Tuesday, August 1

Our wrongs remain unrectified and our souls won't be exhumed.

I've always found it impossible to come up with a 'Top 10' list of my favourite albums.
My tastes change constantly and something I listened to 5 years ago can suddenly become my most played album.

Years ago, when an artist released an album, you would basically get 2 or 3 really strong songs, a couple of 'OK' tracks and the rest would be throwaway stuff. Otherwise known as 'album fillers'. This was never a big deal because 'singles' would always been seen as the driving force behind an artists' success. Occasionally an artist would release a blinder, creating an album of completely listenable tunes from start to finish.

Nowadays, the pressure on artists to release an album brimming with outstanding songs must be huge. Critics are quick to shoot down releases that only have a few standout tracks on them, even though a few years ago, that would have been deemed a "great album".

My preference, is for an album of decent enough songs that are not so bad that they're offending to listen to. I don't have any problem with occasional crap, so long as there's enough good stuff to tip the scales in a positive way.

I've just been sat on the back step, having a cheeky smoke and wondering....If I had to get rid of all of my music and just keep one album to listen to for the rest of the month, I'd choose "Green" by R.E.M.
If I remember to think about that again tomorrow, it would be a completely different album.

I collected my tickets today:

Faithless, Radiohead, Morrissey, Beck, Paul Weller, Keane, Razorlight, Kasabian, The Charlatans, Editors, Fatboy Slim, Groove Armada, The Go! Team, Rufus Wainwright, Bloc Party, Hard Fi, The Ordinary Boys, Starsailor, Girls Aloud, The Beautiful South, The Magic Numbers, Sugababes, We Are Scientists, James Dean Bradfield, Kano, Gomez, Sandi Thom, The Cooper Temple Clause, Mew, The Dears, The Cardigans, Delays, Echo And The Bunnymen, Nerena Pallot, My Morning Jacket, Pipettes, Matisyahu, Bell X1, The Divine Comedy, The Dandy Warhols, Orson, The Feeling, Xavier Rudd, Imogen Heap, Regina Spektor, The Crimea, The Dead 60's, Kubb, Kula Shaker, Morning Runner, Matt Willis, Richard Hawley, Jamie T, Oceansize, Daniel Powter, Gavin De Graw, Biffy Clyro, The Rifles, Phoenix, Bic Runga, Art Brut, Liam Front and the Slowdown Family, The Saw Doctors, Dogs, The Young Knives, Jim Noir, Rushmore, Lily Allen, Pure Reason Revolution, Mute Math, Boy Least Likely To, Captain, Lorraine, The Upper Room, James Morrison, Paulo Nutini, Butch Walker, Seth Lakeman, Director, The Grates, The Milk Teeth and The Dodgems.

5 parlez:

mona lisa said...

i love how you have a time frame of just a month for that one album, that's quite a commitment. i feel you though, i don't think i could choose a top 10 list or just one album.

Beth said...

as long as you manage to avoid Mew you should be alright!

bedshaped said...

mona lisa,
That's a huge commitment from me.
I'd like to think I would be strong enough to survive through to the end, and without killing every track in the process.

I saw Mew a while ago. I think they supported Elbow. I'd heard some of their stuff before, but most of what they played was new stuff and even though I think it's impossible for them to play a song under 7 minutes long, I still really liked them.

Can't say I'm overly fussed about seeing them again and would much rather check out somebody else who I've probably never heard of.

Joe said...

my V tickets arrived the other day as well, getting quite excited now...

Duch said...

Just thought I'd let you know - my cousin is djing at V - she'll be doing sets between bands in the New Bands tent - go and check her out if you get the chance... but not to worry if not - have a great time anyway!