Our most anticipated albums of 2014 was not so shabby. Beck, Sharon van Etten, St Vincent, Angel Olsen, and The War on Drugs were all on our top 10 most anticipated albums that ended up on our top ten of 2015. I take no blame for not predicting a D’Angelo album, although we gave Spoon (#22 anticipated vs ranked #3), Run the Jewels (#25 vs. #2), and I somehow didn’t anticipate anybody liking FKA Twigs (and still don’t).
On to 2015! And oh man, what a monster year for music this is looking to be.
Just in time for Valentine’s day, too late for anything else: Noise Narcs’ most anticipated albums of 2014.
Not doing a full recap of 2013′s most anticipated this year, but I will say this: dead on about #1 (Kurt Vile) and #2 (Phosphorescent). Flaming Lips, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Boards of Canada, Jay-Z in our top 10 anticipated of 2013? Considerably less right.
As was the case last year, I’ll update this periodically throughout the year. OG signals the album’s original position.
As per usual, our best albums of 2012 proved that my powers of anticipation for the year’s best albums were weak. Our overall and my personal #1 was ranked #45, our #2 was unranked, our #3 was #52, our #4 was unranked, and our #5 unranked. But hey: #6 was ranked #5, and #7 was ranked #1. So hey, baby steps.
I have to admit: this year’s lineup of albums is getting me pretty excited. A lot of very, very promising releases.
Despite our claims of sexism, in the last two years, two smoky and sparse female rockers have come out of nowhere to claim our top album of the year spot. If you scanned our most anticipated albums of 2013, however, you wouldn’t find a single one. Given the ridiculous slate of great music to be released in 2013, I’d bet against a hat trick, but if the stylings of PJ Harvey and Sharon Van Etten are your thing as much as they are ours, Torres’ quietly explosive eponymous album is well worth throwing in the ring.
In January, I looked through our list of most anticipated albums of 2011 to see how my powers of prognostication held up. Well… let’s start with the fact that I ranked my own personal and our overall number one album of 2011 at #21… below Peter, Bjorn, & John. Whoops. Sorry, Polly Jean.
Of the albums in our actual top #20 of 2011, only six were in the top #20 of the anticipated list (Radiohead, Cut Copy, Fleet Foxes, Jay-Z & Kanye, Bon Iver, and Kurt Vile). Seven of our anticipated of 2011 continue to be anticipated: next year in Aphex Twin? And a whole bunch of albums that hadn’t been announced swarmed the lists. Of course, it’s also possible that I may not be as hip to the “new music” as I pretend to be…
So, for my own edification, right after doing that comparison, I put together this list of my most anticipated albums of 2012 in January, with the intention of posting it. January’s the new March, know what I mean, Vern?
I’m going to try to keep this updated as new releases come out. When an album’s release is conjectural, I’ve noted it, and weighed that albums anticipation level accordingly. I won’t change the order based on hearing an album, but I will try to update it based on albums being announced, like I’ve just done by adding Beach House to the #1 spot cuz holy shit a new Beach House album.