Friday, February 7, 2014

The Ten Best Albums of 2014 so far - 8 February

Two weeks since the first Best Of 2014. Half the albums that were in the last chart have dropped out of the top 10.

Artist Album
1 Behemoth The Satanist
2 Rosanne Cash The River & the Thread
3 Against Me! Transgender Dysphoria Blues
4 Indian From All Purity
5 Have a Nice Life The Unnatural World
6 Lucinda Williams Lucinda Williams [Reissue]
7 Various Haiti Direct
8 Transatlantic Kaleidoscope
9 Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra Fuck Off Get Free We Pour Light on Everything
10 Uncle Tupelo No Depression (Legacy Edition)

New Arrivals

Two metallers enter the chart. Behemoth are true to label, blasting their way to the top of the heap with strong showings with critics (#3) and fans (#2). Indian enters at #4 off a strong showing with critics (#8) vs #18 with fans. 

Haiti Direct (#7) could be this year's Buena Vista Social Club (but, dare I say, better). I can imagine it playing at hip soirees, cafes and book shops. It is #2 with the critics but hasn't registered with the fans yet.

Symphonic proggers Transatlantic enter at #8. They are #3 with the fans but haven't had any critical impact.

Rounding out the Top 10 is the reissue of the debut album by alt-country rockers Tupulo. It is #5 with the critics.


Roseanne Cash is up one slot to #2 as she firms with the fans (#7) and is solid with the critics (#4).

Against Me! slips two places to #3.

Have a Nice Life are up two places to #5 as they are now top of the fans list, although not registering with critics.

Lucinda Williams stays at #6. Thee Silver... slips from #2 to #9 as Behemoth and Transatlantic relegate them to #4 on the fans list and a bunch of strong new releases push them way down the critics list.


Departures from the Top 10 are Damien Jurado (#19), Sharon Jones (#27), Lone Justice (#13), Mark Lanegan (#22), and Hail Spirit Noir (#14).