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2019

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.

FEVER DREAM by Of Monsters and Men

Published August 5, 2019

FEVER DREAM by Of Monsters and Men

Loved the last album so was looking forward to this one and was not disappointed. Of Monsters and Men deliver a slightly new sound, although it’s still reminiscent of where they were before. I did find myself thinking of The XX quite a lot as I listened, but there’s nothing wrong with that as it was all good and exactly what I was hoping for.

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.

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).

PSYCHODRAMA by Dave

Published July 14, 2019

PSYCHODRAMA by Dave

I really wanted to like this. I’ve enjoyed a few of Dave’s singles and his performance at Glastonbury was excellent. This album just didn’t work for me. It’s a concept piece, featuring Dave in a therapy session, and so the songs weave in and out of difficult moments from his life.

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.

Western Stars by Bruce Springsteen

Published June 30, 2019

Western Stars by Bruce Springsteen

I really liked the last Bruce album I listened to and although I knew this one was going to be kinda different, I still had hopes it would work out. Ultimately, it wasn’t my favourite. It’s just a bit boring, really, nothing stood out particularly and a couple of the songs were annoying (the miracle one, and the one where he seems to just list many ailments).

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.