The Best 35 Releases of 2014. (25-21)

2014 will always be the year that was 2014.
Here is a rundown of The Best 35 Releases of 2014. 

(30-26 available here)

The Best 35 Releases of 2014


25. Rise Against – The Black Market.

Not only do Rise Against get the political undertones of ‘The Black Market’ perfect, cutting without being overbearing, but they give the whole affair a human voice. From the mirrored glances of ‘I Don’t Want To Be Here Anymore’, to the pained ‘People Live Here’, the band blend social commentary with personal strife. Seven albums in and the band just keep getting better.


24. Angels & Airwaves – The Dream Walker.

Tom DeLonge will always be tied to Blink 182, and rightly so. But that doesn’t mean the fifth album from Angels and Airwaves should be overlooked. Grand, clever and with a twinkle in it’s musical eye, The Dream Walker is a much more concise hunk of Tom DeLonge’s madcap genius. As part of a project alongside a movie, a novel and a comic book, The Dream Walker is another ambitious turn from the band while standing alone it’s among some of the best work that DeLonge has ever put his name to.


23. Taylor Swift – 1989.

2014 was the year of 1989. Taylor Swift went from everyone’s favourite folk star to everyone’s favourite pop star and she did it with pure Swift magic. Behind the red carpets, the performances and #Taylurking, lay an album that was everything you could have wanted. Charming, personal and capturing a little bit of everything, 1989 summed up where pop music was as well as giving a glittering yet humble glimpse into the future. May it come swiftly.


22. DZ Deathrays – Black Rat.

While DZ Deathrays debut album ‘Bloodstreams’ was the final musical throes of a wild house party, it’s followup ‘Black Rat’ soundtracks the whole sordid affair and beyond. There are songs of dance, of lust and of throwing an iPad out the window. It’s a textured, accomplished beast that hasn’t forgotten the dank basements that they used to call home but beyond the growth and the fact that every song could/should be a single, DZ Deathrays still know how to have fun. ‘Black Rat’ will take you on a wild weekend and leave you with nothing but a smile and your shoes.


21. Brawlers – I Am A Worthless Piece Of Shit.

As introductions go, Brawlers’ ‘I Am A Worthless Piece Of Shit’ is a bold one. Anyone expecting an EP of self-deprecation and lament should go elsewhere though, as Brawlers put their heads down, hold their hands out and take you on an fifteen-minute adrenaline fuelled ride of fun and frolics. From the selfie-baiting smirk of ‘Instagram Famous’ to the disco heartache of the title track, Brawlers keep the entrance short and the energy sweet. The six-fingered handshake that welcomes you to their world is firm but fleeting and you’ll spend the next few years desperate for another.


~ by justdip on 05/01/2015.

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