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Doom Days by Bastille

Published June 23, 2019

Doom Days by Bastille

The last album from Bastille was alright, but it annoyed me the volume of talky bits, radio excerpts, that kind of thing. I’m sure it was arty and important but it didn’t make for much fun listening. This one, thankfully is free of those things, and I actually really enjoyed it.

America Town by Five for Fighting

Published June 13, 2019

America Town by Five for Fighting

I wasn’t really aware of Five for Fighting before, although it turns out that I know the Superman song from the Axis of Awesome multi-song extravaganza. Also, as it turns out, that ruined that song for me because it’s impossible not to sing ‘I’m a birdplane’ in the relevant places.

Living Mirage by The Head and the Heart

Published June 8, 2019

Living Mirage by The Head and the Heart

Technically, I choose the albums for the current year but actually this one came from Mr C. Apple Music updated their recommendation pages and this album just popped up out of nowhere. He listened and said it was worth a go, and with no other more pressing albums being released this week, I opted to give it a go. I’m glad I did, it was a highlight of the year so far! The album is relaxed, reminiscent of The XX and Of Monsters and Men, and just guides you simply from start to finish through some really good songs, great melodies and warm feelings.

Ten by Pearl Jam

Published May 27, 2019

Ten by Pearl Jam

I was a bit nervous about this one, anything that’s a bit punky or aggressive represents a challenge for me. But I actually liked it. I think I maybe didn’t take it in as much as I should have so this is one I will listen to again in future just to make sure.

Father of the Bride by Vampire Weekend

Published May 8, 2019

Father of the Bride by Vampire Weekend

The album starts well but I really do not like that song (Sunflower) even though it’s only two minutes. The good bits of the album are good, the bad are bad, so overall it is somewhere in the middle. It did mostly just make me want to listen to Haim again though.

Jade Bird by Jade Bird

Published April 27, 2019

Jade Bird by Jade Bird

I really liked this album! I picked it on the strength of the one song, Love Has All Been Done Before, because it had a nice unusual feel to it. The rest of the album was more of the same. A sort of old school pop-rock with Jade’s intense and sometimes even rasping voice. It’s just good fun.

You Are OK by The Maine

Published April 15, 2019

You Are OK by The Maine

I’ve a fondness for The Maine after using some of their music in our live podcasting days of many years ago. Turns out they also make real albums too, and this was a very good one! A nice body of pop work that makes for some easy listening. I don’t know if it particularly stood out from the crowd but I’d certainly tune in again.

Every Valley by Public Service Broadcasting

Published April 1, 2019

Every Valley by Public Service Broadcasting

Just like the Billie Eilish album I listened to this week, I don’t think this is one that I would reach for on the every day. I was worried, too, because I’m not a huge fan of talky talky bits in albums. But this, this really worked. I guess because it’s designed to be music behind carefully selected snippets, rather than people trying to be funny. It was good – fab music with moving anecdotes, so that the actual singers sounded out of place. Again, not sure when I’d seek this out, but really glad I heard it.

WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO? by Billie Eilish

Published April 1, 2019

WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO? by Billie Eilish

The hype for this album has been unreal but I was very nervous about listening to it. My feelings afterwards are mixed and complicated. I thought it was a really good album, maybe not quite so good as the hype, but up there as a great debut. However, it’s a very specific mood, and one that I can’t really put my finger on. When am I going to be in the mood to select this album for a listen? I’m just not sure.

American Idiot by Green Day

Published April 11, 2016

American Idiot by Green Day

Brilliant rock tunes, catchy, sing-a-long greatness with some heart-wrenching moments in there too – I can totally see why it was made into a musical. The structure of the album confuses me though, with some songs back to back on a single track.