Årsbästalistan 2013

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.

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Best albums in 2012

November 30, 2012 § 1 Comment

Once again a year has gone by.

The music year 2012 was not as exciting as last year. Some of my favourites, like Marillion and The Smashing Pumpkins, didn’t even make it to the list. Bleak. Listless.

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.

The top 25 music albums of 2011

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.

The top 25 music albums of 2010

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

Americana.

20. Sound Massi – Ô Houria

Arabicana.

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.

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