Music of the Month – September

Emma’s top 10 albums

So, when Gareth asked me to do this I was sceptical. I thought I would find it quite easy as I’m someone who tends to head back to the same music time and time again. Oh how wrong I was.

This has been incredibly difficult for me to decide but also it’s been brilliant. I’ve been listening to music that I not only love but I adore. Music that perhaps I’ve listened to a million times before so I’ve neglected it recently when listening to new music. I’ve not only rediscovered songs and albums that I love but I’ve had to actively compare it to music that is more current that I also love.

I’ve always described my music taste as a mix of everything. However, through this I’ve discovered the main genre of music in my top ten is Indie Rock. This is a revelation to me. Literally, 7 of the 10 are Indie Rock, one is Indie, one is Singer/Songwriter and the other is Pop.

These lists are in no particular order because I can’t bring myself to even attempt to try and give them an order. I love them all. So here’s the list of the ones that didn’t quite make it:

  • Wild World – Bastille
  • Every Open Eye – Chvrches
  • O – Damien Rice
  • How To Save A Life – The Fray
  • Aim and Ignite – fun.
  • Light Up The Dark – Gabrielle Aplin
  • The Trick To Life – The Hoosiers
  • Grace – Jeff Buckley
  • Royal Blood – Royal Blood
  • In Between Dreams – Jack Johnson

So, here we go:

Un Día En El Mundo – Vetusta Morla (2008)
Download: El Año Nuevo

Yes, this is an album which is completely in Spanish – why not? This album got me through a Spanish A Level and I grew to love it along the way. I can’t name a song I don’t love on this album so it 100% had to be included.

22, A Million – Bon Iver (2016)
Download: 666

I can’t fault this album in any way. It’s raw emotion that I’ve never experienced before in music. It’s simply incredible. Enough said.

Awesome Mix Vol. 1 – Guardians of the Galaxy Soundtrack (2014)
Download: Escape (the piña colada song)

This is for a bit of fun. One of my favourite films (alongside the Jurassic Park series) and the soundtrack is one of the best I’ve ever come across. You can’t beat an album with a load of 70s pop on it.

Every Kingdom – Ben Howard (2011)
Download: Bones 

This is harking back to my singer/songwriter roots which is what I listened to throughout my teens. Whilst I have branched away a little, I absolutely love this album. The songs are catchy whilst contain a load of emotion.

The Lumineers – The Lumineers (2012)
Download: Stubborn Love

One of those albums that I bought on a whim because I liked one of their singles. I absolutely love every song on this beauty now. They’ve quickly become one of my favourite bands and I’m so so happy I’ve seen them live.

Cleopatra – The Lumineers (2016)
Download: Cleopatra

A second album which is just as good as the first. A load of catchy tunes mashed up with some slower, ballad belters. Can’t get better than that ey?

My Head is an Animal – Of Monsters and Men (2012)
Download: Mountain Sound

Of Monsters and Men are one of those bands which I dip in and out of a lot. Every time I listen to them I have a huge smile on my face because their music is just brilliant. I love this album but their second one is awesome too.

Tourist History – Two Door Cinema Club (2010)
Download: Something Good Can Work

Upbeat, catchy and just simply amazing. If you’re ever in a bad mood then listen to this and you can’t help but cheer up.

Mine Is Yours – Cold War Kids (2011)
Download: Bulldozer

I originally cut this album from the top ten. Then I started listening to it and realised I was being a fool. This album deserves to be in everybody’s top ten because it’s simply too good to ignore.

So Long, See You Tomorrow – Bombay Bicycle Club (2014)
Download: Feel

I’ve seen these guys live a few times now and they simply get better every time. This album is their absolute pinnacle. I simply can’t get enough of it.

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