I unashamedly have been purchasing a lot of music recently, surprisingly a lot of stuff I wouldn’t normally find enjoyment in (I enjoy pop music at the gym and to clean too, but some has been creeping into my drives and relaxation time at home).
So here is a breakdown (not really an in depth review) of some recent purchases (most new releases, a few oldies that should get a mention, you can only listen to spotify for so long before you realize you should really own the album).
Foals – Holy Fire
Released earlier this year, this album has been on loop on Spotify whilst I am at uni. I was so lost in the music that my Dept Head of Department had to make a substantial amount of noise to get my attention when visiting. Hands down My Number is my fav off this album, I get a little dance on every time it plays (car, uni, cleaning…). Its just brilliance, gosh I love the Foals!
Lorde – Pure Heroine
It took me a while to warm to Lorde, too much radio overplay. Team got me tho, and I was hooked. Depth and transparency in all her lyrics (I love depth in lyrics), its just one very well thought out album and a must have for any collection, I am looking forward to see how she grows as an artist.
Kristene Mueller – Those Who Dream
I purchased this last night after a friend played me one of her songs. How do I put this… I feel God’s words speaking so directly through her lyrics, I kept getting out of bed writing down key lyrics and carried the piece of paper around with me all day to remind me. Just wow and so relaxing to listen too.
Kodaline – The High Hopes Ep and The Kodaline Ep
Kodaline, well two EP’s, All I Want is just beautiful, I actually fell in love with this song after Josh Mhire did a cover of it, tears streaming down my face (the song came at an interesting point in my life). High Hopes most people would know and just calms the soul. Two chilling EP’s.
Little Mix – Salute
Unashamedly I love Little Mix, their vocals and harmonies are killer! Salute is flippin awesome, think Destinys Child cross first album Little Mix cross Sass. I cannot stop blaring this at home when I am cleaning and needing a good pick me up, its even made it into my driving and relaxation listening. They have definitely matured as a group, in sound and musical colour. I highly recommend!
One Direction – Midnight Memories
I have had this for a mere few hours, a few songs have been trickle released, most people know I have a guilty pleasure for One Direction, don’t know how it started (maybe my boy band youth faze coming back to the surface?). As all One Direction albums there are some brilliant pop tunes and some songs I love to skip over, so far not so many skipping quality. Their sound has changed, there are some terrible retro sounding songs (like Midnight Memories) that will get a skip but from the first listen I am pleasantly surprised. It, like all One Direction albums turn into my happy pick me ups (not too bad to dance around too, gosh I love dancing), my gym music and something to clean too.
Arcade Fire – Reflektor
Arcade Fire are hands down one of my favourite bands, I can’t tell you why, but I get lost in their music. After their featuring in the Hunger Games soundtrack with Abraham’s Daughter (one of my favs) I had huge expectations for this album. Reflecktor was skillfully written and easily to get lost in, Here Comes the Night Time was released a week or two before the album, so it warmed on me but didn’t quite compel me as the Arcade Fire normally do. To be honest, I have only made it through disk one of the two disk LP, I guess I just haven’t been in to right mood (I hope thats why), but after reading a few reviews, the anti climatic nature that is the Arcade Fire has come true, heres hoping I find some love in these new tunes.