We are the generation of lists. We write them, we read them and we share them. Our top “insert noun here” lists define what has had the most impact on us. Although our lives are filled with excess and options, we manage to find a special place in our hearts to pick favorites.
Ramon Smikle and I became fast friends almost a year ago when our love for music united us. Since then, we’ve obsessed over fresh talent and new albums. Let us explain.
Ramon: Music is the single most important thing in my life, so it is important to me to always be seeking out what is new. It has become increasingly rare in this day and age for artists to put together full albums that flow as one body of work, as singles and song sales have begun to dominate the music industry.
A few artists this year however have made beautiful works of art that I am able to listen to from front to back, without feeling the need to skip anything. These albums have been the soundtrack to my weeks, weekends, nights out, days in, drives down the coast, and walks on the beach over the past year. It is always impossible to narrow the list down to a top 10, but I’ve done my best. Here are my selections for top 10 albums of 2014.
Jenay: Music, my first love, gives my life direction. It led me into my evolving career. It is a focal point for many of my hobbies. It fills the silence of my adventures and acts as a therapeutic escape. I spend a good amount of time craving and finding new music that makes me feel something.
The world of music has continued to transform into a factory that churns out singles and hit bangers, but personally I long for full albums with songs that were meant to exist as a conceptual collection. They’re the albums played over and over again in my car and displayed in my apartment. They represent a memory or period of my life. You could say I imagine my life as an indie flick and I’m developing the soundtrack for it. Here are the top 10 albums that define my 2014.