At the end of the day, the top albums came down to the ones I found myself listening to the most. There were albums I respected but I never had the urge to play, so they ended up lower on the list. These were the albums that kept finding themselves in my heavy rotation. These albums deserve top billing.
Probably the biggest surprise here is the U2 album. I have no idea why so many people criticized its delivery method. People have been complaining that the old system doesn’t work anymore; labels and bands need to try new things. U2 did. They gave the fans exactly what they asked for and the people still complained. People didn’t complain this much about Zooropa (which deserved it). My favorite criticism of the band is now they’re corporate. I hate to break it to you all, any band on a record label is corporate. U2 took a risk and I commend them for it. I’d rather a band take a risk and fail then play it safe and be ordinary. If people stopped complaining and listened, they might actually be surprised.
Here are the 55 Best Albums of 2014 (1-11):
1. Broken Bells - After the Disco 2. Antemasque - Antemasque 3. Eagulls - Eagulls 4. TV On The Radio - Seeds 5. White Sea - White Sea 6. Against Me! - Transgender Dysphoria Blues 7. Cheatahs - Cheatahs 8. Jack White - Lazaretto 9. James Vincent McMorrow - Post-Tropical 10. Run The Jewels - RTJ2 11. U2 - Songs of Innocence