BEST OF 2014

As is customary, the Just Played Albums of the Year list will be counted down between now and the festivities. All thirty albums will have accompanying write-ups justifying their inclusion and, wherever possible, clicking on the album artwork will load a means of listening to that record. There’ll be some other bits and bobs as we progress, including a few of the things I penned for Clash in 2014, and the annual prize draw will kick in once the festivities are upon us. Please do let me know what you think of the list over the coming weeks, either here or on Twitter.

It’s hard to escape the sense that 2014 hasn’t been an entirely vintage year, but I’m still pretty confident that you’ll find more than a couple of things to warm your ears and tickle your soul over the course of this countdown. Oh, and just to avoid anyone getting too excited when it still hasn’t appeared and we’re up to the top five, I should tell you that the Kasabian album hasn’t made it.

30. Bombay Bicycle Club – So Long, See You Tomorrow

29. A Winged Victory For The Sullen – Atomos

28. Linda Perhacs – The Soul Of All Natural Things

27. Tom Williams & The Boat – Easy Fantastic

26. Ben Watt – Hendra

25. Gruff Rhys – American Interior

24. FKA Twigs – LP1

23. We Were Evergreen – Towards

22. Martin Carr – The Breaks

21. Elbow – The Take Off And Landing Of Everything

20. Lily & Madeleine – Fumes

19. Sun Kil Moon – Benji

18. Douglas Dare – Whelm

17. Fatima – Yellow Memories

16. Neneh Cherry – Blank Project

15. The War On Drugs – Lost In The Dream

14. Wild Beasts – Present Tense

13. La Roux – Trouble In Paradise

12. Golden Fable – Ancient Blue

11. Kiasmos – Kiasmos

10. Taylor Swift – 1989

9. East India Youth – Total Strife Forever

8. Sophie Ellis-Bextor – Wanderlust

7. Ryan Adams – Ryan Adams

6. The Antlers – Familiars

5. Beck – Morning Phase

4. St. Vincent – St. Vincent

3. Manic Street Preachers – Futurology

2. Sharon Van Etten – Are We There

1. Damon Albarn – Everyday Robots

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One thought on “BEST OF 2014

  1. You usually encourage others to post their favourite albums of the year here, so I thought I’d share mine. Damon Albarn’s came in at number 11. It’s probably a more interesting album than what ended up at number 10 but context is everything. First Aid Kit was the kids’ go to album in the car as we trundled around Europe in the summer; the Manics album is great anyway but revisiting ‘The Holy Bible’ and seeing them play reminded me of their power as a band. There really is no one else like them. Thanks for the posts Gareth – enjoyed them thoroughly!

    1. Manic Street Preachers – Futurology

    2. Caribou – Our Love

    3. Beck – Morning Phase

    4. Kiasmos – Kiasmos

    5. Taylor McFerrin – Early Riser

    6. Gruff Rhys – American Interior

    7. Sharon Van Etten – Are We There

    8. Angel Olsen – Burn Your Fire For No Witness

    9. The War on Drugs – Lost in a Dream

    10. First Aid Kit – Stay Gold

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