“Remember the first time you went to a show and saw your favorite band. You wore their shirt, and sang every word. You didn’t know anything about scene politics, haircuts, or what was cool. All you knew was that this music made you feel different from anyone you shared a locker with. Someone finally understood you. This is what music is about.” – Gerard Way
I haven’t done a Monday Review in FOREVER and so this week, I thought I’d create a half review of my favourite albums and when they are best enjoyed. NB – I must warn you that my taste in music is shockingly mainstream – but most days, it does the job, whatever that may be.
FOR A BREAKUP – RED, TAYLOR SWIFT. People say a lot about Taylor, but one thing I can say is that she knows aloooot about a breakup. I’d say this is probably one of her best breakup albums, released post Harry Styles, so I can see why. Tracks like, ‘I Almost Do’ and ‘The Last Time’ with Gary Lightbody of Snow Patrol, hit the spot just as much as the bottom of a Ben and Jerry’s cookie dough tub.
FOR A LONG JOURNEY – MIDNIGHT MEMORIES, ONE DIRECTION. Haters will hate, but one thing that 1D can do is get all the emotions into one album. Midnight Memories is so good for a journey as we’ve got the slow’uns like ‘You & I’ and ‘Half A Heart’ and the more upbeat likes of ‘Little Black Dress’. One of my faaaav ‘go to’ albums. Soz (not soz). I also really like Nina Nesbitt’s, ‘Peroxide’ which does wonders for staring out the car window and day dreaming about my own music video.
FOR A BATH – CHAPTER ONE, ELLA HENDERSON. My current bath album is X Factor’s Ella Henderson’s debut album. Not too depressing, not too wild. Hits like ‘Ghost’, ‘Glow’, and ‘The First Time’ are perfect to singalong to – which is also perfect for bath time.
FOR A NAP – THE MORNING, LEWIS WATSON. I have fallen in love with Lewis Watson and his easy voice. This 2014 album takes me back to the Ben Howard days. Perfect for nostalgia, in the background when having a read or even more so, when taking a nap. SO beaut. Listen to ‘Ghost’ and ‘Stay’.
GETTING READY – VS. (OTHER PEOPLE’S HEARTACHE, PT2), BASTILLE. The newest album by Bastille has recently overtaken Sia’s ‘1000 Forms of Fear’ as my go to for getting ready. Collaborating with several singer-songwriters and producers, this one still sounds like the Bastille we know and love but is live enough to get you the mood for a night out, or even just the day ahead. Especially tracks like, ‘Torn Apart pt1’ and ‘bad_news’
FOR THE SUMMER – NIGHT VISIONS, IMAGINE DRAGONS. Probably one of my faav summer albums. It’s impossible not to get happy when listening to this one, especially ‘On Top of The World’ and ‘It’s Time’. So good for sunbathing or in my case, spending the summer travelling Europe by train.
WAITING FOR A BUS – NO SOUND WITHOUT SILENCE, THE SCRIPT. I cannot tell you why, but I always flick to The Script when I’m at the bus stop. Great to listen to when people watching, reflecting or if you’re after a quick 4 minute burst of lyrical genius.
WHEN SPRING CLEANING – IN THE LONELY HOUR, SAM SMITH. No justification needed. Such a good album. ‘Like I can’ and ‘I’m Not The Only One’ are ideal for karaoke via the dustpan and broom.
I have so many go to albums, most of which cater for my nostalgia nights or mid-day naps (guilty). I am in no way a music critic (as you may be able to tell from my pop overdose) but the above are just a few that help me out just at the right time. Give ’em a go.
I ALSO BAKED SOME CAKES TODAY! SO STAY TUNED FOR THAT!