Just a Guy’s monthly music article includes the top songs of February 2014. The restrictions are simple, the album or the song must have been released during the month in review. So as to encourage musical diversification, we only select one song per album per artist. With all the stipulations out of the way, let’s take a look at the best songs from February.
Coldplay – Midnight
“Midnight” is a different kind of sound for Coldplay. Chris Martin’s voice is produced but not so much that you’d get sick of it. The song is reminiscent of a hypnotic or vegetative state, something you can fall into and not even know it. “Midnight” was the first song revealed to be part of their upcoming album Ghost Stories. If you’re looking to put your mind at east and relax, then “Midnight” is the song for you.
Schoolboy Q – Collard Greens
“Collard Greens” is the hit single from Schoolboy Q’s hotly anticipated new album, Oxymoron. It has a big name feature courtesy of Kendrick Lamar, who’s one of the hottest hip hop artists around right now. “Collard Greens” is a fun song with it’s catchy chorus and uptempo yet calm sound. If you haven’t checked it out by now you’re missing out.
The Fray – Hold My Hand
The lead track from The Fray’s Helios is “Hold My Hand”. The album does leave something to be desired but “Hold My Hand” is one of the best songs on it. A very recognizable Fray song with a tempo that increases into a ballad as the song plays on. Assuredly worth a listen for light rock and pop fans alike.
Augustines – Nothing To Lose But Your Head
“Nothing To Lose But Your Head” starts off like a late-80’s U2 song which is the biggest compliment that I can give it. The song (and album) are such an honest affair that you can’t help but fall in love with it. Augustines became my new favorite band after hearing this track. It feels like this band may be on the verge of something big.
Broken Bells – After The Disco
A little history on Broken Bells, they’re pretty well known. The duo of James Mercer (of The Shins) and Danger Mouse (or Gnarls Barkley and producer of awesome albums from The Black Keys and Gorillaz) provide neat alternative jams and “After The Disco” is a sweet laid back track in a similar vein of recent Daft Punk work. It’s the type of track that you can throw on and dance to a bit. The duo has been around for a while and continues to harken back to earlier eras of music.
Sun Kil Moon – Carissa
We already covered Sun Kil Moon’s fantastic album Benji, but for a stand out track I leaned on “Carissa”. It’s the first song of the album and sets the tone. Someone on a music site described Sun Kil Moon as “sad bastard music,” and that’s what “Carissa” is. If you enjoy it, you’ll fall for the rest of the album, if not, Sun Kil Moon probably isn’t your cup of tea anyway.
Beck – Blue Moon
“Blue Moon” comes from Beck’s latest album Morning Phase. Both the song and the album are distinctly Beck’s harmonious style, but with a slightly new flair. It’s laid back and relaxed, and would be a solid song for long road trips.
Crosses (†††) – The Epilogue
“The Epilogue” is quiet and somewhat slow moving, but it’s really grown on me since it came out. Reminds of me of recent Arctic Monkeys and that’s a good thing. Crosses are getting positive reviews for their self-titled album and a song like “The Epilogue” is a major reason why.
Phantogram – Black Out Days
Phantogram is very similar to Chvrches which isn’t a bad thing, “Black Out Days” is synth-heavy which is always good with me. A little more ominous sounding than some Chvrches tracks, but good nonetheless. Phantogram has to grow on me a bit, but songs like “Black Out Days” are a good start.
Kid Cudi – Going to the Ceremony
Kid Cudi surprised a number of people, fans included, with his latest album drop. Satellite Flight: The Journey to Mother Moon was announced by the Moon Man himself via Twitter. “Going to the Ceremony” is the liveliest track on the album and was the one single released beforehand. Both the album and the song take the listener on a psychedelic and melodic journey.
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