Soundtrack to my 2015

{35 Albums}

2015 is the year in music which saw me seeing the classic lineup of Fleetwood Mac perform an awesome concert together, Adele  came back onto the music scene with the Lionel Richie-esque Hello, Rob Thomas released an album with insanely catchy songs, Tyrone Wells and Jack Savoretti proved why they’re my favourite underrated albums and Coldplay and Kelly Clarkson’s latest offerings were a disappointment.

1. Jack Savoretti – Written In Scars

Out of sight, out of mind
In the darkness there’s no light
Day ago, now I know
What it means to stay in faith
I won’t give up, I won’t give in
I’ll give it everything
This feeling is real

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I think I write this every time I talk about Jack Savoretti but what an amazing underrated artist! There isn’t a track on here that I don’t love.

Favourite songs: Home, Back To Me, Don’t Mind Me, Tie Me Down, The Other Side Of Love, The Hunger

2. Tyrone Wells – Roll With It

Without your love I’d just float away
Somewhere lost up in outer space
I am found when you’re here with me
Safe and sound in your gravity

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Tyrone Wells has never produced an album that I didn’t love.  I love every single track on this.

Favourite songs: Overcome, Feel Good, Gravity, Neon Dreams, Roll With It

3. Mat Kearney – Just Kids

Nashville is burning tonight
You turn me right round, baby like a forty-five
I’m feeling every song that this town could write
Oh the fire in my head
And the drummer in my chest
Just take one look in my eyes and they will confess
That you got me feeling so high
And you are the rhythm of my life
My life

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Quite surprising to hear Mat Kearney go back to mirroring his original album with the hip-hop/rap.  I wasn’t expecting it so it took a couple of listens for the songs to grow on me but the final verdict is that I love it!

Favourite songs: Heartbeat, Billion, Let It Rain, Miss You

4. Brandon Flowers – The Desired Effect

Punch the clock, baby on the nightstand
Close your eyes, waiting for the Sandman
Spend your life, bracing for the crash land
You forget, baby it’s a dreamland

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Big fan of The Killers and Flowers doesn’t disappoint with his sophomore album – lots of catchy songs.

Favourite songs: Dreams Come True, Can’t Deny My Love, Lonely Town

5. Gloriana – Three

We met in the dark in the bonfire sparks,
In the summertime stars.
Said I wanna get to know you.
Seems like you’d be someone like me

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I’ve never been particularly wowed by Gloriana’s music … until this album.  I love the whole thing from start to finish and it is such a summer album, it was hard not to include the whole album on my Summer Mix 2015.

Favourite songs: It’s On Tonight, Nobody But You, Wanna Get To Know You, Let’s Take A Shot, It Won’t Let Go

6. Rob Thomas – The Great Unknown

You got your hands down under the table
You got your head right up in the clouds
You take your best shot when you’re able
But your world don’t spin right now
It’s high time you found a lover
It’s high time you made a friend
The world won’t keep you together, babe
And your heart won’t see no end

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What a catchy album from start to finish.  I love Rob Thomas/Matchbox Twenty.

Favourite songs: I Think We’d Feel Good Together, Wind It Up, One Shot, The Great Unknown, Absence Of Affection

7. Leona Lewis – I Am

And I won’t wait any longer
When you left me down, I got stronger
If you want to wait for lightning
I’m on the horizon
Well, I’m coming back with the thunder

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After the disappointing Glassheart, I was excited to hear that Leona had left her previous record company in order to make the record that she really wanted.  Once I heard Thunder, I became even more excited.  Overall I would have to say that this wasn’t quite the record I really wanted her to make but it is a darn-site better than her last and it is definitely a grower.

PS. Curious that she now has two completely different tracks with the same name I Got You ….

Favourite songs: Thunder, I Am, Fire Under My Feet

8. Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds – Chasing Yesterday

And I was told
That the streets were paved with gold
And there’d be no time for getting old when we were young
But it’s alright
If you dance with me tonight
We’ll fight the dying of the light and we’ll catch the sun

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A great follow-up album for Noel Gallagher.

Favourite songs: Riverman, In The Heat Of The Moment, The Right Stuff, The Dying Of The Light

9. Plain White T’s – American Nights

Time goes by too fast
Gotta try to make it all last
Gotta try to make my life better
Try to slow down and keep it all together
Take it day by day
Find myself along the way

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I always forget how much I like the Plain White T’s until they release a new album.

Favourite songs: Pause, American Nights, Heavy Rotation, Dance Off Time, Here Come That Sunrise

10. Florence + The Machine – How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful

I know that you’re hiding
I know there’s a part of you that I just cannot reach
You don’t have to let me in
Just know that I’m still here
I’m ready for you whenever, whenever you need
Whenever you want to begin

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Whilst Ceremonials has some songs that will never be equalled, there is not a song on this album that I don’t like so I would definitely class this as a successful follow-up.

Favourite songs: Ship To Wreck, How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful, Third Eye, Hiding, Make Up Your Mind

11. Thomas Rhett – Tangled Up

And this is the verse where you don’t know the words
And you don’t give a damn ’cause it feels good
Put a whole generation in heavy rotation
Play it over and over and it’s still good
This is the sound of a big little town
Just throwin’ it down where the floor is

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A solid album which drifts from Country to Pop at various random intervals (the title track Tangled and I Feel Good are most definitely pop)

Favourite songs: Crash and Burn, T-Shirt, Tangled, Anthem

12. FM – Heroes and Villains

I’ve spent a lifetime running
When you came and set me free

Baby it’s true,
You’re the best thing about me

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What an underrated classic rock band.  I wish more people knew and appreciated them as they never fail to stick to their roots and produce a good album.  I love the guitar solo in You’re The Best Thing About Me.

Favourite songs: You’re The Best Thing About Me, Shape I’m In, Fire & Rain, I Want You

13. Ella Eyre – Feline

Yeah I’m cool, everything seems to be fine,
On the surface I look good, but I don’t feel the same inside,
Something’s wrong, and I know you can tell,
But I never have to say, because you know me too well

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Like a number of artists before her, Ella Eyre first came into my orbit courtesy of Grey’s Anatomy.  I fell head over heels for the songs that were played on the show and I couldn’t wait for the release of her debut album.

Well, I think that Grey’s chose her best three songs to showcase.  The others are good but not AS good.

Favourite songs: Deeper, Home, If I Go, Comeback

14. Luke Bryan – Kill The Lights

It’s like there’s something in the air
That turns you wild when a country song
Is way up loud and the sun goes down


His previous full length album is probably my favourite ones of his and this one doesn’t quite match that.  It start off strongly but I’m not a fan of the latter tracks on the album.

Favourite songs: Kill The Lights, Home Alone Tonight, Move

15. James Morrison – Higher Than Here

It’s all noise no communication
Where’s the love that we should be making
And it’s there for the taking now

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 What is that synth high-pitch voice in Demons all about?!  Completely ruins what could have been a good song.  Otherwise this is a solid pop album.

Favourite songs: Stay Like This, Reach Out, In The Shadow

16. Mikky Ekko – Time

And your love pours down like a waterfall,
and I can’t escape the tide
Here’s my hand, baby take it or leave it, leave it

Time doesn’t love you anymore,
But I-I-I I’m still knocking at your door
Honey, we can run forever, if forever’s what’s in store

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Thank you to Grey’s Anatomy for introducing this artist to me

Favourite songs: Time, Smile, Love You Crazy, Watch Me Rise

17. Carrie Underwood – Storyteller

You think I’m strong, you think I’m fearless
Even when I’m, I’m at my weakest
You always see the best in me when I can’t
I wanna be the girl you think I am

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This album is definitely a grower rather than insta-love.  It’s my least favourite album of hers so far but it’s still nice to have some new Carrie music to listen to.

Favourite songs: Renegade Runaway, Church Bells, Heartbeat

18. Matt Nathanson – Show Me Your Fangs

I want to roll around the darkness, til the darkness goes away
Til the television finally tells the truth. You know,
Everybody’s scared of things that they don’t understand
And all the living they don’t do

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Not sure about the album cover!

Favourite songs: Giants, Adrenaline, Gold In The Summertime, Headphones

19. Bon Jovi – Burning Bridges

Take a look around you, yeah, the sky is falling
Sinners say your prayers this train is off the tracks
Nothing is forever when tomorrow’s calling
Dancing with the devil to get one day back

I’m not afraid of burning bridges
‘Cause I know they’re gonna light my way
Like a Phoenix, from the ashes
Welcome to the future it’s a new day

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The previous Bon Jovi was a major disappointment.  Is this one any better?  Yes thankfully!  It is never going to make it as one of my favourite albums but there are at least some decent songs on there.

Favourite songs: We Don’t Run, I’m Your Man

20. Ben Rector – Brand New

You ever get tired of turning on the radio
And asking yourself “Who lives that kind of life?”
Cause I don’t
I need an anthem, I need a song that I can sing
So raise your glass if your life is crazy
Crazy normal

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Ben Rector writes beautiful lyrics about both his life as a singer but also people who have ordinary lives.  Crazy basically describes my life!

Favourite songs: Favorite Song, Crazy, Like The World Is Going To End, 30,000 Feet, Brand New

21. Hunter Hayes – I Want Crazy

So your confidence is quiet
To them quiet looks like weakness
But you don’t have to fight it
‘Cause you’re strong enough to win without a war
Every heart has a rhythm
Let yours beat out so loudly
That everyone can hear it

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Very radio-friendly country-pop.

Favourite songs: Tattoo, Wanted, Invisible, Secret Love

22. Electric Light Orchestra – Alone In The Universe

You got to try
To remember
The promises you made
You got to hold on
To yourself
And never be afraid

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Oh ELO!  How long has it been since we had a new album?  Too long.  This was a pleasant surprise.

Favourite songs: Ain’t It A Drag, The Sun Will Shine On You, Love and Rain, One Step At A Time

23. Adele – 25

I should probably tell you now before it’s way too late
That I never meant to hurt you or lie straight to your face
Consider this my apology, I know it’s years in advance
But I’d rather say it now in case I never get the chance
No I can’t go back, but the reeves are growing out of my fingertips
I can’t go back to the river

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I don’t think the rest of the album lives up to Hello but still, wow THAT VOICE.

Favourite songs: Hello, Water Under The Bridge, River Lea

24. Lifehouse – Out Of The Wasteland

I’ve been walking in my sleep for ages
I’ve been hiding from the shadows
I’ve been feeling so afraid and anxious
This time won’t let me go

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Their previous album was a big disappointment – I think I only liked about two songs on the whole thing.  This one is better but still doesn’t come close to reaching the giddy heights of Smoke And Mirrors.

Favourite songs: Hurricane, One For The Pain, Flight, Alien

25. Toto – XIV

If you’re thirsty drink the water from my hands
If you’re hungry take my bread I’ll understand
If you’re lonely you can always share my bed
Could this be all there really is? Then someone said
You’re never alone in the world
You’re never alone in the world, baby
If you believe in each and every one of us
You’re never alone in the world, baby

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If you’re expecting an album full of Africas then you’ll be disappointed but it’s a solid Classic Rock album.

Favourite songs: Orphan, The Little Things, Burn, Chinatown, All The Tears

26. Kelly Clarkson – Piece By Piece

If you wanna lead be a leader
If you wanna dream be a dreamer
Climb to the top of that mountain and scream it
But remember when you get to the top
Everything you say is gonna matter
Everything you do is gonna add up
It’s what you asked for
So don’t get mad when it’s not what you thought

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Stronger is one of my favourites and I knew she couldn’t possibly equal that one but this?  Major disappointment.  I mean what is Take You High?!  The chorus is an insult to the word music.  (I also really don’t like the album cover).

Favourite songs: Someone, Nostalgic, Bad Reputation, I Had A Dream

27. Rebecca Ferguson – Lady Sings The Blues

Forget your troubles and just get happy
You better chase all your cares away

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I adore Rebecca Ferguson and think she has an absolutely amazing voice.  However, I’ve got to say that I’m not a big fan of the Blues and I was hoping that her third album was more like Heaven and Freedom.

Having said that, I can definitely still appreciate her voice on this record and a few songs have grown on me.  I just won’t be playing this album to death like her other two.

Favourite songs: Get Happy, Fine and Mellow, Summertime, God Bless The Child

28. Def Leppard – Def Leppard

I need a little shelter
Just for a little while
Sometimes I hide the sadness
Behind a painted smile

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So it bugs me when artists have anything other than their debut album as self-titled.  The first 6 songs on the album are rock solid but I don’t think much of the rest unfortunately.

Favourite songs: We Belong, Let’s Go

29. Coldplay – A Head Full Of Dreams

So baby please don’t tell me you gonna watch me fall
You know I’m only human
So don’t leave me in ruins
I’m begging you to reach out
I’m still trying to hold out my hand

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 I’m not going to lie – I miss the Coldplay that gave us Viva La Vida.

Favourite songs: A Head Full Of Dreams, Fun

30. Train – Christmas In Tahoe

Once upon a time in a town like this
A little girl made a great big wish
To fill the world full of happiness
And be on Santa’s magic list

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Big fan of Train but not a big fan of Christmas albums.  However, I was in the crowd when they filmed the music video for Shake Up Christmas.

Favourite songs: This Christmas, Shake Up Christmas

31. Scouting For Girls – Still Thinking About You

And every now and then I get lost on the way.
Trying to find myself a new place to stay.
No matter where I go I end up at the start.
‘Cause home is where the heart is, and you’ve always had my heart.

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This book started off really strongly and I liked the first four tracks ….. just not the other twelve.

Favourite songs: Life’s Too Short, Still Thinking About You

32. Jon McLaughlin – Like Us

We can call it fate or destiny
But we are and always will be
Going down in history

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I liked this album more than some of his previous ones.

Favourite songs: Down In History, I Want You Anyway

33. Luke Bryan – Spring Break … Checkin’ Out

Just thinking about all our good times together
And how we rocked this town
And I wish it could last forever and ever
Ohh but the sand runs out
And we roll back home
And just thinking bout how
This is our last song

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Once you take out all the tracks that have already been released on last year’s EP, you are left with 5 okay songs.

Favourite songs: Games, Spring Breakdown

34. Howie Day – Lanterns

We sleep, we dream, but never fall apart
Just don’t be cold on the outside
We made mistakes, on the surface we’ve got scars
But we’re all good on the inside
Cause we’re dancing on the treetops tonight
We’re hiding from the people and the lights

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I loved his early stuff but the only word to describe this album is boring.

Favourite songs: Love Is Never Lost, Treetops, Anyone

35. Love and Theft – Whiskey On My Breath

Cloudy days been lookin’ like blue skies to me
Hell a hurricane’s kinda like floatin’ on a breeze

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I’m going to admit that when I first listened to this album at the start of 2015, I didn’t think much of it and only really liked a couple of songs.  However, once I’d left it for awhile and came back round to it, I discovered some hidden gems.

Favourite songs: Anytime, Anywhere, Like I Feel It, Can’t Stop Smiling

 

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