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Happiness Begins by Jonas Brothers

Published June 13, 2019

Happiness Begins by Jonas Brothers

I kinda missed the Jonas Brothers thing first time round, so I wasn’t as hyped up by their big return as I know many people were. Having said that, though, I really liked this album. I had some concerns because I was disappointed by the DNCE album after enjoying the singles. This time, it wasn’t a disappointment.

Repeat Offender by Richard Marx

Published June 8, 2019

Repeat Offender by Richard Marx

So, Mr C and I have a history of arguing about Richard Marx - I’m on the record as forecasting that his song Hazard will be the one and only reason we ever get divorced. However, that’s not on this album so I can have no complaints. And I actually have no complaints anyway, I really enjoyed it. Nice, proper eighties pop rock, good tunes. I had only heard of Right Here Waiting before listening to this, and that was a highlight, but I think the whole album stacks up.

Falling Into You by Céline Dion

Published June 1, 2019

Falling Into You by Céline Dion

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.

Chip Tooth Smile by Rob Thomas

Published May 16, 2019

Chip Tooth Smile by Rob Thomas

I like Rob Thomas’ music and the sound of his pop and thankfully this album is much more of the same from him. He has admitted that he wrote this album for the fans, rather than pushing the envelope or trying out a new genre. Instead, it’s just that nice strong pop (that sounded amazing whilst out for a walk in the sunshine). It has a bit of a retro feel in places, which also appeals, as it has nods to the 80s without going over the top. It’s not a classic, but it’s certainly another listenable album to add to the collection.

Black & Blue by Backstreet Boys

Published May 9, 2019

Black & Blue by Backstreet Boys

This is the last of the Backstreet Boys albums that I was properly obsessed with when it came out, and that has me pondering: do I like this album because it’s good or do I like it because I know it so well? If I listened to it for the first time now would I love it as much as I do? I don’t have the answer for that but all I can say is that I do love it.

Tuesday Night Music Club by Sheryl Crow

Published May 4, 2019

Tuesday Night Music Club by Sheryl Crow

I really liked this album. I didn’t know I was a Sheryl fan but I knew more of the songs than I thought I did. It’s quite hard to pin down the genre, it’s definitely country but it feels like a cross-over, like Shania but far less poppy. It’s more like country-rock, but even then that doesn’t quite fit. I don’t know but whatever it is, I liked it and it’ll be one I can listen to over and again.

Hurts 2B Human by P!nk

Published May 4, 2019

Hurts 2B Human by P!nk

Lovely Pink returns with another album, not all that long after the last one. Her sound is getting more mature each time, and you can tell that Pink is figuring out how to deal with the world as it is - and hoping to help us do the same. There are some great songs and some good ones, but if I’m honest, the album does peter out a little towards the end. The last couple of songs are just a bit too warbly for my tastes. But overall, another great album.

One by One by The Foo Fighters

Published April 8, 2019

One by One by The Foo Fighters

I was surprised to read that the Foo Fighters fell out of love with this album because this is quintessential Foos to me. All My Life and Times Like These are fab tunes and propel the album on to more of the same. I enjoyed it, even if the band didn’t!

Amidst the Chaos by Sara Bareilles

Published April 8, 2019

Amidst the Chaos by Sara Bareilles

I was kinda disappointed in this album. Seeing Sara on the recent Carpool Karaoke had me keen to check it out, the Armor song sounded amazing in the car. But it sort of didn’t translate for me. The songs were okay, but as a whole there didn’t feel like a lot of oomph to the album. Where’s the inspirational Brave-style anthem?

Under My Skin by Gabrielle

Published March 25, 2019

Under My Skin by Gabrielle

This album is a complete surprise. Firstly, I didn’t even know it had been released last year, it totally passed me by. Luckily the deluxe version was promoted and so I was keen to have a listen. It was really good! Nothing superbly outstanding but just a full album of great Gabrielle tunes. She has a wonderful voice and it’s all just very listenable.