Monday, December 29, 2014

2014: Music Year in Review


So, if I had to say what my favorite thing is besides fashion, I would say music. Actually, that is a very easy answer for me. I love music. I actually listen to music all day with whatever I’m doing. But because it is such a huge part of my life, I figured I would have to do a favorites post for you all from the year. Now, I can guarantee I’ll forget something and deeply regret it, but here are some of my favorite albums of 2014. And no, they are in no particular order because that would be wayyyy too hard to do. So, without further ado, here are my favorite albums of 2014.

1. 5SOS—from SLSP to THEIR OWN ALBUM
Yes. This is real life. I remember two years ago I found this band and I thought, “Wow, they’re pretty good.” And then I found some other people who liked this dumb band. And then we partied on their third birthday. And then we find out: they will have a single released. So, what do you do? You stay up until 2 in the morning to watch the “She Looks so Perfect” lyric video. And you do the same for “Don’t Stop.” And all of a sudden they’re on the Billboard Music Awards. And then you hear “Teenage Dirtbag” and cry because you see how far they’ve come. Then, in July, when their self-titled album is released in the US, you can’t help but shed a tear. Because those four Aussies made it. If that doesn’t make you want to go pick up their pop-punk album, then I don’t know what will. If you don’t think SLSP is your thing (ugh too mainstream), then take a chance on “End Up Here,” which adds a little more edge. Hear the drums and bass. You will fall in love with them, just like I did.


2. Ed Sheeran—X
I still remember fall of my senior year—I found Ed Sheeran. I also remember I cried the first time I heard his album. His voice has something—he’s got “it,” and I don’t even know what “it” is. “It” is a true passion. The man’s got talent, but he’s got more than that. He’s got passion. I feel like that’s missing in a lot of people today. He doesn’t write songs with dinky lyrics because that’s what’ll sell. He writes about life. Emotions. Love. Heartbreak. He lays out his life on the guitar and through the words he flawlessly sings. He can envelop a crowd with a single instrument. If that isn’t talent, then I don’t know what is. And the thing is, he captures every emotion. I am currently listening to “One,” and while I’ve never had love go wrong like he has, I can feel for him. I can feel for the people who have this feeling. And he creates this. It’s a masterpiece. “Photograph” makes me long for a love that’s worth remembering through that one thing that you keep tucked in your pocket, hoping. Hoping one day to find that person again. “I’m a Mess,” exudes a desperation, a serious passion—is it an inner torture? His songs have a deep, inner burn that makes my heart ache; for me, for him, for everyone else who listens.


3. Halsey—Room 93
I found out about her (Ashley) this year (?), and she, like Ed, has fully immersed herself into her lyrics. “Would you pin me to a wall, would you beg or would you crawl, stick a needle in your hungry eyes for me.” “I’m the wanderess, I’m the one night stand, don’t belong to no city, don’t belong to no man.” Her lyrics speak deep, but the visuals that correspond with the tracks speak more. The ache, the potency—her voice captures a listener and brings them into her world. She’s been through shit (pardon the language), and she’s willing to share it through her words. Though this was only an EP, it’s an insanely perfect purchase. Her live videos on her tour with The Kooks are great too. “Trouble (Stripped)” holds a special place in my heart. She’s touring the US in the spring, and I would LOVE to see her—but I’ll be in London. So, if you see her rock her pixie-ness, send me pics.



4. Taylor Swift—1989
Might I just say, the 1989-era of Taylor Swift is actually my favorite. I hesitate to listen to country, and I thought Red would be my favorite album. But 1989 tops every expectation. There’s something about the ’80s beats that I adore. Does anyone else here it (especially in “Style”)? The poppy beats in songs like “Welcome to New York,” are addicting. And every song is incredibly written. “Clean” touches deeper than many of the other songs on the album: “the water filled my lungs I screamed so loud but no one heard a thing.” She takes delicate care of each word, and her emotions are still as strong in this album as it has been in past albums. And I know everyone has gushed about this album, but it’s worth gushing about. 10/10 for you Taylor.



5. One Direction—Four (aka my new fave 1D album)
Every time these lads release an album, I never know what to expect. I’ve been a fan of theirs since (basically) the beginning, and each album they release is much more mature and different than the previous. Yet, each one tops the next. But they’ve really outdone themselves this time around. They released “Fireproof” for free, and I loved the simpleness (?) of it. Yes, I made up that word, and I’m not sure it’s what I’m necessarily looking for. But their voices really stood out to me; there was a real sincerity. I feel like this album is really theirs. They really got into songwriting, and I think that made this album as strong as it is. “Where Do Broken Hearts Go” and “Stockholm Syndrome” are my favorites. The instrumentals and voices are incredible, and I would LOVE to see this concert live. I don’t have tickets for the OTRA tour, but if anyone wants to go, I’m game.


6. Troye Sivan—YouTube can find some amazing talent
So, I know he sang before this year. But, I didn’t give a solid listen until “TRXYE” was released. It blew my mind. Before he was a music-maker in my mind, he was the adorable Troye from YouTube. And I feel like I knew him pretty well (well, as much as I can from not actually meeting him, but I’d love to set-up a meeting sometime soon). But, this EP was a lovely surprise. “Happy Little Pill” is a tune—and cocaine?! Shocked me at first. But, the guy has talent. The beats are sick—did I just say that?—but the entire EP is catchy. I’ve seen he’s working on an album, and I can’t wait to hear more of his beautiful voice soon. “Touch” makes me feel… impassioned? Ready to rip someone’s shirt off? Okay, I’ll leave it at that.



7. Bastille—VS.
Here’s another one of those bands that I LOVE, and when I saw that they had an EP release for this year, I nearly jumped ship. Jumped ship of what, I have no idea. And when I saw they had a song with another fave band, HAIM, I was an emotional wreck. “Bad Blood” nearly killed me. That album tears at my heart. This EP gave me a different vibe, and at first I wasn’t sure what to feel. “The Driver” was one of my first clear favorites. Zane Lowe’s rescoring of “Drive” was incredible, and that song instantly took me back to the film. “Torn Apart,” featuring Grades, is one of my favorites. There’s much more instrumental and beats in these tracks than what I’m used to, but I think they succeeded. It’s growing on me, and I must say “Remains” tops the VS. collabs. I think the entire concept of the EP is inventive, and I like that.


8. The 1975—“Medicine” needs its own shout out
So, I mentioned the “Drive” rescore in Bastille’s little section. Well, The 1975’s tune “Medicine” was the perfect fit, and this isn’t an album. It isn’t even an EP. But, it is well worth the shout out. The song is them. The beginning of the track is gorgeous, and the guitar breaks in subtly. It then builds up, the instruments building up to Matty’s phenomenal entrance. “And how can I refuse? Yeah you rid me of the blues.” That’s actually what this song does. This song is my medicine. It fits perfectly with their aesthetic, and the little bits I’ve seen of this live makes me melt. Because this band has a passion that is unreal. Because they’ve got talent that is incomparable. Because they are who the world needs to watch out for. They know what they’re doing, and they do it well. I’ve heard another two years for the album, and I know it’ll be brilliant. Because why wouldn’t it be? This is just a taste of what they have, and I’m infatuated with every bit of it.


9. Charli XCX—“SUCKER” sure doesn’t suck; in fact it rocks
Not only is she an absolute style icon, but her edginess rocked my year. I feel as though she emerged as someone that I needed in my life, and I am ever grateful for that. I’ve loved Marina and the Diamonds, and I knew that they were besties, but I never gave her a chance. (Why, I have no idea). “Sucker” pushes the boundaries on music, and everything about her gives life into a very saturated industry of safe-playing pop music creators. The guitar is insane, and her performance is always insane. She doesn’t care. She’s just herself. “I’m a killer” in the title track “Sucker” perfectly describes the sensation. “Break the Rules” is gaining steam, and rightfully so. And while I love “Boom Clap,” take a listen to “Hanging Around” to get what I’d like to call her real sound. It’s badass, just like her. She’s got an image, and I’m liking it. I can’t wait to see what 2015 has in store for this rocker.


Here are some other artist favorites. Just because they didn’t have an album come out doesn’t mean that I wasn’t infatuated with them this year. Some I’ve loved for more than a year, some I’m just getting into. Let me know what you think in the comments below:
The 1975
Bastille
Bombay Bicycle Club
Arctic Monkeys
HAIM
The Kooks
Lana Del Rey
Marina and the Diamonds
The Neighbourhood
Nina Nesbitt
Sky Ferreira

Based on my favorites, who would you recommend I look into? What were your favorite albums of 2014?

*All photos are screenshots of my PURCHASED albums on iTunes. Be sure to purchase them yourself. You won't regret it.

8 comments:

  1. Have you listened to Iggy Azalea's new album "Reclassified"? What did you think?

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    1. I should have put "The New Classic" on the list! I haven't listened to the whole "Reclassified" album, but most of the songs are from her first album, and I love them! What do you think of the album?

      Maggie D. xx

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    1. Yes! I'm so proud of her and everything she's accomplished!

      Maggie D. xx

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  3. Lovely post! c: x

    http://liliummind.blogspot.pt/

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  4. I love Troyes music :D

    Christina
    http://kissesandflowers.blogspot.com/

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    1. Me too! I'm excited for his album!

      Maggie D. xx

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