My Favorite Albums

Alright guys, I promised regular updates, and I'm delivering. Today I wanted to talk about my favorite albums. I personally think every single one of these albums are fantastic lyrically, musically, and are just all around great. So if you do not have any of these albums, splurge a bit and pick one up. Hopefully you won't be disappointed. Oh, and one more thing. These albums are not in order because asking me to pick a favorite album is too difficult for me to even comprehend.

1. +, Ed Sheeran

 If you are a frequent reader of this blog, you have to know that I love Ed Sheeran. His lyrics are so beautifully intricate and clever, and the songs he makes are wonderfully diverse. If you don't like the singer-songwriter genre, you might still be able to find a song you like off of this album. Songs like "You Need Me, I Don't Need You" or "U.N.I" are more upbeat and fall into the rap genre. My favorite song off of the album has to be "Give Me Love". This song is so thought provoking and emotional. Every time I listen to it, I feel like crying because you can just feel the emotion bleeding through the song. All in all, it is a lovely album and so surprising that it is Ed Sheeran's debut one as well.

Key Tracks: "Give Me Love" "Kiss Me" "Grade 8" "You Need Me, I Don't Need You"

2. Too Weird to Live, Too Rare to Die, Panic! at the Disco

This album is a little bit of a curveball, but it is so enjoyable. This record is Panic! at the Disco's fourth studio album, and it marks a change in their sound. This album features a great deal of techno music, and it falls heavily in the genre of electronic pop. The first single off of this record, "Miss Jackson", is a song that is heavily catered to radio. With a chorus that is easily memorable and a beat that is very catchy, "Miss Jackson" is a song that really captures the essence of this album. All of the songs on the record are exceptionally catchy and are just plain fun to listen to. Whether you are playing it at a party or just rocking out by yourself, this album is a pleasure to listen to.

Key Tracks: "Nicotine" "Miss Jackson" "Casual Affair" "This is Gospel"

3. In the Lonely Hour, Sam Smith

Sam Smith is another artist that is obvious that I adore. In the Lonely Hour is an album that can stand alone though. The overriding theme of the record is one of unrequited love. I love how this theme is a bit unusual and strays away from today's standard on love. Sam Smith admits that he has never been in love with someone who has returned his feelings, and this fact has created a beautifully haunting record. His debut single "Stay With Me" has a kind of gospel tone to it, but the relatable lyrics and simplistically lovely chorus makes this song a hit. Even though In the Lonely Hour is made up of mostly melancholy songs, Smith rounds out the album with more hopeful sings including "Make it to Me" and "Restart".

Key Tracks: "Stay With Me" "Leave Your Lover" "I'm Not the Only One" "Make it to Me"

4. AM, Arctic Monkeys

Now for an album that is a bit rockier. AM is the Arctic Monkey's fifth studio album. The first single off of this album, "Why'd You Only Call Me When You're High", is just a taste of the random brilliance of the Arctic Monkeys. This band has always pushed the boundaries of society with one of their albums even being named "Suck it and See". AM is an amazing album though filled with so many hit songs. Six out of the twelve songs on the record where singles which is a extremely high ratio. The incorporation of heavy drums and guitars with pianos and organs is an enchanting collaboration. The whole album flows together and in all is a great work of musical masterpiece.

Key Tracks: "Why'd You Only Call Me When You're High" " Do I Wanna Know?" "R U Mine?" "Arabella"

5. Sigh No More, Mumford & Sons

Sigh No More is Mumford & Sons debut album. The album falls under the genre of folk with some rockish undertones. Some of the hits on this album include "Little Lion Man" and "The Cave". Most Mumford & Sons' songs are known for their heavy reliance on the banjo, but I believe that this sounds works well. If you start from the beginning of this record and listen straight through, you will hear a story. The songs seem as if they float on from one to the next. Another thing I love about the songs on this album is that they are all superbly written. The lyrics are delivered in a way that elicits emotions and feelings. This album makes you think introspectively, and isn't that what all good records should do?

Key Tracks: "Little Lion Man" "The Cave" "I Gave You All" "Awake My Soul"



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