Happy New Year.
Not to go into too much detail or play pitty-me too much but we’ve had a pretty horrific Xmas in the Story-Household. Following the arrival of Samuel Stacey’s been very ill (life-threatening) and been in and out of hospital all Xmas. She’s still in hospital now, hopefully out tomorrow. The only upside being that I’ve had plenty of time to and fro hospital listening to music and plenty of time at home with my thoughts (and two children).
2014 Favourite Albums ( I don’t really ‘think in tracks’ so my fave tracks would be an assortment of tracks off the following albums)
‘Benji’ – Sun Kil Moon
A horrifically depressing album which is literally a list of songs about different friends and relatives dying. It is also horrifically beautiful and why it is my favourite album of the year. Why when I am down in the dumps do I only want to listen to music about being down in the dumps? I’ve considered this 3 times for an album of the month but decided against it as I don’t want to bum you all out!
‘Lost in the Dream’ – The War on Drugs
Like a lazy mash of mid 80s Dylan and Springsteen … I’m not selling it to you am I?
‘LP1’ – FKA Twigs
One of things I did over Xmas was consolidate my view on this album. I think its brilliant. Its been on constant rotation recently and I am finding more and more in it. 2 Weeks is my track of the year too. I am still as excited hearing it now as I was when it first came out after the summer.
‘Our Love’ – Caribou
I have loads of reservations about this album but its still there for me. In my opinion it is a million miles behind ‘Swim’ which is in my Top 5 all time albums. The highs are too high to ignore it though.
‘Pure Heroine’ – Lorde
Unashamed enjoyment on every listen. I love the lyrics and the sentiment. The kind of artist I hope my daughter likes (if thats not damning with faint praise)
‘Too Bright’ – Perfume Genius
I love this guy. If I was doing top tracks of 2014 at least 4 would be from this album – Queen / Fool / Grid / Longpig (in no order)
‘Black Messiah’ – D’Angelo
Not sure if this should be counted in 2014 but this album is incredible. If it came earlier and I’d had more time with it then it would be my top album.