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Top 5 albums of the 2000’s

Since I don’t rate my music knowledge enough, and feel I haven’t listened to enough of the ‘classic’ albums of the past decades… so I only feel confident enough to give a list of the last 12 years or so. I’m sure I don’t have to tell you, but this is only my opinion and I think, sorry know that many, many people will disagree with it. Hell sometimes I disagree with it…

5) Hopes and Fears – Keane

The first album in my very fluid list of albums, is the début LP by piano rock group Keane. Before people shout ‘boring’ and ‘depressing’ at me very loudly (you know who you are), people should give this a full listen. Hopes and fears is chocked full of emotion and feeling. Of course there are the tacks that most people will know ‘Everybody changing’ and ‘Somewhere only we know’ but some of the best tracks on the album are the lesser known ones. The song ‘We might as well be strangers’ really stand out; it is a track that builds up slow and ends in an almighty vocal permanences by Tom Chaplin(even better live). Talking of Tom Chaplin, his voice soars throughout. The album has a real maturity from a band who were then very young and new to the music scene and is a great indicator of what the band still had to come.

Best Song – Bedshaped

4) The Archandroid – Janelle Moane

A few years ago I would have been surprised as anyone to see this on my list, but times have changed. I think I have posted before how I first got to know about Janelle Moane, through her musical appearance on Stargate Universe so I won’t dwell on that. I absolutely love the whole sci-fi (look at that metropolis inspired cover) theme of the album, there is a concept and a story to Archandrioid something very few albums do. I love Janelle’s voice, it is full of funk and rock and roll, yet it has truth to it that allows a story to be told. It is as if she is both singer and a voice actor on it. But it is a work of music and so it can’t be all story, there is some amazing song on this 18 track album! I can’t wait for the her next work, for the continuation of the story as much as the music itself.

Best song – Cold war

3) Origin of symmetry – Muse

There are few bands that are as fun as Muse. Origin of symmetry their second album is not only fun but has an epic quality to it. The great thing about it, is that there is not one weak song on the whole thing. Origin’s is arguable what helped Muse break into the mainstream and you can hear why after the first song. You can’t go wrong with most tracks, but the song ‘Plug in baby’ and ‘Citizen erased’ are obvious highlights. Although there is real joy when you play the album from track one to eleven. This is something that I found out in one of the best ways imaginable, as I saw muse play live their special 10th anniversary show of the ‘origin of symmetry’ album at Leeds festival. It was one of the most special gigs I have ever seen. They played every track in order and it really struck home to me, what a special band/album this is.

Best Song- Bliss

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2) Under the iron Sea – Keane

Yes it is Keane’s second album on the list! After their multi million début album, Keane really needed to come back with their second attempt with something very, very good. I believe that they did this with a proper ‘classic’ album. Keane were known for being a trio that never used guitars (not the case now), but that didn’t stop them from making a keyboard distorted to the point in almost sounds like a guitar, a technique that is used throughout. This made sure that the album was much more up tempo to the last outing. Not only does the album have some of the more rockier songs that Keane have done, but it also has some great emotional song which ‘Hopes and Fears’ had in the bucket load. It is the perfect blend of Keane’s two sides and it really is the best album that Keane have ever done.

Best song – Crystal Ball

1) The Suburbs – Arcade Fire

Arcade fire are a great band, they have over 100 members in their band (perhaps a slight exaggeration) and they make some sweet, sweet music. Arcade fire have had two, ‘fine’ previous album but the Suburbs (the 3rd) was the first album that just clicked. It is slightly more polished album, yet still keeps the rawness of their music intact. However, I don’t think that this is only things that makes this album so much better than their previous attempts. I’m sure there is lots of different things that make the difference; I am just not musically talented enough to work them out .
You know I am not much of a dancer, in fact a bad dancer a very bad one, yet sometimes (not when anybody is about, I hope) I find myself doing a little dance; albeit with my head, to this album…. I like to think that this is good sign. Every track on the suburbs builds on the last, layers and layers (like each song) of music creates a deep thought process in the listener. I like an album that gets me to think. This is another band that when you hear the music being played live you immediately feel closer to each song and to the band. It is not number one on my list for nothing, you should check it out. Actually if you haven’t already check out all the albums…

The best song – Them all, but Deep Blue

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Song of the month – October – And other news of note

A band that i liked, but i have not heard of them for a while “Fun.”, a quick look on the internet showed that they have released a new single. The song “We are young” which features another song of the monthie – Janelle Monae. The song is not normally one i’d like, but the fact it’s been in my head for the past few days must mean good things, i’m looking forward to listening to the rest of the new fun. album.
Any way here is the song.

And a long over due

Other news of note
Leeds are surprisingly in another final this year, getting to their 6th Grand Final in 8 years an amazing achievement, they will be playing St. Helen’s who are in their 6th consecutive appearance, amazing (having lost the last 4, 3 of those to Leeds)!! I will be off on Saturday for the match.

Hope you enjoyed the photos from Rome.

No luck on the job front…

I’ve just ordered a book

I think the cover tells you everything, you need to know about the book. The purchase brings me on to another point, a couple of weeks ago, i did a top 5 comedy TV programs, for some strange reason i completely forgot about Alan and missed him out of the list. He should have be straight in at number one, which would remove extras from the list.

Nothing much has happened on the writing front, which of course get’s me down, but i keep fighting my corner against the doubts in my head that i’m not good enough.

Song of the month – July

So it was Glastonbury  last week, and it always nice to watch on the BBC coverage (online and TV) to watch either band/singer you like or ones you have never heard of. Well i had heard of Janelle Monae through her having a brief appearance on Stargate Universe, she was fine but i never thought more of her. The other night however i decided to watch it online (http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/festivals/glastonbury/2011/artists/janellemonae/) i loved her. I thought she was an excellent singer, her style was fantastic and she dances are hypnotic . So i bought her album “ArchAndroid” (a very cheep £4.99) which had 18 tracts on it, the album is a concept one, and has a little story to it; an android on the run (very blade runner). I think the fact that the album was very Sci-Fi oriented helped me to get into her, because this is not normally the kind of music that i am into. I loved the album so much that i then when on to buy her EP that was released. I’d recommend the album and the EP it has so many different styles of music, but the song that i have listen is a song off the EP (Metropolis) “Violet Stars Happy Hunting”. Hope you like it as much as i do.