A Look Back: 10 More Albums that caught my ears in 2014

  1. Nikki Nack by tUnE-yArDs. Love the harmonic dissonances on this album.
  2. Black Star Elephant by Nico & Vinz. You might have heard their hit song, “Am I Wrong.” If you haven’t heard this Norwegian duo, then maybe you ought to.
  3. Juice by Medeski, Martin & Wood. Just a nice, tight set. They fall in the groove, and stay there.
  4. Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn. Banjo picking at its best. The first track, “Railroad,” is a re-imagining of the old folksong, “I’ve Been Working on the Railroad.”
  5. Prospect Hill by Dom Flemons. Wonderful solo debut from the former member of Carolina Chocolate Drops. Saw him perform live last summer at Lincoln Center Out-of-Doors as part of their Roots of American Music Festival.
  6. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (Various Artists). My faves on this album are “Dead Air” by Chvrches, and “The Leap” by Lorde. An album not to be trifled with.
  7. Seeds by TV on the Radio. Nice set.
  8. Sonic Halo by Greg Osby, Tineke Postma. Solid group of straight-ahead jazz. Enough of a challenge, but easy on the ears for people who are new to the music.
  9. Melody Road by Neil Diamond. A great road not only filled with melody, but great stories. A lot to like with this album. And who doesn’t like Neil Diamond?
  10. True by Avicii. I’m a closet listener of electronica. Lots of folks don’t like the genre, but I do. And this album does not disappoint.

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