Haim – Something To Tell You

Finally got to see Haim live last night!  To celebrate their new album they held a a special one-off gig at the Electric Ballroom in London, and it was fantastic! Definitely one of my Haim_Album-Cover-Somethingfavourite shows ever, and the album  is pretty great too. It continues to blend indie rock, pop and RnB with their unique harmonies making a sound that is their own.  I like a band whose music isn’t easily defined because you get interesting albums like this with tracks that mix up and cross genres. It means you get an album with a cohesive sound that you can identify without a bunch of same-sounding tracks.  I also liked the breezy feel that their debut album had, maybe because of it’s sunshine Californian heritage, something that this album retains.  Make sure you also listen to the percussion and melodies – just great!

Standout track: Walking Away

KT Tunstall – Eye to the Telescope

On the way to work this morning I didn’t want somethingEyetothetelescope too raucous but at the same time not to slow and sleepy, and this album is just what I needed.  The debut album from KT Tunstall has a mellow feel even with the faster tempo songs on it.  It manages to retain an acoustic sound although it has a variety of other instruments.  KT has an almost bluesy and at times soulful voice which complements the guitar-based sound in a really distinctive way.    The songs are just great to listen to and its just an album that is really listenable. Another great Scottish export!

Standout track: Stoppin’ the Love

 

Harry Styles – Harry Styles

Harry was always the 1D member with a wild glint in his eye, exhibited in his many tattoo’s that hinted at a grittier side than his boy band membership HarryStyles-albumcovermight allow.  That’s What Makes You Beautiful is actually a brilliant pop song but his new solo album is not quite pop, having a more indie-rock sound.  I am surprised how much I am liking this album.  Thankfully Sign of the Times is not a Prince cover but it is a pretty good song. Some have slated Sweet Creature for sounding too much like McCartney’s Blackbird, but I am sure there are other acoustic guitar songs that do too. The album kind of tails off a bit towards the end for me but after a few listens it’s a pretty good debut, although I could have done without the hotel room imagery. Thanks for that, Harry!

Standout track : Carolina , but Only Angel is great too!

American Authors – Oh, What a Life

American_Authors_-_Oh,_What_a_LifeIts funny when your brain knows what to say but it doesn’t transfer to your mouth.  Instead of just saying “Please, have my seat” to a pregnant lady on the tube, I said “Would you like to sit down?”.  She didn’t say “Of course I would!” so the intention was recognised but it’s funny how in the moment the right words are not important. This has nothing to do with the American Authors by the way, one of the CD’s I borrowed from my kids to dip into. The plinky-plunky banjo-sound is a motif through a lot of the tracks, so if you have heard Best Day of My Life you will know what I mean.  It’s a pretty upbeat album where a lot of the tracks feel a bit anthemic in a festival/live kind of way. Is it a keeper? Not sure yet.

Standout track : Heart of Stone – cool guitar riff.