2014 - THE MUSICAL YEAR IN REVIEW

Planet Of Sound's best albums and songs of 2014

Lucius. Photo:- Peter Larson.

Lucius. Photo:- Peter Larson.

BEST ALBUMS OF 2014:

1 Lucius - Wildewoman (Play It Again Sam )

From seemingly nowhere came this glorious indie-pop marvel by Brooklyn’s Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig. One-half grandstanding big chorus pop, the other intimate country-esque numbers - taken together, Planet of Sounds’ Album of the Year.

2 Ásgeir - In The Silence (One Little Indian )

The Icelandic phenomenon comes to Europe and what a welcome presence, this special and gifted talent is. Another outstanding debut.

3 AC/DC - Rock or Bust (Columbia )

Lean, mean, and a damn near perfect 35 minutes of prime blues-rock from the Aussie survivors. AC/DC is rock’n’roll.

4 Morrissey - World Peace Is None Of Your Business (Harvest )

Another old master to return in 2014 and he delivered with possibly his most sonically diverse album to date.

5 Ariel Pink - pom pom (4AD )

If Noel Fielding had an evil twin, LA’s Ariel Pink would be it and pom pom was 2014’s most wonderfully OTT, bizarre, and eccentrically uninhibited album.

6 Dum Dum Girls - Too True (Sub Pop )

Classic pop, punk, indie, and eighties rock combine seamlessly in Kristen Walchez’s first truly essential album.

7 Wild Beasts - Present Tense (Domino Records )

Wild Beasts continue to trod the path of exclusive commitment to their muse, yet again forging intelligent and sublime art-rock.

8 Parquet Courts - Sunbathing Animal (Rough Trade )

They worship at the altar of Pavement and The Velvet Underground, but doesn’t it inspire them to create some fantastic music?

9 Field Mouse - Hold Still Life (Topshelf Records )

In love with 1990s shoegaze, the American quartet’s bittersweet melodies and wall-of-sound distortion were the ideal setting for their tales of 20-something life.

10 Pixies - Indie Cindy (Pixiesmusic )

The EPs were hit and miss, but what a difference when grouped together as an album - consistent, surging with energy, conviction, and a point to prove.

BEST RE-RELEASES/COMPILATIONS:

Various artists - Warfaring Strangers: Darkscorch Canticles (Numero Records )

The Doors - Weird Scenes Inside The Goldmine (Elektra )

Soundgarden - Superunknown (A&M )

THE 2014 PLAYLIST - THE BEST SONGS OF THE YEAR:

‘Torrents’ - Ásgeir

‘Rimbaud Eyes’ - Dum Dum Girls

‘Hearbeats’ - September Girls

‘Lost On Me’ - Arc Iris

‘Another Toe In The Ocean’ - Pixies

‘Mr Tembo’ - Damon Albarn

‘Simon Ferocious’ - Mogwai

‘Hey, Doreen’ - Lucius

‘Staircase At The University’ - Morrissey

‘Barry Richardson’ - So Cow

‘The British Are Coming’ - Weezer

‘Black Ballerina’ - Ariel Pink

‘Grace Lake’ - Thurston Moore

‘Every Time The Sun Comes Up’ - Sharon Van Etten

THE BEST GIGS IN GALWAY 2014:

Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott.

Paul Heaton & Jacqui Abbott, Thursday October 30, Seapoint

Ásgeir, Saturday April 12, Róisín Dubh

YUCK, Thursday May 1, Róisín Dubh

Jeffrey Lewis & The Jrams, Wednesday August 27, Róisín Dubh

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