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Soundtrack to my 2016

{33 Albums}

1. Jack Savoretti – Sleep No More

The doctor gave me something
Just let me show you how
I know you’re tired of running
From the here and now
Start living in the moment

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I am in love with my lovely signed copy.

I always think people who say “I was in love with this artist before they were famous” think they are some sort of superior music snob but in this case I really do have to say that I loved Jack Savoretti before he hit it big.  I’ve been a fan ever since I first heard Blackrain.  There is something so gorgeous about his voice and song lyrics.  He has stayed true to his style and produced consistently awesome albums, including this one.  There’s not a single song I don’t love and it was really hard to pick my favourites.

Anyway, I am glad he has found the success he richly deserves, if only because it means I finally get to see him live in concert.

Favourite songs: When We Were Lovers, Only You, Start Living In The Moment, Helpless, We Are Bound

2. Parachute – Wide Awake

It can make you feel you’re bulletproof
Or can cut you down with the smallest truth
Sometimes it can take control
Sometimes it just lets you go
Ooh, lets you go
What side of love are you on?

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I love love love love Parachute and their brand of pop-rock.

Favourite songs: Without You, What Side Of Love, Lonely With Me, Crave

3. Rebecca Ferguson – Superwoman

I’m not wearing a cape these are just regular clothes
And I’m praying to God come on lessen this load.
Smiling through the bad times but it’s all just for show
Saving my tears for when I’m alone
And I lose my shit every now and then
I break down big then I start again

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Heaven and Freedom are two of my most played non-Fleetwood mac related albums and I was so excited for this third original release from Rebecca Ferguson that I pre-ordered a signed copy from her website as soon as I could.

I am sure I’ve said this multiple times about her but her soulful voice is just so refreshing in this day and age.   I am just sad that her record company chose a cover song to be her lead single considering she wrote most of the other tracks on the album.

Favourite songs: Stars, Mistress, Oceans, Without A Woman, I’ll Meet You There, Bones

4. OneRepublic – Oh My My

Yesterday I talked to God we had a conversation
I asked him why this life is a crazy combination
The numbers, numbers, numbers we can’t read
Yeah for sure I got some friends but we got complications
Most of us are happy with some medication
But I could, I could really use some wings

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When I first heard Wherever I Go I was ridiculously excited for this album but unfortunately whilst Wherever I Go and Kids will probably be my top two favourite songs of 2016, the rest of the album failed to live up to expectations – not because the other songs weren’t good but just because they weren’t as good as those two.

I never ever thought I would say this about one of my favourite bands but man they produced an album which is just too long.  There’s all this electronic crap mixed in with the good stuff – Oh My My and A.I are my least favourite tracks – which is why it’s hard to know where to put this album on this list.  On the one hand, the tracks I like I really like but the ones that I don’t, I really don’t.

Favourite songs: Wherever I Go, Kids, Human, Future Looks Good, Choke, Dream, Heaven

5. Sebastian Kole – Soup

Is it just me or is the world going crazy lately? What’s going on? Can we not see the way were evolving, changing.
Something’s gone wrong ’cause every other day it’s the same old story. Broken record on repeat

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Grey’s Anatomy has introduced me to many great artists, especially during the early years.  The most recent gem is Sebastian Kole.  I love his soul-pop songs.  There’s not a song on the album that I don’t like.

Favourite songs: Love’s On The Way, Love Doctor, Carry On

6. Charlie Puth – Nine Track Mind

I’m only one call away
I’ll be there to save the day
Superman got nothing on me

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I’m so excited to have a new pop artist to love.  None of this electronic or R ‘n’ B rubbish …

Favourite songs: One Call Away, Dangerously, Marvin Gaye, Left Right Left

7. Green River Ordinance – Fifteen

Life’s too short to let it hold you down
Gotta lose before you learn how to win
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Favourite songs: Keep Your Cool, Red Fire Night, Maybe It’s Time (Gravity), Always Love Her, Keep My Heart Open

8. Keith Urban – Ripcord

When I think about those summer nights
Singing out the window, on the back roads, Sweet Child of Mine
Sipping on the local’s spark of light
Ain’t it funny how the best days of my life
Was all that wasted time, all that wasted time

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I was a bit of a latecomer to Keith Urban’s music and the first album I really fell in love with was Fuse.  I am pleased to say that this one is almost as good, even if it does stray out of the country genre – The Fighter with Carrie Underwood is the perfect pop song.

Favourite songs: John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16, Wasted Time, Habit Of You, The Fighter

9. Lawson – Perspective

Hey! Can you feel that thunder?
Get in line and take a number
‘Cause we don’t wanna be like them
And they don’t wanna be like us

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I’ve been looking forward to this release for over a year.  My favourite British pop/rock band.

Favourite songs: Money, Rio, Roads, Lion’s Den, Where My Love Goes, We Are The Fire

10. Gavin DeGraw – Something Worth Saving

Soon as the sky is falling and all that I had is gone
Oh, I fear no hell since you came along

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You always know what you’re going to get with Gavin DeGraw: a great pop/rock album with catchy tunes.

Favourite songs: You Make My Heart Sing Louder, Harder To Believe, Kite Like Girl

11. Randy Houser – Fired Up

Somewhere in the shadows
In between the street lights
Runnin’ with our eyes closed
Chasing down a good time
We ain’t got forever
Living for the moment
Any way we want it
Take it like we own it

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An all-round awesome country album.

Favourite songs: We Went, Lucky Me, Chasing Down A Good Time, Before Midnight

12. The Summer Set – Stories For Monday

Woke up in living color
The city turned from grey to gold
Sleeping with your shadow
But now I’m shaking off your ghost

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I definitely prefer their previous album as a whole but there are some cool tracks on here.

Favourite songs: Figure Me Out, The Night Is Young, Wasted, Missin’ You, Jean Jacket

13. Peter Hollens – Misty Mountains

Under cloud, beneath the stars
Over snow and winter’s morn
I turn at last to paths that lead home

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When I first saw this album half of me was excited to hear a new interpretation of the music and the other half, my standard reaction when I stumble upon covers of songs I adore, was more along the lines of “how dare this person commit the sacrilege of covering these sacred tunes?!” But OMG this is pure magic.  Never have the songs sounded more beautiful.  I actually prefer his covers of a few of the songs to the originals.  He has such a wonderful voice.

Favourite songs: Song Of Durin, In Dreams, I See Fire,

14. Florida Georgia Line – Dig Your Roots

If I could write the perfect song
Make a little right out of all the wrongs
Would you close your eyes?
Would you let it in?
Would you light your candle against the wind?
If I could sing the perfect words
And change the world, unhurt the hurt
That we’re all feelin’
Stop the bleedin’
Get back to believin’
Love is the answer and music is healin’

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I loved their debut album and their follow-up wasn’t bad either.  This album has got a lot of catchy songs on it.  I have issues with the song Lifer though – it’s just wrong to make “wife” a verb – “Told you since day one I had to wife ya”

Favourite songs: Dig Your Roots, Music Is Healing, Island, Wish You Were On It

15. Matt Werz – Gun Shy

Unexpected love
Can’t believe it’s true
Spent my whole world waitin’
Baby what you doing to me?

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I loved his last album.  He has gone much poppier with this release and I’m not sure if it’s the best direction …

Favourite songs: Unexpected Love, Easy Things Hard

16. Fitz and the Tantrums – Fitz and the Tantrums

Every night when the stars come out
Am I the only living soul around?
Need to believe you could hold me down
Cause I’m in need of somethin’ good right now
We could be screamin’ till the sun comes out
And when we wake we’d be the only sound
I get on my knees and say a prayer: James Brown

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Handclap is such a summer anthem but my favourite feel good song has to be A Place For Us.

Favourite songs: Handclap, Burn It Down, Run It, Do What You Want, A Place For Us

17. Jake Owen – American Love

Nothing good ever happens after midnight
Maybe midnight’s just misunderstood
Cause if nothing good ever happens after midnight
Why does it always feel so damn good

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When I heard VW Van, I wasn’t sure if I even wanted to hear the rest of the album.  Thankfully all the songs aren’t like that one.  After Midnight is my favourite country song on the album but there’s something to say about the rock jam If He Ain’t Gonna Love You.

Favourite songs: After Midnight, Where I Am, If He Ain’t Gonna Love You, American Country Love Song

18. Marc Broussard – S.O.S 2: Save Our Soul: Soul On A Mission

A world filled with love is a wonderful sight
Being in love is what’s heart’s delight
But that look of love isn’t on my face
That enchanted feeling has been replaced
As I walk this land of broken dreams
I have visions of many things
But happiness is just an illusion
Filled with sadness and confusion

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I’m not a fan of cover albums as usually think they are a cheap way to sell some records but I love Marc Broussard and since I don’t know most of the original versions of the songs included in this, I actually rather liked being introduced to more ’50s and ’60s music.

Favourite songs: Cry To Me, What Becomes Of The Brokenhearted, Hold On I’m Comin’

19. Beverley Knight – Soulsville

Like a nomad you travel around
Can’t settle in just one place
Told the world that you like it that
But the lie’s written on your face
Happiness like a pot of gold
Got you searching high and low

I saw Beverley Knight in The Bodyguard in the West End and was wowed by her voice so I went to discover more.

I really like that this album flits seamlessly from her own songs to soul covers.  She’s got a great voice.

Favourite songs: Still Here, When I See You Again

20. Goo Goo Dolls – Boxes

Oh, I saw your light when I looked into the mirror
And then the past began to disappear
You know my lies were full of fear
And can you still forgive me, dear

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This was one of those albums which wasn’t necessary bad but just did not have many standout tracks on it.

Favourite songs: The Pin, Long Way Home, Over and Over, So Alive

21. Brian Fallon – Painkillers

And the black clouds came
And darkened all our insides, there were
Newspaper clippings with horrible headlines
Of doom and despair and your name and my name said
“Who will save you from the truth of the matter
That your love, though like gold, is gone?”

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A great solo album for the lead singer of The Gaslight Anthem.

Favourite songs: Painkillers, Among Foolish Things, Smoke, Rosemary

22. Sister Hazel – Lighter In The Dark

Static on the radio, ready to rock
Cool track, chill back, ready or not
Smiling that smile, I don’t want you to stop
Yeah, you and I, we got it all tonight
Big sky but the stars are shining
No we ain’t got nothing but time and
Moonlight falling, good times calling
Ain’t got much, but we got it all tonight

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First Green River Ordinance now Sister Hazel have made the jump from alternative rock to country, both with fabulous results.  That Kind Of Beautiful is such an awesome tune

Favourite songs: We Got It All Tonight, That Kind Of Beautiful

23. Idina Menzel – idina.

I can be delicate as a flower
Or a warrior on a throne
There’s life for us to devour
Even if we do it alone
When I look into the future
I see my story my in the cards
Some days just hard and the truth hurts
But I never trade my broken heart

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Idina has such a unique and distinct voice, I’m glad that she decided to release a new album.  I don’t think anything will ever come close to I Stand though.

Favourite songs: Like Lightning, Queen of Swords

24. Charles Kelley – The Driver

Don’t you worry
I’m never gonna let you down
When you need me, I’m always gonna be around

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Better known for being one third of Lady Antebellum, Charles Kelley has branched out into a solo career.  He duets with Stevie Nicks on Southern Accents which is all I need to give him the seal of approval.

Favourite songs: Lonely Girl, Dancing Around It, Your Love

25. Eric Hutchinson – Easy Street

Dear me, you’ll be older one day
I’m writing from the future and you’re doing ok
Dear me hold on to what you’ve got
Things are gonna change, but change is better than you thought

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He’s sat on my Last.FM recommended artists for a long time so I’m glad I finally took a chance!

Favourite songs: Dear Me,  Anyone Who Knows Me

26. Roxette – Good Karma

Since life was train passing by
But your heart is heaven on fire
Just when you thought you’d die here,
You came up bright and so alive

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I love Roxette’s old school stuff and my favourite songs on their latest album are the songs that have that 80s/90s vibe.

Favourite songs: Good Karma, It Just Happens

27. Switchfoot – Where The Light Shines Through

I wanna sing with all my heart a lifelong song
Even if some notes come out right and some come out wrong
Cause I can’t take none of that through the door
Yeah, I’m living for more than just a funeral
I wanna burn brighter than the dawn

Life is short; I wanna live it well
One life, one story to tell

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This is definitely a bit of a schizophrenic album for me.  On the one hand there are songs that I really don’t like, especially the religious ones, but just as I go to write this album off, they drop in a few songs that I like.

Favourite songs: Shake This Feeling, Live It Well, Healer of Souls

28. Bon Jovi – This House Is Mine

Yeah, you don’t have to look back to see where we are
The future’s looking brighter than a handful of stars
You gotta hold on, hold on, be strong

If you were born again tomorrow
Would you live your life like yesterday?
If you were born again tomorrow
I wouldn’t live my life any other way

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This is one of those albums were the good tracks basically come all at the start and you can forget about the rest of the album.

Favourite songs: This House Is Mine, Reunion, Born Again Tomorrow, Knockout

29. Dan + Shay – Obsessed

We’ll live it up and throw it down with all of our best friends,
We’ll drop the top, and hit the spot, the song never ends
Cause a good time with a peace of mind and just around the bend.

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This is another “Cole Swindell” situation for me in that I really liked Dan + Shay’s debut album but their follow-up really doesn’t do it for me.  It’s not helped by the fact that it opens with a cover of a recent Lady Antebellum song – not only am I not too keen on cover versions, especially in the same genre but I think there ought to be a ban against covers of recently released songs.

Favourite songs: How Not To, Road Trippin’

30. SafetySuit – SafetySuit

You can say that they’re gonna hate you
Call you a hypocrite, that’s how they’ll paint you
I don’t really care what will be, will be
Not trying to make friends, trying to make music that makes history

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Not going to lie, this was a disappointment!

Favourite songs: You, Numbers or Faith

 31. 3 Doors Down – Us Against The Night

They found their strength in a weakness to keep us there where we fall down,
But now we hold all the pieces to change the world
this is the call out

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The album started out well but gradually went downhill.  The best two songs on the album are the first two and the rest just merge into one

Favourite songs: The Broken, In The Dark

32. Colin Swindell – You Should Be Here

Baby, in the middle of the glow of the neon light
It shoulda, coulda, woulda been the night of our lives
Girl, it ain’t right, no
How you gonna leave me right in the middle of a memory?

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I LOVED Cole’s debut album but this one really didn’t work for me

Favourite songs: Flatliner (feat. Dierks Bentley), Stars

BONUS: FM – Indiscreet 30

Everybody thinks they know the right way
We were just the same
So how did we choose the wrong way
Can you tell me who’s to blame
And everyone’s saying that you changed me
I won’t admit it’s true

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You may wonder why an album which was released thirty years ago has made it onto this list.  Well, it was re-recorded this year and contains some of FM’s best songs.  They are such an underrated classic rock band – if you like Journey and Foreigner, check this guys out, you won’t regret it!

Favourite songs: Frozen Heart, Love Lies Dying, I Belong To The Night

2015 Love Is … 5* Books

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2014 Love Is … Book Awards

2014 Crime
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Non-Fiction

2014 Romance – Animals
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Animals

2014 Romance – Enemies To Lovers
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Enemies

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