Taking some time to think about the music which I've been listening to this year. The albums which have been played a lot were - U2's Songs of Innocence, Dan & Lauren Smith, Marketa Irglova, The Likes of Us, Alison Brook, Coldplay and Gemma Hayes.
A couple of other albums I bought this year, excluded from my favourite list were the recording of INXS' Wembley show (from 1991) and Coldplay's live recording of their new album 'Ghost Stories'.
I've also heard some really great EPs - the ones that stood out Lizzie Marvelly, Andrew Osenga, Kyler England, Cassie, Glen Hansard and I'm looking forward to hearing Reigan Derry's EP.
So, here's my top five..
(1) Gemma Hayes - Bones & Longing
Beautifully haunting and melancholy. Songs that linger in your mind. Hayes' music demands a greater audience. Go and get a copy (and then explore her other CDs.)
(2) U2 - Songs of Innocence
I've written about this one elsewhere, but I'm getting more from it each time I listen. Given the recently announced tour is called iNNOCENCE & eXPERIENCE I'm guessing there's a Songs of Experience coming out soon (or at least before the tour starts next May (in Vancouver).
(3) Dan & Lauren Smith - All my hope
One of my favourite Christian CDs of the year.
(4) Marketa Irglova - Muna
Just a gorgeous voice. My favourite song 'Without a Map', features her singing the Lord's Prayer. Lovely.
(5) Coldplay - Ghost Stories
One of the bands I haven't seen in concert yet that I would like to. If you don't like Coldplay I'm not sure the album will change that. 'True Love' is one of the best songs Martin has written. The live album & film is great too, hoping for a tour in 2015, but we'll see.
Lizzie Marvelly & Kyler England's EPs are also favourites for the year. Though I don't usually count EPs in my top 5, but both have been on fairly heavy rotation. And looking forward to hearing more from them both.