Monday, July 18, 2016

2015 in review - Music

This post has been a long time coming.  I made a start on it a while ago, but never got around to posting it.

I listened to a lot of EPs during the year. The ones that really have stood out are:

  • Christa Wells Covers project - probably the most played album / EP through 2015. Great covers of some of my favourite 80s/90s tunes.
  • Andrew Osenga's Heart, Flesh, Soul and Bone project (covering four genres Singer/Songwriter, Blues/Soul, Rock and Instrumental).
  • Sleeping At Last's 'Atlas' project (this year focused on Life and our Sense)
  • Jon Foreman's The Wonderlands project (built around themes of Sunlight, Shadows, Darkness and Dawn)
  • Matthew Perryman Jones - Cold Answer
  • Nichole Nordeman - The Unmaking (Nichole's first release of new music since 2005).

I spent a lot of 2015 listening to recordings from U2's Innocence and Experience concerts, I loved Songs of Innocence, and how the old songs were reinterperated in light of contemporary situations. The sequence of songs from Every Breaking Wave to With or Without You is almost perfect. Just watch the Paris DVD and you'll get what I mean. I will write a review of the DVD soon.

The albums I can remember buying during 2015 were:

  • Caitlyn Canty - Reckless Skyline
  • Glen Hansard - Didn't He Ramble
  • Amanda Opelt - Seven Songs
  • Colm Mac Con Iomaire - Agus Anois An Aimsir
  • Coldplay - A Head Full of Dreams
  • Jenny & Tyler - Of this I'm Sure
  • Jewel - Picking up the Pieces
  • Katrina Stone - Never Wanna Grow Up
  • The Paper Kites - Twelvefour
  • Sandra McCracken - Psalms
  • Sara Groves - Floodplain
  • Sarah Blasko -  Eternal Return
  • Wilco - Star Wars

The Frames also released Longitude during the year. Longitude celebrated their 25th Anniversary and was a collection of songs they liked, with one new song 'None But I', a few different songs were re-recorded.

From that list, the ones that have lasted through the year are:

  • Sandra McCracken - Psalms
  • Glen Hansard - Didn't He Ramble
  • Jenny & Tyler - Of this I'm Sure
  • Colm Mac Con Iomaire - Agus Anois An Aimsir 
  • Amanda Opelt - Seven Songs 

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