Thursday, July 31, 2014

2014 | July Albums

As with last month, there was too much good music released this month to keep it all in my monthly favourites, so I'm again writing it up in its own post.

1000 Forms of Fear by Sia (4th July)
I'll admit, Some People Have Real Problems will always be my favourite Sia record, so 1000 Forms of Fear is a little of a letdown. But in a way, it seems like a purposeful letdown. After writing top hits for musicians like Rihanna, it comes as no surprise that dance-y pop music holds a large place here with only a little of her previous singer/songwriter sound coming through. 1000 Forms of Fear is much stronger than an average pop album, with its deeper lyrical content and varied song formats.
Favourite tracks: Burn the Pages, Eye of the Needle, Elastic Heart, Dressed in Black


Wolves by Rag'n'Bone Man (14th July)
I first found Rag'n'Bone Man through Dan Smith, Bastille's lead singer, when he posted a YouTube video of one of Rag'n'Bone Man's songs. Although I'm not usually a blues fan, something about the video instantly captivated me and I have been impatiently awaiting his album ever since. Rag'n'Bone Man is everything that I love about that style of music - he has a fantastic, rich voice with deep lyrics and background instruments that don't drown him out, with songs that are guaranteed to stick with you long after you've listened to them.
Favourite tracks: All of them. I couldn't narrow it down.
Strange Desire by Bleachers (15th July)
Strange Desire is by far my most played album of the month. There is little I don't love about the record and it is one of the most flawlessly executed albums I've heard yet this year. Bleachers hearkens back to the rock music of the 80s and early 90s with its layered vocals and the equal attention shown to making both good lyrics and good instrumental sections. It's a fun record that I turn on nearly every time I get in my car.
Favourite tracks: All of them except "I'm Ready To Move On"


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