Best of 2014
It’s been a crazy year and we have all had some awesome music to get us through. I thought it would be a great time to do a music wrap-up by highlighting my favourite music moments of the year. I’ve had songs on repeat for way too long and likewise with some great albums. Some of these albums I’ve written about at Urban Lifestyle Chic, Curve & LOTL Magazine and others that I have not.
Maroon 5: “Maps” and the entire album “V”
Maps from the Californian pop band Maroon V belted onto our airways with panache and was backed up with the movie like film slip that we expect from these boys. There was of course the follow-up single Animals, which should gain a mention if only for its uber disturbing video.
Maroon 5 – “V” http://www.maroon5.com/v#__federated=1
Single “Begin Again”
Megan Washington graced onto the airwaves earlier this year with her powerful album There There (reviewed here), with stand out track Begin Again. Early this year Megan gave one of the most inspirational TED talks going around, where she bravely faced her fear of public speaking the talk has over a million hits and you can see why below.
Megan Washington’s exceptional TED Talk
Megan Washington – http://www.meganwashington.com
Sia’s stellar album “1000 Forms of Fear”
Sia’s album was the standout of the year from all angles and notwithstanding the gravitational pull that Chandelier presented to everyone who listened, the rest of her album was equally compelling. (See my review in Curve Magazine).
Sia – http://siamusic.net
The debut self titled album gold from HAERTS
Everything about this album rocked me this year and had me hitting repeat in quick succession for weeks. Reviewed previously and available here.
HAERTS – http://www.haertsmusic.com
Taylor Swift – 1989
Swift returned to the airwaves earlier this year with her mantra declaring she doesn’t give a damn what other people think. “Shake It Off” was fun, upbeat and extremely tongue in cheek.
She followed this gem up with the equally engaging “Blank Space”. Nothing gave me more pleasure this year than singing the line “I could make the bad guys good for a weekend“. With a music video of more than 215 million views, I’m clearly not the only fan on this one!
Releasing the album in a cloud of controversy because Swift quickly pulled her entire back catalogue from the online streaming service Spotify. Her reason, despite getting paid herself, is that the service still offers free streaming. Her point being that music, like all art, costs money and should not be free. It was Swift’s way of taking a positive stand on this issue and I for one thought it was brave and a powerful gesture to make.
Taylor Swift – http://taylorswift.com
She4Me – Love Is Love Marriage Equality PSA
With a reimagining of the classic track “She” by Jen Foster this was a music video with a difference. Designed to raise awareness for the important issue on marriage equality, a band of some powerhouse female artists got together and did just that.
Directed by iconic lesbian film director Nicole Conn and produced by Suze Says from Melke PR and K. Rocco Shields it’s a mini movie that plays on our perceptions and bias to deliver a love story with a twist.
The video is sleekly produced and shot in typical Conn style. Foster has since been nominated for 2 OUT MUSIC AWARDS for 2014 for this song: Humanitarian Songwriter of the Year and for Video of the Year.
She4Me – “SHE”
She4Me – http://she4me.org
Karmen Buttler – Daze of Love
I knew this was a gem when I first heard it, since then it’s just been nominated for OUT MUSIC AWARDS album of the year. Previously reviewed for Curve Magazine you can read all about it here
If you haven’t heard this one yet, check it out below:
Karmen Buttler – http://www.karmenmusic.com
Tegan and Sara – Heartthrob
This album propelled these twins into the stratosphere where rabid fans always knew they should be. Heartthrob is an ode to eighties synth-driven pop rock.
Sarah McLachlan – http://www.sarahmclachlan.com/home/