Friday, 20 June 2014

Favourite Albums | Part 1

Time for something different, I feel I want to incorporate some of my other interests into my writing. I've become somewhat lax with my beauty followings recently. Be prepared to see more music, photography, fashion and travel posts here in the future.

Once again I have been very lazy in keeping this blog up to date with it being 5 months or so since my last post. A lot has been going on in my life, or so it feels. More on that later!

I've been planning this post in my head for the longest time. I really love talking to people about their music tastes and finding out what they are into. I used to love seeking out new and upcoming bands, but these days I'm more into really getting to know the music and the artists I've been listening to for years.
Don't get me wrong, I'm open to new music, though there's nothing better than hearing a song or even an entire album that takes you back to a specific time in your life; making you feel that nostalgia and the way you felt at that precise moment. Bliss. I have so many albums that remind me of people and places from the past and the present, as I'm sure we all do.
So that's exactly what I want to write about here, my favourite albums! I've narrowed it down to 30 odd - which means this is going to be a series of posts as I couldn't cram it all into one, that just wouldn't be fair.

Kicking things off with a popular one by The Killers, released 10 years ago, almost to the day, Hot Fuss. Really can't believe it's 10 years old, wow. It's their first album and was released June 7th 2004. This really is a flawless album, all the songs are fantastic in their own way. Some may say that Somebody Told Me and Mr. Brightside are overplayed, which is true but it doesn't take away from the fact they are brilliant songs.
This album reminds me of high school, specifically my 3rd and 4th year art class. Our teacher would let us bring in CDs to play and this was a favourite. So summery, it almost made it bearable to be in school and made me love art all the more.

Highlights - Jenny Was a Friend of Mine, Glamarous Indie Rock & Roll, and Smile Like You Mean It.

Now, this isn't a studio album, it's a compilation - the only one on my list, but I couldn't exclude it just because of that! It's Incesticide by Nirvana, which is a mixture of demos, covers and recordings from radio shows. Released December, 1992 when I was only 3.
This was one of the first albums by Nirvana (other that the obvious) that I really got into when I was about 12. My parents had always played them in the house, especially my mum (who was even lucky enough to see them, so envious), so I grew up listening to most of their albums (there are a few on this list).
What I love about the songs are how raw they are, I think the whole album encapsulates the vibe and the sound that was Nirvana. I won't say much more about this album, I just urge you to listen to it, especially if you're into Nirvana and you haven't given it a listen before.

Highlights - Molly's Lips, Son of a Gun, (New Wave) Polly and most importantly Mexican Seafood.



A more recent favourite now, What Did You Expect From The Vaccines? by, well The Vaccines, of course. They are a British band, and this was their debut album, released in 2011.
I remember the exact moment I heard Wetsuit by The Vaccines, I had no idea who they were or what the song was, but I knew I loved it instantly. It was playing in a vintage store in Williamsburg, NYC and I made sure to remember a snippet of lyrics so I could Google it later! Normally I forget what I've heard and it's very frustrating, but this time I remembered and was very glad that I did. In 2012 my mum and I went to see them live and they were brilliant!
Any time I hear Wetsuit it takes me back to the vintage store in New York, I love it!

Highlights - Noorgard, If You Wanna, Wetsuit, Wolf Pack, there's not actually one bad song on this album so just listen to it!


Paramore are one of my favourite bands, if not top of the list. All of their albums are perfect, both with and without the Farro brothers. I'm including all of the albums in this series, but right now I'm focusing on Riot! which is my absolute favourite. This album was released in 2007 and is their second studio album. It features the hit Misery Business, as well as Crushchrushcrush, Hallelujah and That's What You Get (possibly my favourite Paramore song).
There is not one bad song on this album, not one. This album doesn't remind me of anything in particular as I've listened to it for 7 years without getting sick of it. It flows really well and the order of the songs works perfectly. I can't say much more about this album without just repeating how much I love it!

Highlights - the whole album...

Well, that was a rather text heavy post, not done one like that for a while! I hope it was somewhat interesting to you folks. Let me know what your favourite albums are and if you like any of these!

Look out for more of this series in the near future. Thanks for reading!



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