OPINION PIECE #11: Favourite Albums Of 2017

A year ago I said that 2016 wasn’t the best year for new music, but it was considerably better than 2017 in my opinion. There haven’t been many new albums that have stood out, but the following are my favourites from the year.

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ALBUM REVIEW: She & Him – Christmas Party

14859827_10154797468978900_7449167374637288267_oIt’s getting to that time of year where Christmas albums are being released ready for the holiday season and I was overcome with excitement a few months ago when I found out She & Him would be releasing their second Christmas album. Their first, A Very She & Him Christmas, was released in 2011 and has been a favourite of mine ever since. Their new album Christmas Party carries on the tradition in fantastic style.

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ALBUM REVIEW: The Beatles – Live At The Hollywood Bowl

live-at-the-hollywood-bowl-57c7e341118e9Released to coincide with director Ron Howard’s new Beatles documentary, Eight Days A Week: The Touring YearsLive At The Hollywood Bowl is a beautifully packaged live album which was actually originally released in 1977. However this new edition has been sublimely remixed and remastered with the addition of four new songs that weren’t on the original album. The songs, all recorded from various shows the band played at the Hollywood Bowl in Hollywood, Los Angeles, sound fantastic and about as fresh as if they were performed and recorded yesterday.

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Favourite Albums Of 2015

Blur – The Magic Whip

blur-the-magic-whipI’ll start with my favourite album of the year by a country mile, The Magic Whip by Blur. Coming out of the blue 12 years after their previous album it was one hell of a surprise to say the least, but it was well worth the wait. I’m a huge Blur fan and I’d been waiting so long for a new album from them, especially after Graham Coxon rejoined the band in 2009 and the three new songs released since 2010. And this year, 2015, we finally got it.

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