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« Thread started on: Aug 26th, 2014, 1:16pm »

2014 has been a slow year for me so far. The only 2014 releases I have are Coldplay's Ghost Stories and Opeth's Pale Communion (contrast! shocked), both of which are pretty good in my opinion, but not up to scratch with the best of the 2011-2013 period IMO.

So I'm wondering, what 2014 releases are you enjoying so far?

PS The year is potentially looking to pick up for me as I am eagerly anticipating new Alt-J and Flying Colors albums in September, and the Pink Floyd album in October (if that really counts as 2014)...

[Yes I know this is not a "poll" sort of poll but I am polling the residents of the forum for their top releases OK? OK.]
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« Reply #1 on: Aug 26th, 2014, 1:48pm »

IQ - The Road Of Bones

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« Reply #2 on: Aug 26th, 2014, 2:16pm »

High Hopes - Bruce Springsteen
Morning Phase - Beck
St. Vincent - St. Vincent
The Take Off And Landing Of Everything - Elbow
Natalie Merchant - Natalie Merchant
Shine On - Sarah McLachlan
Unrepentant Geraldines - Tori Amos
World Peace Is None Of Your Business - Morrissey
The Both - Aimee Mann & Ted Leo
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« Reply #3 on: Aug 26th, 2014, 2:26pm »

on Aug 26th, 2014, 2:16pm, HENRY wrote:
High Hopes - Bruce Springsteen
St. Vincent - St. Vincent
The Take Off And Landing Of Everything - Elbow
Shine On - Sarah McLachlan
The Both - Aimee Mann & Ted Leo


I don't buy lots of new releases, though sometimes I'll pick them up later. I enjoy all the ones Henry mentioned above, as well as:

Yes - Heaven & Earth
Suzanne Vega - Tales From The Realm Of The Queen Of Pentacles

Surprised Henry didn't mention that last one.
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« Reply #4 on: Aug 26th, 2014, 2:31pm »

on Aug 26th, 2014, 2:26pm, Dust wrote:
Yes - Heaven & Earth


D`oh! How could I forget this one?

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« Reply #5 on: Aug 26th, 2014, 2:35pm »

on Aug 26th, 2014, 2:26pm, Dust wrote:
Suzanne Vega - Tales From The Realm Of The Queen Of Pentacles

Surprised Henry didn't mention that last one.

Bah! Don't have it, and have yet to hear it. I should have bought it already but apparently no one around here is stocking it. Probably need to pick it up online. User Image
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on Aug 26th, 2014, 2:35pm, HENRY wrote:
Bah! Don't have it, and have yet to hear it. I should have bought it already but apparently no one around here is stocking it. Probably need to pick it up online. User Image

Got mine from Amazon, but my local Barnes & Noble has it. Same copy, sitting there for six months. sad
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« Reply #7 on: Aug 26th, 2014, 3:05pm »

Ah yes there's been an Elbow release... maybe I need to investigate that one.
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« Reply #8 on: Aug 26th, 2014, 5:24pm »

Four albums for me:

Anathema - Distant Satellites: A disappointment. It has some nice moments, and none of the tracks on it are bad, but it's definitely a big step down from the previous album, IMHO.

Coldplay - Ghost Stories: The exact opposite. I expected a big disappointment, but I was rather impressed. I think the album is beautiful in a melancholic and relaxing sort of way. When I hear this album, I feel like I'm laying on a cloud, gently drifting across the night-time skies.

Elbow - The Take Off And Landing Of Everything: Not too sure about this one. It's definitely a decent album with all the Elbow goodness you'd expect, but when I hear it, I can't help but feel like the stuff on it was done much better on the previous three albums. A good album, but I think they need to move on and make a faster, rockier record next time.

IQ - The Road Of Bones: Easily the best album this year. While I wouldn't consider it a masterpiece, what it does well, it does brilliantly. This album also helped me understand just how awesome IQ is. Excellent stuff.
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« Reply #9 on: Aug 27th, 2014, 03:40am »

on Aug 26th, 2014, 5:24pm, NoSonOfVine wrote:
Four albums for me:

Anathema - Distant Satellites: A disappointment. It has some nice moments, and none of the tracks on it are bad, but it's definitely a big step down from the previous album, IMHO.

Coldplay - Ghost Stories: The exact opposite. I expected a big disappointment, but I was rather impressed. I think the album is beautiful in a melancholic and relaxing sort of way. When I hear this album, I feel like I'm laying on a cloud, gently drifting across the night-time skies.

Elbow - The Take Off And Landing Of Everything: Not too sure about this one. It's definitely a decent album with all the Elbow goodness you'd expect, but when I hear it, I can't help but feel like the stuff on it was done much better on the previous three albums. A good album, but I think they need to move on and make a faster, rockier record next time.

IQ - The Road Of Bones: Easily the best album this year. While I wouldn't consider it a masterpiece, what it does well, it does brilliantly. This album also helped me understand just how awesome IQ is. Excellent stuff.


I haven't yet purchase the IQ or Anathema albums yet. My top 3 albums of 2014 are as follows:

Gazpacho > Demon
Cosmograf > Capacitor
Transatlantic > Kaleidoscope

Tim Bowness' "Abandoned Dancehall Dreams" is pretty decent, as is Yes' "Heaven & Earth", but Asia's and Santana's albums are somewhat disappointing.
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« Reply #10 on: Aug 27th, 2014, 07:26am »

Since I tend to be 20 years late on discovering music I will wait until 2034 to answer this thread. cool
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« Reply #11 on: Aug 27th, 2014, 08:49am »

on Aug 27th, 2014, 07:26am, Schrottrocker wrote:
Since I tend to be 20 years late on discovering music I will wait until 2034 to answer this thread. cool

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« Reply #12 on: Sep 4th, 2014, 10:47am »

on Aug 27th, 2014, 07:26am, Schrottrocker wrote:
Since I tend to be 20 years late on discovering music I will wait until 2034 to answer this thread. cool


My recent discovery of the early stuff by a little group called The Moody Blues suggests I should answer this thread in.....hang on a minute.....er......about 2061 cheesy

Except I'll probably be dead rolleyes


In the meantime....

The Road Of Bones
Distant Satellites
Kaleidoscope

There, I did alright in the end.....
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« Reply #13 on: Sep 4th, 2014, 6:30pm »

on Aug 26th, 2014, 2:26pm, Dust wrote:
Suzanne Vega - Tales From The Realm Of The Queen Of Pentacles



Just got this and like it on the first listen. Unfortunately I will be out of town when she plays the Toronto area in September.

Also got the Sarah McLachlan recently. I find it very good for the first half and then it tails off a bit. Am seeing her at Massey Hall later this fall.
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« Reply #14 on: Sep 5th, 2014, 12:48pm »

on Sep 4th, 2014, 10:47am, essexboyinwales wrote:
My recent discovery of the early stuff by a little group called The Moody Blues suggests I should answer this thread in.....hang on a minute.....er......about 2061 cheesy

Except I'll probably be dead rolleyes


In the meantime....

The Road Of Bones
Distant Satellites
Kaleidoscope

There, I did alright in the end.....



To misquote Samuel Goldwyn slightly, How do you love their music? grin
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