One of my favorite things to do when pouring over critics best of 2014 lists is seeing where the War on Drugs album - Lost in the Dream ranks. I believe we ranked it #2 over at the Bearded Gentlemen Music, and it came in at #3 on Pitchfork.
I honestly can't think of an album I wanted to listen to more before I finally scored my copy at the beginning of the year. I remember listening to it and kinda reveling in the sadness of the record... it reminded me of listening to music on the Radio as a kid in the 80's. I heard bits of Dire Straits, Tom Petty, Dylan and Mellencamp in the music too...
It's possibly the finest indie recording of the year and if it wasn't for a pair of records that pulled on my heart strings a little more - it would have easily been my album of the year.