Rolling Stone has released its latest annual “50 Best Albums” list, and the top spot for 2014 might come as a surprise to some 800 million iTunes users. The magazine has named U2’s Songs of Innocence as the year’s best album, in spite of — or perhaps, because of — the controversial way it was released automatically into the account of every iTunes user.”There was no bigger album of 2014 — in terms of surprise, generosity and controversy,” Rolling Stone writes of its #1 choice.”This is a record full of the band’s stories and triumph, memory and confession detonated with adventure and poise,” the magazine continues. “In its range of sounds, there may be no more complete U2 album.”Rolling Stone chose as its runner-up Bruce Springsteen’s High Hopes, calling the record the Boss’ “most gloriously loose, vibrant album in years.” The magazine praises Springsteen for utilizing Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello on many of the tracks, noting that Bruce is now “more unpredictable than ever.”The top 10 of the list also features The Black Keys’ Turn Blue at #3, plus St. Vincent’s self-titled album and Lana Del Rey’s Ultraviolence at #4 and #7, respectively.The entire list is dotted with albums by a variety of rockers including Foo Fighters’ Sonic Highways at #12, Weezer’s Everything Will Be Alright in the End at #14, Against Me!’s Transgender Dysphoria Blues at #15, Jackson Browne’s Standing in the Breach at #19, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers’ Hypnotic Eye at #26, Alt-J’s This Is All Yours at #27, Spoon’s They Want My Soul at #29 and Thom Yorke’s Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes at #30. Damon Albarn, Lenny Kravitz, Jack White, Interpol, Tweedy and Coldplay also make the list.
via ABC Air Power: Rock.