On Some Alternative Rock / New Wave Albums in 2014 (part 1)
As I have done for a few years now, I write my end-of-the-year article listing albums released in the previous year. This disproves again the claim of many people that “music nowadays is crap,” “there are no more interesting artists or music nowadays,” or “they don’t make good music anymore.”
People who think that way are simply not doing their homework. They are most likely basing their claim on only what they hear on radio stations or see on commercial TV. Or, they just simply stopped listening to new music and decided to content themselves in the music of their younger days.
There’s nothing wrong with limiting one’s listening pleasure to the music of one’s youth, but to claim that the reason for doing so is the lack of good new music in the current generation is invalid, narrowminded, and shortsighted.
In the Internet age, any passionate music enthusiast should be able to know whatever is new in music, whatever genre that might be.
Here are some albums, may be classified under New Wave / Alternative Rock, that were released in 2014. They made the year as musically refreshing and interesting as any other year since vinyl records, cassette tapes, and CDs were invented.
The Afghan Whigs – Do to the Beast
American Authors – Oh, What a Life
And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead – IX
B-Movie – The Age of Illusion
Better than Ezra – All Together Now
Billy Idol – Kings & Queens of the Underground
Black Keys – Turn Blue
Blondie – Ghosts of Download
Bombay Bicycle Club – So Long, See You Tomorrow
Bush – Man on the Run
The Buzzcocks – The Way
Camper Van Beethoven – El Camino Real
The Church – Further/Deeper
Coldplay – Ghost Stories
Counting Crows – Somewhere under Wonderland
Craft Spells – Nausea
Damon Albarn – Everyday Robots
Dragonfly Collector – The World Is Your Oyster
The Drums – Encyclopedia
Echo & the Bunnymen – Meteorites
The Eels – The Cautionary Tales of Mark Oliver Everett
Erasure – The Violent Flame
Ex-Cops – Daggers
Foo Fighters – Sonic Highways
Foster the People – Supermodel
(to be continued in the next issue)