My 2014 Album Buying Guide
Well, uh, erm. . . .
Okay, so, for the past couple of years I've been happy to provide you all with a "best of" buying guide to the past year's best releases. It was an exercise I enjoyed. Helping discriminating music lovers to dig up pearls in a market full of pig sh** seemed a worthy endeavor.
Trouble is, this year I just couldn't find enough.
I am perfectly willing to blame my own wretched state of mind. It was a hard year. [A novel's worth of heartbreak and sorrow and life changing experiences here.] I give myself a hall pass and am willing to call time out. And no question that I let myself be distracted by my Musical Advent Calendar project just because I couldn't face the paucity of interesting new music.
But on the other hand, a lot of my old faithfuls let me down. John Hiatt, Elvis Costello, Robyn Hitchcock -- I just couldn't get excited about their 2014 releases. Good in spots, of course, because they are wonderful artists, and I will go to my grave loving all three of them. But I just couldn't warm up to their stuff this year. (Could be me, I'm always willing to admit.)
Still, there were a few. Not enough to flesh out a Top Ten, but still, you should know about the ones that made the cut, regardless. And a couple of them arrived as Christmas presents and I haven't had time yet to do them justice.
So stay tuned, my music loving friends. It'll be off-the-radar stuff, I'm warning you right now. But then, that's what we need our friends for, isn't it?
And if you've got something burning your ears that you're afraid I haven't dug up*, please let me know -- I'm hungry for Stuff That Works.**
* Nick, I already have the Corb Lund, don't worry.
** Kinks fans, take note: I have listened to the Dave Davies new release. Stop holding your breath. When Ray releases something new, then maybe I'll stop filing my nails while they're dragging the lake. [Just to prove that I'll love Declan MacManus till the day I die.]