Working from home has done wonders for certain aspects of my life – I’ve been able to listen to many more audiobooks and I’ve also been able to rediscover some of the albums that I’ve loved over the years yet not listened to in a long time.
I am a massive fan of classic rock and indie rock music – a lot of this has stemmed from the music my dad used to put on the car whenever we drove anywhere. No matter the distance, you could be sure that the car journey would involve a rock band of some sort – and then a quiz afterwards on what the songs were called, who the band is, where they’re from and what fun facts there were about the members of the band too – facts he’d likely previously told us.
5 Albums I’ve Loved Listening to this Week
Over the last week, I’ve listened to 7 albums in full. Of the 7 albums, these were my top 5 selections:
Tapestry by Carole King
I absolutely adore this album – whenever I feel sad, it’s the one I stick on my record player and just allow the music to overtake me. It’s been a little while since I’ve listened to this – a good few months at least- and this week I thought it was about time I pulled it back out. Carole King has the most beautiful voice and the songs she writes have such spectacular meaning- there are so many songs she’s written for really famous artists that people just don’t realise are written by her and honestly, her talent is astronomical. Plus, Gilmore Girls songs.
Favourite songs from the album: Where you Lead and (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman.
A Night at the Opera by Queen
My favourite Queen album is actually Queen II – mostly because of the song ‘The Fairyfellar’s Master Stroke’ but A Night at the Opera comes in a close second. The best thing about Queen is their ability to make every album that they write seem like a fairytale – with a beautiful beginning, a mesmerising middle and the most breathtaking of endings. Whilst this album is most famous for the album that birthed Bohemian Rhapsody, the entire thing is frankly a work of art.
Favourite songs from the album: You’re My Best Friend, Lazing on a Sunday Afternoon, Love of my Life, Bohemian Rhapsody.
Born to Run by Bruce Springsteen
Arguably one of my favourite albums of all time – and containing one of my favourite songs of all time, too, Thunder Road. Born to Run is the pinnacle of pop-rock and arguably THE album that made me love Springsteen. Nothing makes for a better afternoon than one that’s spent listening to the Boss.
Favourite Songs from the album: Thunder Road, Meeting Across the River, Night.
Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness by The Smashing Pumpkins
When I was 16 years old, a guy I went to school with bought me a copy of Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness for my birthday. It was a band that I had refused to listen to out of principle – mostly because my friend’s music taste was quite eclectic and not really what I was into – it took about 12 seconds of the title track Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness before I fell in love.
Favourite Songs from the album: Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness, Tonight, Tonight, 1979.
Hysteria by Def Leppard
This is definitely one of the aforementioned albums that my dad used to blast in the car – and it’s one I enjoyed re-listening to this week. One thing I’ve found with albums that were recorded in the 80s is that every single song has a purpose, they lead one song into another and aren’t just there to fill a gap and make the album longer. Hysteria by Def Leppard is a classic album with classic songs – you’ve got the infamous Pour Some Sugar on Me paired with lesser known Armageddon It. Frankly a masterpiece.
Favourite Songs from the Album: Armageddon It, Hysteria, Animal, Pour Some Sugar on Me
What are some albums that you’ve been enjoying lately? I’m keen to discover some new artists and remind myself of some older ones too!