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Music Monday: My Top Albums of 2011…So Far

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

 
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Posted by on June 27, 2011 in Music Monday

 

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Songs I Can’t Get Out of My Head Lately Vol 1

(Note: This playlist is heavily influenced by the Relevant Magazine podcast)

1. How He Loves by John Mark McMillan – the Relevant gang calls this the “Shout of the Lord” of this new generation. He had me at “If grace is an ocean, we’re all sinking.”

2.  Passion Play by William Fitzimons – This song just about kills me everytime I listen to it because it reminds me of His stubborn love even when I was hiding and pushing Him away. “I should not have hid where my heart can’t follow”

3. City by Sara Bareilles – No matter how many times I shuffle my Ipod, this song always comes up and haunts me

4. Brand New Day as covered by Aly Michalka – I usually consider Sting covers blasphemous, but this is one of the few I like. Go Hellcats!

5. Take Me Away by Pink Slip (aka Lindsay Lohan’s band on Freaky Friday) – because once upon a time, LL was awesome

6. Your Heart is an Empty Room by Death Cab for Cutie – my love song to myself. “But you shed not a single tear for the things that you didn’t need
Cause you knew you were finally free”

7. Radioactive by Kings of Leon – this song just sticks to my head like glue. He really sounds like a young Bono doesn’t he? Even Bono says so himself

8. Neighborhood #1 by Arcade Fire – Of course it’s not a worship song per se, but when they start wailing “Purify the colours, purify my mind, and spread the ashes of the colours over this heart of mine!”, I am speaking and singing to Him alone

9. Stay (Faraway So Close) by U2 – you always have to have a U2 song that you can’t get out of your head

10. Tracing by John Mayer – still on a John Mayer hangover, despite the hotel trashing rumors. Let’s just stick to the music eh? We already know that most rock stars are douches anyway

11. 15 Step by Radiohead – that drum beat and Thom Yorke’s voice is just so addictive and mesmerizing

12. Monday by Carlo Dall’ Anese e Fabio Castro – heard this song in a Fernando Torres goal compilation video and it’s just such a rousing and beautiful song

 
 

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