December 9, 2013 § Leave a comment
Kära vänner. Så var det dags igen. Samma gamla musik men en ny lista. Som ett svart töcken över den gnistrande snön.
Jag har försökt plocka lite blandade godbitar ur 2013 utbud av album.
25. Haim – Days are gone
24. Suede – Bloodsports
23. Christopher Owens – Lysandre
22. Free Fall – Power & Volume
21. Arctic Monkeys – AM
20. Kings Of Leon – Mechanical Bull
19. Johnossi – Transitions
18. Eels – Wonderful, Glorious
17. The Silver Seas – Alaska
16. The Embassy – Sweet Sensation
15. Killswitch Engage – Disarm to Descent
14. Jim James – Regions of light and sound of God
13. John Grant – Pale Green Ghosts
12. I Am Kloot – Let Them All In
11. Ashley Monroe – Like a Rose
10. The Winery Dogs – The Winery Dogs
9. Manic Street Preachers – Rewind the Film
8. Mogwai – Les Revenants
7. Tegan And Sara – Heartthrob
6. Daft Punk – Random Access Memories
5. Biffy Clyro – Opposites
4. Rhye – Woman
3. Low – The Invisible Way
2. The Shouting Matches – Grownass Man
1. The Mavericks – In Time
Och så klart finns listan på spotify: Henriks Årsbästalista 2013
Guds fred åt alla på jorden. Låt hens närhet värma oss.
Och jag vill önska en God Jul med årets julsång.
November 30, 2012 § 1 Comment
Once again a year has gone by.
First an hounrable mention outside of the list. The Sweidish 17 year old kid Yohio. He’s great. I really liked his EP ‘REACH the SKY‘.
The Official Lits of Great Albums of 2012
25. Lana del Rey – Born to Die
24. Mark Knopfler – Privateering
23. Kent – Jag är inte rädd för mörkret
22. Ian Anderson – Thick as a Brick 2
21. Iris DeMent – Sing the Delta
20. Fibes, Oh Fibes! – Album
19. Tom Jones – Spirit in the Room
18. First Aid Kit – The Lion’s Roar
17. Muse – The 2nd Law
16. Mark Lanegan Band – Blues Funeral
15. Keane – Strangeland
14. Chuck Prophet – Temple Beautiful
13. Marilyn Manson – Born Villain
12. Band of Horses – Mirage Rock
11. MONO – For My Parents
10. Deftones – Koi No Yokan
9. Jack White – Blunderbuss
8. Justin Townes Earle – Nothing’s Gonna Change the Way You Feel About Me Now
7. Rival Sons – Head Down
6. Fun. – Some Nights
5. Mumford & Sons – Babel
4. The Avett Brothers – The Carpenter
3. My Jerusalem – Preachers
2. Flying Colors – Flying Colors
1. Bill Fay – Life is People
I have also made a summary playlist: The Best Albums of 2012.
I would like to wish you all a happy holliday and peace in your hearts.
December 10, 2011 § 2 Comments
So another year has come and gone. To impress (or rather bewilder) my music friends, I have once again put together a list that is my take on the music year 2011.
It’s been an interesting year. I have probably listened to more music than ever.
I hope I have put together a nice blend on my list. Although there are a lot of old men with beards on it.
This is a list of CD albums. Counting down from twenty five to one. I have illustrated each album with a Youtube clip.
You can also get another slightly different version of this list via Spotify: year list 2011 (Neal Morse’s new album is not available on Spotify so there you will have to buy the album).
25. Jonathan Wilson – Gentle Spirit
Desert Raven is a good song, but the album as a whole is uneven.
24. Noah and the Whale – Last Night on Earth
Simple but nice pop. Music that makes you happy.
23. Opeth – Heritage
Swedish death metal with progressive and folk influences.
22. Iron & Wine – Kiss Each Other Clean
Nice folk rock from the South.
21. Deportees – Islands & Shores
Swedish well-produced pop.
20. Eilen Jewell – Queen of the Minor Key
Americana with blues influences.
19. Christoffer Lundquist – Through the Window
Swedish pop with lovely harmonies from the 60s
18. Feist – Metals
A gentle album from the Canadian singer. Lovley.
17. The Human League – Credo
Retro from the 80’s. But unexpectedly charming melodies.
16. Patrick Wolf – Lupercalia
Baroque pop that sounds very English.
15. R. E. M. – Collapse Into Now
The last death rattle from REM. But a good one.
14. White Lies – Ritual
Indie rock that touches the listener.
13. Uriah Heep – Into the Wild
Old men with a vengeance. But quite fresh and dynamic.
12. Black Country Communion – 2
Good second effort from Glenn Hughes, Jason Bonham, Derek Sherinian and Joe Bonamassa.
11. Neal Morse – Testimony 2
Progressive rock music with autobiographical theme.
10. Ryan Adams – Ashes & Fire
Slightly spooky thirteenth album from Mr. Adams.
9. The Kills – Blood Pressures
A dynamic record from this rockduo.
8. The Decemberists – The King is Dead
Like a shadow between two ramshackle outbuildings.
7. The Dears – Degeneration Street
Listened to this album after a recommendation from a friend. I was not disappointed.
6. Dream Theater – A Dramatic Turn of Events
DT grinds on as usual even after Mike Portnoy dropped out.
5. My Morning Jacket – Circuital
Need I say more.
4. Dir En Grey – Dum Spiro Spero
Japanese alternative metal at its best.
3. Nick Lowe – The Old Magic
Old is the oldest. Stylish and fun pop with lounge feeling from Mr. Lowe.
2. Me and my Army – Thank God for Sending Demons
Beautiful demons. The parsnips have germinated.
1. Times of Grace – The Hymn of a Broken Man
Confessional music? Could it be something? This is a metalcore band, born out of Killswitch Engage, with plenty of attitude and a very clear, but not simplistic Christian message.
And Merry Christmas to you all. May the Spirit guide you to your bliss.
November 27, 2010 § 1 Comment
So. Another year has gone by.
This is my distillation of the music I have experienced during 2010. When I look at the list, it feels very predictable and slightly boring, but that is who I am.
This is a list of CD albums. Counting down from twenty five to one. I have illustrated each album with a Youtube clip (some of them you have to double click to watch).
You can also get this list via Spotify: årsbästalistan 2010 (Seventh Wonder’s album is not available on Spotify right now, but I will add it if it becomes available).
25. Teenage fanclub – Shadows
Some good songs, but on the whole a very uneven album.
24. Mutiny Within
A good debut album in the progressive metal genre.
23. Kort – Invariable Hearthache
Country duetts by Kurt Wagner and Cortney Tidwell.
22. Rooney – Eureka
Pure pop. Upbeat and sunny.
21.Shelby Lynne – Tears, Lies and Alibis
20. Sound Massi – Ô Houria
19. Anais Mitchell – Hadestown
Mitchell was a new acquaintance for me. She has a very personal diction. I feel that this album is a bit reminiscent of last years Decemberists’ album, but not as good.
18. Robert Plant – Band of Joy
The guitar playing by Buddy Miller is fantastic, but Plants performance is a bit too restraint.
17. Tom Jones – Praise & Blame
Devotional and gospel covers sung very heartfelt by Mr Jones.
16. My Jerusalem – Gone for Good
Good indie album. Vulgar video. But just a tad.
15. Avenged Sevenfold – Nightmare
A varied rocker with Mike portnoy behind the drums.
14. Kiuas – Lustdriven
A lot of Finnish sisu on this power metal album with some progressive influences. Nice.
13. Laura Marling – I Speak Because I Can
Weather beaten English folkey music.
12. Cherry Ghost – Beneath This Burning Shoreline
Pure longing on the second effort from the Bolton indie band.
11. Shugo Tokumaru – Port Entropy
Brittle and beautiful Japanese pop.
10. The National – High Violet
American indie gloom.
9. I am Kloot – Sky At Night
Great songs from this Manchester trio.
8. Duke and King – Long Live the Duke & the King
Second album from this Huckelberry Finn inspired band. Again, it is a slightly uneven album, but Shaky is one of the betters songs of the year.
7. Khoma – A Final Storm
Dark post metal from northern Sweden. Not as good and heavy as their 2006 effort ‘The Second Wave’ though.
6. Justin Townes Earle – Harlem River Blues
The son of Steve Earle is living the roch n’ roll dream. And he’s making some good music in the process.
5. Dylan LeBlanc – Pauper’s Field
Soaring country rock album from this young new talent.
4. Johnossi – Mavericks
Solid third effort from Swedish rock duo.
3. Seventh Wonder – Great Escape
Rulers of the Swedish progressive metal scene.
2. James – ‘The Morning After’ and ‘The Night Before’
These two mini albums could have been released as one album. The really feel like one statement. This is rock when it is for real.
1. Manic Street Preachers – Postcards From a Young Man
Fantastic pop melodies, packaged in an incredibly crisp production by Dave Eringa.
And Merry Christmas to you all.