Aimless Skylarking 20 Favorite Albums of 2014

Starting Saturday, we'll start listing our favorite albums of the year a few at a time with a brief reason why. We'll also embed a few samples of each album if we can. In all, we bought close to 60 albums released in the United States in 2014, and many more from previous years. Since this is our list, and we're here for music discovery and sharing, not necessarily correctness, if we didn't discover an album until this year, we put it in the competition. In fact, there are two 2013 albums in the final 20, one we didn't discover until August, and another that was a late 2013 UK release and an early 2014 United States release.

There are a few surprises, two come to mind, but all are albums we played repeatedly, and still do. Then, after it's all said and done, maybe we'll find time to talk about a few of the albums we had to leave off.