Top 10 albums of 2014

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Was 2014 a good year for music? My friends and fellow fans seem divided on the subject. On the one hand, this year we saw an explosion in the sheer quantity of indie/alternative/electronic/genre-defying music out there, in part thanks to services like Spotify, the aptly-described “celestial jukebox” that makes the acts of discovering new artists, hearing new songs, and updating your playlists heartbeat-quick. On the other hand, the amount of music could feel overwhelming. One friend told me that while lots of songs held his attention for a time, few whole albums really stood out or had staying power.

It’s true that taking the time to listen to an entire album beginning to end can feel like a throwback, especially in the digital sphere. Yet there were at least 10 albums this year that held my attention, and kept it, for many repeated listens. Here they are, in rough order, below, followed by a Spotify playlist (of course!) with one song from each.

1. Trust – Joyland

2. Perfume Genius – Too Bright

3. Caribou – Our Love

4. iamamiwhoami – Blue

5. Wild Beasts – Present Tense

6. SOHN – Tremors

7. A Sunny Day in Glasgow – Sea When Absent

8. Dean Blunt – Black Metal

9. Shabazz Palaces – Lese Majesty

10. Phantogram – Voices

– Anna Kramer

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