The band is just fantastic, that is really what I think. Oh by the way, which one’s ‘Pink’?

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self portraitRight, here we go, my no.1 album of all time, and the final game of Guess the Band.

The title itself is a pretty good clue. What band has an association with ‘Pink’?

And I can tell you that they’re one of the most respected rock bands of all time.

Come on guys, I’m talking about one of the best bands to ever play on this Earth, and they also created the second best-selling album of all time.

Fine, I’ll tell you now.

The lyrics are from the song ‘Have a Cigar’, from the album ‘Wish You Were Here’, by the band Pink Floyd. My favourite band, my favourite album, and while ‘Have a Cigar’ isn’t my favourite song, my favourite song is indeed on this album. In this series of favourite albums, I tried to create some variety by making sure the albums were from a different artist each time. If I hadn’t, then I think about three of them would be by Pink Floyd. However, I had to choose one, and so I chose the one that I enjoy listening to the most these days. If I’d made this list a year or two ago, I probably would’ve chosen ‘The Wall’, and before that, probably ‘The Dark Side of the Moon’. But nowadays, I definitely prefer ‘Wish You Were Here’.

I first discovered Pink Floyd when I was 16, and while I might’ve wished that I’d found them earlier, I don’t think I would love them as much as I do today if I had. Now, I’m gonna sound like a douchebag again, but I think I found them at the perfect age, because at that point I was mature enough to understand what they were talking about. A lot of the issues and opinions they brought up in their music majorly influenced my outlook on life (For the better), and they are some of the best lyricists and musicians I’ve ever heard. Their philosophies and opinions have helped me immensely through some tough periods in my life, and almost all their songs cause you to think about one issue or another, whether it be mental illness, death, loss, relationships, the music industry, war, beauty, or even a dog called Seamus.

This album is known as one of the big three Pink Floyd albums, along with ‘The Dark Side of the Moon’ and ‘The Wall’, and it was released between the two in 1975. The main theme of this album is loss (Hence the title), however two of the songs deal with the pressures and corruption of the music industry. I personally think that this is Pink Floyd’s most introspective album, as it deals with the loss of their former band member, Syd Barrett, who suffered from severe mental illness and fell into a just as severe drug addiction. In fact, while they were recording this album, he visited their studio. They had no idea who this man was for a moment, he’d put on a lot of weight and had shaved his head. However, eventually they realised that it was Barrett, and in interviews they claim that this event affected them all deeply.

There’s a general consensus that the two pieces of a song, Shine On You Crazy Diamond (Parts I-V)’ and ‘Shine On You Crazy Diamond (Parts VI-IX)‘, are a tribute to Syd Barrett, and the two parts sandwich the other three songs on the album, acting as an intro and an outro. Put together, this song is 25 minutes long, and it’s an epic, atmospheric ride along David Gilmour’s out-of-this-world guitar pieces and Richard Wright’s peaceful, yet powerful, piano and synthesisers. Roger Waters doesn’t let up on the great bass lines either for ‘Shine On You Crazy Diamond (Parts VI-IX)’. These lyrics are the best example for how the band members felt about Barrett’s state of mind.

“Remember when you were young, you shone like the sun.
Shine on you crazy diamond
Now there’s a look in your eyes, like black holes in the sky.
Shine on you crazy diamond”

Sandwiched between the two parts of that epic song are another three. ‘Welcome to the Machine’ (Just to warn you, the music video is both amazing and disturbing) is an angry, despairing piece about the music industry and being taken advantage by your employers in general. Waters compares the industry to a machine, with no humanity and no compassion. It’s a song we can all relate to, even if we haven’t worked in the music industry, because everyone’s been taken advantage of before. It’s also one of the strangest, brutal and most interesting (musically) songs I’ve ever heard, which is definitely achieved by the constantly pounding, machine-like, synthesisers in the background.

“Welcome my son, welcome to the machine.
What did you dream? It’s alright, we told you what to dream”

Next we come to another song about the corporate, inhuman nature of some characters in the music business, ‘Have a Cigar’. While it’s similar in premise to ‘Welcome to the Machine’, this song is written in a much more tongue-in-cheek style, and from the point of view of a band who’ve just sat down in a record label’s head office. This one is definitely driven by David Gilmour’s funk-rock guitar style, and punctuated by Richard Wright’s synthesisers that link to the previous track. A little trivia for you, this song doesn’t actually have vocals from the band in it. Neither David Gilmour nor Roger Waters could reach the notes required, and they didn’t want to try and end up damaging their voices. So they recruited the folk singer Roy Harper to perform on the album. The highlights of the song for me would be Gilmour’s guitar solo at the end, and the witty, biting lyrics of Roger Waters. Also, the lyric “Which one’s ‘Pink’?” is something a record label actually asked them.

“Well, I’ve always had a deep respect, and I mean that most sincerely.
The band is just fantastic, that is really what I think.
Oh by the way, which one’s ‘Pink’?”

And now we come to my favourite, which I may or may not have left ‘til last on purpose. ‘Wish You Were Here’ is one of the most beautiful, sorrowful songs I’ve ever heard. After the epic, sweeping ‘Shine on…’, the bitter, angry ‘Welcome…’ and the electric, sarcastic ‘Have a Cigar’, this simple, acoustic tribute is a perfect fit. Like ‘Shine on…’, it’s a tribute to their fallen band member, however it’s written in a style that’s more universal and general. This means that anyone will be able to relate to it, whether they’re grieving for someone, fallen out of touch with a friend, or far away from the one’s they love. With just three verses and no chorus it sometimes feels like it’s not long enough, but you begin to realise that it’s the perfect length for a song like that. It’s short and it’s sweet. For me, it’s perfect in every way, from the unconventional intro that simulates someone listening to a radio and playing along, to the whistling wind in the outro.

“How I wish, how I wish you were here.
We’re just two lost souls swimming in a fish bowl, year after year,
Running over the same old ground.
What have we found?
The same old fears.
Wish you were here”

There you go, the last album in my series. I know I’ve given you the usual links to the songs on YouTube, but I I advise you to listen to the whole album at once, it’s whole different experience. I’m sorry there were a couple of delays in the uploads (including this one), but there were many factors causing this (my procrastination being the prime suspect). And I’m also sorry that this piece was a fair bit longer than the others, but it’s my favourite album, so I couldn’t help but waffle on about it. Expect some more content this week, and please comment if you have something to say.

Thanks for reading!

-Lewis

It’s four in the morning and I’m walking along, beside the ghost of every drinker here who’s ever done wrong

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self portraitIt’s not quite four in the morning as I’m writing this, and I haven’t seen any ghosts as of yet, but I still love both the lyrics and the album.

Can you guess where they’re from?

I’m hoping you can, but just in case, I’ll tell you.

This set of lyrics is from ‘Whistle for the Choir’ by the Fratellis, and that particular song is from their debut album ‘Costello Music’. This is one of the more modern albums that I have in my list of favourites, and it’s one of the best debut albums I’ve ever heard. In fact, the band won a BRIT award for “Best British Breakthrough Act” in 2007. Even I acknowledge that it’s an odd one for me to have on my list, considering all the classic rock I’ve been talking about. But there’s just this relentless energy to it, and every song is as catchy as they can be. It’s a really fun album to listen to. Saying this, the album has its sweet spots; it’s not all super-charged Brit-rock. ’Whistle for the Choir’ is one of thse sweet spots, and its one of the best written songs I’ve heard in the past decade. Also, they’re the only band I can think of that are more than willing to use the word c*nt in both their lyrics and their song titles. Which is impressive to me for some reason.

The Fratellis are a Scottish band, and critics have claimed that their influences include the Arctic Monkeys, The Libertines and pretty much every other Brit-Rock band to ever exist. And I can see that. However, most Brit-Rock sounds an awful lot like another when I listen to it, which isn’t the case for The Fratellis. When I listen to The Fratellis I can tell that it’s them. They have an amazingly distinct sound, despite the fact that most of their fellow Brit-Rock bands could write each other’s songs and you wouldn’t notice a difference. It does help that I love Blues rock, and that they have a very bluesy sound.

I said that they sounded unique amongst other bands, but what really amazes me is that they still manage to produce crowd-pleasing anthems that everyone can get on board with, without losing any of their originality. The song that comes to mind is ‘Chelsea Dagger’, a tune that is constantly played in clubs, pubs, karaoke nights and even school proms. It’s simply one of the best songs to get everyone riled up and energised. Everyone knows the words, everyone loves the tune, it’s a perfect song.

With the exception of a couple of slower, more reflective songs, the rest of the album is fully charged. The meaty, unique sound of Jon Fratelli’s lead guitar really does lead the songs, and provides the album with the musical substance needed to stand out, ‘Flathead’ is a perfect example of this. The drums of Mince Fratelli are also a highlight of a great album, they’re not overpowering but they maintain a constant presence. Some of the fills are superb (See ‘Cuntry Boys and City Girls’, and yes that is how they spell it).

However, despite all the furious guitar and carefree howls, my favourite song from the album is the last listed. ‘Ole Black ‘n’ Blue Eyes’ is folksy, blues rock song, at a slower pace than the others and written in a slightly more serious tone, while still retaining the Fratelli sound. It’s a bittersweet song about an unwanted romance, although the guy is taking pity on her “ole black ‘n’ blue eyes”. Even though it’s not the happiest song in the world, it’s got a sweet quality to it… Maybe it’s the style of the music.

Anyway, you’ve probably heard the singles, now hear the album! As I’ve said before, you won’t be disappointed. Because while The Fratellis probably aren’t going to be listened to for generations and generations to come, and while they might not be among the most respected rock ‘n’ roll artists around, they’re definitely one of the most stand out Brit-Rock artists of the past decade.

I think I’ll end it here guys. That was my second-to-last album, and tomorrow I’m gonna be writing about my all-time favourite! I know I said that this wasn’t in any particular order, but I had to leave my favourite ‘til last, didn’t I?

I’ll see you next time…

-Lewis

 

 

 

And You Go Dancing Through Doorways, Just to See What You Will Find…

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self portraitThis is my second favourite album ever. Of all time.

But before I delve into it, I just want to apologise for this late upload. My Wi-Fi was refusing to load the site last night and today, so I couldn’t post anything until now. However, after a few goes at the old IT Crowd catchphrase it magically started working again… I really don’t know how the internet works…

Anyway, the album today is ‘Love Over Gold’, by the British rock band Dire Straits, and the lyrics above are from the title track; one of the most beautifully written songs I’ve ever heard. I don’t think words can really describe how much I love this impeccable album, but I’ll do my best for you guys, because you five readers mean so much to me.

Mark Knopfler, the band’s lead guitarist, singer and quite possibly my favourite musician, is both a musical and lyrical genius. He can write songs that are both poetic, witty, political, romantic, and they can be about almost any subject you can think of. One of the best experiences of my life (so far) was going to see him at the Royal Albert Hall last year, and despite being over 60 years old, he’s still got the instantly recognisable finger-picking guitar style he’s always been known for.

This album is probably the most obscure of Dire Straits’ big hit albums, and is often forgotten by causal fans, despite reaching no.1 in the UK, Australia, New Zealand and many other countries; it’s also been certified double-platinum in the UK and Canada. I think the reason why it’s often forgotten is that it wasn’t a very commercial album (God I sound like such a hipster in these pieces). It has a grand total of five songs, but still manages to reach a 40 minute run time (Mostly thanks to its epic, 15 minute opening song). There’s absolutely no filler on this album, every song is an individual with its own musical style and voice, and the subjects this album deals with range from the worn-down life of an alcoholic Private Investigator, to the harsh, impersonal nature of industrial life in the 1980s.

The previously mentioned 15 minute opening song is, in my humble opinion, the best song Dire Straits ever recorded. It’s called ‘Telegraph Road’, and, according to Mark Knopfler, it’s about the growth and development of the real Telegraph Road in Detroit. It tells the story of a working man’s struggle to live on the road that, through a recession, becomes just as barren and empty as it was when it was first founded. It really is an atmospheric epic, clocking in at just under 15 minutes, roughly five of which are dedicated to a fast paced, bluesy, ending instrumental. From the gentle acoustic guitar and piano opening to the despairing and angry electric guitar solo at the end, it really does have some incredible musical pieces in it.

Private Investigations’, the second song on the album, was released as a single and reached no.2 in the UK, making it one of their most successful songs despite its length and minimalist style. It’s a haunting track, with a finger-picked acoustic guitar featuring as the main instrument, and a lyrical style similar to a Shakespearean soliloquy. It’s a combination of a calm but brooding mood, interrupted by bursts of electric guitar, sounding like gunfire in the night.

The other single from this album was ‘Industrial Disease’, a song about a metaphorical epidemic breaking out in factories across Britain, representing the stress and depression caused by the dysfunctional life factory workers were living. This is definitely one of the most political songs featured on a Dire Straits album, but this was a  period of strikes and factory closures in ’80s Britain, and so the song doesn’t feel out of place at all.  Sitting within these serious, fairly heavy songs, the title track, ‘Love Over Gold’, is a beautiful, heartfelt song about how you should take a leap every now and then, even if it doesn’t always pay off.

One thing I want to mention briefly is the artwork. It’s a fantastic, striking image, and it really connects to the underlying feelings of frustration and anger piercing the often serene music of the album.

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So that’s it, my third-to-last album in this series, and my second favourite album of all time, ‘Love Over Gold’ by Dire Straits. It’s a classic rock album, with influences from the blues, progressive rock, root rock and many, many more. Get it, and I promise you that from the eerie entrance of ‘Telegraph Road’ to the folksy outro of ‘It Never Rains‘, you won’t be disappointed.

-Lewis

We Don’t Talk About Love, We Only Want to Get Drunk

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self portraitTime for another installment of ‘Lewis’ Favourites’!

(Side note- These should definitely have their own theme tune)

Even if you don’t guess the song that these lyrics are from (You notice I’ve stopped trying to be funny now?), you’ll probably know the song from somewhere, it’s hard to miss it. It’s been in TV shows, adverts, and it used to be all over the music channels.

It’s ‘A Design for Life’ by the Manic Street Preachers (One of my top five bands), and it’s from the album ‘Everything Must Go’, which was released in 1996.I have to say as well as having one of my favourite music videos, it’s probably my favourite song by theManic Street Preachers.

Before I get started, I feel like I should let you guys know that, for some reason unknown to me, Ben really doesn’t like The Manics. In fact I think he despises them… But that’s ok Ben, I respect your opinion. Despite how wrong it is. So, about the band…

The Manic Street Preachers are a Welsh punk/alternative rock band that formed in 1986. They’ve had numerous awards from Q and NME, as well as winning the BRIT awards four times. Along with these awards, they’ve had two number one singles and one number one album, with a lot of other singles entering the top ten. That’s not a bad set of achievements for a band that is said to only have a ‘cult following’, but to be honest, I think their success proves that  they’re a lot more popular than having just a ‘cult following.

‘Everything Must Go’ was the first album that the band released after the disappearance of their lyricist and rhythm guitarist, Richey Edwards. This event had a massive impact on the band; they had all been close friends since their teenage years, and this was a tragic loss for all of them. However they didn’t let this stop them, and they proved their critics wrong when they came back stronger than ever with this album the following year. And despite the tragic loss of Edwards, it has been hailed as one of the best albums of the 90s and of all time.

A lot of people say that this album is the most approachable of their earlier work, and I definitely see their point. This is the moment in time when they start to move away from their harder, more frantic punk rock and into the realms of the alternative. ‘A Design for Life’ has to be one of their best song.It contains all the messages and protests of their punk era, but manages to achieve an epic, grandiose sound that immediately grabs your attention without being a shallow commercial hit. As with a lot of the Manics’ songs it deals with the issues of “Culture, alienation, boredom and despair”, but more specifically, the age old issues of the classes. It was an immediate hit, as were the other singles released from the album, including the aching and frustrated title track, ‘Everything Must Go’.

Kevin Carter’ is another classic song on the album (With some sweet trumpet in it), which talks about the tragic life of the photographer of the same name, I encourage you to read his story. Along with these hit singles, the album contains some absolute gems that weren’t released. One I’d definitely recommend is the strange, poetically beautiful song ‘Small Black Flowers That Grow in the Sky’.

I mentioned the quote “Culture, Alienation, Boredom and Despair” when talking about the issues that The Manics deal with in their songs. And my point is that I’ve never heard a song by them that hasn’t meant something, or deat with an issue close to people’s hearts such as mental illness, nostalgia, childhood and political issues. When I look at a band, it’s important to me that the songs actually mean something. I hate it when someone produces a throwaway song purely for the money or fame. Not that I’m a cynic or anything, I just need my music and novels and films to have substance and meaning. Luckily, The Manics give me that, and I find I can relate to a lot of the issues they reflect upon and discuss in their songs. They really are musical geniuses.

Well, there you have it, another one of my favourite albums, ‘Everything Must Go’. It really is a great listen, and while some of the songs might not be written in the most commercial manner, they have substance, which I’ll take over a catchy tune any day.

Thanks for reading.

-Lewis

 

The Chances of Anything Coming From Mars Are a Million to One

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self portraitWell, you know the drill by now.

Have you got it?

No?

Seriously? It can’t be any more obvious… I mean, come on guys! Stuff coming from MARS? How many music albums involve that?

Jeez, I might as well not bother.

It’s obviously from the song ‘Eve of the War’, which is the opening tune on ‘Jeff Wayne’s Musical Version of the War of the Worlds’. Please tell me you’ve heard of it? Even in passing? I hope you have, because not enough people know about this amazing work, despite the re-imagined version that came out in 2012. The original album was released in 1978, with famous voices such as Justin Haywood (From the Moody Blues), Richard Burton, Phil Lynott (Thin Lizzie) and David Essex. This star studded cast definitely helps with the album’s reputation and success (It reached no.5 in the UK album chart, and is the 39th best-selling album in the UK too), but I think the real reason why this album is in my list of favourites is the amazing standard of music and lyrics. It also has some of the best guitar pieces I’ve ever heard in a musical.

I’m probably stating the obvious here, but the album is based off of H. G. Wells’ novel ‘The War of the Worlds’, written in 1895. There’ve been a lot of different adaptations of this novel, the most recent being the 2005 film by Steven Spielberg, starring Mr Tom Cruise. There was also a 1953 film, numerous radio plays, and a television series that follows up the 1953 film.  So with all these adaptations of the novel, you would think that at least one of them would get even close to the epic novel? Nah… Not really.

Well, none of them except for one, which is Jeff Wayne’s musical. And with that, none of the adaptations have ever scared me in the same way the musical did when I was younger. Jeff Wayne is the master of making a creepy piece of music.

It’s divided into two parts, the first is the story of the initial invasion and an unnamed journalist’s attempt to survive and reach his love, Carrie. The second part is labelled “The Earth Under the Martians”, and it covers the journalist’s encounters with other survivors and what he sees as the Martians dominate the Earth.

You know how in my last post I mentioned that I really liked musicals? Well I realise that it must be pretty obvious to you guys now. But this isn’t your average musical; this is a rock album, and it really doesn’t let you forget it. The full orchestral composition is layered with screaming guitars and thumping bass lines. And the characters are brilliant; every one of them is a believable, real human being. I could put this down to the writing, but the artists on this album are as good at acting as they are singing. The best character has to be The Artilleryman, portrayed by David Essex. He’s one of the few survivors of the first attempt to destroy the Martians, and he travels with the Journalist for a while, before they are separated in an attack. However they do run into each other again, and the Journalist discovers that the Artilleryman has dreamed up a new civilisation for humanity. My love of the character is probably the reason why the songs ‘The Artilleryman and the Fighting Machine’ and ‘Brave New World’ are possibly the highlights of the album for me. And even if you don’t like him, you can’t help but love Richard Burton’s portrayal of the Journalist. Best narration ever. Of all time.

Well there you have it, ‘Jeff Wayne’s Musical Version of the War of the Worlds’. As with the others, I’m gonna tell you to listen to it, but what else would I tell you to do? You need to hear this album, it’s impeccable.

-Lewis

 

 

He Talks Like a Gentleman

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self portraitYou know what, I kept putting this off today and I almost completely forgot to do it, but I promised you I would, so I will. Even though my mind is telling me to go and find something useless to do. Do you see my problem guys? My procrastination didn’t really help at school, and it still afflicts me to this day. I’m just too good at it… (Modest, I know)
Before we get into it, I’m gonna ask again if you can guess the album from the title? (Yes, I am doing this every time. And you will grow to love it, trust me)
So… Got it yet?
No?
Fine, my second album of the week is ‘Sam’s Town’ by the Killers. And the quote “he talks like a gentleman” is from one of their most famous and popular songs, ‘When You Were Young’.
Now, a lot of fans prefer their first album, ‘Hot Fuss’, to ‘Sam’s Town’, and I can see why. ‘Hot Fuss’ contains a string of big indie hits, such as ‘Mr Brightside’, ‘Somebody Told Me’ and ‘Smile Like You Mean It’. It’s a brilliant album. In fact, I don’t think I’ve ever not liked a song that the band have released. However, for some reason, I just love ‘Sam’s Town’ that much more. I feel like it’s a bit more raw and powerful than ‘Hot Fuss’.
The album’s supposed to have influences from big artists like Bruce Springsteen, Dire Straits, The Beatles, ELO (which are all pretty promising in my book) and also U2… Urgh. But that’s just my opinion. All those artists (except for U2) would be in my top played songs on iTunes, and maybe that’s one of the reasons why I love this album so much? It has pieces of all my favourite artists rolled into one album.
It’s arranged in the same manner as a musical, and this really helps turn it into a story when you listen to it (I really like musicals, which is something I don’t tell many people, so keep it quiet). The opening song (‘Sam’s Town‘) is as rousing and loud as any Broadway tune. And it definitely sets up the theme of the album, it’s all about Brandon Flower’s journey to that point in time. Then, after this pounding intro, the quiet piano of ‘Enterlude‘ interrupts. This song is essentially the main character of the story welcoming us to the show, “We hope you enjoy your stay”. And then the opening chords of ‘When You Were Young‘ get the journey started again.
It’s a rollercoaster ride of pain and happiness, big guitar-driven rock songs like ‘Bling (Confessions of a King)‘ and loud, powerful Broadway pieces like ‘Why Do I Keep Counting?‘. That’s probably why I’m such a big fan. I’m a sucker for powerful, emotional songs.
Anyway, I think I’ll end this one here since it’s getting late and I’m really tired today. I think I’ve explained my love of this album enough, and I seriously recommend that you listen to it. It was voted the #1 underrated album of the decade in 2010, after all.
-Lewis

Yesterday’s Gone

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self portraitI’ve decided to try and gain a little motivation for writing by forcing myself to do a week length series of daily posts, which will about my top seven things in a certain category. If this goes well I’ll probably do quite a few of these, using a different subject each time. Anyway, now the explanation is done, it’s time for the first piece.

This week, I’ve decided to write about my top seven albums at this moment in time. These are in no particular order, I’m just writing them in whatever order I feel like. And this Monday, my friends, I’ll be writing about a great album from a band that I only fully discovered a couple of years ago. Can you guess the album from the article title?

No?

Well fuck you, I didn’t want you to anyway.

Just kidding, I’m not that much of a dick. It’s from the song ‘Don’t Stop’, which of course means I am writing about the album ‘Rumours’, by Fleetwood Mac. As I’m sure you all know, ‘Rumours’ is one of the best selling albums of all time, and there’s a perfectly good reason why.

It’s simply brilliant.

Now, I don’t know how other people feel, but I’ve always thought that Fleetwood Mac have been underrated in modern times. The use of the outro from ‘The Chain‘ for the BBC’s Formula One coverage (you know the one, it goes “Bummmm, buh buh bum, buh buh bubba buh bummmmm”) definitely brought them back into the limelight for a while, and they even toured in 2013. But still, it seems like they’re passed over a lot, especially their lesser known songs. I don’t really understand this though…

‘Rumours’ is a torrent of different emotions and viewpoints of degrading relationships, all due to the troubled relationships of the two couples in the band and Mick Fleetwood’s marriage. John and Christine McVie had divorced after many years of marriage, while Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks had a stormy, on and off relationship. As well as this, Fleetwood discovered that his wife was having an affair with his best friend. These painful times for the band meant that emotions were at the surface for a lot of the writing and recording of ‘Rumours’, which gave the songs a raw and powerful quality. From the achingly bitter-sweet and guitar driven ‘Go Your Own Way‘ to the poignant and melodious ‘Songbird‘.

It’s all about the ending of relationships and friendships, and the beginning of new, better things. No song emphasises this message more than ‘Don’t Stop’, an optimistic piece that reminds the listener to not dwell on the past and to keep moving forward, “Yesterday’s gone”.

A lot of people tend to listen to this album but not really hear it (God that sounded douchey). But I’m serious, because if you listen closely to the lyrics and the powerful music, you can gain a whole lot more from the experience. The main three writers (Buckingham, Nicks and Christine McVie) are brilliant lyricists, and their songs have multiple layers of depth and meaning that I’m still only just picking up on now. As well as their superb lyrics, the harmonies on this album are absolutely amazing, with ‘Go Your Own Way’ and ‘The Chain’ standing out for me.

Anyway, to sum up, ‘Rumours’ is one of my favourite albums because it’s one of the most honest and relatable collections of music I’ve ever heard. Behind the slick, pop-rock, there is a lot of emotion, pain, and optimism, which almost anyone can relate to. You need to listen to it, now.

-Lewis

P.S. If you want to tell me that I’m writing a load of crap, or that you’re actually enjoying what you’re reading, please leave a comment.