1. Jack White – Lazaretto: a 70s album in the 21st century
I have to admit I was not familiar with Jack White’s discography, nor was I with the White Stripe’s, apart from the stadium anthem Seven Nation Army, of course. After listening to Mr. White’s new album Lazaretto, which is a great piece of a rock, blues and folk album that reminds me of some 70s albums I love, I will follow this artist much closer than I used to…!
2. Ziggy Marley – Fly Rasta: or how to make familiar music sound fresh!
The 5th solo album by the Jamaican musician, son of reggae legend Bob Marley, sounds just like a mix of his father’s and a Ben Harper album, nevertheless sounding very fresh and involving! Entertaining and cheerful, I wish there were a lot more productions of the kind out there… High five for Ziggy!
3. Foo Fighters – Sonic Highways: the Rock & Roll machine is back!
Dave Grohl and his Foo Fighters have rolled out their perfect Rock & Roll machine once again and delivered an 8-track album of the finest. Nothing new, no revolutions, just 8 kick-ass Rock & Roll tracks! That’s what I want, that’s what the fans and rock music lovers would expect from the band: no album fillers, no experimental virtuosity, only a good record to rock and listen to!
4. The War on Drugs – Lost in the Dream: the sound of the 80s
Simply a very pleasant album marked by beautiful melodies and the typical 80s drums and echoes. Something I would have never ever have listened to back in the 90s, or still 5 years ago, but now that we got used to these eighties sounds and fashion again, I really appreciate this sound, in which you could find Dire Straits-like guitars and a beautiful voice that sometimes reminds me of Mark Knopfler’s, as well as The Boss himself.
5. Italian troubadours – ex aequo
Mannarino – Al Monte: Italian singer-songwriter delivers another great album!
Most certainly, Mannarino is best appreciated by an Italian speaking audience, yet the Roman artist is not only an outstanding lyricist, but his music is also a multifaceted patchwork of different musical genres with excellent arrangements. Internationally, it would probably be called world music.
Fabi, Gazzè, Silvestri – Il padrone della festa: unity is strength!
The 3 Roman singer-songwriters have joined forces and produced a great album, in which Fabi’s typical allegorical lyrics meet Silvestri’s rhythms and Gazze’s genius when it comes to arrangements. Again, understanding Italian is a plus when listening to the album. Probably, the album I listened to most this year!
Finally, I’d like to mention Damon Albarn’s Everyday Robots, We Were Promised Jetpacks‘ Unravelling and, although he did not understand how good Lazaretto really is, I’d like to thank my friend Mr. SHRC for mentioning Franco Battiato’s project Joe Patti’s Experimental Group.
You can listen to skylyro’s Top 5 Albums of 2014 playlist on Spotify by clicking here or on the picture above the text!
By the way, Merry Christmas to all of you!!