Often classified in the highest ranges of sludge lists, this band, and particularly this album, does not have to be constrained in a genre. It's pure musical discrimination to put The War On Drugs (I would personally call them better "the war on music") at the top of a list when it's a sub-genre in its own way (and really sub). Thou is to my eyes one of the most essential band of the last decade, and that they do not get the success they deserve unfortunately tells a lot about our times. This album is a masterpiece. The closest rock has been to classic music in terms of grandeur and timeless quality. Louisiana was and still is one of the greatest land for music. Seeing Dr John played at Sète (France) and having listened to this album the whole year I can say that if I'm sure of something I'm sure of that.
2. Macy Gray - The Way
3. David Crosby - Croz
4. Lunchbox - Loves You
5. Sleaford Mods - Divide and Exit
6. Moonknight - Death Card
7. Buzzcocks - The Way
8. King Buzzo - This Machine Kills Artists
9. Heaven's Gateway Drugs - A Propos
Another album whose absence in the multitudes of 2014 lists is totally unexplainable since it's psyche-pop at its best. Everything too many French weirdies try to achieve without any success. Although this record has everything to make me runaway (the cover sleeve, the look, the retro-style) I must admit it's a fantastic album that maybe should be ranged higher than at the 9th position. If you like the Kinks era Preservation Society, the Who era Sell Out, the Pretty Things era SF Sorrow, Pink Floyd era Syd Barrett, or, more recently Polyphonic Spree or Julian Cope, you will love this record. Each song is a winner and seems an instant classic. If rock critics could take their ears out of their assholes and listen to something that worth it, they would put this band at the top of their aggregated lists.
10. Indian - From All Purity
Bonus - Albums released in 2013 but who made my year
1. Birds of California - One And Only
2. Kal Marks - Life is Murder
The names of the album and of the band would be enough to raise my enthusiasm but strikingly it's the music they play that is the main reason of my euphoria. Released in September 2013, I only discovered it last September and since then it became a trusty companion. Here what I wrote on Bandcamp about it: "It's emotional music as its best. Long time an album didn't offer me so strong chills in my spine. Everything talks to me in this band. Could have been a cult album if it has been issued during the 90's noise movement. It will be one of the cult albums of this century". I won't be able to say better today.
3. His Name Is Codeine - The Only Truth Is Music
4. White Medal - Guthmers Hahl
5. Pile - Dripping