern Sounds In Country and Western Music" which he titled mischeviously to tease the jazz fraternity in 1962.

R: Hiss - are you sure you've got the right person? He's nothing like Dylan!

A few that nearly made my top 10 would be Put Me Back On My Back/Decoration; Way Out Weather/ Steve Gunn; Colfax/ The Delines; Single Mothers/ Justin Townes Earle; Put Your Needle Down/ Secret Sisters; Griffith Park/ Chris Stroffolino; Invisible Hour/ Joe Henry; Sukirae/ Tweedy.
Late Doors

Arr c'mon. Maybe not the stuff Dylan made his name with but certainly the latter half stuff. Even his ardent admirers in Uncut state the album touches on Planet Waves. I'd go further than touches, more indecentley assaults. Interesting that he doesn't get a look in with the Mojo top fifty as well. I'm not saying i don't like his stuff, i do, its just jarringly too close to somebody else who did it first.

So ill leave it to the reg panel.

http://youtu.be/tORRnajacx0

Yeah agree it hasn't been a vintage year but plenty of stuff has stirred me and at least interested me. Like Future Islands. If they are a comedy band i don't get the joke. I presume that's a reference to their unusual look and unorthodox moves by the singer. They combine 80s type synth pop with some great country soul and have the spirit of the ace Bronski Beat/Communards about them who funnily enough also got accused of being a comedy band i seem to remember. Well certainly by my dad. :lol:Anyway i like them.
Robert Robinson

Heh.. well both Prince albums have been on repeat play since they came out, but that's normal in my house.

Love the Billy Idol album.. does what it's always said on the tin.. and the Beck album is cool.. glad it won a Grammy, despite what Kanye West thinks..

Talking of which -

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y7pd2I-dpzs

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