The Shure Blog Team's Favorite Albums of 2014
This was a tough question for me to answer myself. There were some really incredible albums released this year. Some of my favorites included Jessie Ware's Tough Love, Sylvan Esso's Sylvan Esso, the one that's making all the lists this year, Sam Smith's In The Lonely Hour; and Banks' Goddess. Of the four of these stand-out albums (and I'm sure I'm forgetting some key ones that I'll beat myself up later for not including), in my opinion, there is one that really beat the rest. I listened to it non-stop. I stole posters off the street advertising the album release. I woke up ready to listen to the album and would listen to it from start to finish for several weeks. I can still listen to the album and not be tired of the songs, and that album is...
[caption id="attachment_23955" align="alignnone" width="500"] Goddess by Banks[/caption]
Banks put out one of the best albums of 2014 without a doubt, and I know I'm not alone in saying that. Her style is unlike that of many artists these days. It's raw and honest, haunting and emotional. She's not afraid to be bold, and that's exactly what this album is. It's hard to choose a favorite track off this album, which I think speaks for itself. If you can't choose a standout favorite track from an album, that's when you know it's a good one. For the sake of this blog post, I'll go with "Brain."
Lost in the Dream by The War On Drugs
Favorite Track: "Under the Pressure"
The Art of Joy by Jackie Hill Perry
Favorite Track: "I Just Wanna Get There"
HEAL by Strand Of Oaks
Favorite Track: "Goshen '97"
Once More Round the Sun by Mastodon
Favorite Track: "The Motherload" or "High Road"
St. Vincent by St. Vincent
Favorite Track: "Rattlesnake"
Yes! by Jason Mraz
Favorite Track: "Shine"