In this day and age (I seem to use that phrase a lot. Anyways…) where downloading songs, whether legally or illegally, is as simple as ordering at Jollibee, it’s quite easy to fall in love with songs.
Liking whole albums however, is slowly becoming a lost art. We can just choose which songs to listen to and skip the ones that either put us to sleep or we strongly dislike.
So when I find an album that I want to listen to over and over again, no pressing of the next button, then I just treasure that. And since we’re halfway through the year, here are some of my favorites, in no particular order. (Click on album covers or fave songs to watch/listen to youtube links)
Adele – 21
I said no particular order, but hands down, this is my absolute fave so far. I fell in love with her in her debut album, 19, and I’m glad that a lot of people are discovering her now. It is my most fervent wish that she comes her for a concert soon. Fave Song: Set Fire to the Rain
Bon Iver – Bon Iver
Another brilliant sophomore album. I’ve been listening to it for a few days only, but I feel like I’ve known it for more than a year. He makes melancholy sound so melodical and sexy. Fave Song: Calgary
Cold War Kids – Mine Is Yours
They’re still considered 2011 right, since they released it early January? Another album that is on constant rotation in my playlist. And for this week, they’re dictating my playlist. Their soundtrack-ready rock songs have found a special place in my musical brain. Fave Song: Finally Begin
The Civil Wars – Barton Hollow
The guys over at Relevant kept raving about this power duo even before the album’s release. And once I got to listen to the album finally, I understood the hype. Boy-girl bands are my thing of the moment, and they fit beautifully in this mode. Fave Song: My Father’s Father
The Decemberists – The King is Dead
Wasn’t bowled over by The Hazards of Love, but with this album, I finally understood the appeal of their folk-country-rock vibe. Fave Song: All Arise
Death Cab for Cutie – Codes and Keys
I know a lot of fans and critics didn’t like it, but DCFC is one of those bands that I will never break up with, no matter what. And I enjoyed this whole album, so I don’t really care if this won’t make it to most critics’ year end list. Fave Song: You Are A Tourist
Radiohead – King of Limbs
Radiohead albums are an event in themselves. Their songs are not about catchy melodies or memorable lyrics, but creating an atmosphere in which the listener can just inhabit and drown in it. And this album is no exception. I only wish it had more than 8 songs. Fave Song: Morning Mr. Magpie
Taken By Cars – Dualist
I used to stalk these guys back when I still had the power to get them for events. And while I don’t have that power anymore, they still have the same thrall over me, and this 2nd album has just cemented them as one of my fave local acts. Fave Song: Unidentified
Hillsong United – Aftermath
I haven’t listened to Hillsong United for some years now, coz I felt like I outgrew them already, spiritually and musically. But this studio album caught my attention and later on my heart coz it was just so musical and well thought of. But most importantly, it spoke to my soul, to where I am now in my faith journey. Fave Song: Nova
So, what are your favorite albums so far?
I’m discovering new music coz of All Songs Considered, Paste Magazine and Relevant Magazine, so I’m looking forward to adding more albums here