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.
More Than Any Other Day radiates dissent. It’s as if Ought are trying to drive people away as much as they’re trying to draw people in. Their name, the album’s name, the desperation that permeates these songs—it’s all likely borne of the 2012 Quebec student protests; that’s where Ought became Ought (for the record, though, these dudes are Australian and American transplants).
Women (the band) had the same vibe about them—standoffish while enigmatic. Check out album opener “Pleasant Heart”—an off-beat cacophony that boasts more shouting than singing—up above, for a suitable example. It suggests early on that singer Tim Beeler may be completely mad (a suspicion that persists for the remainder of the album).
More Than Any Other Day’s primary charm lies in the seemingly improvised nature of its songs—at least, they come across as having been improvised at their inception. Would anyone actually, consciously, sit down and write a lyric about which percentage of milk they’re planning on buying?
Ought were a surprise highlight of the summer festival circuit, but now that their album’s had time to settle, it’s no surprise they made this best-of list.