Album roundup – weeks 1 & 2

So I’m 2 weeks into my new years resolution to listen to 2 albums a week I’ve never listened to before… I’m going to give a 2 line review on each one I listen to… Just to keep things on track and so I can remember what they’re like!

Bon Iver – Bon Iver – a lovely gentle reintroduction to the daily commute, warming my cockles on a cold train platform. That last track weirded me out though, it’s like an 80’s soft rock tune tried to muscle its way in…

SBTRKTSBTRKT – SBTRKT – corking album, great blend of chilled out beats with some silky voices, without drifting into the cheese. Achingly cool nephew of the artful dodger.



Coldplay – MYLO XYLTO – what’s up with the capital letters, and general disregard for vowels? Never mind, this is a standard release with no huge surprises from the chaps with the moisturised faces and healthy tour schedule. A good reference for the singalongs in huge arenas.

Foster the PeopleFoster the People – Torches – Loved it. That “pumped up kicks” tune is bloody everywhere, being played to death, however the rest of album sounds like they’re putting in just enough effort to take it from standard drumsguitarsbasskeyboards into something a bit cleverer, without Trying Too Hard. Nice songmanship too. Perhaps I just expected them to be a bit dull, so they seem better because of it? Regardless, I’ll be giving this one a relisten for certain.