2014 has certainly been quite the year for music, and being a music journalist makes it a lot more interesting. I’ve been introduced to so many amazing musicians and impressed by my favorites this past year, so making up this list was difficult. Nevertheless, below is my list of top 10 albums of 2014, based on what I listen to. Enjoy!
I said it once and I’ll say it again: Issues had quite a remarkable 2014. It all began with their self-titled debut that captivated listeners with their unique collision of metalcore, R&B, and hip-hop. Tracks go from Tyler Carter’s smooth melodies to Michael Bohn’s raspy screams, then flow into hypnotic DJ sections by Ty Acord. The scattered and raving tone of this record is something completely fresh to the music scene, and clearly much desired among audiences.
My heart is still aching over the My Chemical Romance breakup, but when ex-guitarist of the band, Frank Iero, decided to release his solo work, Frnkiero andthe Cellabration, it was the perfect band-aid. Frank Iero’s poetic lyrics and grungy attitude combine to make an angsty and passionate punk rock record. The beauty in its rawness and depth is a lot to absorb, but worth every minute of listening.
I was pleasantly surprised with Of Mice & Men in 2014. Restoring Force marks a fresh start in their career as they finally start to run in the direction they’ve been dreaming of. If you can afford to take the risk, why not take it, right? The record is filled with their true intentions of honest lyrics and smooth, heavy sounds. With their unstoppably growing popularity, Of Mice & Men make a transition to a more hard rock sound, giving them the ability to please themselves and wider audiences.
Sia runs the pop industry for others behind the scenes with her powerhouse vocals and delicate songwriting, so when she puts it to her own use, it’s pure magic. 1000 Forms Of Fear is every quirky, powerful, and beautiful aspect of Sia’s personality, presented flawlessly for her listeners. She intertwines so many different elements of instrumentation in style into one record, that you are left speechless by raw talent.
I was definitely blown away by this album above any other in 2014. Disgusting is all you will ever need in today’s hardcore music: rigorous breakdowns, heartwrenching emotions, and beautifully powerful melodies. Every track on this record has a unique personality and sound, something hard to create so early on in the game. With the maturity and skill put in to this album, it’s hard to believe that it is only Beartooth’s debut.
Most Anticipated: Pierce The Veil