Stop the press! Somebody suggested a list! That’s right, one of you fine folks made a request and that was to see my top 5 albums. Not as in the top 5 albums I’ve made but instead my favourite 5 that have been beautifully crafted by other humans. I really like this suggestion, music is such a personal experience to everybody, it can do a lot for people emotionally and can also create bridges between people. It is as easy to bond over as the written word or moving image. So what albums have cemented themselves as some of my favourites? Let’s take a look shall we.
5. Multiply (deluxe edition) – Ed Sheeran
I’m surprised my copy of this album even works anymore. After getting it for Christmas it was played an awful lot, especially during those cold months. As a result the album feels wintery when I listen to it now. The songwriting in this album is beautiful and the addition of I See Fire elevates the whole record for me due to my love of the film it was written for. There is a great mix of slow, love fueled songs and more poppy rap songs to keep the album interesting and stop it feeling stagnant.
4. I Forget Where We Were – Ben Howard
Ben Howard’s second album is a very atmospheric one. He is amazing at creating an ambiance. My favourite song on the record shares the same name as the album and it’s music video is just as memorable as the song itself. This album was great for at college of I was having a bad day, wack this on my headphones and completely tune out, using that expertly crafted ambiance to house myself inside a little bubble. Though many people argue that Ben Howard is somewhat depressing, I think his music is beautiful. Especially the way he works a guitar, the speed his fingers move during finger picking areas is mind blowing.
3. American Idiot – Green Day
Classic punk rock band Green Day have wedged themselves into my top 5 which actually surprises myself as I feel it’s quite different to the rest of this list. But here it is anyway, at number 3 no less. I love the way that this album follows a narrative, which is basically a musical version of fight club. I admire that the band were willing to put in two rather lengthy songs to get their story across even though they must have known the tracks wouldn’t get much radio coverage, it really was about storytelling. The record is littered with some of their most famous songs too, so it’s fair to say it’s got some catchy tracks.
2. Goodbye Yellow Brick Road – Elton John
Sir Elton John almost landed himself on this list twice but I decided to try not to repeat myself. Goodbye Yellow Brick road sports an excellent selection of Elton tracks, some of which are in my amongst my favourites. The record also has a few songs that the casual listeners probably wouldn’t have come across before like All The Girls Love Alice which is a really great track, delving more into Elton’s rock side. The cover also has some lovely artwork which continues into the sleeves of the vinyl album (not sure how the cd appears), I really enjoy the illustrations of the people being sung about.
Here we go, some honourable mentions for you before the not so big reveal.
- Staying At Tamara’s – George Ezra
- Nation Of Two – Vance Joy
- Honky Chateau – Elton John
- The Last Of Us Gustavo Santaolalla
- The Best Of Sam Cooke – Sam Cooke
- The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust – David Bowie
- Guardians Of The Galaxy – Various Artists
1. Guardians Of The Galaxy Volume 2 – Various Artists
In my top 10 movie list I mentioned just how important the soundtrack to the first Guardians Of The Galaxy is to me. Whilst it still holds a great deal of importance to me I must say I prefer the music on the second soundtrack. To me it has a more playful tone and the songs mirror the narrative of the film a lot more than the first one did. I genuinely love each song on this album (bar the last one sung by David Hasselhoff) and as a result it acts as a massive pick me up when I need one. I know some people may not approve as it is a compilation album but I think the variety of artists really helps create the whole tone of the album. It is a truly magical record. And most importantly it’s a soundtrack that can be removed from the film and still remain incredible.
So yeah there we have it, my top 5 albums. Theres a little insight into my music taste for all you gremlins out there. If that was enjoyable for you maybe throw a like but if you feel I should t write about music then don’t respond at all and I shall leave this subject to people more qualified than myself. Thanks for reading regardless.
See ya later.
P.s if anybody wants to list their own favourites in the comments, feel free, I’d be interested to see other lists.