Strong Odors Favorite Albums 2014

My favorite albums this year are mostly predictable, but nestled in there among my safe bets of the 2010’s (tUnE-yArDs, First Aid Kit, alt-j, etc) and long-term commitments to 1990’s heroes (Weezer, Beck, J Mascis) are a handful of really fun new discoveries from 2014.

Not the least of which is my far-and-away no contest favorite album of this past year, The War on DrugsLost in the Dream. This is the record I’d default to whenever I didn’t have the time or energy to look for the background music for nearly any occasion. I played it on repeat all through the summer, and probably at least once a day since I discovered it last spring.

When I someday think back from the future on 2014—working for Porterhouse, perpetually raking the sea of acorns, driving my daughter to middle school—it will be Lost in the Dream playing in the background.

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Strong Odors Favorite Albums 2014

The War on Drugs, Lost in the Dream


alt-j, This is All Yours


tUnE-yArDs, nikki nack


Karen O, Crush Songs


First Aid Kit, Stay Gold


The New Pornographers, Brill Bruisers


Beck, Morning Phase


Weezer, Everything Will Be Alright in the End


Sinkane, Mean Love

Sinkane Mean Love

J Mascis, Tied to a Star

J Mascis Tied to a Star Cover

FKA twigs, LP1


Real Estate, Atlas

Real Estate Atlas Cover

Phantogram, Voices

Phantogram Voices Cover

Sharon Van Etten, Are We There

Sharon Van Etten Are We There

Delay Trees, Readymade

Delay Trees Readymade

The Antlers, Familiars


Tennis, Ritual in Repeat

Tennis Ritual in Repeat

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Not included in this list are a handful of albums I’ve only discovered in the past few weeks, but definitely might have been included if I’d had more time to take them all in:

  • I Am the Avalanche, Wolverines
  • Wild Beasts: Present Tense
  • Strand of Oaks, HEAL
  • Jessica Hernandez and the Deltas, Secret Evil

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