If you could only listen to 5 albums or EPs for the rest of your life what would you choose? Head of Features, Laura, has made her selection and tells us why.
Ben Howard – Every Kingdom
Every Kingdom is an album I often forget about, then come back to and fall in love with all over again. It’s pure, raw, full of emotion and so many floaty dreamy guitar sounds. The Fear and Black Flies always stand out as favourites of mine, lyrically and musically. From start to finish it really is, in the biggest of cliches, one big emotional roller coaster.
Paramore – Riot
Who doesn’t love a good old sing along rock album. Every track on Riot is a fist in the air, sing your heart out number. From the ever popular Misery Business to the heart string-puller We Are Broken. It’s a real feel good album that for many was probably one of those big first rock/punk/pop punk classics. Great for all those teenage angst throwbacks.
Oh Wonder – Oh Wonder
There are few words that really can do justice just how beautiful Oh Wonder are. Their magical simplistic sounds manage to create something so much bigger than they are and are filled with an incredible outpouring over emotion. Livewire and Landslide were the first two tracks I heard of Oh Wonder’s and their full album only surpassed all my expectations. It’s perfect for late night listenings or lazy summer days.
Blondie – Parallel Lines
Parallel Lines is a classic album that has long been in my collection. So many hits jam packed into one album. That iconic cover, Debbie Harry’s gravely and unpolished vocals and those late 70s punk vibes make for one great album. It’s very clear why it comes up repeatedly on so many top album lists.
Avril Lavigne – Let Go
I’ve never left my Avril Lavigne phase and probably never will. Losing Grip is probably one of the most under-rated album opening tracks ever. It’s a real punch to the heart. There there’s the absolute pop rock jams of Sk8er Boi and Complicated, that we’ve all sang at the top of our lungs, way back in 2002. Let Go takes me back to care free school days when the biggest issue was what colour hair glitter to use.