Its been a few years since I've done a Top 10 list, but some really great records came out in 2014, so I wanted to share. Here are 10 of my favorites.

10. Needtobreathe - "Rivers in the Wasteland"

               Full of soul and great melodies. I love the honesty of this record.

9. Ray Lamontagne - "Supernova"

               Not the typical Ray feel... but I appreciate the Beatles flair on this record.

8. Colony House - "When I was Younger"

               This record is fun and thought provoking at the same time.

7. Ben Howard - "I Forgot Where We Were"

               Ben Howard's songs take you somewhere. It is hard to match his musicality and ability to create an atmosphere with his songs.  Such a great songwriter.

6. Hiss Golden Messenger - "Lateness of Dancers"

               This record feels great. Cool songs, rootsy vibe.

5. Neal Carpenter - "Good Guys"

               Great Song writing. Great feel. Great arrangements. This record listens so naturally... nothing forced.

4. Damien Rice - "My Favourite Faded Fantasy"

              Its been a long wait for this record and it does not disappoint. Great songs, delivered in a way that only Damien Rice can.

3. Sam Smith - "In the Lonely Hour"

               Soulful melodies meet modern beats. "Money on my mind" was my most listened to song this year.

2. Ryan Adams - "Ryan Adams"

               Not much to dislike about this album. Guitar tone is perfect. This record will be a point of reference for years to come.

1. War on Drugs - "Lost in the Dream"

               Everything you love about The Boss & Tom Petty meets everything you love about indie rock.


I hope you all listened to some great things this year as well. Feel free to share your favorites in the comments below!

See you in 2015 with a new record!

- Justin

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