Matthew Simone: Top Albums of 2014

Philadelphia, PA

It’s only fitting, as my top album’s lead track sums up my experience each year as the holidays roll around and the stress mounts. I’m feeling it Under The Pressure, but it’s not the stress of buying gifts, of family squabbles, of cooking treats, of traffic or presents, or overtime at work, but the annual burden of being forced to listen to album after album of Dave’s terrible taste just to squeeze out a list of the top ten most subjectively tolerable. Oh, and thanks Dave, I don’t need that downtime after Christmas to cram out this dreadful list, I can totally put aside the needs of family, and crank it out by Christmas Eve. It’s another year gone by for Noise Narcs and “Well, I’m surviving, under the pressure…”

top ten albums

10Sun Kil Moon: Benji

If I die a tragic death, I want this guy to write a song about it.

Standout Track(s): Carissa

09Real Estate: Atlas

Standout Track(s): Talking Backwards

08Sturgill Simpson: Metamodern Sounds in Country Music

Who says country is dead? Oh, right, everybody. Sturgill Simpson proves otherwise with his self labeled “social consciousness album about love.”

Standout Track(s): Turtles All The Way Down

07FKA Twigs: LP1

Standout Track(s): Two Weeks, Pendulum

06Caribou: Our Love

Standout Track(s): Can’t Do Without You

05TV on the Radio: Seeds

TV trades some of it’s edge for something a little more clean, poppy and accessible. Ordinarily, this ends a band for me, but I’m still wiggling, so they escape the guillotine – for now.

Standout Track(s): Careful You, Could You

04Woods: With Light and With Love

I could be overrating this based on their mesmerizing performance at Boot and Saddle, but the blend of psychedelia, folk and soul can smooth out my most crooked days.

Standout Track(s): With Light and With Love

03Spoon: They Want My Soul

Same formula. Same results. Another great Spoon album.

Standout Track(s): Inside Out, Do You

02Run the Jewels: Run the Jewels 2

For this album, the lyrics overtake the production in a constant battle between El-P and Killer Mike for music supremacy as they destroy everything in their path.

Standout Track(s): Close Your Eyes (And Count to Fuck)

01The War on Drugs: Lost in the Dream

Lonliness and pain never sounded so good.

Standout Track(s): Under the Pressure, Red Eyes

honorable mentions

Mac Demarco – Salad Days, Damon Alborn – Everyday Robots, St. Vincent – St. Vincent

I wish I could pad this list with the leftovers from last years list, as I struggled to fill this one out. Or maybe I should have listened to more music. If this was the end of the Noise Narcs Top Ten then I am priveledged to have been invited along for the ride. Each year I get to listen some music I would have never had the pleaure to otherwise; and each year I discover a new album or three that sits high on the pantheon of my music collection. For that I am grateful to all the contributors and alas, to David for this whipping this beast into shape each year. Thanks for the memories Noise Narcs!

similarity to overall top ten: 60.5%, 5 matches

top songs

Pleae, no one ever play that Happy song again. Ever.

10The War on Drugs – Under The Pressure

09St. Vincent – Digatal Witness

08Tune Yards – Water Fountain

07Sun Kil Moon – Carissa

06Spoon – Do You

05FKA Twigs – Two Weeks

04Caribou – Can’t Do Without You

03Hozier – Take Me To Church

02The War on Drugs – Red Eyes

01Close Your Eyes (And Count to Fuck)

Nothing really jumped off the charts for me this year in the singles department. Maybe I’m just getting too old for this shit.

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