Note: The ten albums are not ALL released this year; some even were released years ago.
Ok, so I’ve decided I’d be posting the songs repeatedly shuffled on my playlist this year from January to November 2011 (I can’t afford to include ALL the albums stored, I just included the “ten most played and liked”). I think they deserve credit – publicizing them. Gonna pinpoint some brief reviews about it and the singers as well if possible.
I arranged them in descending order, starting from ten to one with MY following standards:
Lyrical meaning, how the song makes me wanna stand and jive or just stare blankly due to the song’s exceptionally deep and stirring tune, or simply because I like it without any probable reason (Admit it, you liked songs without any basis as well right?) Then, let the countdown begin..
10. Kanye West’s My Beautiful Twisted Dark Fantasy. Most of the songs comprise of many voices, centered on one rapping God – Kanye West. He employed African beats knotted with loads of back-up singers and featured artists that are making their own names in hip-hop and RnB hall of fame. Hip-hop is on the race with female pop singers in the billboard this year, and probably next too. It would be hard for the femme fatales to beat him. Though his image is slightly dented from the eyes of country-pop goers (two years ago), his songs don’t say otherwise. I don’t even mind what he did, as long as his music is intact and pierces through the soul; he still is an artistic and eclectic singer unlike any other. Must hear: Blame Game and Monster.
9.Owl City’s All Things Bright and Beautiful. If you want a taste of unique music disco pop and electronic mix – Adam Young, the “Fireflies” hitmaker is now on his third album – All Things Bright and Beautiful. With electronic pop and auto beats showering his songs, you can’t prevent your head from moving side to side. He’s the lead vocals and plays the keyboards, guitars, drums, pianos, bass, accordion, etc., and syncs it all together. Not to mention he did write most of the songs as well. Multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter? Check. That’s how cool and inventive this guy is. And this album is as cool as he is – exceptional. Must hear: Deer in The Headlights and Angels.
8. Bruno Mars’ Doo Wops and Hooligans. The Jazz is back on the billboard once again, and this time, with a pinch of contemporary tune within in it – a music loved by all ages. All thanks to Bruno Mars’ hard work. (Which he was dubbed as one of the most hardworking celebrity in music industry) His live performances takes you to another level, thus, the presence in most of the first-rate music awards shows across America and Europe. It’s either you whistle with his songs here, or you “oh and oh’s” with it which would be stuck in your head for the rest of the day. Must hear: Talking To the Moon and Liquor Store Blues.
7. Katy Perry’s Teenage Dream. Most of her songs from this album reached number one at billboard’s hot 100, becoming the first female to have 5 consecutive number ones in one album second only to the King of Pop himself. Her rise to fame is undoubtedly clear and rightful. Her quirky style is reflected on almost all her songs, and this album is not at all different. You can still dance with her just like how you did with her number one hits Hot n’ Cold and Waking Up in Vegas. And if you wanna hear the pop-rockstar inside her, listen to Circle the Drain. Must hear: The One That Got Away, Firework, and Who Am I Living For.
6. Train’s Save Me San Francisco. The band that sang about the girl with drops of Jupiter in hair and who shook up happiness and told us that Christmas time is here, is now back. With new lines in their songs that would shred your infinite playlist of “who serenades me best”. Train came up on how to become a parachute to a human angel, serve you breakfast in bed, a carpenter who’d brick by brick fix all things up for you, ask you to marry him, and say “Hey, soul sister!” This album is very baroque – I mean, the lines rather artistic and idiomatic, add that up to the catchy and, some, touching tunes. Must hear: This Ain’t Goodbye and If It’s Love.
5. Foster the People’s Torches. Most people would either say; “Gaad! Next song please?” or “What the hell is wrong with this band!?” when they first hear the songs coming from this album. But you see, that eccentricity makes this band applauding. They make you fall in love with their songs without even knowing what the songs truly indicate – and that; I classify a skill for singers. Once you’re hooked with one song, you’d obtrusively look for more. Here’s their thing – When they don’t get your attention, that’s ok. But when they do, that’s excellent. Must hear: Pumped Up Kicks and I Would Do Anything for You.
4. Amy Winehouse’s Frank and Back To Black. Her sudden death at 27 is untimely. She paved the way for more British acts outside her mother country, opening a door for international acclaim gaining three Grammys on her first emergence at the American limelight. Her voice is very distinct – deep contralto, which suits best with jazz and soul genre – creating music worth listening for the rest of your life. Must hear: On Frank; Amy, Amy, Amy, and Fuck Me Pumps. On Back to Black; Love Is A Losing Game and Tears Dry On Their Own.
3. Plain White T’s’ Wonders of the Younger. I confess that at the very beginning – of this band’s emergence to music industry – I really did thought that they’re just one of the oh-so-many one-hit-wonder stars who pass our life every now and then. HOWEVER, this conviction was shattered when Wonders of the Younger was released. Aside from the cool-swaggy band stealing songs 1,2,3,4 and Hey There Delilah, more songs would light up your day and night in this new album. They deserve salutations, admiration, and thumb-ups! Though quite cool as they are, I consider their music on the “high school-y” classification. Not because it’s amateur or what have you, but because the songs would be mostly teenager-friendly. And that’s the great fraction at it; you’d feel young (If you think you’re too old in this generation) and can relate to it without being ashamed. Though few of the songs are, to a certain extent, peculiar. Must hear: Wonders of the Younger, Killer, and Boomerang.
2. The Script’s Science and Faith. Coming in at number two is an Irish band that brought us “The Man Who Can’t Be Moved”. The tracks from this one are memorable, probability is, you’d search for the lyrics and sing it anywhere – taking a bath, a date with your loved one, or humming it while you stare intently between the gaps of your boring teacher and the board. Danny’s voice plus stress-smashing lyric plus the bands instrumental play equates to good time and a king-sized sigh of satisfaction for giving alternative rock justice. Must hear: If You Ever Come Back, Science & Faith, and For The First Time.
1. Adele’s 19 and 21. Can’t get over with your boyfriend/girlfriend? Let Adele’s 21 tell the story for you. Topping my list is this 23 year old singer-songwriter who’d paint the clearest picture of how heartbreak could put you on top of the music charts. Almost all her songs in these two albums are undeniably endearing, yet tear-jerking that you’d want to pat Adele’s back and tell her that everything would be alright. Must hear: On 19; Chasing Pavements and Make You Feel My Love. On 21; Don’t You Remember, Someone Like You, and Set Fire To The Rain.
And that was the story of my music shuffling for these past 11 months. I’ll scout for new albums again for 2012. Happy new year, in advance!