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Album of the Week #10 ~ My Universe by The Shires

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Album: My Universe by The Shires

Release Date: September 2016

My Favourite Tracks: Beats To Your Rhythm, Not Even Drunk Right Now, A Thousand Hallelujahs

Album Notes

I’m off to see The Shires again next week, so I thought it was about time that I had a listen to their second album.

I first discovered them having heard them on Bob Harris Country on Radio 2 a few years ago. Since then, I have been to see them numerous times (I think I’m up to four), and I just think they are great.

My Universe is much of the same as what has come before, which sounds derogatory, but isn’t. It’s a great blend of the vocals of Chrissie and Ben, who make up the band, and the songs are a great example of UK country music; they sound like true Southern US country songs but with that something slightly different that comes from being from somewhere else.

I’m really looking forward to heading to see them again next week, as well as stuff from the new album, I’m hoping to hear my favourites from the first one!

Album of the Week 009 ~÷ by Ed Sheeran

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Album : ÷ by Ed Sheeran

Release Date : March 2017

My Favourite Tracks : New Man, What Do I Know?, Bibia Be Ye Ye, Barcelona, Supermarket Flowers

Album Notes

Well look at me, talking about an album that has only been out for eleven days! It’s almost as though I am cool or something. Except, of course, I’m not. I have no huge love for Ed Sheeran, as such; I like the odd single that he has released and I have heard on the radio, but I’ve never listened to an album. I only really listened to this one because I work with people who have an average age of around 23, and they had been talking about it.

All in all, this isn’t really my kind of music. I know that it’s very popular, and I’m not just saying this to be contrary. It’s just not entirely my cup of tea. That’s not to say that I don’t like anything on here; as you can see from my favourite tracks up there, there’s a few that I do like, and I like them a lot. I was surprised to hear what can only be described as a Bellowhead-style track with Nancy Mulligan, and ultimately I find the whole thing quite disjointed. We jump from Supermarket Flowers, which is a sad and poignant song about loss, to Barcelona, which is an upbeat pop song with (obviously) Spanish influences. But it’s an enjoyable enough way to spend 45 minutes!

Album of the Week 008 ~ La La Land Soundtrack

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Album : La La Land – The Soundtrack

Release Date : December 2016

My Favourite Tracks : City of Stars, Mia & Sebastian’s Theme, Someone in the Crowd, Start a Fire

Album Notes

I didn’t really want to include soundtracks in my weekly (or thereabouts) albums, because they aren’t properly albums. But last week, this didn’t leave my turntable. Just kidding – as if I can afford to buy this on vinyl? Spotify all the way.

I know La La Land, as a film, has divided film lovers. You either love it, or you really, really don’t like it. I completely understand why people don’t like it; if I didn’t like it, I wouldn’t like it either, if that makes sense. But I do like it. I like it a lot. And a lot of that has to do with the music that has been stuck in my head for a week. It’s hard for me to describe just how much I like this music. It’s a bit like it’s always been in my head, and it took this film to come along and unlock it – that sounds totally pretentious, I know, and possibly as though I think that the score and songs are somehow derivative. But I don’t mean that at all, I just think they feel familiar in a really, really good way.

it’s City of Stars that has really been doing the rounds in my brain, and I do absolutely love it, but it’s the piano on Mia & Sebastian’s Theme that has really won my heart.

 

Album of the Week 007 ~ 24K Magic by Bruno Mars

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Album : 24K Magic by Bruno Mars

Release Date : November 2016

My Favourite Tracks : 24K Magic, That’s What I Like

Album Notes

I really liked Bruno Mars’ first album, but I haven’t listened to anything he’s done since. I think he’s turned into an artist that I don’t really enjoy that much. A good rule of thumb for me tends to be if you make an appearance on The X Factor, your music probably isn’t for me. Unless you’re Little Mix.

So I feel like 24K Magic is really not my kind of album. It’s catchy enough, but it veers in a direction that I just don’t enjoy all that much. I like the title track, which got caught in my head, but other than that, there’s not much here for me. I particularly object to Versace on the Floor, which just upsets me on every level.

Album of the Week 006 ~ Wolves by Rag’n’Bone Man

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Album : Wolves by Rag’n’Bone Man

Release Date : October 2014

My Favourite Tracks : No Mother, Guilty, Life In Her Yet

Album Notes

Unfortunately, I’ve broken one of my rules of this little project, because this is an EP rather than an album. I didn’t realise this when I was listening to it, as there are nine tracks, which seems rather a lot for an EP. Regardless of this, I’m glad I listened, because I blooming loved it.

I saw Rag’n’Bone Man on Jools Holland on New Year’s Eve, and this was the first that I had ever heard of him. Since then, he’s come second in the BBC Sound of 2017. With his debut album due for release this year, it seems as though he is very much coming to the attention of the public at large, though I assume there are plenty of people out there who have known about him for years.

As I’ve mentioned before, I know nothing about music. I wouldn’t even really have known how to characterise this type of music. I’m reliably informed that it’s bluesy soul, with a bit of drum and bass, and rap thrown in for good measure. BBC Sound of 2017 says he “puts a modern twist on the raw soul of Joe Cocker.”

All I know is that I love his music. It’s so powerful, and raw, and it feels familiar in a wonderful way. My favourite track of all is No Mother; whether it comes from a real-life experience or not, it’s a powerful song about separating with the other parent of your child.

Now that I know that so far all we’ve had is EP releases from Rag’n’Bone man, I’m eagerly awaiting his debut album, Human, due for release in a couple of months.

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