The best albums of 2014.

October 29, 2014

singlemaltmonkey

The best albums of 2014! What ? Still two months to go ? Yeah, but I’ve waited this long and I don’t see anyone beating these two masterpieces. They are, indeed, quite special.

Dhafer-Youssef

Firstly, the wonderful musician that is Dhafer Youssef and his album “Birds Requiem” which was released in November 2013 and showcased on tour this year. The music is conceived as a four-piece suite, split into its constituent parts throughout the album, and then complimented by additional pieces which blend mesmerically with each other. Dhafer’s vocal style is unique and once resting in a baleful mood can sore to a falsetto crescendo the like of which you will hear nowhere else.

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His gentle melodic oud is supported by a group of musicians who play with feel and sensibility and an almost cosmic unity – this music is often simply sublime. Pianist Kristjan Randalu weaves delicate textures while the…

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