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Busted by Busted

Published August 8, 2019

Busted by Busted

What a journey I’ve been on listening to this album. At first, I was excited. I love Busted, who doesn’t? Then I was surprised. I know more of these songs than I expected. In fact, I know all of them! I must have owned this album when it was first release. Hoorah! And then I really listened. And you know what? This is one of those pieces of art that is actually kinda problematic the more time that passes.

High Expectations by Mabel

Published August 8, 2019

High Expectations by Mabel

I’ve been looking forward to this for ages! Pretty much every song Mabel has released has been a hit for me so gathering them all together in an album sounds like heaven. And it works! It’s exactly what I was expecting from Mabel, a handful of the singles interspersed with some new songs, all of which fit together nicely.

She's So Unusual by Cyndi Lauper

Published August 5, 2019

She's So Unusual by Cyndi Lauper

So I know the two main songs from this, obviously, and they are both outstanding but that doesn’t always mean the rest of the album is going to follow suit. Thankfully, it does! I loved it. Lauper has that great punky but poppy sound that I like, and it’s a relatively short album that packs a powerful punch. Plus, and it bears repeating, Time After Time is SUCH a good song.

Stripped by Christina Aguilera

Published July 28, 2019

Stripped by Christina Aguilera

I’ve sort of lost track of Christina Aguilera these days, but I did like her early stuff and this is a great album that showcases some of her best work. It’s long, which is my only real complaint, but even so it grabs you and takes you on a journey. I like that it’s not an album that tails off, although I have to admit the last track was probably my least favourite.

Madame X by Madonna

Published July 28, 2019

Madame X by Madonna

This is such a weird album. There are real oddities on there, of course, Dark Ballet being a particular example of that. But actually some of the songs are quite good individually, it’s just a wonder how they are all on the same album. It doesn’t flow at all, skips around amongst feelings and sounds, and is generally something of a fever dream.

Alisha Rules the World by Alisha's Attic

Published July 20, 2019

Alisha Rules the World by Alisha's Attic

I don’t specifically remember listening to this album before but it all felt very familiar and it was wonderful. Obviously the two main songs stand out, Indestructible is a particular favourite but the rest of them all have that soft floating but fun pop feel that makes a distinctive vibe the stretches through the full album.

No.6 Collaborations Project by Ed Sheeran

Published July 20, 2019

No.6 Collaborations Project by Ed Sheeran

I listened to it and I loved it! Fantastic collaborations but before all that they are some great songs. Catchy and funky, it’s Ed at his more hip-hop best, there’s definitely rapping involved (so steer clear if you’re upset by him doing that, I think he’s pretty good).

Stranger Songs by Ingrid Michaelson

Published July 7, 2019

Stranger Songs by Ingrid Michaelson

Went into this with a little bit of trepidation but actually really loved it. Naturally, being based around Stranger Things its heavily influenced by the eighties but I dug that. I think apart from the song Christmas Lights, you wouldn’t necessarily know this was based on the TV show, but whether you do or not, it’s a great collection of fun and slightly emotional pop.

Spice World by Spice Girls

Published June 30, 2019

Spice World by Spice Girls

Having seen the girls do the bizzo at Wembley, it was only natural to listen to their second album. I’ve already logged the first, and that one is a classic in my book. This second one I don’t think lives quite up to the standard of the first but somehow it’s also not really trying to.

Backstreet Boys by Backstreet Boys

Published June 23, 2019

Backstreet Boys by Backstreet Boys

Naturally, I know all the words to all the songs off by heart which makes them super fun to listen and sing along to. It’s a bit of a difficult one to score because I’m so close to this album that it is naturally a five, but really, objectively, there are some less-than-stellar songs on there.