It’s hard to believe, but with Memorial Day fast approaching we are nearly halfway through 2014. While we were preoccupied with polar vortexes and lots of snow, there were a lot of great albums being released and many more on the horizon. I think it is safe to say that this is going to be a great year in music. You can check out my entire list here: Music for 2014 and I’ve highlighted some favorites below.
Noah Gundersen – Ledges
This is Gundersen’s first full length album and it’s a thing of beauty. He may only be in his early 20’s, but there is a depth and honesty to his songwriting that you usually only find in more established artists. I’m partial to the title track “Ledges” but my friend can’t get enough of “Poor Man’s Son.” Give it a listen and decide for yourself.
Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings – Give the People What They Want
2013 was a difficult year for Sharon Jones. She was diagnosed with cancer and had to put her tour on hold to deal with chemo treatments and her health. But she has returned better than ever. This latest release of funk and soul tracks will be the perfect addition to any summer day. Give “Retreat” a listen and I dare you to not listen to the rest of the record.
St. Paul & the Broken Bones – Half the City
A new soul band out of Birmingham, AL and already they are making waves thanks to a great deal of critical acclaim. Soul music is clearly making a comeback and it’s possible that this group will be at the forefront for years to come. Some highlights from the album include “Call Me” and “It’s Midnight.”
Honorable mention goes to Eli “Paperboy” Reed another great soul singer. I’ve seen him a couple of times at the Beachland and he always brings down the house. Be sure to check out his new album Nights Like This too.
Damon Albarn – Everyday Robots
Albarn is best known as the frontman of Blur and Gorillaz. Everday Robots is Albarn’s solo debut and he has stated that it is his most autobiographical work to date. Throughout the record he explores nature vs technology. It’s one of the most original albums I have heard in ages. A few of my favorite tracks are “Everday Robots,” “Heavy Seas of Love,” and “Lonely Press Play.”
Until next time, happy listening!