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  • get.amped
    A few stand-outs:

    Various - Beck Song Reader
    The Afghan Whigs - Do To The Beast
    Band Of Horses - Acoustic At The Ryman
    Beck - Morning Phase
    The Belle Brigade - Just Because
    Ben & Ellen Harper - Childhood Home
    Benmont Tench - You Should Be So Lucky
    The Black Keys - Turn Blue
    Bombay Bicycle Club - So Long, See You Tomorrow
    Broken Bells - After The Disco
    Chrissie Hynde - Stockholm
    David Crosby - Croz
    Devon Allman - Ragged And Dirty
    Drive-By Truckers - English Oceans
    Ed Sheeran - X
    Elbow - The Take Off and Landing of Everything
    Future Islands - Singles
    Gary Clark Jr. - Live
    Glass Hammer - Ode To Echo
    Hozier - Hozier
    Imelda May - Tribal
    Imogen Heap - Sparks
    Ingrid Michaelson - Lights Out
    Jack White - Lazaretto
    Jenny Lewis - The Voyager
    Joe Henry - Invisible Hour
    Johnny Winter - Step Back
    Joseph Arthur - Lou
    Keb' Mo' - Bluesamericana
    The Kenny Wayne Shepard Band - Goin' Home
    Lake Street Dive - Bad Self Portraits
    Lenny Kravitz - Strut
    Lily Allen - Sheezus
    Little Feat - Live In Holland 1976
    Luther Dickinson - Rock 'N Rock Blues
    Marcia Ball - The Tattooed Lady And The Alligator Man
    Minus The Bear - Lost Loves
    Natalie Merchant - Natalie Merchant
    Neon Trees - Pop Psychology
    The New Pornographers - Brill Bruisers
    Noah Gundersen - Ledges
    Passenger - Whispers
    Phillip Sayce - Influence
    Phillip Phillips - Behind The Light
    Phish - Fuego
    The Pineapple Thief - Magnolia
    Quilt - Held In Splendor
    Ray LaMontagne - Supernova
    Robert Plant & The Sensational Space Shifters - Lullabye And... The Ceaseless Roar
    Rodrigo Y Gabriela - 9 Dead Alive
    Roseanne Cash - The River & The Thread
    Royal Southern Brotherhood - Heartsoulblood
    Ruthie Foster - Promise Of A Brand New Day
    Ryan Adams - Ryan Adams
    The Secret Sisters - Put Your Needle Down
    Shakey Graves - And The War Came
    Sharon Van Etten - Are We There
    Spoon - They Want My Soul
    St. Paul & The Broken Bones - Half The City
    Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks - Wig Out At Jag Bags
    Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers - Hypnotic Eye
    Tori Amos - Unrepentant Geraldines
    Trampled By Turtles - Wild Animals
    The War On Drugs - Lost In The Dream
    Wilko Johnson & Roger Daltrey - Going Back Home
    Yes - Heaven & Earth
    You + Me - Rose Ave.
    Young The Giant - Mind Over Matter

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  • d6jg
    Same boat here too.
    Well over 100 CDs bought this year probably over 200 but the "Years" view tells me only 11 are 2014. Of these there are half a dozen or so compilation albums from various places (Magazine freebies and the like), Pink Floyd & U2, Rod Stewart's Live 1976-1998 which leaves the only real 2014 albums as Matt Schofield's Far As I Can See and Bryan Ferry's Avonmore. Both are good but they aren't classics.

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  • reinholdk
    It's a similar situation for me. I also have more than 100 additions to my library this year but by far less than half of them are original 2014 releases. So I really had to think about what I liked the most.

    Interestingly enough, although I'm a long-time fan of both Pink Floyd and U2, I didn't consider their new albums for my favorites list. I do like listening to these, but probably the expectations have been higher, so IMO they are good but not good enough. (Ok, it's debatable whether to account Pink Floyd's album for 2014...)

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  • garym
    Hmmm, sadly (or maybe not), when I review my album purchases for 2014 (which number over 100, and do NOT count new "vault" releases of any kind (newly released box sets of Velvet Underground, Neil Young, Complete Fillmore of Allman Brothers, Complete Fillmore of Humble Pie, various new vault releases of Grateful Dead, Basement Tapes, Willie Nelson Bear Family Box sets, Freddie King Box sets, CSNY archive concerts, remastered Led Zeppelin, etc. or "new to me" purchases of older, pre 2014 releases, I don't actually have that many actual 2014 "new" releases. I did very much enjoy these (ranked from most to least, although I liked them all).

    Lucinda Williams, Where the Spirit Meets the Bone (her best in several years)
    Dave & Phil Alvin, Common Ground
    Various Artists, This One's for Him: A Tribute to Guy Clark
    Various Artists, Looking Into You: A Tribute to Jackson Browne
    Rodney Crowell, Tarpaper Sky
    Kelly Willis & Bruce Robison, Our Year
    Hard Working Americans, Hard Working Americans
    Todd Snider, Time As We Know it: The Songs of Jerry Jeff Walker (2014?)

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  • What are your favorite albums of the year / of the last months?

    This is the time of the year where many people are looking back and building up lists of favorites of all kind.
    So I thought we should have something similar about music here.

    Please provide your personal list of favorite albums but keep it related to the past year or at least to the past several months.
    If you have a list, you don't need to give a detailed ranking and also a single album is fine. Adding new favorites here every few months would also be nice.

    Here is my list for 2014, with Ben Howard's "I Forget Where We Were" as my nominee for the Album Of The Year title.

    Ben Howard - I Forget Where We Were
    Robert Plant - Lullaby and... The Ceaseless Roar
    Lars Danielsson - Liberetto II
    Lamb - Backspace Unwind
    Nighthawks - Rio Bravo
    Tori Amos - Unrepentant Geraldines
    Samaris - Silkidrangar
    Michael Wollny Trio - Weltentraum
    Klaus Schulze & Lisa Gerrard - Big In Europe Vol. 2 Amsterdam
    Angus and Julia Stone - Angus and Julia Stone