Andrew Lockwood’s Top Albums of 2014
10) Luke Sital-Singh - 'The Fire Inside'
A mixture of previous EP releases and new material 'The Fire Inside' is a fully loaded debut album from the short listed 'Sound Of 2014' artist. Luke wears his heart on his sleeve through tragedy, torment and failed relationships giving rise to some magical musical moments.
9) Deptford Goth - 'Songs'
The second album from Daniel Woolhouse is a thing of joy that needs to be appreciated without distraction, It's soft, smooth and oh so soothing, it can't fail but to relax and chill you out. If you need to wind down just let it wash over you, you'll feel all the better for it.
8) Perfume Genius - 'Too Bright'
Mike Hadreas has broadened his horizons on this, his fourth album. Here he not only deliveries on his signature piano ballads but also explores new sonic territory to great effect. Too Bright is a multifaceted album full of surprises that never fails to delight.
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'This Is My Hand' is the fourth of My Brightest Diamond's solo album releases following 2011's 'All Things Will Unwind'. Although it has a stronger centre, more definition and is her most polished and positive work to date, Shara 'MBD' Worden sticks to more or less familiar territory with little attempt, or need, to stray far from her characteristic sound and composition.
'This Is My Hand' certainly has darker edges ('I Am Not The Bad Guy') and even an occasional pop-ish bend ('Lover Killer'), but all the hallmarks that have become commonplace on any My Brightest Diamond album since her debut, 'Bring Me The Workhorse', are once again gloriously present here. The theatricality, the drama, the scale and the performance driven, character laden experience is just as absorbing and immersive as ever. Worden excels in the roleplay to make each track so complete and compelling.
Listening to 'This Is My Hand' isn't so much to just listen to a new album, it's like seeing a new production, going to the circus, being moved by an operatic aria or mesmerised by a performance artist all at the same time. The artistry is vividly layered with exquisite touches and brilliant production. 'Shape' is a stunning arrangement; the bass line, the backing vocals, even the use of the word prismatic adds something and the way Worden's vocals quicken and sharpen to exaggerate the pace and heighten the tension on 'Before The Words' are superb.
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