Favorite Albums of 2014 (6-10)

Today is the 3rd entry in my Favorite Albums of 2014 list which will detail albums ranked 6 to 10. If you missed the following two entries, read them right here.

6. Sharon Van Etten Are We There - What a celebration of painful moments, yet with the clarity afforded by time, it never truly feels like the miserable downer it could be. Sharon's warm voice and wonderful composition roadmaps an aching heart for all those unlucky in love. I saw her in Nashville as a fringe fan, now, both feet on the bandwagon, even walked away with a setlist.

Essential tracks:

'Afraid of Nothing', 'Our Love', 'Every Time the Sun Comes Up', 'Your Love is Killing Me'

7. Lydia Loveless Somewhere Else - Some people work things out with pen, paper, and a guitar pick. Then toss in a bottle or two of cheap wine to get the some real truths on paper, and that's where we find Lydia at her finest. She buries past loves, but not before a quick verbal skewer, and for now, one last late night tease, or hook up, depends on who's doing the talking. 'To Love Somebody' reeled me in, but 'Verlaine Shot Rimbaud' is the star of the album. After missing her a handful of times this summer, I bought tickets for her Valentine's Day show in Nashville, and I can't wait.

Essential tracks:

'To Love Somebody', 'Really Wanna See You', 'Verlaine Shot Rimbaud', 'They Don't Know'

8. Caroline Says 50,000,000 Elvis Fans Can't Be Wrong - This selection is a serious dark horse, but I knew it would be included here the instant I heard it. I happened across her album by accident, and became mesmerized by her made for a Wes Anderson movie sounds. Breathy vocals, soft acoustics, and a few keys tinkling here and there make this album an absolute dreamy joy.

Essential tracks:

'Winter is Cold', 'God Knows', 'I Think I'm Alone Now', 'Funeral Potatoes'

9. Honeyblood Honeyblood - Glaswegian 2-piece somehow made 12 bitter skewerings of past loves sound fun. Perhaps it's the spot on vocal harmonies, or the vintage melodies, or that it's entirely relatable, but the truth is that it's all over far too quickly. It's all acceptance and moving on, but not without one last verbal jab as the door slams.

Essential tracks:

'Biro', 'Killer Bangs', 'Bud', 'Super Rat'

10. Hookworms The Hum - I've owned this album for a week now, and it's my first experience with the 5-piece Leeds pysch-rock outfit. For three days, I couldn't get past the 2nd song, 'On Leaving'. And that was only because I kept replaying it. If I had to guess, 20 times. When I ventured forward, I ran into the same problem again, this time with 'Radio Tokyo'. It reminds me so much of many of the late 60's and early 70's sounds I heard from my Mother's turntable as a child.

Essential tracks:

'On Leaving', 'Radio Tokyo', 'Off Screen'