Albums of 2014

So, if you’re anything like me, you will have asked Santa to bring you lots of CDs (or iTunes vouchers, you modern maniac) in order to catch up on the year’s best music. Despite trying my hardest, there are a fair few critically lauded long-players that have managed to slip me by, so come Boxing Day I’ll be playing catch-up living inside my Sennheisers.

With just over a week to go until the big day, there’s time to get your orders in if you too are looking for some much-needed new music. In need of inspiration? Here’s one Geek’s choice playlist for the year, covering everything from skewed indie rock (alt-J, Jack White), sumptuous songwriters (Perfume Genius, Tori Amos, Owen Pallett) and lovely ladies (Lana, Lykke and Jenny Lewis).

There’s something here for everyone, and all of it is pretty damn awesome. Happy listening!

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Paolo Nutini’s Scottish Soul

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I did the dutiful son bit on Friday night and took Mommy McGeek to the Paolo Nutini show in Wolves. However, it was a belter and I enjoyed (almost) as much as she did, mostly thanks to the souped-up soul and rootsy folk/rock that has made 2014’s third album comeback ‘Caustic Love’ such a great surprise.

You can check out more of my thoughts by popping over to The Music Fix, where my Paolo Nutini live review has me talking moms and music. Or you could just check him out doing his live thang via the vid below.