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I was thinking the other day how I’ve introduced you guys to loads of my favourite things – books, films, and adventuring, but I’ve never written a post about music, which is a shame because it’s such a huge part of my life. Not only do I play both piano and oboe, but listening to music has always been something I’ve done religiously, as well as loving going to concerts and discovering new bands. So I thought I would share with you guys my top 6 albums – although I could definitely name a lot LOT more – as well as starting to branch a bit more into writing about music and gigs and stuff. So here we go: (not in any particular order btw!)
- Hozier – Hozier: Ever since I first this album I absolutely fell in love with it, there isn’t a single faultless track on it. This may just be my very favourite album – although if you asked me this tomorrow I’d probably have a different answer! He’s also incredible live, and I’m pretty damn excited about seeing him again in February!
- Twenty–One Pilots – Vessel: I don’t just love this album for the random picture of two old men on the front – although it definitely helps. I haven’t been a twenty-one pilots for that long, but I’ve never come across a band like them before. Mixing rap with dance and random bits of jazzy piano, all their songs are catchy, yet often have quite dark messages. Some of their lyrics are almost profound, and never fail to be clever – if you haven’t listened to them before, definitely give them a go (especially the song The Run and Go – it’s one of the catchiest songs I know.)
- Twin Atlantic – Great Divide: I’ve always sort of liked Twin, but it wasn’t until I saw them live in February that I realised just how much I love them, they are absolutely incredible. It was one of the best gigs I’ve been to, and I couldn’t quite choose between Great Divide and I think I prefer Great Divide as a whole, but Crash Land is one of my favourite songs ever, which definitely brings Free into the running!
- Kodaline – In a Perfect World: I think Steve Garrigan has the most beautiful voice I have ever heard. As well as that, I just love all the songs on this album – the instrumentation is faultless, the lyrics are brilliant and the band are just charismatic. Their second album is also pretty good, although I think their debut definitely beats it, just with the pure emotion that is shown in each song. Seeing them is another gig I’ve got lined up, which is pretty damn exciting!
- Mumford and Sons – Sigh No More: Who doesn’t love Mumford, right? And this is a damn good album. I feel like I don’t even need to write why I love this album, because I feel like anyone who listens to it understands the magic that is Mumford.
- Paramore – Riot: And last but not least, I think this was the very first album I fell absolutely in love with, before embarking on my Paramore stage which was to last about 5 years. Seriously, I listened non-stop. I still love Paramore, although I don’t listen to them as much anymore. To be honest, I think everyone had to go through a Paramore stage at some point, mine just lasted a lot longer than most. And this is a damn good album, so it definitely couldn’t not make a list of my favourite albums.
So I somehow managed to narrow it down to 6, although there are countless more albums and bands I love, with some excellent albums being released soon. What are all your favourite albums?