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The year 2014 was an extremely good one for musical output. We had the world’s most popular band release an album and literally gave it to the world for free. We had old sods continue to show their relevance (Tom Petty) and the usual litany of new bands attempted to push the musical world farther. In addition we had bands really starting to grasp ways to connect readily accessible video to audio (see Foo Fighters' <i>Sonic Highways</i>). For me personally the greatest joy of the year was the return of the album.  The last few years had seen bands delivering one song (Foster The People) and then becoming a band. So with much ado, I offer up my favorite records of the year.

Here are Number 10 thru 1 Favorite Albums of the Year.

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10. <a href="http://www.kzyr.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/Screen-Shot-2014-12-15-at-3.55.09-PM.png"><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-8369" alt="Todd Meadow Brothers keeper" src="http://www.kzyr.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/Screen-Shot-2014-12-15-at-3.55.09-PM.png" width="499" height="439" /></a><strong>“Todd Meadow” - Brothers Keeper</strong>- Local bar owner (Shakedown Bar) Scott Rednor has delivered a major release for the Vail Valley music community that is starting to gain traction across the country and it’s well deserved.  The LP contains many highlights including a great reworking of The Band’s classic “The Weight” with a hardy contribution from John Popper. This song along displays the band’s prowess.  When you can take a song redone by thousands and make it your own, you are on your way to great things. Rednor himself is considered a guitarist of rare talent as he has recently been invited to sit in with the likes of Warren Haynes and Sheryl Crow.  Support your local musicians and download this record today. You will not be disappointed.

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9. <a href="http://www.kzyr.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/Screen-Shot-2014-10-13-at-5.11.45-AM.png"><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-7841" alt="Lucinda Williams" src="http://www.kzyr.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/Screen-Shot-2014-10-13-at-5.11.45-AM.png" width="425" height="301" /></a><strong>“Down Where the Spirit Meets the Bone”- Lucinda Williams</strong>- Rock poetry at its finest with some blazing guitar work to boot. Williams' double album provides deep reflections on the meaning of life and nature versus nurture. She even delivers a moving tribute to her poet father with a great interpretation of one of his brilliant poems as a song. <a href="http://www.kzyr.com/2014/10/lucinda-williams-excels-to-the-bone/">FULL REVIEW</a>

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8. <a href="http://www.kzyr.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/Screen-Shot-2014-12-15-at-3.57.48-PM.png"><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-8370" alt="Barr Brothers sleeping operator" src="http://www.kzyr.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/Screen-Shot-2014-12-15-at-3.57.48-PM.png" width="341" height="339" /></a>"<strong>Sleeping Operator”- The Barr Brothers-</strong> What? Another great new band out of Canada shocking.  Though there are some sleepy numbers on this release, as a debut it ranks as a promising offering from a band we hope is on the make. Just listen to “Valhalla” and you can sense the potential of this band of brothers.

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7.<strong> <a href="http://www.kzyr.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/Screen-Shot-2014-12-15-at-3.59.23-PM.png"><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-8371" alt="Spoon They want my soul" src="http://www.kzyr.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/Screen-Shot-2014-12-15-at-3.59.23-PM.png" width="266" height="263" /></a>“They Want My Soul”- Spoon</strong>- Just when we thought this band was finished they return with their best complete album to date.  Britt Daniel had left the band to form Divine Fits and most observers thought we heard the last from this Austin power trio.  But no, a return to a new form and some exotic sounds meshed with reasonable understandable lyrics (something new for the band) make this a top pick for the year.  The song “Outliers” alone would merit inclusion in this list but the fact that they have a number of catchy tunes make this a party record.

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6.<a href="http://www.kzyr.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/Screen-Shot-2014-12-15-at-4.00.08-PM.png"><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-8372" alt="Foo Fighters Sonic Highways" src="http://www.kzyr.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/Screen-Shot-2014-12-15-at-4.00.08-PM.png" width="323" height="324" /></a> <strong>“Sonic Highways”- Foo Fighters</strong>- This set of inspired songs doesn't break any new ground musically for the rockers, but it delivers an important history lesson especially when paired up with the HBO TV series that breaks all sorts of new ground while visiting some old places.  The stories that Dave Grohl and his mates tell on the epic TV show translate into a song per city presented here as a Cliff Note version of the show. Do yourself a favor this holiday season and set time aside to watch the full musical travelogue.

5. <strong> <a href="http://www.kzyr.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/Screen-Shot-2014-12-15-at-4.00.50-PM.png"><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-8373" alt="Ske Dat Dr John" src="http://www.kzyr.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/Screen-Shot-2014-12-15-at-4.00.50-PM.png" width="408" height="402" /></a>“Ske-Dat-De-Dat: The Spirit Of Satchmo.”  Dr. John</strong>- Hard to believe a record of complete covers can endure repeated listens, but this is a sensational reinterpretation of the great Louis Armstrong.  Recently Armstrong’s importance to American music has received its due spotlight and Dr. John’s take on 13 of his numbers is a rage.  Give a listen to “Mac The Knife” and tell me you don't hear the history of modern music in a six minute flight of joy.  Dr. John is a storied musician of the New Orleans scene himself and he tells the story of his inspiration by suggesting that Satchmo came to him in his dream and said “do my songs, your way.”  What could have been a nightmare turned into a record that has not left my go to playlist all year.

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4.  <a href="http://www.kzyr.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/Screen-Shot-2014-12-15-at-4.01.37-PM.png"><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-8374" alt="Israel Nash Rain Plans" src="http://www.kzyr.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/Screen-Shot-2014-12-15-at-4.01.37-PM.png" width="365" height="327" /></a><strong>Israel Nash’s Rain Plans” Israel Nash-</strong>  This American born artist has found more success in Europe than his home country and there is still significant hope that this record will change that and it deserves to.  Nash’s third record is a deep dive into Americana with superb takes on the Laurel Canyon sound with long guitar jams that certainly conjures up Neil Young but in a most respectful way without mimicry.  The title cut presents a gutsy exploration of one’s own limitations while musically exploring the high ground of Young’s legendary “Cowgirl In The Sand.”  It takes guts for a performer to tour and play an entire album straight through as Nash did at the recent KZYR listener party this past Fall. <a href="http://www.kzyr.com/2014/08/album-of-the-year/">FULL REVIEW</a>

3. <a href="http://www.kzyr.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/Screen-Shot-2014-12-15-at-4.02.43-PM.png"><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-8376" alt="Tom Petty HYpnotic eye" src="http://www.kzyr.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/Screen-Shot-2014-12-15-at-4.02.43-PM.png" width="316" height="311" /></a><strong>“Hypnotic Eye- Tom Petty</strong>- Yeah right?  Petty?  If this record was released by any other new artist they would be being hailed as the next coming.  But since it’s Tom Petty of course its good.  But this record goes beyond even the best of Petty. There are solid jams “ Fault Lines” and political statements “Shadow People”  and through it all the hooks that make Petty the greatest American songwriter of our time. We are blessed to still have Petty to kick around and under appreciate.

2. <a href="http://www.kzyr.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/Screen-Shot-2014-12-15-at-4.04.03-PM.png"><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-8379" alt="War On Drugs Lost in A dream" src="http://www.kzyr.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/Screen-Shot-2014-12-15-at-4.04.03-PM.png" width="341" height="332" /></a><strong>"Lost In The Dream" - War on Drugs</strong>- This record needs to grow on you which in my opinion is the number  one aspect of a good recording.  Like some of cable TV best dramas, It has layers so deep you miss them on first few listens.  I put this album on my new music playlist and found myself numerous times pulling the iPod out of the pocket to figure out who this was.  The band was supposedly done when their leader Kurt Vile left them to pursue solo work but like Genesis when they lost Peter Gabriel, The War On Drugs delivered a masterpiece that you will enjoy more each time you listen.

1.<a href="http://www.kzyr.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/Screen-Shot-2014-12-15-at-4.05.23-PM.png"><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-8382" alt="Im Not Bossy Im The boss" src="http://www.kzyr.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/Screen-Shot-2014-12-15-at-4.05.23-PM.png" width="310" height="307" /></a> <strong>“I’m Not Bossy, I’m the Boss”-Sinead O’Connor</strong>- I know, right?  The baddest girl in music deserves a better fate.  This is a highly listenable, message laden rock that has, like most of O’Connor’s brilliant career, been ignored by the mainstream.  Call it prejudice or a women scorned by a public simply for emphasizing a point years ago.  O’Connor is a brilliant voice with a knack of tackling a wide variety of musical genres with her wide ranging voice and snarky song writing.  This record, partially inspired by fellow strong female advocate Sheryl Sandberg’s “Lean In,”  is  staunch representation of the talent that O’Connor is.  She delivers catchy rhythms, danceable grooves and of course takes political stands.  From the funky “James Brown” to the splendid ballad “Streetcars,” O’Connor rises above the noise and controversy to deliver an album above and beyond what any one else did this year. It’s time the rest of us rise above and recognize her talent. <a href="http://www.kzyr.com/2014/09/sinead-has-always-been-her-own-boss/">FULL REVIEW</a>
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