Best Albums of 2014

2014 may not have been a year where something comes out of nowhere or a particular album grabs the cultural zeitgeist while at the same time appealing to my sensibilities, but it did reconfirm certain artists who have crafted terrific work in the past as well as introduced me to a few under the radar gems. So, without further ado, I entreat you to indulge in the auditory smorgasbord that is my favorite 25 albums of 2014! The year has come and gone, but the music lingers.

by Jericho Cerrona January 12, 2015

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To Be Kind Swans
The year's crowning achievement belongs to Swans, who have crafted an album that invites an almost ritualistic surrender to cocooning yourself inside it's trance. Chaotic, grand, all-encompassing, and impervious to commercial consideration, To Be Kind is that rarefied thing that requires absolute allegiance to the idea of the album as experience. Multi-instrumentalist Michael Gira, who has been conjuring waking nightmares as the mastermind behind Swans since the early 1980's, has fashioned his masterpiece; a work of unspeakable ambition that speaks to the band's willingness to push the boundaries of rock music. Hyberbole? Hardly. To Be Kind is the best album of 2014; a veritable nightmare, all fluttering shadows and howling laughter.
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