skylyro’s Top 5 Albums of 2015

David Gilmour_Rattle That Lock

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skylyro’s Top 5 Albums you cannot miss under the Christmas tree in 2015

Although it seems to be more and more difficult to find good albums these days, I’m still surprised that I find at least a handful every year. So, once again here’s the list of my 5 favorite albums of 2015.

 

  1. david-gilmour-rattle-that-lock-album-coverDavid Gilmour – Rattle that Lock: by far, the album I have listened to most this year! Reminiscing some of the Pink Floyd atmospheres, like in the opening track 5 A.M., there is yet plenty of other musical genres involved, ranging from traditional rock to jazz (Girl In the Yellow Dress), with only his voice and guitar acting as a trait-d’union. This album has many facettes and is truly enjoyable in all circumstances, from chilling, to jogging, to just easy listening on the side, but it’s really worth your attention! It’s a journey through space and time, like on the title track that always remembers me of my trips to France.
  2. G. Love and Special Sauce - Love Saves The DayG. Love & Special Sauce – Love Saves The Day: with this new record, G. Love goes back to the roots with a whole lot of rocky blues, yet a little less of that hip-hop style that we used know and love. Like on some of the previous albums, there are several collaborations with other artists, such as Citizen Cope and Lucinda Williams, who lends her voice for the fantastic Ledbelly song, New York City. Love Saves the Day also reveals an impressively strong voice and, as usual, great guitar pickings by G. Love. Jimmy “Jazz” Prescott on the bass and Jeffrey Clemens a.k.a the “Houseman” on drums do the rest.
  3. Foo Fighters - Saint Cecilia EPFoo Fighters – Saint Cecilia:  I love this EP! It’s not the music itself that makes it so special, but the concept is fantastic: instead of filling their Sonic Highways album with a zillion songs like many acts do nowadays, the Foo Fighters made it a kickass 8-song compilation that went straight to heart of any rock and roll fan. Now, after a very successful tour that finally saw them play in Cesena in front of the Rockin’1000, they went back into the studio just to work on these 5 songs that were left from the previous album and compose the Saint Cecilia EP, in order to offer them as an anticipated Christmas present to their fans. Available as a free download on their official website!
  4. Seasick Steve - Sonic Soul SurferSeasick Steve – Sonic Soul Surfer: I just discovered this 70+ year old guy with his weird homemade guitars and his powerchord blues rock a few weeks ago and I’m already confident with a good part of his discography. This young fella’s contageous rhythms and sympathy display a long lifetime experience and a profound knowledge of the blues! Although he’s got no need to prove his talent, collaborations with his Majesty John Paul Jones, as well as public appearances with the likes of Jack White, Dave Grohl, Tom Jones and many others give evidence of how he is perceived within the music scene.
  5. Kamasi Washington - The EpicKamasi Washington – The Epic: to quote Tristan Parker from timeout.com, this is “fiery jazz from LA saxophonist Washington mixed up the otherworldliness of Herbie Hancock, the roaming bluesiness of Miles Davis and the offbeat funk of Chick Corea, alongside reams of Washington’s own visionary stylings.”

 

Enjoy your X-mas holidays and, why not, sit back, relax and take the time to listen to some great music, even better if it’s on vinyl!

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