As 2019 is done and dusted it was another stellar year for music. So I’ve put together my best albums of the past 12 months.
Liam Gallagher – Why Me, Why Not
Liam Gallagher’s second studio album follows up his hugely successful debut, As You Were. Opening track ‘Shockwave‘ was the first single to be released, delivering a raucous, in your face sound – but you’d expect nothing less from the former Oasis frontman.
It has a 60’s sound with a catchy chorus, contrasting with the likes of ‘One of Us‘, which has a slightly slower pace with subtle references to Gallagher’s former Oasis days, teasing fans with the constant reunion rumours and sending them into overdrive. With an album this good, you can’t help but want more.
Mark Ronson – Late Night Feelings
The fifth studio album from producer/songwriter Mark Ronson was released in June this year, gaining worldwide attention after the track ‘Nothing Breaks Like a Heart‘ was released featuring US singer Miley Cyrus. The track had a different feel from other Mark Ronson releases, with a darker sound and heartfelt lyrics.
Miley isn’t the only collaboration on the album, with Lykke Li lending her seductive yet vulnerable vocals to ‘Late Night Feelings’. The true highlight of the album, however, is ‘Truth‘, which you’ll probably recognise from adverts and features Alicia Keys and The Last Artful, Dodgr. The album is a massive departure from typical Mark Ronson songs, demonstrating his versatility as a producer.
Mabel – High Expectations
Released in August this year, High Expectations is the debut album from Brit singer Mabel. The album lives up to its title, with tracks ‘Don’t Call Me Up‘ and ‘Finders Keepers‘ being the true music highlights of 2019.
Another standout track is ‘Mad Love‘, which demonstrates the young singer’s songwriting ability as she discusses themes of love and relationships – something that we can all relate to. The confidence of these songs – and the album as a whole – reassures us that there’s still decent pop music out there.
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