Wednesday, 24 November 2010

Top 6 Albums - 2010

As you read this, I'll still be lying near a pool, in my hotel, enjoying my last week of sun, before I have to come back home. Although, I am very tempted to extend my trip for even just a few days.

As the year is nearing it's end,  I thought I'd do a round up of all my favourite albums of the year. There have been some pretty amazing bands and albums this year, and narrowing it to my Top 6 has been really hard and I even considered doing a top 12 list instead of Top 6 (yup, random numbers)! But, I thought I should cut them down, or the post really would have been too long, and sadly, some great band and albums have been left out (Emarosa, Funeral Party, Francesqa), but here are my top 6:

6: Ellie Goulding - Lights
This album is absolutely beautiful. My taste in music is usually slightly heavier, but I couldn't resist on this one. Ellie Goulding is very talented and has such an incredible voice. In this day and age, you see lots of female celebrities take off more and more clothes to gain recognition, so it's good and refeshing to see a female still appear modest as she become's famous.
The album itself is very relaxing to listen to. Starry Eyed was a summer anthem and gained her a lot of fans, as she toured around the festivals. The album has a very summery and relaxing feel to it, with songs like The Writer and Everytime You Go having a lot of emotional meaning behind them: Goulding had a rough upbringing, so she could really draw from her experience to produced real music. When I first got the album, I thought it'd be ok, just for a couple of listens, but it really exceeded my expectations and all the songs are beautifully sung. Salt Skin is another beautiful track, which really showcases Goulding's voice. You can tell that she's also a really nice person, and the album reflects her personality here.
Stand Out Track: Your Biggest Mistake

5: Kings of Leon: Come Around Sunshine
Having just bought this album, I still don't know it as well as I'd like, but it hasn't disappointed thus far. 2008s Only By The Night really gave Kings of Leon the recognition that they deserved and this album is a great follow up. You see many bands produce one great album, and then the follow up never lives up to expectations. I'm so glad to say that this not the case with Kings of Leon. Having been a fan of the band for years, I am really happy to see that they've made their way up to become one of the biggest bands in the world. I'm listening to The Immortals as I'm writing this review and it is just so well sung, with the music going so well with it.
Caleb's voice is something that I could never get tired listening to and the songs are full of amazing lyrics. You can really tell of their Southern roots in this album as well. I wish I could say more, but I've only listened to it a few times!!
Stand Our Track: Mi Amigo

4: The Like - Release Me
Anyone familiar with this blog will know just how much I love The Like. They're one of those bands that instantly put a smile on my face when I hear the songs. The album has been produced by Mark Ronson, and is full of great and edgy lyrics. The band had loads of problems after the first album, so it's fantastic to see the girls working so well together to produce some quality stuff. Z Berg is a really talented singer and the rest of the band is fantastic. The songs all have really strong lyrics and it's clear that a lot of the songs come from personal experiences as there are some fantastic and creative lyrics. Wishing He Was Dead is great to listen to and definitely something that most girls can relate to.
I absolutely love their unique retro vibe: it's so different from anything else currently out there, and it's such a nice change to listen to. 
Stand Out Track: Walk of Shame

3: The Gaslight Anthem - American Slang
The Gaslight Anthem are possibly one of my favourite bands ever, and their '59 Sound Album made me fall head over heels for them a few years ago. The band are from New Jersy, and even have a fan in Bruce Springstein (they preformed together last summer). Frontman, Brian Fallon, possibly has one of the best voices in music: it's really rough and rugged: completely unique. The band themselves are very talented when they're playing, with the music all fitting in really well together. They've got a really 70's American sound to them, but also have a lot of catchy songs. Songs such as The Diamond Church Street Choir and Boxer are catchy and will make you sing along, while American Slang is an amazing opener. The album is great if you want to listen to something different from all that mainstream music out there.
Stand Out Track: The Queen of Lower Chelsea

2: The Pretty Reckless - Light Me Up
As you know, I'm a huge Pretty Reckless fan. I've become such a huge fan of Taylor Momsen since she switched to singing and then absolutely fell in love with her when I went to see them live. I still don't like her as Jenny H, but her as a person has grown on me. I wasn't expecting the album to be as good as it was. It has the hardcore stuff (with the edgy lyrics) that initially made me like the band, such as My Medicine and Goin Down, but it also had a few tracks that I didn't expect. Songs, such as Just Tonight and Nothing Left To Lose absolutely blew my mind. They really made me wonder why Taylor went into acting at all because her talents clearly lie in singing. Those songs alone really show how talented she is and how amazing and strong her voice is. I was so surprised when I first heard the album: no lie. Some of those songs, I really did just sit there and think: 'wow, she's good'
This is definitely an album to buy. Get all your prejudices of Taylor Momsen out of your head and really appreciate just how much of a fantastic singer she is.
Stand Out Track: You

1: Young Guns - All Our Kings Are Dead

I will probably go as far and call this one of my favourite albums of all time, which I really wasn't expecting when I bought the album. The band made a name for themselves from their EP, 'Mirrors', and I went to see them live off the back of that. They were absolutely amazing live: the energy on stage and atmosphere at the show was absolutely fantastic! I bought the album the next day and, at first listen, I fell in love (which has never happened before).
The album is drawn from a lot of lead singer, Gus's, personal experiences, and in a world of manufactured pop and songs with little meaning, it's refreshing to hear such personal stuff. Songs such as Meter and Verse and At The Gates have some of the most beautiful lyrics I've ever heard. If I'm honest, I haven't had the best couple of months, and listening to this album has really helped me through a lot of things. Sons of Apathy and Crystal Clear, in particular, are songs to listen to when you really need a bit of a confidence boost.
This is one of the only albums where every single song is incredible and very strong: there isn't a single 'filler' track.
Stand Out Track: Weight of the World

So tell me: what have you been listening to this year?

Sherin xx

Photo Credits: Ellie Goulding, Kings of Leon, The Like, The Gaslight Anthem, The Pretty Reckless, Young Guns


Milana said...

Will have to check out Young Guns. Don't know their music.

P.S. That singer is not bad looking at all ;)


Maria Fallon said...

As a devoted Caleb + co fan, I have to confess the only words I saw in this post involved KOL.
Buuut, I will definitely be giving the like a listen now as I see them all over the place but have never heard them - ta!


Rachel said...

I agree. Light Me Up was incredible.

Anonymous said...

mmm, some new ones to me there, I'll be looking up The Like when I get home!
Also love The Pretty reckless, I agree TM is a bit of a tw*t, but she isn't half talented! I listen to their album on repeat!
Not at all jealous of you in the sun whilst we're all freezing our knackers off here!

xxx Maddie

Tanvi said...

Kinds of Leon it is for me! :)

Cafe Fashionista said...

J'adore The Pretty Reckless and Ellie Goulding. Two of my favorite artists! :)

daisychain said...

Hm, I am so out of touch with current music haha.

Federico Panarello said...

interesting post!!!

The Dandizette said...

Kings of leon girl through and through!

Have tagged you in a post if your interested?


Rachel @ The Haute Notes said...

I definitely need to check out these albums! I always love finding new music to listen to!

ana said...

I'll have to check out all of this! I'm not a very music fan... I just listen to music and If I like it that's it but I don't know much about groups and music styles... mmm... Lady Gaga was one of my favs this year...

Winnie said...

I actually adore the pretty reckless. I think they're pretty fantastic and Taylor Momsen has such a great voice but...I'm not that keen on Taylor herself!

la petite fashionista said...

YAY i need some new music. hope your enjoying your vacay :)

Jennifer Fabulous said...

I hope you're enjoying your vacation, you lucky girl!! ;)

I'm ashamed to admit I have only heard of one of these bands (KOL). I definitely need to check out the others. My obsession this year was Lady Gaga. Lol.

B a la Moda said...

I like your recommendations. I don´t know exactly what I have been listening to since my hb plays de music. Enjoy your holidays while they last.

B* a la Moda

michelle_ said...

thanks for the recommendation :)
i neeedddd new stuff for my ipod !!

glisters and blisters

Audrey Allure said...

Love Kings of Leon & Pretty Reckless!

Anisha @ Live Life Deeply said...

Oh my, definitely agree on The Gaslight Anthem! Saw them twice at festivals this year and only loved them more and more. Their singer is such a nice, down-to-earth guy and he had so much fun watching the people in the background of the crowd bungee-jumping.

I've been listening to Mumford & Sons a whole lot (although they're old news to just about anyone else), Jimmy Eat World (the old stuff, the new CD is a bit meh), Editors and a whole lot of German music actually.

Sierra said...

Looks great and I bet they all sound great too! Now I have a bunch of new artists to try. :)

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