(From the group who brought us the amazing A Real Hero from Drive soundtrack. They finally put out their first full length album Innerworld, which is a collection of tracks from the last few years. Innocence and Runaway are other stand-outs)
(So passionate, I love the beginning especially)
by I Break Horses
(A dreamy song which can make you forget your problems)
(His best song in a long time. From the video game Destiny)
(From the EP Parallel Play. A pop song that just works)
That’s My Manby Liz (Very catchy, from Amazing Spiderman 2 soundtrack)
(The first half of the album is impressive)
(To be honest, most of his songs sound the same. I think this is his best. A summer party anthem)
(Fun lyrics, about being different to your partner, in various ways)
(I’m still wondering how they created those weird sounds)
Just A Little Boy For Chester Burnett by Swans (Listen on spotify)
(A creepy 12 minute journey. The singer is like a grown man who is as scared as a baby. Perhaps he is remembering ugly experiences from his life. The most haunting moment perhaps is when he sings “I need love” which is followed by laughter)
(From The Fault In Our Stars soundtrack)
(The keeper from the album, the other tracks just lack that special something)
(The opener on the album, and the only track that continues to haunt me. If only the song was slightly longer.
The singles Magic, Midnight, True Love, and A Sky Full of Stars are decent, just a bit too repetitive, so I grew tired of them quickly)
Head Underwater by Jenny Lewis (Listen on spotify)
(With a title like that you would expect a suicidal song. Instead it’s very optimistic celebrating that we all have magic inside us)
(A song most people can relate to)
Favorite lyric: ”But I can’t kiss you ’til you lift up your chin. You have to want to stop being alone”)
(“I got to stay on track just like Pops told me to”. Fever
is another great track from the album)
(A catchy tune, and the Arabic sections are a nice touch. The lyrics are the usual mix of personal and fiction. Almost Like The Blues
is the single, and quite haunting. The album may grow on me over time, at the moment I think it’s good but not great)
Istanbul is the other stand-out for me.
His vocal seems different now compared to The Smiths)
(Other highlights from the album are Salad Days and Chamber of Reflection
. The album is addictive, and at only 30 minutes, a quick listen. Apparently his previous output is supposed to be just as good or even better, so I’ll be seeking that out )
(The lyrics are the main reason why he’s placed in the top 100. Here are a few examples from the album:
”Maybe it’s the wind blowing us together, maybe it’s the world blowing me away”
“Some folks make something out of nothing, some people have to cry too long. While others wait beside the window, wondering why the wind would blow so strong”
“I’ll admit I’m feeling cold and naked, just like I’m standing in the rain, with nothing left out here to hide behind, and I wonder if you feel the same”)
(An epic song that still gives me goose bumps. Features a sample from Charlie Chaplin’s speech in his Hitler–lampooning 1940s film, The Great Dictator (“You are not machines! You are not cattle!”).
Heal by Strand of Oaks (Listen on spotify)
(Woke Up To The Light
is the other stand-out for me. Half the songs on the album Heal are above average. So it’s half a great album.
In a way, a companion to The War on Drugs album this year, with a similar, less polished, production)
Agree or disagree? Have you listened to these albums? As always, comments are welcome. Tracks 1-25 coming soon!