On the record – That lovely Nordic sweeping feel to things (Weeks 17 to 20)

Here we go again, another four weeks have flown by and it’s time to catch up with which albums I have been listening to over the past 28 days. Just like last time, there has been a wild array of genres filtering their way into my ears, from rock to pop, rap to sweeping Scandinavian melodies. Also this time out, the first album that I’ve truly struggled to get to the end of.

I’ve opted to work out a top ten list from all the albums listened so far, and I’ll keep this updated as the year continues, so by the end I can see what I have really gained from this adventure. First, though, the albums – my picks come first, which feature albums from 2015 or 2016, and Mr C’s selections are second, composed of albums from any other time.

Title Artist Year Notes
Week 17
Beneath the Skin Of Monsters and Men 2015 Just beautiful, with that lovely Nordic sweeping feel to things. You can just picture the music over a beautiful fjord or Icelandic landscape scene. Great as background music or for weekend relaxation.
Pretenders The Pretenders 1980 Love this. I’ve always had a soft spot for Chrissie Hynde, probably starting when she appeared on Friends. Really good album, bouncy and foot-tapping rock with fabulous vocals.
Week 18
Everything At Once Travis 2016 Just as with Coldplay’s album, this one was a lot more positive than previous editions – but thankfully it wasn’t over the top with cheeriness. I have loved Travis in the past so it was lovely to hear them again.
What’s Going On Marvin Gaye 1971 Incredible voice, relaxed sound with important messages. Slightly odd transitions between songs, but otherwise a really nice listen.
Week 19
Thank You Meghan Trainor 2016 An odd album, with a hugely eclectic mix of songs from pure R&B Destiny’s Child style to the more lilting Hawaiian guitar ballad. Quite fun, and lots of positive messages, but there’s no flow making it a jarring and jittery experience.
Born in the U.S.A. Bruce Springsteen 1984 Really enjoyed this album, so very indulgently eighties. Fine balance between guitar rock and country music, but great songs, catchy melodies, and some anthems you can roar.
Week 20
Views Drake 2016 Some good bits here and there, very well produced, but ultimately I just found it quite boring.
Everything Must Go Manic Street Preachers 1996 Good album, great guitars and interesting lyrics. Confident I was missing important song meanings but I liked it anyway. Only concern is the singles stand head and shoulders above the rest.

My top ten after twenty weeks of listening to a wide variety of albums:

  1. Straight Outta Compton by N.W.A.
  2. Come On Over by Shania Twain
  3. Let Go by Avril Lavigne
  4. Get Weird by Little Mix
  5. The First Time by Kelsea Ballerini
  6. Chaos and the Calm by James Bay
  7. Thriller by Michael Jackson
  8. Play by Moby
  9. Graceland by Paul Simon
  10. Debut by Bjork