So, there is one portion of this blog that I have contributed nothing towards. MUSIC! If you know me, you know music is a HUGE passion of mine. Sometimes I just like to sit for hours and discover new artists. I have NO discrimination when it comes to music, good music is good music whatever the genre may be. Lately, I tend to stray away from mainstream music just because it all sounds the same, but sometimes I can become infected by an amazing hook or melody.
2011 was a great year for music and 2012 seems like it’s going to be another great year for music. So I thought I would post some of my favorite albums and songs of 2011 and upcoming music I’m excited about that will be released in 2012.
Florence + the Machine’s: Ceremonials certainly did not disappoint when it came out. I was a huge fan after hearing their first album, and let’s not joke here..with an exception of maybe Adele, she has one of the best vocals in music today. While, I will say I enjoyed their first album a tad bit more, I really love this album as well. The songs are just so BIG and her voice makes them so captivating and emotional. My favorite songs have to be Spectrum and Never Let Me Go. Every time I listen to this album my skin always erupts in goosebumps. The way she incorporates classic instruments like the harp into modern beats and the added compliments of her flawless voice, you really get something amazing for your ears. I highly recommend this album and also their first, Lungs.
Another one of my favorite albums from 2011 is from the legendary Stevie Nicks. I’ve always been a fan of Nicks and of course Fleetwood Mac, and I can honestly say that her latest album In Your Dreams is one of her best. This album did not get as recognized as I hoped it would, even-though it was widely praised by critics. Each song from the album was its own and wonderful in its own way. Stevie’s fantasy themed song writings and instrumentals that she is famous for are easy to identify and are at her best with In Your Dreams. While her lead single Secret Love was very satisfying, I found my favorite song was New Orleans and also Wide Sargasso Sea. This is one of those albums you can listen too without skipping a song. I would often listen and quickly find myself daydreaming.
Meg & Dia, I bet you’re wondering who the
hell is this? Well, I am a big fan of singer/songwriter artists who are not really known by anyone at all; they are kind of my little secret. I’ve been following these girls since I was in high school and they’ve gone a bit off the radar for awhile. You may recognize one of the sisters as Dia Frampton who was the runner-up on The Voice. Well, I was quickly captivated by this sister act’s latest album: Cocoon. These songs are so precious and well written, but you should know they were recently dropped by their record label, so this album was recorded in their garage and bathroom; I think that is what makes it so much more precious. I fell in love with their song Bandits, which quickly became one of my favorite songs of the year. Also, I love Unsinkable Ships, Breakdown, & Mary Ann. Just give this album a chance and you’ll quickly fall in love; the sound just feels so vintage and sunny.
What is there to say about Adele? Well, she has the best voice in music today, I can say that with confidence. 19 was incredible and 21 is just as good, if not better. She was by far the best artist of 2011, with her voice, songs, and performances being flawless. Her emotion and talented vocals are seen in my favorites Rolling in the Deep and Set Fire to the Rain. The fast paced Rumour Has It and vintage I’ll Be Waiting make you realize how talented and genuine she actually is. Also, check out her cover of Lovesong and captivating ballad Someone Like You. This is honestly one of the best albums seen in the last 10 years and of course one of the best of the 2011.
So there was obviously a lot more music that was amazing in 2011, but those would have to be my favorites. Now that 2012 is upon us, there are many albums I am anxiously anticipating. So, I thought I would mention a few below:
One album I’ve been waiting a very long time for is from one of my favorites artists Michelle Branch. Her latest upcoming album is called West Coast Time where she is going back to her pop roots. Her new single Loud Music infects me every time I listen to it. Also, you can get a free download of one of her songs off of the album called If You Happen To Call, which is so good. The release date continues to get pushed back, so lets hope that the album gets released soon.
Another duo of sisters I just recently discovered is the Swedish sisters First Aid Kit. These girls are a blend of alternative and folk, but their talent is instantly recognizable. Their first single The Lion’s Roar sounds bit like Irish band Mumford & Sons and full of raw emotion. I’ve been recently captivated by their tribute song that has a bit of a country twang called, Emmylou; this song will most likely become one of my instant favorites, I honestly cannot stop listening. I think everyone should watch these girls, their vocals, songwriting, and overall talent is clear when you first listen to them. I predict them to become big in 2012, I cannot wait for their album to be released.
Another album being released very soon is from pop/folk artist Ingrid Michaelson. Her upcoming album Human Again is supposed to be a bit more serious and surely will not disappoint, I’m anxiously anticipating this album because she is one of my favorites. And, of course my favorite artist Taylor Swift is also due to release another album late this year, which I am extremely excited for; I am hoping for a new and more mature sound; I’m sure we won’t be disappointed.