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I will now attempt to write something deep and meaningful, I will probably end up sounding pretentious.

Music is often referred to as a drug; such a slogan is regularly written across t-shirts or other attire. I always have found this concept weird, so the ‘music = drug’ cliché has become one I don’t partially like. Yes, music is addictive and one can often feel like something is missing when going for a long time without it. Yet music can do little damage. One never reads of tragic stories like “A man’s life was ruined when he became addicted to reggae”, or “Teenager dies of dubstep overdose”. To me, music has nothing but positive implications; while I do think some music is rather unpleasant, it is never really harmful.

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Albums Of The Year 2011

I have finally got round to doing my albums of the year! I have given this a lot of thought, and it is a very hard task. I have listened to so many albums this year, lots of greatly anticipated albums, a few disappointments and some unexpected wonders. Overall, I think this was a very good year of music.

I could not bring myself to put them into a top ten, my taste changes slightly on a day-to-day basis, and what may be my favourite today could drop to third place in a few days. I have just selected some albums that I think I need to mention. I hope you agree with my choices, or you can at least see where I’m coming from.

Slow Club – Paradise

I had to mention this album. If I had to give it a rank there would be a large chance it would be at the top. This was the first Slow Club album I heard, and I was consumed with ecstasy straight away, it is such a great album. I normally judge an album by how many good songs there are on it, and whether the really good songs outweigh the bad songs. I can safely say that the really good songs outweigh the good songs, in other words: every song is amazing. This album is a must have, it has made 2011 a better year.

Chapel Club – Palace

Until a few months ago, I never gave this album much time. Then I saw Chapel Club at Latitude Festival and saw one of the best sets of my life, I’m only 15 but it is still quite an achievement. I have now made up any lost time with this album, yet again there is not a bad song on it. Chapel Club also earn extra brownie points because the lead singer, Lewis Bowman, commented on a post I wrote about them a couple of weeks ago.

Wye Oak – Civilian

Wye Oak were the first band I wrote about on this blog. At that point I had only heard one song, Holy Holy, and I had not really thought about them being a possible candidate for my albums of the year. Then a few days ago the Christian/Western world experienced a yearly phenomena called Christmas and I emerged from this event with a copy of Wye Oak’s current album called Civilian. I have listened to it non-stop so far and I can now say that it is defiantly one of my favourite albums to be released this year.

Alessi’s Ark – Time Travel

I have a soft spot for Alessi. She is so sweet and is a genuinely nice person. Adding to this, the song ‘Time Travel’, the title track of the album, was actually written because of a party that she attended in my nearest town. These are not the only reasons for her appearing my top albums of 2011. Alessi also happens to be a very talented musician and a great song writer, and she has produced an album that is well worth a spot on this post.

Veronica Falls – Veronica Falls

This is another album that I received this Christmas, and another band that I have previously written about. To me, Veronica Falls are more like a choir than a band; all of the singing is perfectly harmonised, with each member of the band playing a part in the overall effect. They create a heavenly sound that is backed by a 60s and 80s influenced instrumental. The end product just happens to be a truly brilliant album.

Big Deal – Lights Out
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I could use one word to describe this album, and that word would be beautiful, but I am not going to because this album deserves a longer description. It is a masterpiece, yet I haven’t seen it on one album of the year list. I can not put into words what this album can make you feel, but I can say that it is an awesome album that should be listened to by young and old, rich and poor, and all the other people in between. This album is a big deal, if you can pardon the pun.

That is my small selection of albums of the year. If you think I missed out anything then leave me a comment and I will explain my reasoning. I have put some of the other worthy albums that I did write about, either because they were not quite special enough or because I couldn’t think of what to write.

The Joy Formidable – The Big Roar
Feist – Metals
Laura Marling – A Creature I Don’t Know
Summer Camp – Welcome to Condale
Cloud Control – Bliss Release
Bombay Bicycle Club – A Different Kind of Fix
Real Estate – Days

and lots more

I probably won’t write a post tomorrow, so have a good New Year’s Eve and I will see you in 2012.

Chapel Club: The Thoughts of A Religious Fan

Sorry for the cheesy and frankly rubbish title, I just ran out of good title names. As you may have guessed, the most recent band I have fallen for is Chapel Club. The word ‘addiction’ can be used more frequently than a cheap gag, yet it is such a powerful description. Many music lovers may also view music as a drug, energizing yet emotion filled at the same time, a bolt of electricity as well as your most fragile feelings. Music truly is incredible.

Chapel Club seem to have something special, a rare mixture of a heavy rhythm with some soft vocals. Lewis Bowman, the front-man, has a voice that could sing lullabies to a baby and he is backed by sounds that could raise a student at seven o’clock in the morning, and they pull it off. It is awesome.

For some reason when the album first came out I dismissed Chapel Club as being boring. I’m not quite sure how this happened. The most likely reason is that my Dad also really likes them, and he normally likes bands that have a dreary singer. Chapel Club are not boring, not in any shape or form. I saw them at Latitude festival this summer, and that 45 minute set was probably the best musical three-quarters of an hour of my life. They were brilliant. They will be releasing an album in the New Year and that will be supported with a tour. I would pay quite a bit of money to go to some of their gigs, and I’m a broke fifteen year old, so that is saying something.

At the moment my favourite song is called ‘Five Trees’. It was their second single, released in 2010. There is something about the song that stands out to me. An un-quantifiable aspect of a group of sound-waves that is quite literally: music to my ears.