Songs From My Favorite Albums Of 2014

Yesterday I posted my favorite albums of 20014.  Today I thought that I would post a video from each one so that you can get a taste for these records.  I am officially including my idiotic omission of Leonard Cohen into the list, so we’ll just make it 11 like Spinal Tap!  I want to mention that I believe these are the best albums, not necessarily the most groundbreaking.  There is nothing avant-garde on the list.  That doesn’t mean that I don’t listen to that kind of stuff, but that kind of stuff is often appreciated on a more intellectual level, than it is truly loved.  I’ve been checking out Sunn 0))) lately, an experimental, doom/drone metal band, and they seem to be doing really great and interesting stuff, but it isn’t the kind of stuff you can just plop on your stereo at any time.  I really believe that the albums I picked for this list are records that are front to back great records in that they can be listened to in their full capacity at almost anytime, and you will always get something out of them.  This is music for the heart, mind, and spirit.  This is shit that you can soldier on through the darkest of days with, whether that comes from a revolutionary lyrical sensibility or from a spirit lifting melody.  Anyway, let’s get started.  I just picked one song, obviously, that I liked from each record.  I thought about putting up the best video for each, but then I just decided that I would always stick to the recorded studio version.  If you want to see the explanation behind each record go here:

My Favorite Records of 2014

Leonard Cohen – Almost Like the Blues from Popular Problems

Bruce Springsteen – The Wall from High Hopes

Chuck D – Give We the Pride ft. Mavis Staples from The Black in Man

Bryan Ferry – Johnny and Mary from Avonmore

U2 – Iris from Songs of Innocence

Sinead O’Connor – Take Me to Church from I’m Not Bossy, I’m the Boss

Marah – A Melody of Rain from Marah Presents: Mountain Minstrelsy of Pennsylvania 

Weezer – Ain’t Got Nobody from Everything Will Be Alright in the End

Marianne Faithfull – Sparrows Will Sing from Give My Love to London

Jackson Browne – Walls and Doors from Standing in the Breach

Morrissey – I’m Not a Man from World Peace is None of Your Business


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