Anticipated albums of 2014

High Hopes - Bruce Springsteen (January 14)
(I found it to be a strong collection of tracks, even though several are reworkings of older material. Heard album on Spotify, tracks I like: High Hopes, American Skin, Just Like Fire Would, and Down in the Hole. On a side note, what's with all the swearing on the track Harry's Place? I was surprised he used the F-word.)

Warpaint - Warpaint (January 17)
(Their 2010 debut album The Fool was a breath of fresh air in terms of the vocal and sound. Listened to the stream on NPR First Listen of their 2nd album, and I quite like Love Is to Die and Biggy)

Brothers and Sisters of the Eternal Son - Damien Jurado (January 21)
(I listened to the stream at NPR first listen. There's quite a bit of variation, with louder and quieter tracks, and different instruments. While I didn't like all the material, there were a few on there I did get into: Silver Timothy, Jericho Road, Silver Malcolm, Suns in Our Mind)

After the Disco - Broken Bells (February 4)
(Holding On For Life is a promising early track, though I'm personally not in love with the "Bee Gees" chorus)

July - Marissa Nadler (February 4)
(I enjoyed her 2011 album, especially The Sun Always Reminds Me of You.
Her EP from 2012 didn't have an impact on me, even so, I'll give the 2014 stuff a listen. New teaser tracks Nothing in My Heart and Dead City Emily)

St. Vincent - St. Vincent (February 25)
(The single Birth In Reverse I didn't care for. But another track called Digital Witness I really liked a lot, which sounds a bit Talking Heads-esque. She's previously collaborated with David Byrne, and it shows. )

Morning Phase - Beck (February 14)
(His 12th studio album. Apparently will be a "companion piece" to his 2002 album Sea Change)

Love Letters - Metronomy (March 10)
(The teaser track I'm Aquarius was not that great. We'll see about the other new tracks later. Loved their 2011 break-through album The English Riviera)

Supermodel - Foster The People (March 14)
(I liked their last album. From the new record, listen to Coming of Age)

Lost in the Dream - The War on Drugs (March 18)
(They are a band where I usually enjoy 1 or 2 tracks on each new album. Red Eyes is an early teaser, which I'm liking)

Out Among the Stars - Johnny Cash (March 25)
(Not massively excited about this posthumous "lost" album. The recordings are from 1980s sessions, which were shelved by Cash's record company. Now the world gets to listen.)

Too True - Dum Dum Girls (January)
Blank Project - Neneh Cherry (25 Feb)
G I R L - Pharrell Williams (March)
English Oceans - Drive-By Truckers (3 March)
The Classic - Joan As Police Woman (10 March)
Divergent soundtrack (11 March)
Symphonica - George Michael (18 March)
Recess - Skrillex (18 March)
Kiss Me Once - Kylie Minogue (25 March)
Saudade - Thievery Corporation (1 April)
It's Album Time - Todd Terje (8 April)
The Cautionary Tales of Mark Oliver Everett - Eels (22 April)
Diploid Love - Brody Dalle (28 April)
I Never Learn - Lykke Li (6 May)
Luminous - The Horrors (6 May)
Natalie Merchant - Natalie Merchant (6 May)
White Women - Chromeo (12 May)
Unrepentant Geraldines - Tori Amos (13 May)
In Conflict - Owen Pallett (13 May)
Xscape - Michael Jackson (13 May)
Upside Down Mountain - Conor Oberst (20 May)

Ghost Stories - Coldplay (19 May)
Are We There - Sharon Van Etten (27 May)
Nausea - Craft Spells (10 June)
Stay Gold - First Aid Kit (10 June)
Familiars - The Antlers (16 June)
Auto Music - Brian Reitzell & Kevin Shields (June 17)
Ultraviolence - Lana Del Rey
World Peace Is None of Your Business - Morrissey

Rumoured upcoming albums:
The Cure
Foo Fighters
Jessie Ware
Belle and Sebastian
Fleet Foxes
Joanna Newsom
Death Cab for Cutie
Neil Young
Solo ParaĆ­so - Molly Nilsson

(List updated May 22 2014)

Agree or disagree? Did I miss anything? Which are your most anticipated albums of 2014, officially announced, or rumoured albums?


  1. Hi Chris, just want to say hi though I have no idea who these musicians are except for Johnny Cash :) I basically only listen to Classical radio and soundtracks, he..he..

    1. @Ruth: Thanks for saying Hi! Well I know for a fact that you know about Lana Del Rey from the rumoured list at the bottom :)

  2. The albums I'm looking forward to are from Beck, Warpaint, St. Vincent, and Belle & Sebastian. Other than that, I just want to be surprised. Don't care for the Boss. I think his output in the last 15 years hasn't been very good. I find him boring now and I hate the fact that Rolling Stone magazine continuously likes to suck his dick about how great he is.

    1. @thevoid99: Appears we have a few overlaps!

      I probably like Springsteen’s new stuff more than you do, I haven’t listened to all of his studio albums, that’s something I’d like to do eventually.

  3. Keep forgetting about Foster the People. Don't ask me why, but I'll have random moments where I remember the album, give it a listen, adore it, then forget about it! Really bubbly, fun album. Looking forward to a new one.

    If Foo Fighters are releasing a new album next year, I am THERE.

    1. @Jaina: That new track by Foster the People I shared reminds me a bit of Vampire Weekend. Hope you like their new album.
      I’ll let you know on twitter, if I hear any news about Foo Fighters.

  4. Interesting picks. I'm looking forward to new albums from Beck and Jessie Ware too, as well as possible new ones from Kanye West, Emeli Sande, Duffy, Lily Allen, Frank Ocean and Adele.

    1. @Josh: For me, 2014 doesn’t look as strong for music as 2013, we’ll have to wait and see.
      Not a fan of Adele, Frank Ocean or Kayne West, but I’m with you for Beck and Jessie Ware. I quite like a few tracks by Lilly Allen and Emeli Sande.

  5. Yay for Foster the People! I am not following music updates these days except I saw my friends listening to them in social medias. Thanks for sharing this, Chris!

    1. @Andina: Hope the album lives up to expectations. Happy to help!

  6. Yeah Im interested in hearing the new St Vincent Album too

  7. Oh cool, didn't know Beck is releasing a new album this year. I'm curious to hear that and the Broken Bells record you mentioned. I'm also excited for a new Tycho album; this one will be his first with an actual band.

    1. Eric @ The Warning Sign: Look foward to that Beck album too! Tycho, thanks for the info, I remember quite liking his album Dive a few years ago. I see Awake (2013) will be released March 18


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