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Top 50 Albums of 2014 (as of 20/12/2014)

I've not found 2014 to be a particularly strong year for new music, personally, but out of the 87 albums I listened to, I've still managed to put together a top 50 of albums I really like. The top 10 was really difficult to put in order though, as I like all of those albums quite a similar amount! Still - here are the ones that made it in...

50. Castanets - Decimation Blues
49. The Dø - Shake Shook Shaken
48. Dean Wareham - Dean Wareham
47. Mounties - Thrash Rock Legacy
46. Andrew Bird - Things Are Really Great Here, Sort Of
45. Beck - Morning Phase
44. Dum Dum Girls - Too True
43. Say Hi - Endless Wonder
42. Katie Herzig - Walk Through Walls
41. The Antlers - Familiars

40. Blood Red Shoes - Blood Red Shoes
39. Zee Avi - Zee Avi's Nightlight
38. The Hidden Cameras - Age
37. Trwbador - Several Wolves
36. Sharon Van Etten - Are We There
35. Blonde Redhead - Barragan
34. Clap Your Hands Say Yeah - Only Run
33. Owen Pallett - In Conflict
32. The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart - Days Of Abandon
31. Damon Albarn - Everyday Robots

30. Nicole Atkins - Slow Phaser
29. Kevin Drew - Darlings
28. St. Vincent - St. Vincent
27. Slow Club - Complete Surrender
26. Jill Sobule - Dottie's Charms
25. Kate Miller-Heidke - O Vertigo
24. Kitten - Kitten
23. Angus & Julia Stone - Angus & Julia Stone
22. Jenny Lewis - The Voyager
21. Lykke Li - I Never Learn

20. Russian Red - Agent Cooper

19. The New Pornographers - Brill Bruisers

18. First Aid Kit - Stay Gold

17. Conor Oberst - Upside Down Mountain

16. Joan As Police Woman - The Classic

15. Allo Darlin' - We Come From The Same Place

14. Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks - Wig Out At Jagbags

13. Manic Street Preachers - Futurology

12. Hello Saferide - The Fox, The Hunter And Hello Saferide

11. Stanley Brinks And The Wave Pictures - Gin

10. The Voluntary Butler Scheme - A Million Ways To Make Gold

The Voluntary Butler Scheme - A Million Ways To Make Gold

9. Gruff Rhys - American Interior

Gruff Rhys - American Interior

8. Martin Carr - The Breaks

Martin Carr - The Breaks

7. Émilie Simon - Mue

Emilie Simon - Mue

6. Space - Attack Of The Mutant 50ft Kebab

Space - Attack Of The Mutant 50ft Kebab

5. Spearmint - News From Nowhere

Spearmint - News From Nowhere

4. John Mouse - The Death Of John Mouse

John Mouse - The Death Of John Mouse

3. Dan Amor - Rainhill Trials

Sweet Baboo - Ships

It's a very Welsh top 3 this year! Well, top 4 infact. Dan Amor is someone I first heard through Adam Walton's radio show (so thanks for that, Adam). This is the first album of his I've heard, though I'll definitely have to try and get hold of his others. It's quite Beatles-esque a lot of the time, which I definitely mean as a compliment. I'd usually try and share a YouTube clip of one of the songs, but sadly I can't find one. You can download the album here on Bandcamp though - for free, if you choose - so that's even better than a video clip!

2. Keys - Ring The Changes

Keys - Ring The Changes

Formerly known as 'The Keys'; I'm sure they've only changed their name to mess up my last.fm statistics!! They're still making great music though, so I'll let them off. Actually, they're quite rare as a band, in that their albums just seem to get better and better. I enjoyed their debut back in 2003, though it suffered a bit by comparison to Murry The Hump, who I'd loved. Their 2nd full-length album wasn't until 2011, with Bitten By Wolves. I thought I'd have ranked that pretty highly in my end of year chart, but I just checked and it was only at number 32! I guess it must have been a grower as I'd rank it a lot higher than that now. Anyway, 2014 is their year for jumping straight into the top 3 - hoorah! They're very 60s-influenced, but I'm otherwise rubbish at describing music, so just check out the YouTube clip below. And then go buy their album here - it's a very attractive double 12" vinyl (that comes with a download code). It's got butterflies on!! Ok, maybe that's not the greatest purchasing argument. Listen to 'Bad Girls' and then feel compelled to buy the album:

1. The Earth - Keltic Voodoo Boogaloo

The Earth - Keltic Voodoo Boogaloo

It's possibly not the biggest shock ever for me to have a top charting album that features ex-members of Catatonia! In this case Mark Roberts and Dafydd Ieuan (yes, he was briefly in Catatonia - I know he's known more for being in Super Furry Animals). Mark's still got those catchy songwriting skills - hoorah! Their debut album only made it to number 27 in my chart last year, though that's partly because I didn't get to hear it until December, so it didn't have much opportunity to really get into my head. As well as having longer to listen to this album, before putting my chart together, I also think it's stronger than their first. Dionne's got a great voice and there are some very catchy tunes. Listen to the awesome Baby Bones (below) and then go buy their album from an independent record shop, like Spillers (where I bought my copy). Or, y'know, make a cup of tea, or read a book, or do whatever the hell you want - I'm not the boss of you.

You should buy the album though.

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