Sunday, 29 June 2014

Music Chart - June 2014

A quiet month but some big hitters return with new albums. Jack White backs up a couple of great preview songs with the mixed Lazaretto which is far too adventurous and unnecessarily ambitious for its own good. Granted, White is a wonderful showman and songwriter, with ideas brimming and overflowing but sometimes keeping things simple is the best policy. Kasabian, on the other hand, have a more straightforward album with 48:13; ignoring the grungy disco of lead single 'eez-eh', there are moments of brilliance here as the recent Glastonbury headliners provide their unique blend of scuzzy electro-rock. And to complete this month's important trilogy, Bob Mould is back with Beauty & Ruin, not as polished as the wonderful Silver Age but guaranteed to please fans of the legendary songwriter. Elsewhere, X-Factor loser Janet Devlin proves there is life after reality TV: Running With Scissors is a gorgeous album of wide-eyed musings, lost loves and storytelling (also it includes a rather nice cover of The Cure's Friday I'm In Love). The Pains of Being Pure At Heart continue the delicious jangly guitar-pop on Days Of Abandon and Lana Del Rey flirts with controversy with Ultraviolence. The mighty Corrosion Of Conformity bring the noise to IX and finally the overrated Sharon Van Etten asks the non-question Are We There.

...but as yet, nothing to knock The War On Drugs from the number one...

  1. Lost In The Dream by The War On Drugs
  2. Augustines by Augustines
  3. Rave Tapes by Mogwai
  4. Morning Phase by Beck 
  5. Gach Sgeul (Every Story) by Julie Fowlis 
  6. The Gloaming by The Gloaming
  7. Beauty & Ruin by Bob Mould
  8. Smoke Fairies by Smoke Fairies
  9. Tales From The Realm Of The Queen Of Pentacles by Suzanne Vega
  10. You Chose These Woes by Model Village
  11. Beautiful Desolation by Paul Thomas Saunders
  12. 48:13 by Kasabian
  13. Indie Cindy by The Pixies 
  14. Running With Scissors by Janet Devlin
  15. The Cautionary Tales Of Mark Oliver Everett by Eels
  16. Upside Down Mountain by Conor Oberst 
  17. Teeth Dreams by The Hold Steady
  18. Burn Your Fire For No Witness by Angel Olsen
  19. The Take Off And Landing of Everything by Elbow
  20. Lazaretto by Jack White
  21. Word Of Mouth by Seth Lakeman 
  22. So Long, See You Tomorrow by Bombay Bicycle Club 
  23. IX by Corrosion Of Conformity
  24. Into The Lime by New Mendicants 
  25. 9 Dead Alive by Rodrigo y Gabriela
  26. A Letter Home By Neil Young
  27. In The Silence by Asgeir
  28. Held In Splendor by Quilt 
  29. Ultraviolence by Lana Del Rey
  30. Salad Days by Mac Demarco
  31. Blood Red Shoes by Blood Red Shoes 
  32. Supernova by Ray LaMontagne
  33. Echoes by Emily Smith 
  34. Everyday Robots by Damon Albarn
  35. Atlas by Real Estate
  36. Croz by David Crosby
  37. Benji by Sun Kil Moon 
  38. St. Vincent by St. Vincent
  39. Cursing The Sea by September Girls
  40. Wildewoman by Lucius
  41. Luminous by The Horrors
  42. High Hopes by Bruce Springsteen
  43. Songs About This And That by Karin Krog & John Surman
  44. Waking Lines by Patterns
  45. Unrepentant Geraldines by Tori Amos 
  46. The Future's Void by EMA
  47. Here And Nowhere Else by Cloud Nothings
  48. Wig Out At Jagbags by Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks
  49. Total Strife Forever by East India Youth
  50. Too Much Information by Maximo Park
  51. Warpaint by Warpaint
  52. Are We There by Sharon Van Etten
  53. To Be Kind by Swans
  54. Eagulls by Eagulls 
  55. Education, Education, Education & War by Kaiser Chiefs
  56. The Crystal Method by The Crystal Method
  57. Kid Face by Samantha Crain
  58. None The Wiser by The Rifles
  59. Oh My Sexy Lord by Marijuana Deathsquads


Ben P Scott said...

have you heard The Phantom Band's new album 'Strange Friend' or James's new 'La Petite Mort'? Best albums of June by far! perhaps the best of 2014?

Chris said...

I'll definitely check them out. I've added the James album to my playlist for this month so I'm a bit behind on new stuff... Cheers for the reminder.