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2019

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.

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.

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.

Free Spirit by Khalid

Published June 1, 2019

Free Spirit by Khalid

This isn’t an album I was particularly excited about listening to but I have liked Khalid’s work previously so a new record is always going to be appreciated. This one was good, some fine songs, but it’s all just a bit too relaxed. I don’t know if there is such a thing as being too chilled but if there is, then this album is the epitome of it.

Beauty Marks by Ciara

Published May 27, 2019

Beauty Marks by Ciara

So on to the album itself, it was quite reminiscent of her older stuff, a nice gentle re-introduction to R&B. But on the flip side, it didn’t really move forward much and wasn’t all that memorable. Nice to listen to and some of the songs had strong uplifting sentiments but I’m not sure I’d seek this out again in future.

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.

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.

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.

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.