This album adventure just keeps getting better and better, and I’m starting to wish I’d gotten the music bug a long time ago – there’s so much to catch up on! The next four weeks of albums are listed here, a quick reminder that my picks are first (albums from 2015 or 2016), and Mr C’s picks are second (anything older).
|Nine Track Mind||Charlie Puth||2016||Really catchy pop that sticks in the mind. Very fifties, in the style of Bruno Mars and Meghan Trainor. Couple of good guests, including Ms Trainor. Very listenable but not a classic.|
|Automatic for the People||R.E.M.||1992||Loved the singles on this one but found the rest of it a bit less memorable. I know it’s a highly regarded album, and it was good to listen to but I couldn’t name another song on it now.|
|All I Need||Foxes||2016||Have been a bit of a naysayer about Foxes previously, but really enjoyed the album. All very dramatic and swooping but catchy with great beats. Loved it!|
|Play||Moby||1999||This one was right up my street. Moody and blues, over a variety of different beats with a scattering of new soundbytes on top. Really enjoyed it but did make me crave the Bourne song.|
|Get Weird||Little Mix||2015||Truly love this album – stacked full of pop with great beats and catchy hooks, plus some good messages too: be weird, who cares? First half better than second, but all very good.|
|Mezzanine||Massive Attack||1998||Didn’t know much about this band except for Teardrop but enjoyed the album a lot. Oppressive and intense, I wanted to just sit back, relax and listen. Teardrop the standout though.|
|Chaos and the Calm||James Bay||2015||Another artist I judged too quickly, but realised I did like Hold Back the River. Turns out the whole album is fantastic, it’s all in the vein of the river one, and thus I loved every song on it.|
|Face Value||Phil Collins||1981||Only knew one song off the album. It was a heck of a lot darker and more experimental than I’d expected. Moody, full of saxophones and that bluesy sound. Good though.|
As a note, I’ve also relistened to Kelsea Ballerini, and Foxes and I think Moby will be another that gets replayed a lot in future. I’ve got some notes to take away from this batch:
- Stop judging artists on their names or their hats and just listen to the music.
- Rewatch the Bourne movies.
- Dive into Little Mix’s back catalogue.