2014 Albums of the Year: How to Dress Well – What Is This Heart?


The Telescope presents: the top albums of 2014. We gathered best-of lists from staff and contributors, crunched some numbers and came up with ten records that unanimously wowed us this year.

New Year’s Day is best spent laying on the couch watching movies, listening to music and pigging out on junk food (I will be placing my Chinese food order very shortly). The vibe is definitely chill, and maybe not the right time for wailing guitars. What is This Heart? will score your day nicely.

Every time How to Dress Well  releases an album, labels such as “indie R&B” start swirling around singer Tom Krell.  But to label is to limit, and Krell proves that while experimentation is always on the table, pop music is his core. Compared to Krell’s debut – 2010’s Love Remains – his branching out into the world of pop can’t be denied; he’s even made some toe-tappers along the way.

But as fun as songs as “Repeat Pleasure” can be, HTDW’s falsetto truly shines when there’s an air of tragedy in his song – easy to find but not overly done in What Is This Heart?

-Michelle Farres


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