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?
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
10. I’m Not Going To Miss You – Glen Campbell – The dying troubadour says goodbye.
09. Ritual Union – Ms Murphy – The goddess from last year’s ‘The Voice’ returns.
08. Dirty Ground – Dan Sultan – Australia’s next big thing for so long now comes of age.
07. The Flyboy and the Kid – Rodney Crowell – His ‘Forever Young’ tribute to mentor Guy Clark
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.
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.
02 Supernova – Ray Lamontagne – catchy, catchy chorus.
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.
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