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2020

The Otherside by Cam

Published March 6, 2021

The Otherside by Cam

Brilliant album! Honestly I hadn’t heard of Cam before I dived in but I did know some of the singles. I actually thought Diane was by Little Big Town so that was confusing, but I love that it’s on this album - and that it’s the other side of the Jolene story. Lots of good songs on here, great modern country sounds, and Cam has a lovely voice.

SOUTHSIDE by Sam Hunt

Published February 27, 2021

SOUTHSIDE by Sam Hunt

Good album, this one. One of those pretty steady country albums that’s very listenable. A couple of the tracks stand out, Kinfolks is good, and Breaking Up is doing the rounds at the moment. I do think that song would be better if he said easier rather than easy. Breaking up is never easy, is it? Also I was rather nervous about a song called Body Like a Back Road but thankfully it was just about knowing it as well as you know all those country roads in your hometown. Phew!

The Human Demands by Amy Macdonald

Published February 20, 2021

The Human Demands by Amy Macdonald

Just a good, easy-going album, this one. Enjoyable to listen to but nothing that’s going to stand the test of time. In my head I was expecting it to be more like Sara Bareilles, but actually it’s more upbeat than that, and I think I preferred it.

McCartney III by Paul McCartney

Published January 23, 2021

McCartney III by Paul McCartney

I think I’ve talked before about not being a huge Beatles fan whilst simultaneously respecting everything they’ve done for music. Similar with Paul McCartney in his own right, and this album probably summed it up completely. The good bits were really good, but there was a lot of weirdness on there, and it ended on such a sombre and unexpected note.

Plastic Hearts by Miley Cyrus

Published January 9, 2021

Plastic Hearts by Miley Cyrus

I loved it. It’s a new side to Miley, embracing that rock pop side more with incredible guest appearances from Joan Jett and Billy Idol. There’s a lot of tunes on there but obviously stand out tracks as well like Midnight Sky. I particularly liked Hate Me too. This is a great body of work and a brilliant kick start to the new year of albums.

evermore by Taylor Swift

Published December 20, 2020

evermore by Taylor Swift

Unfortunately, I didn’t quite like this album as much as I did the last one. Folklore has grown on me since I listened to it earlier in the year and some of the songs are starting to resonate. It’s not my favourite Swift album by far but I like it. This one is just so slow, so chill, so very Dessner, it doesn’t grab me at all. I was really not looking forward to the second listen through, although it was nowhere near as bad as I had built it up in my head.

Heaven & Hell by Ava Max

Published December 12, 2020

Heaven & Hell by Ava Max

I don’t know if I had any expectations going into this one, other than quite liking Sweet but Psycho that always ends up stuck in my head. It was such a good album! It’s labelled as pop and I suppose it is but it reminded me so much of the high concept dramatics from the likes of Meatloaf and Bonnie Tyler - pop but with a dark side.

What the Future Holds by Steps

Published December 5, 2020

What the Future Holds by Steps

This was a surprisingly good album! I was expecting it to be, you know, very Steps, and it was recognisably them but it also wasn’t cringeworthy or too poppy. It doesn’t have anything in there that’s going to massively stand the test of time, but I must admit whilst I was listening and bopping along, it was a really fun way to spend an hour. Just some really clean, clear, concise, fun pop songs. A very good job!

DISCO by Kylie Minogue

Published November 28, 2020

DISCO by Kylie Minogue

Kylie’s talent at trying any new genre is amazing, she’s done pop obviously, and more recently country, but now we are firmly in disco territory - if the title of the album doesn’t give you enough of a clue. From start to finish this is an uptempo disco riot, good luck listening to it without so much as tapping your feet.

Young Dumb Thrills by McFly

Published November 21, 2020

Young Dumb Thrills by McFly

They’re good songs, catchy and poppy and it does a good job - however, it’s also a bit run-of-the-mill boys getting kinda older and not really wanting to grow up and optimism and all that. Good, but sort of… bemusing. Not really what I expected from McFly.