Musical year in review

Disclaimer: I organized these into genres myself, so you might not agree with which category some of these albums are in and that that’s just too bad for you

Rap: “Broke With Expensive Taste”, by Azealia Banks- Y’all are going to fight me on this one, but whatever. At least I didn’t say Iggy Azalea. Also, “212” is my jam and the title of this album could (and probably will be) the name of my autobiography. (Honorable mention: “And Then You Shoot Your Cousin” by the Roots, “Run the Jewels” by Run the Jewels and “The Pinkprint” by Nicki Minaj)


Pop: “Sheezus” by Lily Allen- Not her best work, but the strong points on this album make up for the weak ones (“L8 Cmmr”, anyone?). Admittedly, 2014 was an amazing year for pop, and there are quite a few albums that I was considering for this title, but Lily Allen is my personal bae, so… (Honorable mention: “St. Vincent” by St. Vincent, “Queen of Clouds” by Tove Lo, “Completement Fou” by Yelle, “I Never Learn” by Lykke Li, “Sucker” by Charli XCX, and “1000 Forms of Fear” by Sia; like I said, a good year for pop)


Alternative: “This is All Yours” by alt-J- I wrote a lot about these guys back in November so if you missed it here’s a summary: critics don’t like them, I do– suck it, critics. (Honorable mention: “Morning Phase” by Beck, “They Want My Soul” by Spoon, “Brill Bruisers”by the New Pornagraphers, and “Sadnecessary” by Milky Chance).


Electronic: “In Return”by ODESZA- A Bellingham native band (both members are WWU grads), ODESZA is one of the leaders in complex, interesting EDM. “Say My Name” (surprising not related to the 1998 Destiny’s Child song) is one of the best singles of 2014, and the whole album is pretty much on the same level. (honorable mention: “Goddess”by Banks, “Sylvan Esso” by Sylvan Esso, “Built on Glass”by Chet Faker and “Wonder Where We Land” by SBTRKT, like pop, an incredibly good year).


R&B: “Aquarius”by Tinashe- Tinashe goes beyond catchy: she gives depth, complexity, heart, and most importantly, something new to a genre that is kind of in a rut right now. (Honorable mention: “In the Lonely Hour”by Sam Smith, “Thing”by Perfume Genius” and  “LP1” by FKA Twigs)

“Everything Will Be All Right in The End” by Weezer- Admittedly, this album doesn’t compare to the Red, Blue, or Green albums, but it’s better than most. (Honorable mention: “Going to Hell” by the Pretty Reckless, “Transgender Dysphoria Blues” by Against Me!, “Sonic Highways” by Foo Fighters, and “Surface Envy” by Sleater-Kinney [I know its just a single but shhh]).