As 2014 comes to a close, our blog contributors have been reminiscing about all the amazing music released this year. So before the ball drops, we’re going to wrap up 2014 with a few lists of our favorite albums, tracks, and artists. This time around, Luke is giving us his list of the 5 best albums of the year:
Alvvays – Alvvays (Polyvinyl Records)
Mining the catalogues of the Vaselines, Tallulah Gosh and Teenage Fanclub, these Canadians have crafted a dreamy, bittersweet song cycle.
YG – My Krazy Life (Def Jam Records)
With another 2014 breakout star, DJ Mustard at the controls, YG modernizes a West Coast rap heritage that’s both introspective and cinematic.
Jeezy – Seen It All: The Autobiography (Def Jam Records)
Jeezy returned as elder trap statesman and finally brought his best beats, delivery and lyrics to one set of songs.
Popcaan – Where We Come From (Mixpak Records)
One of the best pop albums of the year happens to come from one of dancehall’s new superstars. Songs that work as both political manifestos and summer anthems.
Future – Honest (A1 Recordings)
Beyond its massive club cuts, the core of this album houses touching, bleary-eyed bits of intimacy like “I Be U”.
About the author: Luke Bradley is an arts and culture writer living in Toronto. He’s written for The Classical Magazine, Esquire.com, Myspace, Consequence of Sound, DJ Mag and This Recording. Tweet to him @Sloganear.