What I’ve been Listening To – April 2012

April 13, 2012   |   Reading time: ~4 mins

This month has been chocker block of tunes I’ve been listening to, owing to having a lot more free time than usual. So, I’m going to limit myself a little. Without further ado, let’s get started.

Chris Rea – Julia

If you’ve never heard of Chris Rea, he’s a veteran guitarist and song writer through the 80s, 90s, 00s. I picked up a best of album after hearing his song ‘Road to Hell: Part 2’, which is very good by the way, and various other snippets of songs other places. At 34 tracks it was a real bargain and there’s some very good songs on it. As well as the catchy riff of ‘On the Beach’ which I’m sure everyone has heard at some point there’s also some very nice songs he’s written about hist daughters, here’s one of them.

Alex Day – Lady Godiva

What’s that? You don’t know Alex Day? Then, you’ve probably not been on YouTube very much. I got this today after seeing the music video and decided to support him. This song is damn catchy and it’s very, very cheesy pop. But hey, we all need some cheesy pop now and then. Also, the video is hilarious.

Queen – Body Language

If you know anything of Queen, you’re probably sat there now thinking ‘why the hell did he choose this one?’. Good question! I chose to share this one as conclusive proof of how good Queen are. This is hotly contested to be Queen’s worst song, along with most of the other songs off of ‘Hot Space’. But I put this in here to prove that even Queen at their worst is better than most other songs that have been made. Though, I do have to admit that this is a peculiar music video at the best of times, but if you can stand this, their good stuff will be a doddle.

Pink Floyd – Echoes

I had this on the other day and I reminded myself of how bloody good this song was. It’s quite simply a piece of prog rock mastery, as is most of Pink Floyd’s early work. So I dug up this live version from ‘Live at Gdansk’ to share with you. Not only is the song good, but the performance is also excellent.

Fleetwood Mac – Bleed to Love Her

Fleetwod Mac are just another one of those old bands I love. Grown up with them and their music and I just can’t get enough of it. Recently I’ve been listening to their newest album and I was truly surprised. The prevailing trend of old bands is to do new albums and they are atrocious, however this one is actually really, really good. All of the songs are well produced and they keep their quriky, rich pop rock attitude which we all know and love. This is my personal favourite from the album, it’s just so lyrically rich and the arrangement is just lovely. Such an endearing and beautiful song cannot go without being mentioned at least once.

Jukebox the Ghost – Somebody

Say hello to my latest musical crush. Ever since being introduced to Jukebox the Ghost it has become a morning ritual to play their first two albums in the car when I’m feeling a little down, so being greeted with the news that they’re releasing a new album soon, to understate it a little, made me a bit excited. This song is the first song I heard off of their album and I totally fell in love with it. It feels summery while still having something meaningful about it and everything is mixed just beautifully. I seriously wouldn’t be lying if I said I’ve had it on repeat for the last 3 days, my iTunes play count will attest to this fact. I highly suggest you take a listen to this if nothing else. Also, if you like what you hear, they are currently giving away another song, ‘Oh, Emily’ on their site and it is equally as brilliant! Why not sheet across to http://www.jukeboxtheghost.com/ now and get yourself a copy.

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