The crackle of an old vinyl is such a comforting sound but one of my current favouritethings is to listen to current music on vinyl. When you place that vinyl on the turntable, put the needle on it and a completely modern sound plays, it is such an interesting juxtaposition that I love. I have a large record collection and until recently it consisted mainly of old vinyl’s such as The Jackson 5, The Beach Boys, Michael Jackson and a variety of musicals. However, I now have quite a lot of recent vinyl’s so I thought that I’d share some of my favourites with you…
- Ed Sheeran- ‘+’ and ‘X’
I have both of Ed’s albums on vinyl (I cannot wait to get Divide on vinyl in March) but I prefer his first album ‘+’ to his second ‘X’. I think it’s because it was his first studio album, there’s something really pure and emotional about the songs. My favourite songs from Ed’s album differ depending on whether I hear them digitally or on vinyl, which is really interesting, it really does show the effect that vinyl has on a song. So, my favourites from ‘+’ are ‘This’ and ‘Grade 8’ and my favourites from ‘X’ are ‘The Man’ and ‘I’m a Mess’. However, I was so disappointed when I opened ‘X’ and it wasn’t coloured as the first album looked amazing with the orange disc.
- Busted-‘Night Driver’
Anyone who knows me should have expected me to include Busted, especially since the release of their new album ‘Night Driver’ which was their first since reforming following their split in 2005. I received a limited edition singed and white disc version of Night Driver as a Christmas present but not only is it beautiful, the album as a whole is astounding. The shift from pop-punk to a Daft Punk crossed with 80’s sound really does show how much Busted grew in their 13 year split. My favourites are ‘I Will Break Your Heart’ and ‘Kids with Computers’. I can’t wait to hear Night Driver live next month in Manchester.
- Twenty-one Pilots-‘Vessel’
This was another gift so it has a lot of sentimental value but the album as a whole is one of my favourites ever. This was the album that emphasised the juxtaposition for me, due to Tyler’s rapping playing out of a vinyl. I absolutely love all of the songs on this album so it’s so hard to pick favourites but I do have a soft spot for ‘Holding On to You’ and ‘Semi-Automatic’. Again, the disc is clear which means it looks just as good as it sounds.
- The 1975 (self-titled)
This was The 1975’s debut album and is another one of my favourites as it has such an amazing, unique sound. There are so many stand out songs on this album, ‘Chocolate’ being the stand out one as it’s such a feel good song that instantly lifts your mood. I don’t have their second album (I Like It When You Sleep, for You Are So Beautiful Yet SO Unaware of It) on vinyl so that’s on my wish list (along with Twenty-one Pilot’s Blurryface)-take note any family 😉
As you can see from all of the pictures my vinyls do have wear and year, this is because they’re well loved and played.
Some of my favourite older vinyl’s include:
-Michael Jackson-Bad (What an album this is!)
-Les Miserables (Original London Cast Album)
-The Beach Boys 20 Golden Greats
I hope you enjoyed this blog post, I’m sure my vinyl collection is something that I will write more about in the future.
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