New Albums – A Buyer’s Guide

Read our compiled lists of the best albums released in 2014

 

Need help to decide which albums to buy, download, sample?  I do, so at the end of each year, I find as many trusted lists as I can of the best albums of the year.  For me this is a most reliable way to compile a list of albums for potential purchase.  The more times an album appears, the more likely it is that the collection is highly worthy of consideration.  Not infallible but hopefully it may help in your musical quests.

So, below is a table of the best releases of 2014.  The lists come from the following ten sources:

Adam Faucett – Blind Water Finds Blind Water AS
Against Me! – Transgender Dysphoria Blues AS
Amelia Curran – They Promised You Mercy
Anais Mitchell – xoa FAL
Andrew Bird – Things Are Really Great Here BD
Angaleena Presley – American Middle Class TN RSC AS TNS
Angel Olsen – Burn Your Fire For No Witness AS
Bahamas – Bahamas Is Afie AS
Beck – Morning Phase AS BD NDR
Becky Schlegel – Opry Lullaby TNS
Bela Fleck and Abigail Washington – ST NDR FAL
Ben Miller Band – Any Way, Shape or Form TN
Billy Joe Shaver – Long in the Tooth TN RSC NDR
Blackie & The Rodeo Kings – South 101
Blake Sheldon – Bringing Back The Sunshine TNS
Bob Dylan – The Basement Tapes Raw: The Bootleg Series Vol 11 FAL
Bonnie Prince Billy – A Sea of Tongues BD
Brad Paisley – Moonshine in the Trunk RSC TNS
Brothers Osborne – Brothers Osborne EP TNS
Cahalen Morrison & Eli West – I’ll Swing My Hammer With Both My Hands FAL
Caroline Rose – Will Not Be Afraid TN
Chatham County Line – Tightrope FAL
Chris Delmhorst – Blood Test FAL
Chris Smither – Still On The Levee BD FAL
Chuck Prophet – Night Surfer 101
Cody Johnson – Cowboy Like Me TNS
Conor Oberst – Upside Down Mountain AS
Cory Brannan – No Hit Wonder TN RSC 101
Dave and Phil Alvin – Common Ground AP BD NDR FAL
David Nail – I’m a Fire RSC TNS
Dierks Bentley – Riser RSC TNS
Dolly Parton – Blue Smoke RSC
Dom Flemons – Prospect Hill
Don Williams – Reflections TNS
Donald Benjamin – Reborn NDR
Doug Paisley – Strong Feelings RSC AP
Doug Seegers – Going Down To The River TN NDR
Drew Kennedy – Sad Songs Happily Played TNS
Drive by Truckers – English Oceans AS NDR
Eli Young Band – 10,000 Towns RSC
Eliza Gilkyson – The Nocturne Diaries FAL
Ellis Paul – Chasing Beauty FAL
Eric Church – The Outsiders RSC AS
Ex Hex – Rips AS
First Aid Kit – Stay Gold RSC AS BD NDR FAL
Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen – Cold Spell 101
Frazey Ford – Indian Ocean BD
Garth Brooks – Man Against Machine RSC TNS
Hal Ketchum – I’m A Troubadour TNS
Hard Working Americans – ST AP NDR FAL 101
Hiss Golden Messenger – Lateness of Dancers TN AS BD NDR
Hot Rize – When I’m Free FAL
Hozier – Hozier AS
Hurray for the Riff Raff – Small Town Heroes TN RSC AS BD NDR FAL NDC 101
Jack White – Lazaretto AS BD NDR
Jackson Browne – Standing in the Breach NDR FAL
James House -Broken Glass Twisted Steel TNS
Jason Eady – Daylight and Dark NDR TNS
Jennifer Nettles – That Girl RSC
Jenny Lewis – The Voyager AS NDR
Jerrod Niemann – High Noon RSC
Jesse Winchester – A Reasonable Amount Of Trouble AS FAL
Jessica Lea Mayfield – Make My Head Sing AS
Jim Lauderdale – I’m A Song NDR
Joe Crookston – Georgia I’m Here FAL
Joel Crouse – Even The River Runs TNS
John Fullbright – Songs RSC AS BD NDR FAL
John Gorka – Bright Side of Down FAL
John Hiatt – Terms of My Surrender AP BD NDR FAL
John Mellencamp – Plain Spoken TNS
Johnny Cash – Out Among The Stars TNS
JP Harris & The Tough Choices – Home is Where The Hurt Is NDR
Justin Townes Earle – Single Mothers RSC AS NDR FAL
Karen Jonas – Oklahoma Lottery TN
Keb Mo – BLUESAmericana AP BD FAL
Kelly Wills & Bruce Robison – Our Year NDR
Kelsey Waldon – The Goldmine TN
Kenny Chesney – The Big Revival RSC
Kix Brooks – Ambush In Dark Canyon Soundtrack TNS
Lady Antebellum – 747 RSC
Lake Street Dive – Bad Self Portraits AP BD NDR
Lee Ann Womack – The Way I’m Livin’ TN RSC AS TNS NDC
Lee Bains III and the Glory Fires – Dereconstructed NDR
Lee Brice – I Don’t Dance RSC
Leonard Cohen – Popular Problems AS BD NDR FAL NDC
Lera Lynn – The Avenues TN RSC AS
Little Big Town – Pain Killer RSC TNS
Lori McKenna – Numbered Doors RSC TNS
Loudon Wainwright III – Haven’t Got The Blues (Yet) FAL
Lucinda Williams – Down Where The Spirit Meets The Bone RSC AP BD NDR FAL NDC 101
Lydia Loveless – Somewhere Else NDR
Mac DeMarco – Salad Days AS
Marah – Mountain Minstrelsy of Pennsylvania TN
Marianne Faithfull – Give My Love To London AS
Mark Erelli – Milltowns FAL
Marty Stuart and His Fabulous Superlatives – Saturday Night/Sunday Morning TN NDR TNS
Mary Gauthier – Trouble and Love TN RSC NDR FAL 101
Matt Anderson – Weightless TNS
Matthew Ryan – Boxers AS
Miranda Lambert – Platinum RSC AS TNS
Nickel Creek – A Dotted Line AP NDR FAL TNS 101
Nikki Lane – All or Nothin’ TN RSC AP NDR TNS 101
Old 97s – Most Messed Up TN AS 101
Old Crow Medicine Show – Remedy TN AP AS NDR FAL
Otis Gibbs – Souvenirs of a Misspent Youth NDR
Parker Millsap – ST AP NDR FAL NDC
Paul Thorn – Too Blessed to be Stressed AP NDR
Perfume Genius – Too Bright AS
Peter Rowan – Dharma Blues 101
Radney Foster – Everything I Should Have Said TNS
Ray Benson – A Little Place TNS
Ray Scott – Ray Scott TNS
Reagan Boggs – Quicksand TNS
Real Estate – Atlas AS
Red June – Ancient Dreams FAL
Red Molly – The Red Album FAL
Robert Ellis – The Lights From The Chemical Plant TN RSC AS BD FAL NDC 101
Robert Plant – Lullaby and the Ceaseless Roar
Rodney Crowell – Tarpaper Sky TN AP AS BD NDR FAL NDC
Rosanne Cash – The River & The Thread RSC AP AS BD NDR FAL NDC 101
Ryan Adams – Ryan Adams AS BD NDR 101
Sam Hunt – Montevallo RSC
Sean Rowe – Madman BD 101
Sharon van Etten – Are We There AS BD
Shovels & Rope – Swimmin’ Time TN RSC AP NDR FAL
Spoon – They Want My Soul AS
St Paul & The Broken Bones – Half The City AP BD NDR
St. Vincent – ST AS
Stephen Malmus & The Jicks – Wig Out At Jagbags AS
Steve Dawson – Rattlesnake Cage
Steve Martin & The Steep Canyon Rangers feat. Edie Brickell – Live FAL
Strand Of Oaks – Heal AS
Stray Birds – Best Medicine NDR FAL
Sturgill Simpson – Metamodern Sounds in Country Music TN RSC AP AS NDR FAL TNS NDC 101
Sundy Best – Bring Up The Sun and Salvation City RSC
Sunny Sweeney – Provoked TN RSC NDR TNS
Sweetwater String Band – River of Rhymes NDR
Taylor Swift – 1989 AS
The Black Keys – Turn Blue BD
The Bones of JR Jones – Dark Was The Yearling TN
The Delines – Colfax NDR 101
The Dirty Guv’nahs -Hearts On Fire TNS
The Duhks – Beyond the Blue FAL
The Early Mays – The Early Mays FAL
The Felice Brothers – Favorite Waitress TN AS
The Hello Strangers – The Hello Strangers FAL
The Honey Dewdrops – Live From Folk Alley FAL
The Infamous Stringdusters – Let It Go FAL
The New Pornographers – Brill Bruisers AS
The Secret Sisters – Put Your Needle Down TN RSC AP
The War On Drugs – Lost In The Dream AS
Thompson – Family FAL
Tim McGraw – Sundown Heaven Town RSC
Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers – Hypnotic Eye AS BD NDR
Trampled by Turtles – Wild Animals AP FAL 101
Tweedy – Sukierae AS BD
Ty Segall – Manipulator AS
Various – Country Funk 1967-1974 RSC
Various – Looking Into You: A Tribute to Jackson Browne AP BD FAL
Various – Lost On The River: The New Basement Tapes BD NDR FAL
Various – Native North America (Vol. 1) RSC
Various – Working Man’s Poet: A Tribute To Merle Haggard TNS
Wade Bowen – ST TNS
War on Drugs – Lost in the Dream BD NDR
Warpaint – ST AS
Will Kimborough – Sideshow Love FAL
Willie Nelson – Band of Brothers RSC AP NDR NDC
Willie Watson – Folk Singer Vol. 1 FAL
Zoe Muth – World of Strangers NDR

 

 

Read our compiled lists of the best albums released in 2014

Read our compiled lists of the best albums released in 2014

Read our compiled lists of the best albums released in 2014

Read our compiled lists of the best albums released in 2014

Read our compiled lists of the best albums released in 2014

Read our compiled lists of the best albums released in 2014

Read our compiled lists of the best albums released in 2014

Read our compiled lists of the best albums released in 2014

Read our compiled lists of the best albums released in 2014

Read our compiled lists of the best albums released in 2014

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