Monday, 15 December 2014

Even The Stars Top 20 Albums Of 2014 - 20 to 17


This week we will be running down our Top 20 albums of 2014, four albums a day.  We start with the albums in 20th to 17th position.

20 - ESBEN AND THE WITCH - A NEW NATURE



At number 13 in Stuart's chart of the year and unplaced in Dave's, Esben And The Witch's third album was released in September.

We said - "A slow and melancholic end to an epic, epic record. A New Nature is destined to become one of those records that folk will still be talking about in decades and it will probably sell as many copies this year as it does every year, for years and years to come." (Stuart)

Key tracks - Press Heavenwards, The Jungle, Blood Teaching




link to Even The Stars review

Esben And The Witch's website can be found here.  They are also on Facebook and Twitter.

19 - CATFISH AND THE BOTTLEMEN - THE BALCONY


At number 13 in Dave's chart of the year and unplaced in Stuart's, Catfish And The Bottlemen's The Balcony was also released in September.

We said - "That a band can make a breakthrough after six years hard slog should be an inspiration to each and every band out there playing to thirty of their mates at the Dog and Parrot in suburbia." (Dave)

Key tracks - Pacifier, Kathleen, Hourglass



link to Even The Stars review

Catfish and the Bottlemen's website can be found here.  They are also on Facebook and Twitter.

18 - HIGH HAZELS - HIGH HAZELS


At number 12 in Dave's chart of the year and unplaced in Stuart's, High Hazel's self-titled debut album was released in November.

We said - "There's been a lot of talk recently about a much-needed renaissance of rock music in the public conscience.  High Hazels are ploughing a completely different furrow, but one that's been equally ignored in recent years.  Their self-titled debut is possibly the finest pure guitar pop album of the year." (Dave)

Key tracks - Hanging Moon, Night Song, Misbehave


link to Even The Stars review

High Hazels' official website can be found here. They are also on Facebook, Twitter and Soundcloud.

17 - GULP - SEASON SUN


At number 10 in Stuart's chart of the year and unplaced in Dave's, Gulp's debut album was released in July.

We said - "With Season Sun, Gulp have produced the perfect summer record, full of psychedelic sixties harmonies, tinged with electronica, ideal for relaxing on these hot balmy evenings." (Stuart)

Key tracks - Vast Space, Grey Area, I Want To Dance


link to Even The Stars review

Gulp's official website can be found here and they are on Twitter and Facebook.
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