Album Reviews

Best Albums of 2014 – #5 – 1

Ok, so it’s that time for the best and brightest of the year. You can leave the abuse below about the ones that we left out and what a sin it was to ignore their majesty. Otherwise, just enjoy some fierce tunes! Well, maybe not fierce, but you know what I mean…
This album has received a spectacular review from Pitchfork, oddly enough. It’s not that it is undeserved, it’s just a surprise they picked this album for such high praise, and largely ignored what went before. There’s no radical growth or development on this album, and fans of what he does will continue to enjoy. It’s another view of life and love from Kozelek’s unique perspective, and we’ll relish each of them as they are released. One to enjoy!
While their sound may be too vulgar or raw to be find a home in many a record collection, for those willing to take a risk, this comes recommended for its bravery and diversity. What they do doesn’t always work out, but when it does, it’s really quite special. Stand out tracks include the singles ‘Get Up’ and ‘Low’ both of which you can hear below.
The one constant is Micah’s own rasping voice, and the man has they type of iconic voice that could become the Johnny Cash of his generation. Of course, a lot of balls have to land perfectly for this to happen. There’s a lot of people out there that end up playing bars and never move onto bigger settings. We’re never going to get the pop crossover album from Micah, he knows what he loves, and he’s been doing it for a number of years. This is another album to be enjoyed by his fans and to be ignored by the rest of the world. Choose your side wisely!
“The bass lines capture the imagination, and add to the overall structure. Simple guitar lines and drums with lots of cymbals for the louder moments. You can easily take apart what they are doing, and you can hear each instrument separately. This is music with space and clarity, the music of a garage band that know what they are doing. There is a nice looseness about the sound, the production hasn’t cleaned it within an inch of its life, and it still feels nicely raw, the edges left intact.”
It’s an album that couldn’t be budged from my playlists for several months. The gig in Whelan’s only added to the excitement. She has established herself with this album, and we wait for what comes next.
“The arrangements are simple enough, and it’s the standard collection of instruments, with drums, guitar and occasional piano. Her own voice is central to everything, and her deep and raw sound is vulnerable and filled with emotion! It’s an album equal to any artist that is producing soft souled folk/ rock today, and if you’re a fan of either, it’s worth checking out.”
Honourable mentions –
War on Drugs – Lost in the Dream
Hundred Waters – The Moon Rang Like A Bell
Sharon Van Etten – Are We There

2 replies »

  1. Benji was my album of the year too – wonderfully weird and compelling. Loved Angel Olsen too but another that wouldn’t budge for me was Keaton Henson’s Romantic Works. Happy New Year!

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