“We have art in order not to die of the truth.” ― Friedrich Nietzsche
2014 was a doozy. Personally, it was the most interesting and important year of my life, and all my excitement and ambition flew me a little too close to the sun. I laughed a lot, but I felt frayed more often than I should’ve. The state of the union weighed heavily on the optimist in me, and I wrestled with the good a “Good Vibes For All” worldview could even achieve. In times good and bad, though, music was always there in equal measure. It comforted me, renewed my spirit, reminded me who I am, illuminated truths, and – most importantly – kept me connected to others, which is the thing that really makes life worth living (and helps to keep us from “dying of the truth”).
With that said, here are the albums released this year that meant the most to me.