I’ve never been that close to the music of Nick Cave in the past. It may partly to do with my first exposure to his music being his duet with Kylie Minogue from his ‘Murder Ballads’ album, which is perhaps not the perfect place to begin. My next exposure to his work came with Mark and Lard’s parodies of two his songs on their Radio … Continue reading Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds – Skeleton Tree
I knew that 2015 was going to be a good year for music when Sleater-Kinney, Belle & Sebastian and Bjork had all released albums within weeks of its’ start. Pretty much every artist whose albums I look forward to released one in 2015. The only downside to which is that there were many new (or new to me) artists who released great albums but couldn’t quite squeeze into my top 10. Haiku Salut, Ultimate Painting, Kendrick Lamar, Holly Herndon & Sleaford Mods are all albums well worth checking out. But on to the list (Spotify playlist of all ten albums below)
10. Joanna Newsom – Divers
Joanna Newsom is one of my all time favourite artists, and the person whose song this site is named after, so after waiting 5 and a half years for a new album, expectations were high to say the least. So, for Divers to simply be a very good album was a slight disappointment. It lacks the epic scope of Have One On Me or Ys, and the direct melodies of The Milk Eyed Mender, but is intricate, always interesting and more musically varied than anything she has produced before. Released late in the year, it may have time to grow on me yet. Even a slightly underwhelming Joanna Newsom album is better than most albums released any year.
I think we can all agree that if there’s one thing we need more of , it’s albums of the year lists. I’ve always been a bit of a list-maker, although I’m better now than when I was a kid. I used to be constantly making lists of my 20 favourite songs, and even used to try and predict the next weeks top 40 every … Continue reading Albums of the Year 2014