What are you listening to most recently? Much like a cross between our new Juke Box and the old Last Album Bought/Downloaded threads, but theres a little more to it that. This isnt just the stuff youve only just got hold of, this is what has got itself stuck in your CD player and is being repeated over and over, for whatever reason.
Give us the album title, the artist name and (if you want) the record label and release date for the record. Let us know why youre listening to the album, how long youve had it. Review it and rate it if you wish, but let us know the best tracks in your opinion and let us know of other stuff we might want to check out in a similar vein.
Discussion is encouraged, and don't worry about being as detailed as me in your reviews. Just make sure we know who and what it is, your favourite tracks, a little bit about why you have/like it, and what it can be compared to.
Here's a couple of examples based on what I've recently downloaded and been listening to a lot lately:
Punk & Poetry The King Blues
Release Date: 17 April 2011
The King Blues hail from London, England and the sound and vocals make that very obvious. While the band have some clear influences outside of the UK Punk scene of the 70s the biggest influences on the groups sound are clearly The Clash and The Specials, as they play reggae tinged punk rock that is filled with politic statement and ideals.
Punk & Poetry is their third full length and its arguably their best release so far. The passion is palpable and it is immediately obvious. Opener Last Of The Dreamers is more an intro, but it makes its point completely clear; this album is for the rejects of society and those who desire to change both the worst parts within themselves and the world they live in. Its a role call for the call to arms of We Are Fucking Angry that follows.
Its not all political though. I Want You is a laundry list of things that dont work without, or are infinitely better with a second component and its at the same time emotionally touching and uplifting, while also managing to be hilariously tongue in cheek. Headbutt is a love song for the new age. It outlines how love can come at you from all and any angles and what you originally think will be a fun little fling can turn into something far more meaningful.
In the end though, its final track Everything Happens For A Reason that really connects the dots. Lead singer and poet Jonny Itch Fox has recently become a father, and Everything tells the story of how that happened. Its the tale of a young man who falls in love and finds himself in the process. Its a beautiful song, lyrically, thematically and musically, and its the perfect way to end a stunningly brilliant album.
I started listening to this album about a month ago in preparation for a gig I was going to and I've just not been able to stop listening. The album itself clocks in at around half an hour and it's simply impossible to get bored of because it's not long enough to bore you.
Stand out tracks: Headbutt, Everything Happens For A Reason, Set The World On Fire, Five Different Bottles Of Shampoo.
For fans of: The Clash, The Specials, Henry Rollins, Less Than Jake, Gogol Bordello, Frank Turner, Sonic Boom Six, The Skints, punk rock, poetry.
England Keep My Bones Frank Turner
(Xtra Mile Recordings/Epitaph Records)
Release Date: 6 June 2011
Frank Turner is probably my favourite artist on the planet right now. Theres no way to be unbiased in my opinions of his music. His song writing speaks to me in a way that very few others ever have, and to be honest, I cannot think of a single group, artist or song writer whose material has touched me in the way Franks stuff does. This being his brand new release, it's rarely left my ears.
I loved Million Dead, a thrash punk band that Frank fronted until 2005. Even then his lyrics astounded me, but with Million Dead it was far more political and visceral, now his songs hold far more personal themes and while he is still highly politically motivated and actively writing songs regarding those subjects, he is free to explore other areas of the human condition.
Ive been waiting for England Keep My Bones since 2009 when Poetry Of The Deed was released and even the Rock And Roll EP could not sate my appetite for more. Im very happy to say that it hasnt disappointed. Filled to the brim with acoustic greatness and rock and roll anthems, Franks song writing remains poetic and poignant.
Any fan of Frank Turner is aware of his fantastic second album, Love, Ire & Song. I am yet to find a single Frank Turner fan that doesnt hold that song up as his masterpiece. It is the closest he has come to perfection so far in his career, but Bones comes very close to matching its timeless brilliance, and at times, with certain songs, may even top it. I would never say this album is better than Love, Ire & Song, but its easily argued that this album is on that same level of greatness.
England Keep My Bones shows how much patience pays off, and threatens to create an icon out of a man who has stated in the past that he wants nothing more than to play music to people that enjoy it. It also threatens to top his greatest achievements so far. Its a critical time for Frank now, his next album could be his best, but with his meteoric rise beginning to increase speed at a frightening pace, it could also be his worse as more and more people begin to try and steer him in more profitable directions But then, if that happens we can simply take heed to his message in If I Ever Stray; If ever I stray from the path I follow, take me down to the English Channel, throw me in where the water is shallow, and then drag me on back to shore! Cos love is free and life is cheap, as long as I've got me a place to sleep, clothes on my back and some food to eat, I can't ask for anything more.
Whatever happens, I just hope that we dont have to wait so bloody long next time.
Stand out tracks: I Still Believe, I Am Disappeared, One Foot Before The Other, Wessex Boy, Redemption, Glory Hallelujah.
For fans of: Million Dead, Against Me, Billy Bragg, The Postal Service, Henry Rollins, punk rock, acoustic folk.