While most year end list, ours included, made a hurried effort to be completed by, well the end of the year, the annual Village Voice Pazz & Jop issue held off to mid-month to look over the year. In assessing the year gone by, the group came up with the well regarded D’Angelo and the Vanguard album Black Messiah as top album of the year. But, more impressive than that feat is that the second rated album was also a soulful addition with rapping duo Killer Mike and El-P taking the silver for Run the Jewels 2.
The list is a serious showing in how soul music has penetrated the stratorsphere as a more than legitimate form of music and artistry. Indeed, the top 15, in a list that has over 1500 albums on it, was dotted with the release selection from FKA Twigs, and, a soulhead.com favorite, Azealia Banks.
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Village Voice Pazz & Jop Crowns D’Angelo, Run the Jewels Top Album of 2014