My friend Mack says his 2014 is not complete without a review of my favorite CDs of the year. Since I dearly want 2014 to be over, I will attempt to honor his request.
I didn't love as many releases this year as I did in 2013, but these are the ones that came out in 2014 that got regular rotation in my car or on my iPod:
- "Brill Bruisers" by the New Pornographers
- "A Dotted Line" by Nickel Creek
- "Awesome Mix Vol. 1" aka the soundtrack to Guardians of the Galaxy
- "Everything Is Awesome" aka the soundtrack to the LEGO Movie
- "Lullaby and the Ceaseless Roar" by Robert Plant
- "Mandatory Fun" by Weird Al Yankovic
- Monument Valley soundtrack (video game)
- "PTX Vol. III" by Pentatonix
- "That's Christmas to Me" by Pentatonix
- "Shatter Me" by Lindsey Stirling
- "Swimmin' Time" by Shovels & Rope
Pentatonix has been in steady rotation all year, both before and after their concert here in March. I saw Lindsey Stirling in concert in July, and the soundtrack of my summer was a mix of her, Pentatonix, and the Piano Guys doing covers of various themes. The new Pentatonix EP dropped in September, and I started listening to their Christmas CD at the end of November, and I never include holiday CDs in my best of list except it was THAT GOOD.
Everything else kind of pales in comparison, really, but since I crave variety, there's still enough other stuff to make a list. I reviewed the Weird Al CD earlier
and most of the others are good driving music. The Monument Valley soundtrack gets a lot of bedtime play.
So far 2015 has been all about Guster
. I still have one download code left to give away for their new album.