I hate ranking my favorite albums of the year. Some albums take a while to digest. Some albums might not seem as great six months later, some albums don't get a close enough listen to as I intend, some are probably not listened to in the right mood...
I had a list of over 30 albums I cut down to 20, then 10, then 3, then back up to 10, then 3 lists of 10, then 4 lists of top 5s, then a top 6 with a next 20 and a bottom 5, then down to 8, then finally a top 3, then caved to making it finally a somewhat interchangeable top 5. It happened a little something like that, actually.
Without any comment whatsoever, my top 5 albums of 2014...
#5) The War On Drugs - Lost in the Dream
#4) Bobby Bare Jr. - Undefeated
#3) Delta Spirit - Into the Wide
#2) Spoon - They Want My Soul
#1) Ryan Adams - Ryan Adams
Now, I DO have opinions on over 2 dozen albums. Some very good albums that just barely missed the cut, albums I will want on this list tomorrow, great live albums, compilations, singles, excellent EPs, new bands, new-to-me-bands, old bands with great new albums, comedy albums, even mediocre albums. Metal, country, hip-hop. It's a very painful process. But nobody really wants to hear my opinion on over 2 dozen albums, I'm sure about that. But listen to these 5 at least. And if you really want, hit me up for my opinion on any other album.