The Blue Room Music Gongs – Top Ten Albums and Singles 2014

ALBUMS

10. The Breeze – Eric Clapton – Old Slowhand’s tribute to JJ Cale, with added friends.

09. Tarpaper Sky – Rodney Crowell – The ageing troubadour is back on song.

08. Single Mothers – Justin Townes Earl –The son of an ageing troubadour remains on song.

07. Illywild –Mia Dyson – Australia’s answer to Lucinda Williams – stunning.

06. Supernova – Ray Lamontagne – I have Myf and 2JJ to thank for this gem.

05. Wanted on Voyage – George Ezra – Unfair, She up there granting such a voice to one so young.

04. A Sea of Split Peas – Courtney Barnett – The world is now this Aussie lass’ oyster.

03. Singles – Future Islands – A charismatic lead vocalist with the moves makes all the difference.

02. Goin’ Your Way – Neil Finn & Paul Kelly – Covering each other with rapturous results.

01. If You Want – London Grammar – Who says they don’t make music these days as good as in the past?

london

HMS – Angus and Julia Stone, 30:30 Hindsight – Jimmy Barnes, The River and the Thread – Rosanne Cash, Oz – Missy Higgins, Bittersweet -Kasey Chambers, Stronger Feelings -Doug Paisley, There,There – Megan Washington, Alias – The Magic Numbers

SINGLES

10. I’m Not Going To Miss You – Glen Campbell – The dying troubadour says goodbye.

ttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U8TsAh-zYFI

09. Ritual Union – Ms Murphy – The goddess from last year’s ‘The Voice’ returns.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yvQiHWxnu4A

08. Dirty Ground – Dan Sultan – Australia’s next big thing for so long now comes of age.

http://www.tonedeaf.com.au/424833/premiere-dan-sultan-dirty-ground-live-way-eagle-studios.htm

07. The Flyboy and the Kid – Rodney Crowell – His ‘Forever Young’ tribute to mentor Guy Clark

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QUaomJOAWi8

06. Stone Cold – Jimmy Barnes/Tina Arena – A classic re-imagined.

05. God Only Knows – Brian Wilson and the BBC Impossible Orchestra – A classic re-imagined.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/tvandradio/11146898/God-Only-Knows-how-BBC-got-this-supergroup-together.html

04. Oh Grace – Kasey Chambers – The latest album’s opener one of her best.

03. Certified Blue – The Black Sorrows – Jo Jo Zep still has what it takes to belt out a rocker.

http://theblacksorrows.bandcamp.com/album/certified-blue

02 Supernova – Ray Lamontagne – catchy, catchy chorus.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X294h3dl2_I

01. Geronimo – Sheppard – I know, I know – where is my sophistication? This tune’s clap happy sensibility always put me in a happy place in 2014.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UL_EXAyGCkw

The Age’s Shortlist presents its top albums of the year = http://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/music/the-shortlists-music-of-2014-top-20-albums-20141209-11zj95.html

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