These are the albums I listened to most in 2014. Therefore, they are the best. You can see Steph Mangan’s favorite albums of 2014 here, and Julie Kramer’s here.
|12. The Black Keys ‘Turn Blue’|
While it’s not the band’s best effort to date (that honor goes to 2003’s ‘Thickfreakness’), it’s certainly one of the better rock albums to be released this year.
|11. Wye Oak ‘Shriek’|
In tweaking their core sound a bit, the Maryland duo ended up releasing one of their tightest albums yet.
|10. Beck ‘Morning Phase’|
All of the emotion of Beck’s seminal ‘Sea Change,’ but with a little less weight.
|9. The War On Drugs ‘Lost In The Dream’|
The band should’ve received twice as much press for this album as they did for their “feud” with Mark Kozalek
|8. The Hold Steady ‘Teeth Dreams’|
A shakeup to their lineup led to one of their most rock-solid, front-to-back releases to date.
|7. Tigers Jaw ‘Charmer’|
Losing three-fifths of their band didn’t stop Ben Walsh and Brianna Collins. They regrouped as a two-piece, recruited some friends to tour, and continued making amazing music.
|6. Mogwai ‘Rave Tapes’|
The Scottish indie legends continue their streak of top-notch albums that immerse you in sound and never disappoint.
|5. Spoon ‘They Want My Soul’|
The Austin, TX indie legends continue their stream of top-notch albums that hammer you with sound and never disappoint.
|4. Alt-J ‘This Is All Yours’|
It’s all good, but “Every Other Freckle,” “Hunger Of The Pine,” and “Warm Foothills” are the stand-out tracks.
|3. Braid ‘No Coast’|
This essential emo band released their first full-length album in 15 years–spending over a decade of that time broken up–and made it sound like they weren’t away for a day.
|2. Elbow ‘The Takeoff And Landing Of Everything’|
Thoughtful, melodic, sweeping, moving…I could list a dozen more adjectives and still not capture the sonic scope of Elbow’s work here.
|1. Bombay Bicycle Club ‘So Long, See You Tomorow’|
It’s not often we agree here at RadioBDC, but this year we all had this album on our top lists in some way, shape or form. I say it’s #1.