My Top 100 Albums of 2014: Who Didn’t Make the Cut?

I’m just finalizing my top 100 albums for 2014. (Yes, I realize it’s now February 2015 but 1) it takes time and 2) I don’t understand how anyone can put a top list together before the year ends or even shortly thereafter: albums come out right up to the end of the year and it’s always good to give a little time to let more objectivity sink in.) In the meantime, here are the albums that didn’t make the cut. Not that these are a bad records at all – I own some of them – but they just didn’t quite rise to the level of the top 100.

  • The 2 Bears, The Night Is Young
  • Alvvays, self-titled
  • Andrew Bird, Things Are Really Great Here, Sort Of..
  • Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness, self-titled
  • Atlas Grammar, Crowded Slum
  • Augustines, self-titled
  • Bear’s Den, Islands
  • Blue Highway, The Game
  • Brody Dalle, Diploid Love
  • Broken Bells, After the Disco
  • Bruce Springsteen, High Hopes
  • Bryan Ferry, Avonmore
  • Caribou, Our Love
  • Chad VanGaalen, Shrink Dust
  • Cibo Matto, Hotel Valentine
  • Cloud Nothings, Here And Nowhere Else
  • Copeland, ixora
  • Counting Crows, Somewhere Under Wonderland
  • Damien Rice, My Favorite Faded Fantasy
  • Damon Albarn, Everyday Robots
  • Daniel Lanois, Flesh And Machine
  • Drive By Truckers, English Oceans
  • Drowners, self-titled
  • The Drums, Encyclopedia
  • Dum Dum Girls, Too True
  • Dylan Shearer, Garagearray
  • Eternal Summers, No Drop Beneath
  • Ex Hex, Rips
  • Fenster, The Pink Caves
  • Field Mouse, Hold Still Life
  • First Aid Kit, Stay Gold
  • Flying Lotus, You’re Dead
  • Foo Fighters, Sonic Highways
  • Foxygen, …And Star Power
  • The Fray, Helios
  • The Fresh and Onlys, House of Spirits
  • Future Islands, Singles
  • Gangstagrass, Broken Hearts and Stolen Money
  • Gardens & Villa, Dunes
  • The Gasllight Anthem, Get Hurt
  • Gina Chavez, Up.Rooted
  • Graham Colton, Lonely Ones
  • Hamilton Leithauser, Black Hours
  • Hiss Golden Messenger, Lateness Of Dancers
  • Hospitality, Trouble
  • Hurray for the Riff Raff, Small Town Heroes
  • I Break Horses, Chiaroscuro
  • Jeremy Messersmith, Heart Murmurs
  • Jess Williamson, Native State
  • Jessica Lea Mayfield, Make My Head Sing..
  • Joe Henry, Invisible Hour
  • Jolie Holland, Wine Dark Sea
  • Jorge Drexler, Bailar en la cueva
  • Justin Townes Earle, Single Mothers
  • Karen O, Crush Songs
  • The Kooks, Listen
  • Krishna Das, Kirtan Wallah
  • Laura Cantrell, No Way There From Here
  • Lenguas Largas, Come On In
  • Library Voices
  • Lucinda Williams, Down Where The Spirit Meets The Bone
  • Marissa Nadler, July
  • Meatbodies, self-titled
  • Medicine, Home Everywhere
  • Mirel Wagner, When The Cellar Children See The Light Of Day
  • Mogwai, Rave Tapes
  • Musk Ox, Woodfall
  • Neil Finn, Dizzy Heights
  • Neil Young, A Letter Home
  • Neil Young, Storytone
  • Nude Beach, ’77
  • Orenda Fink, Blue Dream
  • Ought, More Than Any Other Day
  • Parquet Courts, Sunbathing Animal
  • Passenger, Whispers
  • Perfect Pussy, Say Yes to Love
  • The Phantom Band, Strange Friend
  • Phox, self-titled
  • The Preatures, Blue Planet Eyes
  • The Raveonettes, PE’AHI
  • Ray LaMontagne, Supernova
  • Real Estate, Atlas
  • Reuben and the Dark, Funeral Sky
  • Rhonda Vincent, Only Me
  • Robert Ellis, The Lights from the Chemical Plant
  • Röyksopp, The Inevitable End
  • The Rural Alberta Advantage, Mended with Gold
  • Sam Hunt, Montevallo
  • Samaris, Silkidrangar
  • Sea Wolf, Song Spells, No. 1: Cedarsmoke
  • The Secret Sisters, Put Your Needle Down
  • Slow Club, Complete Surrender
  • Sondre Lerche, Please
  • St. Paul and the Broken Bones, Half the City
  • Stars, No One Is Lost
  • Sun Kil Moon, Benji
  • Switchfoot, Fading West
  • Teen, The Way and Color
  • Thievery Corporation, Saudade
  • Thumpers, Galore
  • Tweedy, Sukierae
  • Tycho, Awake
  • Walk the Moon, Talking Is Hard
  • Xiu Xiu, Angel Guts: Red Classroom
  • You Me At Six, Cavalier Youth
  • you+me, rose ave.
  • Zee Avi, Zee Avi’s Nightlight
  • Zeus, Classic Zeus

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