A standout discovery of last year was Sturgill Simpson. Simpson was featured on “Bobby Reid” by Lucette on Muruch’s #1 Album of 2014. His own music showcases heartbreaking lyrics emotionallly rendered in a warm tone.
Last week Muruch’s Top Albums of 2014 were revealed. This week we’re happy to share a Spotify playlist of every song (over 200!) from every album on our list except one (by a certain singer who notoriously pulled her music from Spotify). Enjoy!
It’s that time of year again! This year brought us several astoundingly brilliant releases (especially my #1-5), a shockingly pleasant surprise from a formerly disliked artist (#18?!?) and even more shocking disappointments from formerly beloved ones (Charlie XCX, Foxygen, Leela James, Lia Ices, Gerard Way). Here are the 20 albums I enjoyed most this year. Click the album titles for my original reviews. And you can listen to the albums in this Spotify playlist.
Lucette’s debut album, Black Is the Color, is a dark, haunting Southern Gothic masterpiece.
The standout tracks are Lucette’s trippy cover of the traditional folk ballad “Black is the Color,” the moody original “Muddy Water,” the “Jolene”-esque “Able Mae” and the album’s sultry first single, “Bobby Reid.” The latter features singer-songwriters Sturgill Simpson and JD Wilkes.
The first half of the album is especially mesmeric and it’s quickly becoming one of my favorite releases of the year.