Another week flies by and to be quite honest I’d like to recall some events that have happened but I’m not entirely sure where the week has gone.
On Wednesday we went to XFM’s Winter Wonderland, an indie music festival featuring such artists as The View, Everything Everything, Mystery Jets, Bombay Bicycle club and The Wombats. A great night was had by all with festivities including free tequila (which as we know is an evil drink).
Not much movement in This Week’s Top 5 (according to and listened by me!)
In reverse order…
The Constant – I Blame Coco (Island)
Down to fifth this week! Still a sublime album but not as heard as much as the first few weeks of owning it.
See the full album review here.
Highlights include Self Machine, Party Bag and It’s About to Get Worse.
Rock and Roll EP – Frank Turner
I feel a bit cheeky about this one as it’s a singly and not an album but still, all six tracks are brilliant.
In true Frank Turner style this is classic, catchy, folk songwriting with an acoustic punky edge. I Still Believe is such a catchy song and has such a ballad, anthem feel to it which makes you just want to sing along.
Rock & Roll Romance is one of the beautiful songs both musically and lyrically which really shows off Turner’s power for original and thought provoking songwriting.
There are only six songs on the album and I strongly recommend you listen to all of them, this is a great selection of music which show off the true power of Frank Turner. If you like this go out and listen to everything else he ever made.
Rave Digger – Danny Byrd (Hosptial Records)
Sitting comfortably in third place and still deservedly residing in the top 5 Rave Digger is a fantastic album full of life, energy and hype.
We Can Have it All recently made it to Radio 1’s “A” playlist (and rightly so).
See my full review of the album here
Highlights include Ill Behaviour, Tonight featuring Netsky and We Can Have it All.
My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy – Kanye West (Mercury)
Yes I’m as shocked as you are to see this one charting and sitting here at number 2! It was one of those albums that I tried to avoid because honestly, Kanye is a tool but I just couldn’t keep away from it, it was drawn to me.
People said “you really should give it a listen” and to be fair, I hadn’t even given it a change but like I said: Kanye is a tool.
That being said, it doesn’t change the fact that this is a phenomenal album both musically and lyrically. Kanye has been reborn, this is the best work he’s ever produced!
If you haven’t already (and I can’t believe I’m saying this) get this album in your life!
Highlights include Monster featuring Jay Z, Rick Ross, Nicki Minaj (she’s all over everything) & (shockingly!!!) Bon Iver. The Amazingly melodic Blame Game featuring John Legend (another one who’s starting to get around) and my personal favourite, So Appalled featuring such greats as Jay Z, Pusha T, Prynce Cy Hi, Swizz Beatz, & The RZA.
FANTASTIC HIP HOP ALBUM!
The Hits Collection, Vol. 1 – Jay Z (The Island Def Jam Music Group)
Remaining at number 1 Jay Z’s best of is really tearing it up and the hiphop loving in my headphones is big right now.
After Zane Lowe played the Black Album a couple of weeks ago on his Radio 1 show from start to finish as a part of his Masterpieces feature the hip hop legend has been on my mind and fortunately (and perhaps coincidentally) he has just released his best of album.
Filled with classics such as Encore, 99 Problems and Death Of Auto-tune this album is great for Jay Z lovers, hip hop lovers and music lovers alike.
Check Back next week for next week’s Top 5
and see last weeks here